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Miniature Rottweiler Size, Breeders, & Price – Full Guide

Does it sound great to be able to live in a smaller space and have more money at the end of each month to pay your other bills?

Do you still want the character and spirit of the big dog? That’s where the miniature Rottweiler comes into the discussion.

It’s true, they don’t require that much space and it’s not that expensive to own them.

While it’s a myth that large dogs need a lot of space (even regular Rotties can be apartment dogs), it certainly comes in handy if you want to use a smaller dog bed and don’t have to give up most of your dog bed. Bank.

When it comes to costs, I pay $150+ per month for my 100 lb. Rottweiler, not to mention other fees, equipment, and more expensive vet visits.

Moreover, traveling with miniature Rottweilers is easier. The same goes for dealing with training and everything that comes with owning this breed.

Well, but is it all good and merry with these nice boys?

The recent increase in demand raises the question of whether it is actually a good idea to breed miniature Rottweilers.

There are three ways to get a smaller Rottweiler and some can pose dramatic health risks.

Miniature Rottweilers are created by breeding litters, reducing size over generations, breeding Rottweilers with dwarfism or crossbreeding them with small breeds.

1. Breeding litters

Although litter breeding is a natural method, it will likely take a few generations and produce only slightly smaller dogs.

For example, you take a female of 56 cm or less, or a male of 61 cm or less, which is the lower end of the breed standard, and start breeding them.

Over time you can get smaller and smaller specimens, which you in turn breed.

With this method you must take into account the very small gene pool and avoid any form of inbreeding.

2. Dwarfism

Another option for getting miniature Rottweilers is to breed only those with dwarfism

Many backyard breeders use this to make a quick buck.

Essentially, they market health problems as rare and desirable.

3. Crossing

Crossbreeding produces miniature Rottweilers, but it may take some failed attempts if the typical Rottweiler appearance is unintentionally altered.

Breeds commonly used for this include Beagles, but also Pugs, Chihuahuas, smaller Poodles and other small dogs.

Many problems can arise when crossbreeding and the question remains whether a miniature Rottweiler is actually necessary.

I will go into more detail below about their size, breeders, price, as well as temperament, level of affection and appearance.

If you are willing to explore other breeds, I have some suitable alternatives.

Miniature Rottweiler size

Miniature Rottweilers usually weigh about 30 pounds (14 kg), but can grow up to 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg), which puts the miniature Rottweiler at 1/3 to 1/2 the full-grown standard Rottweiler size.

As you can see from my Rottweiler growth chart, full-sized Rotties weigh about 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg) when you get them as puppies with a height of about 13 inches (34 cm).

It’s reasonable to expect to get a miniature Rottie slightly smaller, but it’s unclear exactly what the growth trajectory should be.

Since there is no real breed standard, it is certainly a disadvantage if you cannot see whether your miniature Rottweiler is growing properly.

Size is the main factor in why people look at miniature Rottweilers, so let’s determine what you expect from your dog.

If you want a small dog with the character of the Rottweiler but have been having trouble finding a miniature Rottie to adopt, you may be surprised to learn that there are other breeds that will meet your expectations.

Because Rottweilers are often used as guard dogs, that aspect is eliminated if you decide to bring home a miniature Rottweiler.

Not only is their physique not as intimidating, but their strength is dramatically reduced, as is their bite force when push comes to shove.

Of course, a miniature Rottweiler can still bark, but Rottweilers are not known to be crazy barkers.

Instead, a regular Rottweiler’s bark is very deep and intimidating, partly due to their body size, which, again, miniature Rottweilers lack.

If you’re looking for a breed that fends off intruders with sound alone, there may be other choices you should look at instead of the miniature Rottie.

Miniature Rottweiler fully grown

Fully grown miniature Rottweilers can be compared to a range of breeds such as the French Bulldog, Beagle or Border Collie and Australian Shepherd for larger but still miniature individuals.

The larger individuals are usually what you get if you breed just the runts of the litter.

Even by crossbreeding you won’t get dogs that are exactly the size of a very small dog; it will always be a mix between the large Rottie and the small breed, and therefore fall somewhere in the middle.

Only if you stick to crossbreeding or if you initially pair very small individuals (that is, the underrunners of the litter), you can get a really small dog.

Because there is absolutely no breed standard for this, it is difficult to say what a miniature Rottweiler puppy will look like when fully grown and its weight can range from 30 to 60 pounds (14-27 kg).

Miniature Rottweiler Breeders

Miniature Rottweiler breeders are rare compared to breeding standard sizes and there are absolutely no rules governing the ethical breeding of miniature Rottweilers.

In Germany (the country of origin of the Rottie) I could not find any breeders for miniature Rottweiler puppies.

As always, though, it’s best to follow my article on questions to ask your breeder.

In fact, it may be impossible to ethically breed miniature Rottweiler puppies, even if you disregard dwarfism and crossbreeding.

Even by breeding runts from the litter, you can breed dogs that don’t have the best genetics.

If your breeder is not careful, the litter’s cattle may develop behavioral problems (such as resource guarding, food aggression, etc.) because they always have to “fight” or be bullied during play.

Miniature Rottweiler Price

A rescued miniature Rottweiler or a similar crossbreed can cost as little as $150-$300, while a poorly bred miniature Rottweiler can command a higher price of $750-$1,500.

Shelters have many options that may not be labeled as “miniature Rottweiler,” but you can still get their fun size and temperament in the form of a smaller crossbreed.

According to the breed standard (AKC and the ADRK in Germany, their birthplace), dwarfism is not desirable at all and therefore should not be marketed as such by breeders.

Breeding the runt of the litter is certainly possible, but you won’t get a toy-sized dog and overall health may be worse compared to normal-sized Rotties.

While a small gene pool can mean inbreeding that should be avoided, it can also mean higher costs due to limited availability.

This means that a miniature Rottweiler, created by breeding offspring from the litters over generations, can come at a higher cost, up to $2,500 per puppy.

I live in Germany, the birthplace of the Rottweiler, and there are absolutely no miniature Rottweiler puppies being sold for these prices.

While we are not immune to trends or designer dog breeds, this is not that common and the desire to own a cute Rottie is probably most common in the US.

Breeds similar to miniature Rottweilers

As an alternative to the miniature Rottweiler, you can bring home a Manchester Terrier, Black and Tan Coonhound, Miniature Pinscher or a Beagle.

All of these breeds can change from very affectionate to fierce barkers and all have short and smooth black and brown coats (except the Beagle).

Disclaimer: This blog post does not and does not intend to replace veterinary attention. I am not a veterinarian or pet nutritionist. If your dog shows signs of illness, call your vet.

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