By Dr. Watuwa JamesDr. James Watuwa Last updated: 27th November 2023


The Labrottie is a large cross between two purebred dogs – the Labrador Retriever and the Rottweiler. It has the warm, intelligent, and friendly demeanor of a Lab combined with the calmness and protective nature of a Rott. Built for different types of dog sports such as obedience, tracking, agility, and retrieving, the Labrottie has a muscular body with a slightly broad head, somewhat arched neck, and may have a docked tail.

Labrottie Pictures

Quick Information

Other NamesRotten Lab, Rottador, Labweiller, Rottwador, Rott’n Lab
CoatMedium/short, double coat; coarse, straight, and flat overcoat; soft undercoat
ColorBrown, gray, black and tan, black
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Group of BreedSporting, working
Lifespan9-12 years
Weight70-115 lbs (38.6-45.4 kg)
Size and HeightBig; about 24 inches
TemperamentClever, loving, loyal, quiet, confident
Good with ChildrenYes
Country Originated inUSA
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationIDCR, DRA, DDKC, DBR, ACHC

Labrottie Puppies Video

Temperament and Behavior

The Labrador retriever and Rottweiler mix dogs are affectionate with their owner as well as other members of the house and are quite family-oriented. These devoted and docile animals are often seen following their owner and always trying to please their family with a clownish behavior. They might become destructive if you keep them separated for long periods. The Labrotties are not known to welcome strangers or other unfamiliar pets due to their territorial instincts. This makes it necessary to expose them to different people as well as sights and sounds. These pets get along fine with kids if raised with them.



Since it has a working heritage, the breed requires a fair amount of regular activity to keep it happy. Even though it remains somewhat inactive indoors, it will appreciate a 30-minute walk or a romp in a fenced yard. It also enjoys one or two sessions of interactive games including retrieving a ball, which it will happily carry in its mouth. Do not over-exercise your pet as its double coat could cause its body to become excessively hot.


When it comes to grooming, your Labrottie needs a weekly brushing using a firm-bristled brush. This will help in not only removing the loose hairs but also distributing the skin oils much more evenly. To keep it looking clean as well as smelling good, you need to bathe your Rottweiler-Labrador mix once or twice every two months. If its nails do not wear down naturally, trim them down once a month.

Health Problems

Like all big dogs with a deep chest, the Labrotties are susceptible to bloat or torsion. Therefore, do not feed your dog a single large meal, neither encourage it to eat rapidly nor make it exercise vigorously after a meal. Moreover, this breed is sometimes affected by hip and elbow dysplasia, bone cancer, PRA, canine cataracts, and allergies.


This breed is not suitable for those owners who lack confidence or do not have the time to supervise and train their dogs.

  • Obedience Training: Keep the commands short, one or two words at the most. You may use clicker training that is based on positive reinforcement, consistency, and cooperation to curb its natural aggressive behavior.
  • Socialization: Carefully introduce your Labrottie to other dogs, which will help it to learn to coexist with its new companion. You can organize “play-dates” with your sister’s puppy or your friend’s dog and make sure the experience is a pleasant one for your pet.


Apart from feeding your dog on canned food and dry kibble, you could provide it with bones and raw meat. Feed your pet a quality dog food that has at least 30 percent protein, 20 percent crude fat, and less than 4 percent fiber. An adult Labrottie’s regular dry food requirement is 4 to 5 cups.

53 responses to “Labrottie”

  1. Richard says:

    Looking for labrottie pup. Lost my labrottie on 12/31/19 great dog .

  2. David C Smith says:

    My Labrottie is only 2.5 months old and plays with my older Lab/Chow mix………. What a difference between the two……….. DEEZEL already knows his name, potties outside, sits, starting to lay down, loads up for his crate and car rides, loves to chew on things (YIKES), starting to try clicker training.

    I think he will be one of the best dogs that I have ever owned…….. Almost 20 pounds and growing like a weed……. Solid black except for a white patch on his chest and white on the bottom of his feet……… 2nd pick of a litter of 11 puppies………. I got DEEZEL and helped re-home 4 more of his brothers and sisters…………. One went home to a 16 year old boy who found his needle-in-the-haystack Christmas wish (A Labrottie)………… I am glad his puppy is on their farm near Nashville………… They drove 3 hours to come and get him (They had a Labrottie when the boy was a small child)……..I felt like Santa Claus must feel every year.

    • Carolyn Barnard says:

      My husband and I got our first dog and it was a lab rottie puppy. She was the cutest dog….all black. She was so smart. Well-behaved and very protective. And I am always searching for another one just like her. My husband is a veterinarian and he loves the combination just as much. The Combination of these two dogs breeds seems to brings out the best of their qualities. I think and from what I’ve read everyone seems to have a similar experience. So I’m always on the lookout for lab Rottie puppies. So if anyone knows of any litters coming soon or even in 6 months. Please let me know. I will go to any state to acquire another labrottie.

  3. says:

    Does the Laborittie make a good duck dog ..

  4. Terri says:

    I just adopted a 2 year old Labrottie, what an awesome dog, he is a gentle giant. This is the sixth day and I already love the big guy and he sure shows me affection. VERY protective especially when men approach me too quickly yet listens to me immediately and he backs off and is calm. The perfect large baby

  5. Trevor says:

    Looking for another labrottie male just lost mine after 14 1/2 years

    • jessica Frazier says:

      We just had a litter of 9 we will be giving them away as the parents do not have papers but are both pure breeds the coupling was not planned lol I’m in the Texas area

      • Julie says:

        Do you still have any of the pups left? If so, I would love to chat and possibly see pictures. I am in California so it would take some work.But I just had to put down my Rotador of 13 years at the beginning of the month.

    • Lisa Butti says:

      We are about to have puppies around the 17th of november. Dad is a big beautiful chocolate lab and mom is a beautiful rott/cane corso mix. Both with great temperments. You can email me if you are interested. Canton, Ohio. Will not ship puppies.

      • Mary Pardieck says:

        Hi Lisa,
        I am interested in Your Lab/Rott/Cane Corso mix.
        i have been searching for the right mix and puppy age
        to give a loving forever home to.
        I would really appreciate hearing from You. I am
        in Indiana. I would like to come for a visit over the holiday,
        if it would be possible. It appears that they would not be
        ready to go to a new loving home until around 1/12/20.
        Please email any pix You might have of pups and parents
        and any history You could share on their health etc.
        I am interested in a male.
        Mary Pardi

  6. Juanita says:

    I had one his name was Chulo , the best dog ever. He was super smart loved him so much. He was great with my grandkids. Very patient even played dress up with my granddaughters . He liked to take the leash from my had and walk himself home after our walks. He loved his stuffed animals never tore them up. He would know to move around the house when I was cleaning the floors. Really an amazing dog someday when I’m not grieving for him anymore I will get another.

  7. Toots says:

    I have a boy lab Rottweiler he turned 3 months February 19th and he weighs 14.6 lbs is that a normal weight for him

    • Dana says:

      Depends on his dominant genes. Our 3 month old lab rottweiler weighed 24.5lbs and the vet said it was a good weight for his body

  8. Robert says:

    Anyone looking my father in law has 8 300 a pup in the Saginaw MI area

  9. R Lopes says:

    Just had to put mine down. 13 years old and had Esophagial paralysis. Couldn’t get whole breaths with our (Cape Cod) heat. Beautiful black/brown and huge. 130 lbs of majestic beauty. Very protective and loyal. Everyone he came in contact with would tell me how great he was. Easygoing disposition. Going to miss this dog, by far best of the dogs I’ve had over my 48 year lifetime (12+). Would love to hear if anyone knows of any around. Male. please email My heart aches over this one.

    • Cindy says:

      Have 11

      • Linda Johnson says:

        I would Love one as well. I was a Rottie breeder years ago, my husband and I switched from the big boys to yorkies..LOL My yorkies are 12 & 14 and I have wanted this Rott/LabMix for husband passed away 5 years ago and we over the years have done obediense training and conformation showing..this is not my desire I’m looking to have a companion and also a protector if you will…I strongly believe in socializing all animals..I would be very interested in any information on litters or availability…preferably female..Thank you

      • Melissa says:

        ….you have Labrotties?!?! I am sure that I am too late. My 11 month old Big Baby Boy (80 lbs) was murdered along with my daughters dog and my soul has yet to heal. We are hoping to find a Purebred Lab and Purebred Rottweiler mix.

        Please contact me if you have one or know of a good breeder. Thank you!!

        • Lindsey says:

          Our baby girl is a purebred female rottweiler and she has a litter of puppies due in about a week. Our purebred chocolate lab is the dad. We’re getting excited and can’t wait to see what her puppies look like!

          • Richard says:

            Hi my name is Richard, I am currently looking for a labrottie. We just lost our Wally on Dec 31 2019 ,he was 41/2 died from a seizure no symptoms all of a sudden. Appreciate any help

    • Mindy says:

      I had to put my Moose to sleep Friday just a baby still only seven???? I feel soooo cheated! I don’t even really know what was really wrong with him. He received a bunch of vaccines and a few days later couldn’t eat dog food and excessive drool came out of his mouth. He would only eat meat and by Friday he couldn’t walk. We spent $4,000 and don’t have an answer! I would like another labrottie!

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  11. Virginia Vargas says:

    Please call me I want two of the dogs pictured in this website. I lost my labrottie after 24 years. I am in pain and I want 2 of more.

  12. C8lin says:

    how fast do they grow? I have a 2 month old, he weighs about 10-11 pounds.

    • Thomas Franklin says:

      Fast, mines is 5 months and he is 76 lbs. He’s huge! He has the jaws, head, and ears like a rotweiler, and a Labrador nose and tail, along with a silky black coat! He’s beautiful

  13. Jesse says:

    Me and my family adopted our lab/Rott Leo when he was 8months , he was 40 pounds when we got him, skin and bones! Now he’s 11 months and a complete foodie! He gained close to 15-20 lbs since being with us and he doesn’t mind at all lol he loves kids and playing. Loyal and smart but can be stubborn at times but hey that’s all dogs right.

  14. Susie scadden says:

    Looking for brown labrottie. Would like female but male ok
    Please call 903-399-9309

    • Jessica says:

      I have a 3 month old labrottie he was black with white chest as newborn but the Las couple weeks his black is turning brown he was a newborn rescue he is good with other animals just tends to get a bit jealous when he is not center of attention.

  15. DB says:

    I have a 10month old Rott/Lab mix…..I got him from a rescue back in March. He’s my best bud and a big baby. They do need structure and a strong owner. But, they are loyal to the bone and will be a good companion. They are smart and very protective of their family.

  16. L says:

    I just brought a rottweiler lab its 8 weeks old and has the runs with the last week any one known wat could be making the lie that

    • DB says:

      Have you taken it to the Vet yet? It might be a change in diet compared to what it was being fed by the people you got him/her from. But, I would also ensure you take it to a vet to ensure it doesn’t have Parvo.

    • Laine says:

      My labrottie always had the runs as a pup, took him to the vet many times and they couldn’t find anything wrong. I had him on grain free food and switched him to food with grain in it and it got a lot better

  17. Noah says:

    I’m a cat person. I inherited my lab/Rott is mix from a poopy roommate. They left, the pup stayed. Best. Deal. Ever. She was 6 months and I didn’t speak dog so we struggled at first. However after some puppy training classes/play bonding time, we tight AF. I love my Ursa girl. She’s sweet, calm, loving with a BS detector they hasn’t failed me yet. (Every date my dog didn’t like turned out to be a jerk!) She active so I had to be active, now we both healthy AF. (I dropped 60 pounds.) She plays so well with “human puppies.” She also great with reading my emtions and offers so much support and learning to be her “Alpha” has helped me develop my own leadership skills. Getting her butt on a Schedule got my butt On a schedule. She’s the best thing that ever happened to me and she doesn’t even realize.

  18. Alice Harrison says:

    My pup Oscar is 6 months old. He is so friendly and just wants to love and please EVERYBODY! Biggest goof ball but so lovely and gentle at the same time. I have raised a mixture of many dog breeds but Labrotties are definitely one of the best natured dogs!

  19. Chris Lehner says:

    Bandit is my 6 yr old male. I’ve had him since he was 30 days old (due to flea infestation, I took him home). 3 yrs ago, out of nowhere, he started sleeping on the corner of my bed, near my head. Less than 6 months later, I was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma. My Drs believe Bandit sensed something was wrong. He’s the most loving, obedient,easily trainable, well mannered dog I have owned. Protective of my grand children, loves the cats (but seriously scared of kittens) and accepting of visitors. I don’t think I would ever want any other breed of dog.

  20. Adria says:

    I have a Labrotty 4 & half years old,he is very lovely,is my baby but I can’t keeper not more
    Needs somebody a companion for life?
    I’m looking for a nice family
    Please call me Im surrendering him.
    Help me to help him!
    786 316 3322 My name is Adria/Miami.

  21. Holly says:

    We have a LabRottie that we picked up at a shelter a month ago. He is a year old. What a wonderful dog. He doesn’t bark. When he’s in the house, he sleeps most of the time. Outside he is hilarious. Leaping jumping over snow banks, and playing keep away. For a dog, he shows so much compassion. We were told he was lab and shepherd, but not so.

  22. J says:

    We just adopted from local pound lil 3 month old labrottie! She is about 30 pounds. We are all excited to have her in our family.

  23. John says:

    We have a LabRottie who is 75 lbs at 6 months. Best dog I’ve ever had. He’s a very playful boy… loves to play keep away with anything he can grab that he knows he shouldn’t but he’s brilliant and knows when game time needs to be over. I’ve never seen a dog better at understanding words I absolutely love his protective nature and look forward to when we can leave the house without confining him to a pen in the corner of a room. He can be destructive when he gets bored, but grab his favorite toy or treat and he snaps out if it instantly. I absolutely love this dog

    • Thomas Franklin says:

      This is exactly my dog!!!!!!!!

    • Joe says:

      Hi! Everybody here talks about how great is their Labrottie, as mine is, of course. He’s 3 months now, but we adopted with only 6 weeks. Is sweet and funny and full of energy half of day and the other half is sleeping… I just want to know how normal is for a puppy biting hard (really hard, feet and clothes) when he knows I’m gonna leave the house and only stop when I don’t move at all, he hold my feet and lie on them. Sometimes is fun but other times gets me scared. He goes to the training school once a week. Have had 2 clases. But leaving the house is complicated. He’s my first dog and I love him. Please tell me is normal at his age ????

      • Lisa Toscano says:

        Lol.. omg this is my Thor .. he unties my shoe strings every morning when I’m trying to go for work.. hits my pant leg .. he doesn’t want me to go… he’s so sweet ????????❤️

  24. Cynthia Flores says:

    This actually helped me out a lot. My labrottie is gentle, confident and quiet, but at the same time is on guard. He can be playing one minute and the next if he senses or hears something out of the ordinary he’s attentive and alert. He’s s only 3 and a half months but looks like he’s about 7 or 8 months. He’s growing intensely fast and is highly Intelligent.I noticed the puppy chow food is not fulfilling to him so if an adult labrottie demands four to five cups during feeding time I’m sure mine needs a more satisfying food as a pup. As a single parent of 4 kids my youngest being 2 this breed is perfect for the gentle nature yet exceeds my expectations for the protection. He can be destructive and does not like to be alone but with discipline we can master this. We love our Labrottie.

  25. Linda says:

    Looking for a male Rottweiler/ Black Labrador puppy.

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