Rottsky Pros And Cons

By helloBARK!
Updated on 26 April 2023

The Rottsky is a cross between a Rottweiler and a Siberian Husky.

They’re a hybrid dog that can make great family pets seeing as they’ll usually establish a deep bond with other members of the home.

Combining the characteristics of the Rottweiler and the Siberian Huskies, the Rottsky is a big dog that will require plenty of exercise and training.

While the Rottsky isn’t recognised by the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club, the hybrid breed has been granted status by the Dog Registry of America.

As a relatively uncommon mix breed, it can be difficult to find accurate and reliable information on the Rottsky if you’re considering one of these wonderful dogs for your home.

We’re going to highlight some of the advantages and disadvantages of the Rottsky cross breed, while we’ll address some commonly asked questions about the Rottsky cross.

In this article, we’ll hear from Emma and Roxie (@roxie_the_rottsky) who share their perspective on the cross breed.

We’ll also share some insights from Corinna who runs My Crazy Pack (@ilbrancodicori) on Instagram and has a Rottsky called Sköll along with other pets.

With the introduction complete, let’s get started on our Rottsky pros and cons.

Rottsky Pros


Sköll the Rottsky (Photo: My Crazy Pack / Instagram)

Sköll the Rottsky (Photo: My Crazy Pack / Instagram)

Emma and Roxie (@roxie_the_rottsky):

The Rottsky have a fantastic temperament and have a very deep bond with their family and will protect them at all costs. Although there is the potential of guarding, it can be managed with proper socialisation. You’ll never find a better guard dog than a Rottsky; they are active, intelligent and a loyal breed.

Corinna / My Crazy Pack (@ilbrancodicori):

Sköll is very affectionate, he is the classic velcro dog, he chooses a family member and follows him like a shadow.

Family Dogs

Emma and Roxie (@roxie_the_rottsky):

The Rottsky make great family dogs, they can be very good with children, depending on the breeding mix you might find yourself with a very tolerant and well-adjusted family companion that might just have that instinct for protection for your kids as the Rottweiler definitely does. However, please ensure that children and dogs are monitored and observed playing at all times.


Emma and Roxie (@roxie_the_rottsky):

The Rottsky will usually have an adventurous spirit will be a great addition to active families. The hybrid breed is an excellent option as a working dog too.


Corinna / My Crazy Pack (@ilbrancodicori):

He is independent and takes his own space, but he is very loyal, for example in the mountains when I set him free, he often goes beyond my gaze, so much so that I lose sight of him, although I then notice that he sees me very well and looks at me all the time even from a distance.


Emma and Roxie (@roxie_the_rottsky):

The Rottsky features are very attractive and also their friendly behaviour attracts everyone. Their furry coats are liked by everyone and they also like to sit in your lap. Their friendly behavior is not always with the owner, but also with the kids and family members.

Rottsky Cons


Sköll the Rottsky (Photo: My Crazy Pack / Instagram)

Sköll the Rottsky (Photo: My Crazy Pack / Instagram)

Emma and Roxie (@roxie_the_rottsky):

The Rottsky are quite active, both mentally and physically, and they require a good deal of exercise, attention, and mental stimulation to prevent problem behaviours. Without these resources the Rottsky may become incredibly destructive; while a bored or restless Siberian husky is likely to vocalize loudly, physically act out, and engage in destructive digging, the bored or anxious Rottweiler is known to chew on items as varied as their chew toys, your shoes, or even the walls themselves.

Corinna / My Crazy Pack (@ilbrancodicori):

Sköll prefers long walks in the mountains rather than playing with the ball, he loves to play with other dogs, but he needs to be handled in the presence of male dogs because in those cases his Rott side comes out. They are wonderful dogs, suited for work. Sköll, for example, does mantrailing as a discipline on a recreational/sporting level and is getting better and better. They are agile and muscular.


Emma and Roxie (@roxie_the_rottsky):

Rottskys can be hard to train depending on the mix as they can be stubborn and independent. However, they are intelligent and when in the right environment can pick up tricks and commands easily.

Experienced owners required

Emma and Roxie (@roxie_the_rottsky):

The breed is not recommended for first-time dog owners.


Corinna / My Crazy Pack (@ilbrancodicori):

Sköll understands very well what is asked of him, but chooses not to do it, they are stubborn and very intelligent and need a solid reference figure.

Commonly Asked Questions About Rottsky

Are Rottsky good dogs? Is a Rottsky a good guard dog?

Sköll the Rottsky (Photo: My Crazy Pack / Instagram)

Sköll the Rottsky (Photo: My Crazy Pack / Instagram)

Emma/Roxie: The Husky – Rottweiler mix is the best mix in our opinion. The hybrid mix creates the best breed for a good family dog; the energy they give provides children with a playmate for hours and an active adult a good sports/exercise companion. They have strong protective instincts which is inherited from both breeds the husky and the Rottweiler. The Rottsky can make an excellent guard dog.

Corinna/Skoll: In my case, Sköll loves to chase animals and people, but he has a very low predatory rate, he does it exclusively for play. In fact he is not a good guard dog, but he is still a dog that creates his own territory and is always very alert to new noises.

How much is a Rottsky?

Emma/Roxie:The average cost of a dog is on the rise and it’s important that you know where you are getting the dog from and ensure that the breeders are trust worthy and you know what the dog you are purchasing comes from a healthy line. Rottsky pups can sell for an average of £900 per pup, however, we adopted Roxie and we paid a total of £250.00 in adoption fees.

Corinna/Skoll: It is not a recognized breed (in fact there are no exact aesthetic standards), but still sought after, I know they can cost as much as $1500 in the US.

Are Rottsky strong?

Emma/Roxie: The Rottsky has an impressive physical existence with the strength of character to match. They are an intelligent breed but with a strong instinct for guarding and protection. This can make them bold enough to challenge an owner who does not set firm and consistent boundaries.
The Rottsky is known for pulling and are very strong.

What to know about Rottsky?

Emma/Roxie: Exercise will be a big part of your Rottsky’s life. These dogs come from two active parent breeds, so they’ll need to plenty of time to play. They will do best in an environment where they have the freedom to roam

How long do Rottsky live?

Emma/Roxie: As a large breed, the Rottweiler’s life expectancy is between 9 and 10 years, whereas the Husky is a medium breed with a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years. There is no trusted evaluation on the lifespan of the Rottsky. However, we can guess that it would be somewhere in between 9 to 14 years.

Corinna/Skoll: Unfortunately, the cross breed may have some health problems typical of these breeds, such as hip or femur dysplasia, so it would be best to get preventive x-rays. They are dogs ranging from 25kg and up, so a medium/large size.

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