Husky Rottweiler Mix [Rottsky]: Full Breakdown & Pictures

The Husky Rottweiler mix combines two dogs with very different personalities.

Huskies are super friendly and quirky, whereas Rottweilers tend to be more reserved around new people and like to protect their families. This results in a unique and large mix that needs a lot of exercise and socialization; otherwise, you could run into problems.

In this guide, we’ll break down everything there is to know about the Husky Rottweiler mix so you can figure out whether this dog is for you.

Let’s get straight into it.

Quick Overview

Here’s a quick rundown of the top facts about the Husky Rottweiler mix:

  • Other Names: Rottsky, Rottyhusky
  • Average Lifespan: 9 to 12 years
  • Average Height: 22 to 26 inches
  • Average Weight: 60 to 100+ lbs
  • Coat appearance: Short to medium and double coated, lots of colors possible
  • Grooming Frequency: Low to moderate grooming needs
  • Typical Temperament: Social, active, protective
  • Daily Food Consumption: High
  • New Owner Friendly: Can be challenging due to size and exercise needs
  • Suitable to live with children? Usually great with children and babies but requires lots of socialization and supervision
  • Suitable to live with other dogs? Need to be socialized with small dogs from a young age due to prey drive
  • Suitable to live with cats? Need to be socialized with cats from a young age due to prey drive

Check out our comparison of the parent breeds to get a better idea of what to expect from the Husky Rottweiler Collie Mix!


The Husky Rottweiler mix has a unique appearance, adopting many features from both parent breeds.

The overall size is larger than a Husky, with a more slender build than a Rottweiler, with a short to medium-length double coat that can come in many colors.

Markings are expected, with white, black, or brown being the most common colors for these.

Rottskies very often have blue eyes, thanks to the Husky, and it’s also common for the ears to be alert and the tail to be bushy and curled.

Thanks to the Rottweiler, the head is quite large, with broad and powerful shoulders.

Siberian Husky Appearance & Background

Siberian Huskies have a classic wolf-like appearance, with several Spitz-type features, including erect ears, a thick double coat, and curled tails.

Huskies come in many colors and patterns, including all white, red and white, Agouti, and many more.

A black and white husky with blue eyes laid down

Their piercing eyes can also come in various colors, from blue to brown and everything in between.

They have a slender build, which helps them to pull light sled loads for hundreds of miles when appropriately trained.

Rottweiler Appearance & Background

Rottweilers are a large and powerful breed of dog with a distinctive appearance.

They typically have a robust, muscular build, broad head, and strong neck. They ascend from the mastiffs of the Roman legions and are commonly used as guard dogs due to their large size and imitating appearance.

A Rottweiler on a leash with its tongue sticking out

Rottweilers have a short and dense double coat that is always black with a shade of brown, such as rust or tan.

Average Size

The Husky Rottweiler mix is a medium to large dog that can easily exceed 100 lbs, although it’s more common for them to weigh less than this and have a more slender build.

They’ll reach 60 to over 100 lbs and 22 to 26 inches in height, depending on gender and the size of the parents.

Coat Appearance

Most Rottskies have a short, dense double coat that is primarily black with brown, white, and other colors as markings.

This can vary a lot, though, depending on the Husky parent, and sometimes the coat can be fluffier than a normal Rottweiler as well and medium in length, although this is less common.

Grooming Guide

Grooming is very straightforward for most Rottskies due to their short coat.

They’ll need a quick groom with a standard comb a few times per week to help remove dead hairs and get rid of tangles, and that’s about it.

If a Rottsky does have a thicker and longer coat, it’ll need to be groomed a few times per week properly to target both layers of the coat, and the details for this process can be found here.


The Husky Rottweiler mix can be bathed quite often thanks to the short coat.

Just make sure to use a pH-neutral, soap-free shampoo and conditioner, and only bathe them when their coat actually needs cleaning.


Temperament should be one of the things that all dog owners consider before getting a new dog, especially with a rare mix like the Rottsky, where the temperament can be harder to predict.

Let’s take a close look at the traits you can expect from a Rottsky.

Good With Children

Huskies and Rottweilers are known for being great with children, with Rottweilers being quite protective of them.

Due to the large size of the Rottsky, supervision around small children is essential to ensure they don’t accidentally knock them over.

Very Active

The Rottsky is a very active mix, requiring at least 2 hours of exercise daily.

Both parent breeds are unsurprisingly very active. Huskies can pull sleds for miles at a time over rough terrain, and Rottweilers are very active dogs that love to exercise.

If you want to get a Rottsky, you need to be willing to exercise them very regularly.

Guarding Instinct

The Husky Rottweiler mix can have a guarding or protective instinct, although it’s usually lesser than you would find in a purebred Rottweiler.

This is because Rottweilers are natural guard dogs, whereas Huskies have little to no guarding instinct at all, so this instinct can vary quite a lot between dogs.

High Prey Drive

A high prey drive is almost guaranteed in the Rottsky, thanks to the high prey drive of the Husky and Rottweiler.

A high prey drive means this dog is prone to chasing after smaller animals like cats, small dogs, and other animals without a second thought.

This means that using a leash in unsecured areas will be crucial to prevent them from running off and putting themselves in danger, and it’s also challenging to keep these dogs with cats or small dogs unless they’re raised together from a young age.

Prone To Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can be a real problem with highly intelligent and active dogs.

This is a condition where a dog can become anxious and develop destructive behaviors when left alone for long periods.

Husky Rottweiler mixes are prone to this condition because they are active and social. This is why they aren’t suited for busy households where they will be left alone for long periods and must be trained to deal with separation anxiety from a young age.

Is The Husky Rottweiler Mix A Good Family Dog?

Rottskies are great family dogs; they’re amazing with children and kids and love to be part of the family. They also prefer a full house and are not suited to being alone for long periods.

Their large size and energetic nature need to be considered, though; they’ll take up a lot of space and need plenty of exercise every day.

They’re also prone to being quite protective, especially over younger children, which can become problematic if they aren’t socialized often.

The last thing to remember is their prey drive; Rottskies aren’t suited for living with cats or small dogs unless they’re raised together from a young age.

Requires Lots Of Socialization

On the topic of socialization, it’s something that all dogs benefit from and is especially useful for the Rottsky.

Socializing Rottskies from an early age will teach them how to behave around other people, making it less likely for them to become overprotective of family members or overexcited when they meet somebody new.

How Much Do They Cost?

Huskies are pretty expensive, and Rottweilers can be, too, if they come from a champion line:

Finding a breeder of this mix is obviously tricky, given how rare they are, and you’re much more likely to see them in shelters or animal rescue centers.

In Summary

Rottskies are a demanding mix, requiring lots of exercise every day and also taking up a lot of room due to their large size; this breed is not for everyone.

They’re great family dogs if you have the time to devote to them, but you might run into problems if you can’t keep up with them and keep them satisfied and properly socialized.

If you’re interested in learning about more Husky mixes, you can check out some of our recent articles below:

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Caitlin is the owner and lead writer for The Malamute Mom. She has over 10 years of experience with Alaskan Malamutes and Huskies. She is currently working on getting her PhD in materials science but continues to write for The Malamute Mom in her spare time.

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