What we call a Rott Pei is not a purebred dog, it’s basically a cross between the Rottweiler and the Shar Pei (thus, the name ‘Rott Pei’). Sometimes, a mixed breed dog can have an unpredictable personality – there’s no way that you can really know and find out what temperament and combination of characteristics it will get.
So the best way to approach a situation like this is by carefully studying the breeds involved in the cross, learn all their characteristics, both good and bad ones, and just use your imagination to figure out all possible combinations of their personality the puppy might have. And yes, it can be risky, especially when it’s dogs with pretty tough characters involved, and sometimes it might happen that the puppy will take on the ‘worst’ of the both breeds, but as many times it will end up being an adorable dog that got only the ‘good’. Plus, we all know that a puppy’s personality is as much what you make of it as it is what’s in the genes.
Some Info On The Parent Breeds
So, in order to check all possible combinations of personality your new puppy might get, it’s crucial that you know a bit more about the parent breeds, in this case Rottweiler and Shar Pei.
The Rottweiler is one of the oldest of herding breeds out there with history dating as far back as the Roman Empire. They’re confident, calm and courageous dogs, one of the first breeds ever to work as police dogs. The Rottweiler has a certain wait-and-see attitude that responds quietly to the environment. They’re best known as hard working and really loyal – great family guardians and friends.
The Shar Pei is a really reserved and super independent breed, known for its devotion and loyalty. They are very affectionate to their families, and with some time and proper introduction, also to strangers. Socialization is very important for Shar Peis, since if they lack socialization from even their earliest days as puppies or training, they can get aggressive and territorial. They are silent dogs that like to be around people at all times, and are not difficult to train, but they do respond bad to negative / cruel treatment.
Facts About Shar Peis
As a breed, Shar Peis are pretty low maintenance, they don’t need any frequent grooming in order to maintain upkeep. This makes them a great dog for those that simply don’t have all the time in the world to take care of delicate pets. Their coats are hard, harsh and rough, and short to medium length.
They are easy to train
Just like its parent breeds, the Rott Pei is not a difficult dog to train. They listen and respond well to commands and never fail to obey their owner. It’s much easier to train a Rott Pei then you might think, they really need much less repetitions when being trained.
They make great watchdogs
Just like the Shar Pei and the Rottweiler, the Rott Pei makes an amazing watchdog. They are not loud, they bark very rarely, but they never fail to signal when an intruder is approaching. Rott Peis are really protective over their family.
They are fairly active
Rott Peis, just like most of the dogs out there, need a regular exercise in order to maintain health and fitness. This is not the dog to get if you were planning to skip the regular trips to the park.
Their lifespan and size is average for large breeds
A mix between a Rottweiler and a Shar Pei will have a similar life expectancy as its parent breeds. You can expect a Rott Pei to live anywhere between the minimum of 9 and maximum of 15 years.
In terms of size, Rott Peis usually weigh anything between 85 and 100 pounds. Their size can be compared to those of a Labrador Retriever (with average of 80 pounds), German Shepherd (average 95 pounds), Golden Retriever (average 75 pounds) and a Boxer (average 80 pounds).
They need proper nutrition to grow and thrive
As a large dog that is expected to live even maybe more than 15 years, a Rott Pei, similarly to other dogs of its size, needs 3-4 cups of dry food a day. Premium brand dry kibble is your best option with Rott Peis.
They have strong personalities
Generally Rott Peis are affectionate, highly intelligent and really protective dogs. They almost never bark, except for the times they’re trying to signal an intruder.
Rott Peis are also not the best choice if you were looking for a dog that will take care and play with your kids, since usually they’re not really good with kids. But they’re really not violent either, according to data collected. Ever since 1982 there have been only 2 reported human attacks from Rott Peis, which is really the average compared to other breeds.
If your looking at getting a little puppy and you love the breed of a Rottweiler or a Shar Pei then why not get a Rott Pei. Whatever you decide to get I am sure you will build loads of amazing memories together. Please let me know in the comments below if you have or have had a Shar Pei as I would love to here about it.
I have a Sharpei/rotty cross. he is the best muttly I have ever ewncountered. His temperament is terrific though the neighbours wouldn’t tell you that as he barks and jumps up on he gate as they walk past but when they encounter him outside they find that he is friendly and approachable. He was extremely easy to housetrain and if well fed doesn’t chew or destroy anything. He has free access to the house during the day and comes and goes as he pleases. He has one quality that dog owners love to enjoy in that wherever I go he follows. He has a soft furry paly toy bear that most dogs would destroy in minutes, but he has held it for 2 years now . I recommend these lovely muttly’s to everbody
Our Rott/sharpei, Peni, was THE best dog we have ever had! She lived 11 good years. We been searching for another like her with no luck!!!! I’ll keep searching til I find one, but it’s hard!
I agree. I recently purchased a RottPei and he’s my shadow. He’s lovely and a brat at times but he’s only 6 months old I’m going to start going to a trainer with him just so my kids have a better time dealing with him. As for me he wants to sleep in my bed head on the pillow. Loves fetch will go for hours if I keep throwing the toy or ball. He’s handsome and a good guard dog. Not overly friendly to outsiders just a bit suspicious of them some he tends to take to others not at all. He loves my kids. When my bf tries to be too firm with him he talks back I hope that doesn’t mean he’s already a defiant teenager I find it quite amusing. However I need to stop the jumping up and his tendency to growl if woken up and demanded to do something he likes to do what he likes to do unless I ask him he’s my cuddle bug and I’ve grown attached to him , he’s so smart clean all the time. I highly recommend this cross breed. My Male is not lifting his leg or doing any type of dirty behaviours. Very affectionate protective loyal dog can definitely be an unleashed trained dog.