What are the reasons to get a Rottweiler Great Dane Mix (Weiler Dane)?
- An intelligent dog able to be trained to a high standard (click here for more details)
- A very loyal companion and excellent family dog (click here for more details)
- A balanced temperament (click here for more details)
- Minimal grooming requirements (click here for more details)
- Able to live with cats and other smaller pets (click here for more details)
What are the reasons not to get a Rottweiler Great Dane Mix (Weiler Dane)?
- Owner needs to be experienced
- Will not suit an owner or family without an active lifestyle
- Not suitable for those with limited space
- A relatively short lifespan
- A number of health issues such as hip and elbow dysplasia can affect this breed
What is a Rottweiler Great Dane Mix (Weiler Dane)?
The Rottweiler Great Dane Mix is lucky enough to count the Rottweiler and the Great Dane as the parent breeds. The Rottweiler contributes both brains and brawn to this fabulous mixed breed. The Great Dane offers even not only physical size but also a huge personality with a balanced temperament. It is likely that the Weiler Dane will inherit both parent breed’s noble characteristics.
But with any hybrid it is always important to research the parent breeds using a reliable breed guide.
What are the history and origins of the Rottweiler Great Dane Mix?
In order to truly understand the qualities and character of a classic or hybrid breed it is essential to have an idea of their original purpose and development.
So here follows an account of the fascinating history surrounding both the Rottweiler and the Great Dane.
The Rottweiler – Origins and History
The strength and size of the Rottweiler is linked to early interbreeding with Mastiff-like dogs (known historically as Molossus dogs, huge hounds used as both guard dogs and war dogs in Ancient Greece and then Rome).
It is thought that the Romans interbred these early Mastiffs with versatile and intelligent herding dogs from Northern Europe. It is actually accurate to consider the Rottweiler as a smaller Mastiff with the intelligence and versatility of a herding dog.
The Rottweiler is also believed to have swept around 14th century Germany with the order of Swabian Knights. Their primary purpose here was the dangerous occupation of ‘catcher-dogs’ tasked with slowing and gripping huge prey, such as the boar, to allow the hunters the opportunity to arrive.
In more modern times the Rottweiler fully proved its worth during WW1. It was a reliable messenger and deliverer of medical supplies. This breed also proved adept at using their tracking skills to locate missing and wounded men.
To this day Rottweilers have proven themselves excellent trackers in keeping with its heritage as a capable hunting dog of yesteryear.
Later in the 20th century this attractive breed became established and popular. The American Kennel Club first recognized it as a breed in 1931. The UK Kennel Club followed suit in 1965. The Rottweiler is ranked as the 8th most popular breed in the USA, according to AKC 2020 registration data .
The Great Dane – Origins and History
The Great Dane is often referred to as ‘The Apollo of Dogs’ and is a truly breath-taking breed which combines the strength of the Mastiff with the lean muscularity and height of the Irish Wolfhound.
Originally the companion of nobles and kings even to this day this impressive hound retains a sense of being an aristocrat amongst canines popular not only for its formidable strength and speed but also for its regal appearance.
From the 13th and 14th centuries there are clearer pictorial and written records of the forebears of this giant breed. In Germany they were known as ‘The English Dogge’ owing to it being founded largely on the English Mastiff, which is in itself descended from the large and ferocious ‘Molussus’ dog.
It is thought that extra size and speed of these dogs was contributed to by interbreeding with the Irish Wolfhound, and possibly other Sight-Hounds such as the Greyhound. This added more of a lean, athletic frame while retaining strength and power ].
Although the role of these huge hounds was not to ‘sight’ the prey, but rather they were ‘catcher-dogs’ which ran alongside the horses. Once the prey had been discovered these dogs were sent in to bring down large powerful prey such as boars, deer and even bears.
In 1876 Germany declared the Great Dane as its national dog and pronounced that it should henceforward be known as the ‘German dogg’, but in Holland they continued to call this breed ‘The Dutch Dog’. Finally due to some anathema towards Germany most English-speaking nations settled on Great Dane.
The Great Dane is currently ranked as the 15th most popular breed according to the AKC 2020 registration data .
Linked Hybrid Breeds:
Great Dane Doberman Mix, Great Dane Dalmatian Mix, Great Dane Pitbull Mix, Great Dane Boxer Mix, Great Dane German Shepherd Mix, Great Dane Cane Corso Mix, Great Dane Bloodhound Mix, Great Dane Bullmastiff Mix, Great Dane Greyhound Mix, Great Dane English Mastiff Mix, Great Dane Saint Bernard Mix.
What’s the difference between a Great Dane and a Rottweiler?
In fact the purebred Great Dane might well be described as the biggest lapdog on the planet and have been known to follow their humans absolutely everywhere. Great Danes are one of the clearest examples of a velcro dog who will not want to let their human owners out of their sight.
The Rottweiler is a fiercely loyal dog, but probably as part of its inheritance from the original role of cattle-driving, it is at the same time a little more independent. Rottweilers are more resilient, for example, when left alone in the house for short periods of time.
Expect a Weiler Dane to be a very tactile dog who will be affectionate to its nearest and dearest humans, but also with a streak of independence and slightly less clingy than a pure bred Great Dane.
What is an interesting fact about the Rottweiler Great Dane Mix?
The ancient and powerful Molossus dog, used for both war and hunting, is part of the lineage of not only the Rottweiler but also the Great Dane. This huge hound also gained much of its bulk and strength from interbreeding with these early forebears of the Mastiff.
Dog breeds gain their physical form because of the function they perform. Both tbe Rottweiler and Great Dane were used as ‘catcher-dogs’ gripping large and dangerous prey like boars during the hunt.
So the Great Dane and Rottweiler Mix offers one of those fascinating occasions when lines of origin separate, but then come back together in one very powerful and impressive package.
What is the temperament and personality of the Rottweiler Great Dane Mix (Weiler Dane)?
Although there are some differences in the founding breeds, there is also both common heritage and characteristics. The following offers a general guide to the temperament of the Weiler Dane but with the caveat that a specific dog could favor either of the founding breeds more strongly temperament and behavior. It is therefore also advisable to refer to a breed guide to research both of these founding breeds to get a full overview.
Although the Great Dane is generally more excitable than the Rottweiler, both the founding breeds have generally mellow and well-balanced temperaments. A well-socialized Weiler Dane, therefore, is very likely to possess an even and patient temperament housed within a very formidable and muscular physique.
Although lacking the exuberant playfulness of the Great Dane, the Rottweiler is also gregarious with other dogs and are always happy to play. This means that the Weiler Dane will generally be a friendly play mate although socialization will be important to ensure that play is not too rough with smaller dogs.
The Great Dane has a strong tendency to be unhesitatingly friendly to unfamiliar people, while the Rottweiler is naturally more guarded towards strangers.
This can often lead a more balanced temperament in the Weiler Dane. The Great Dane Rottweiler Mix is less likely to be aloof to strangers than a Rottweiler but will still be very alert to any unwelcome visitors and highly responsive to commands.
Both the Rottweiler and the Great Dane, due to their sheer size, are better suited to a more experienced dog owner, particularly one who has previously had a large breed. This is certainly also the case for the very powerful and large Rottweiler Great Dane Mix.
It is of paramount importance therefore that a Weiler Dane is offered early and consistent socialization to ensure their natural gentleness translates into their play with other dogs and children to avoid any accidental harm being caused by the bulk and strength of these huge hounds.
The Great Dane not only casts a large shadow, but literally becomes a a large shadow as it follows its owners around. The Rottweiler is not quite as ‘clingy’ but is still unswervingly loyal and very keen to please its owners.
The Weiler Dane can therefore be guaranteed to be both protective of the family and a dog who responds to training really well. The Great Dane is biddable, but the Rottweiler influence is likely to enhance this as it is an hyper-trainable breed with high intelligence .
For the different stages in the development of a Weiler Dane puppy into adult dog please click here.
What exercise is required for the Rottweiler Great Dane Mix (Weiler Dane)?
Both of the founding breeds are dogs that require and enjoy lengthy exercise of at least a couple of hours a day. This means the Great Dane Rottweiler Mix will be an athletic and outgoing companion happy to accompany their owners on walks, jog and hikes. This intelligent hybrid should also be provided with mental stimulation such as ‘treasure-hunts’, retrieval and chasing games.
This is a dog who will benefit from a good run of the leash each day and can be entrusted to be responsive to recall.
The Weiler Dane is likely to be a very large dog. This means that exercise should initially be compartmentalized into little and often rather than one walk in the very early years. This is because over-exercise can potentially damage bones, ligament and joints in the Great Dane and potentially a large Weiler Dane.
If you are concerned regarding this then it is highly advised that you discuss this with a vet.
Is the Rottweiler Great Dane Mix a good family dog?
The Great Dane Rottweiler Mix is likely to prove larger than life in both senses. This dog will absolutely dote on its human family. With sufficient exercise and stimulation the Weiler Dane will be a largely calm canine companion in the house and a great family dog.
This dog will be fiercely protective of the family and very eager to please. They are likely to be very tactile, playful and gentle with children of all ages although, as with all dogs, they must be supervised.
Who is the ideal owner of a Great Dane Rottweiler Mix (Weiler Dane) ?
The ideal owner will be an experienced dog owner. It is even better if a prospective owner has experience with large and powerful breeds.
Alternatively the Great Dane Rottweiler Mix will prosper most with an owner who is willing to invest time in puppy socialization and training classes to ensure their dog is confident and entirely biddable both within and outside the home.
An owner will also need to be fit and strong enough to handle this dog alongside ensuring leash training has been consistently put in place.
What are the grooming requirements of the Great Dane Rottweiler Mix (Weiler Dane)?
The Great Dane Rottweiler mix will have only minimal grooming requirements. The short and sleek coat is only likely to require an occasional brushing. But remember that this should be done daily in periods of hot weather to remove dead hair and keep the Weiler Dane cool.
Please click here for other tips on keeping your dog safe in hot weather.
The Rottweiler, unlike its cousin breed the Doberman, is double-coated. But the Great Dane only has a single coat. This means in colder climes some of this mixed breed may be susceptible to the cold. It is therefore advisable to consider a nice, large warm dog coat for this dog in colder spells of weather.
How much space is required for a Great Dane Rottweiler Mix (Weiler Dane)?
The Weiler Dane is going to need plenty of room and should therefore ideally be housed somewhere with a fair-sized outdoor space. Apartment living should be avoided for such a large and playful mixed breed dog.
The Rottweiler Great Dane Mix will be a high energy dog who will require somewhere to burn off excess energy. If the outdoor space is limited then plentiful opportunities to exercise are essential.
What is the lifespan of the Rottweiler Great Dane Mix (Weiler Dane)?
The lifespan of the Great Dane is sadly only between 6 to 8 years. While the Rottweiler has slightly more longevity and can expect to live between 9-11 years.
The likely lifespan for a Great Dane Rottweiler Mix is between 7-10 years.
What are the potential health problems for a Great Dane Rottweiler Mix (Weiler Dane)?
Mixed breed dogs are potentially healthier than a classic dog breed, but it is still important to be aware of some of the health complications that can afflict the parent breeds of the Rottweiler Great Dane Mix as it still possible that they may be inherited.
Potential health problems for the Weiler Dane include:
- cardiomyopathy and other related heart conditions.
- bone cancer (sadly Rottweilers are particularly susceptible),
- hip and elbow dysplasia.
- vision and hearing issues (such as PRA)
What kind of training is required for a Rottweiler Great Dane Mix?
For the Weiler Dane, early socialization and consistent obedience training are an absolute priority. This will mean that this mixed breed dog will generally be able to cope with a range of situations both inside and outside the home and forestall any potential aggressive behaviors towards other canines in the dog park.
If this is in place the Great Dane Rottweiler has huge potential. Both founding breeds have an eagerness to please and are celebrated for their intelligence. The Rottweiler influence enhances this trainability for owners willing to invest the time.
For an excellent example of the heights of trainability of this dog breed, take a look this footage of Ahri, a four-year old Weiler Dane displaying her distance obedience skills .
Click here for an outline of the benefits of training. Click here for information on socializing a puppy and here for socializing an adult dog.
How big will a Great Dane and Rottweiler Mix get?
The Great Dane male is, according to breed standards, at least 30 inches (82cm) tall from the feet to the withers. While the female stands at 28 inches (72cm) or more.
The Rottweiler is a stout, powerful dog, and muscular dog who is considered from medium to large. The male Rottweiler stands between 24-28 inches (62-69cm) foot to withers, with the female only slightly shorter between 23-26 inches (57-65 cm).
So it is likely that the Weiler Dane will still be a massive dog. This mixed breed dog will probably be a little smaller in height than a pure bred Great Dane but with greater breadth.
A male Weiler Dane is likely to reach:
- Male – between around 26-30 inches (66-76cm) from feet to withers
- Female – slightly shorter at between 24-28 inches (61-71 cm)
How much is a Great Dane Rottweiler Mix likely to weigh?
The Great Dane male typically weighs between 120 to 170 lb (54-74kgs) with the female at 110 to140 lbs (50-64 kgs). The male Rottweiler weighs in at between 87-135 lbs (39kg-61kg). The female is lighter at around 84-100 lbs (38-45 kgs).
This means that a Rottweiler Great Dane Mix is likely to weigh:
Male – between 105-155 lb (47-70 kg)
Female – between 85-135 lb (39-48kg)
Where should I get a Great Dane Rottweiler Mix from?
If you are looking for a puppy then always contact a reputable breeder. Look out for the following when you view a puppy:
- You should always have the opportunity to see the puppies interacting with the mother.
- If there is little interaction with the ‘mother’ be cautious as occasionally unscrupulous breeders can bring in another female dog for appearances.
- A breeder should also have details of the father available on request.
- You should have access to the medical records of both parents and any kennel club certificates.
If possible, adoption is a kind and rewarding option. But ensure that you thoughtfully discuss the details of a rescue dog with the charity or rehoming organization
If you already have a dog , then please feel free to browse these tips on how to introduce a puppy to an older dog.
What are the feeding requirements of a Great Dane Rottweiler Mix (Weiler Dane)?
It is always a good idea to consult with a vet or animal dietician regarding feeding requirements in the early days of ownership, as each dog will be unique. This will ensure that your Weiler Dane will receive a balance diet in the correct portions.
It is also important to balance feeding against exercise to maintain a healthy weight.
Always ensure that you establish a routine for feeding your dog with equal portions spread out over the day. If possible a Rottweiler Great Dane Mix will benefit from eating 3 smaller meals a day, rather than 2 larger meals.
As the Great Dane is prone to bloating it is advisable that owners should plan to exercise a Weiler Dane at least an hour before they feed and at least an hour afterwards. This will help prevent bloat and other gastric conditions potentially afflicting your dog.
Should I get a male or female Great Rottweiler Great Dane Mix?
Each dog is unique, so the following only offers a general guide rather than a rule but male and female dogs can have different dispositions. In general the female Weiler Dane tends to be more obedient and focused in training and less likely to be stubborn.
The male dogs can might engage in dominant behaviors with other canines and preventing this will be a focus of socialization. The males are also more likely to be stand-offish with unfamiliar people . Both male and female Weiler Danes will make equally good guardians of the home and loving and playful family pets.
What colors are common for a Great Dane Rottweiler Mix?
In general the Weiler Dane could potentially be any solid or partial color. Black and brindle are likely to be common colors with some favoring the black and tan coats of the Rottweiler.
Does a Great Dane Rottweiler Mix get on with other dogs?
Great Danes and Rottweilers are both dog breeds able to cohabit with other dogs. This will also be true ensure you follow clear steps in introducing established dogs to a puppy or another dog.
The Great Dane is a particularly gregarious dog and any hybrid with this gentle giant in the mix is unlikely to be aggressive.
It is absolutely vital to socialize a Great Dane Rottweiler Mix puppy consistently to cope with a range of situations.
Does a Great Dane Rottweiler Mix get on with cats?
If this hybrid breed is introduced to cats as a puppy then it is often the case that that they can successfully live with these smaller pets. Rottweilers can have a high prey drive, and without the correct socialization and training be prone to chase smaller animals. But this can be balanced by the temperament of the Great Dane who as a breed are known to be disposed to get on with feline family members.
Ensure your Weiler Dane and cat are introduced in a structured and sensitive way.
Do Weiler Danes make good guard dogs for the home?
As with most hybrid dogs based on Great Danes, Weiler Danes make steady and controlled guard dogs. The Rottweiler’s temperament adds a robust and wary confidence to the more mellow temperament of the Great Dane. This means the Weiler Dane will be ready to act in the defence the family and home.
The combination of breeds, however, is likely to produce a dog that is highly biddable and but will react decisively and effectively in the face of any threat, particularly if they sense the distress of an owner.
Where can I found out more?
If you are considering a hybrid breed always research both founding breeds to ensure that you are fully prepared for the arrival of your Weiler Dane and nuance your training and lifestyle provision for your exciting new canine family member accordingly.
Please feel free to browse our breed guide for more information on the Great Dane, Rottweiler and other breeds. Also a good breeder should be willing to offer you advice and guidance when you take your puppy home.
Other Great Dane Hybrid Breeds
Please click on the pictures below to find out more about these other fantastic Great Dane hybrid breeds:
Great Dane Pitbull
Great Dane Boxer Mix
Great Dane Dalmatian Mix
Great Dane Doberman
Great Dane Rescue (USA)
R.E.A.L Rotterweiler Rescue (USA)
Rottweiler Welfare Association (UK)