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15+ Dog Breeds That Look Like Rottweilers

By Kerry
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When you’re choosing a new family pet, one of the main things people like to consider is the pet’s appearance. Many dog lovers like the look of a rottweiler, which is fair enough because they’re an incredibly good-looking breed of dog.

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However, rottweilers can be a fairly aggressive breed when they want to be, so you may want to look into breeds that are similar in appearance to rottweilers but don’t have the same aggressive tendencies.

In this article, we’re going to introduce to you over 15 different breeds of dog, including rottweiler mixes, that look quite similar to rottweilers but have a personality all of their own.

Here goes!

(These breeds are not listed in any particular order.)

1. Beaucerons

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Beaucerons are a French breed of mastiff-type dogs. They come in both black and tan colors, like rottweilers, and are known for being intelligent, loyal, friendly, and affectionate.

They also make excellent guard dogs due to their size and strength. They tend to weigh between 70 pounds and 100 pounds.

2. Doberman Pinscher

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The Doberman Pinscher is another large German Shepherd-type dog. It was originally bred as a working dog but has since become popular with the general public.

Its name means “guardian” or “protector.” The Doberman Pinschers are generally very smart, obedient, protective, and courageous. They are also considered to be among the most trainable of all dogs.

Like rottweilers, they often have a gorgeous black and tan coat.

3. Miniature Pinscher

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This is a smaller version of the Doberman Pinscher, weighing around 30 pounds on average. They often have that same black and tan coat that you see on rottweilers.

These little guys are great companions for children and are usually very playful. They love to play fetch and tug-of-war games.

4. Hovawart

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A Hovawart is a crossbreed of a hound and a wolfhound. They were originally used by hunters to track down prey and are still used for hunting today.

They tend to have that same gorgeous black and tan coat you see on rottweilers.

They are extremely agile and athletic, making them ideal for agility competitions. They are also highly intelligent and trainable.

5. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a medium-sized dog that originated in Switzerland. In addition to sharing the same color scheme of a rottweiler, they also have a similar chunky face.

They are known for being gentle and loving and are very loyal to their owners. They are also very active, energetic, and intelligent. They enjoy playing with other animals and having fun adventures.

6. Boerboel

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The Boerboel is a large mastiff-like dog from South Africa. Although they have a different colored coat to a rottweiler, they have a similar fierce look on their face and expression.

Boerboels are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and devotion to their owner. They are also known for being extremely strong and powerful. They are good at guarding livestock and are commonly used as police dogs.

7. Great Dane

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The Great Dane is a giant dog weighing up to 200 pounds. They may not always have the same rottweiler color, but they are like rottweilers in their face shape.

They are known for being very intelligent, loyal, and devoted to their family. They are also very strong and powerful, making them excellent guard dogs.

8. Boxer

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The Boxer is a medium-sized dog, weighing anywhere from 80 to 120 pounds. They share many traits with rottweilers, including their beautiful black and tan coats.

They are known to be very loyal to their families and fiercely protect their owners if necessary. They are also very affectionate and make wonderful pets.

9. German Shepherd

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The German Shepherd is one of the oldest breeds of dogs. They are typically between 50 and 70 pounds, and their coats can range from solid colors to brindle patterns.

Although you probably won’t mistake a German shepherd for a rottweiler, you have to admit that their coats can be very similar in color.

They are known as the best breed for protection, obedience, and herding. They are also incredibly loyal and friendly toward strangers.

10. Tibetan Mastiff

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The Tibetan Mastiff is a massive dog, weighing around 250 pounds. They have a thick double coat, which comes in various shades of brown, gray, or white.

Although they don’t always have the same coloring as a rottweiler (they might be all white), they do have a similar head shape and facial features.

As for their temperament, they are protective, courageous, and obedient. They love children and make great companions.

11. American Bully

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The American Bulldog is a small, short-legged dog. They weigh about 25 to 35 pounds and have a distinctive square head.

Although they aren’t usually mistaken for a rottweiler, there are some similarities in appearance. For example, both have a similar body type.

Bulldogs are known for their stubbornness, courage, and independence. They are also very smart and make great watchdogs.

12. Bull Mastiff

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The Bull Mastiff is a very large dog, weighing up to 150 pounds. They have a long, muscular neck, and a broad chest.

Their coat isn’t always the same color as that of a rottweiler, but they do have similar faces.

Like most bulldogs, they are known for their strength, determination, and bravery. They are also very protective of their family and make great guard dogs.

13. Manchester Terrier

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The Manchester Terrier is a small, sturdy dog, weighing under 20 pounds, and they have a stunning glossy coat, similar to a Rottweiler.

They are known primarily for their high energy level and their ability to work well on a farm. Because of this, they are often used as working dogs. However, they are also good with kids, and they make wonderful pets at home.

14. Cane Corso

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Cane Corso are Italian Mastiffs with a strong working background. They were originally bred as farm dogs, but now they live in households across the world.

The Cane Corso is a large, powerful dog weighing over 100 pounds. They have an extremely strong build and a dense, wiry coat.

They are known for being extremely aggressive toward other animals, so it’s important to keep them away from your cat.

Despite their intimidating looks, they are actually very gentle and loving toward people. They are also very intelligent, making them excellent house dogs.

15. American Pit Bull Terrier

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The American Pit Bull Terrier is one of the smallest breeds of pit bull terriers. They are known for being fearless, and they have a huge amount of energy.

Because of this, they can become destructive if not properly trained. They are also very agile, and they make great agility competitors.

16. Belgian Malinois

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The Belgian Malinois is a working breed of dog that was developed in Belgium. Their coats come in many different colors, including black, red, brown, and yellow.

They are known for being extremely loyal and trustworthy and are highly trainable. They are also very athletic, and they make great hunting dogs.

They are known for having a calm demeanor, which makes them perfect for homes with families.

17. Husky Rottweiler Mix

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The Husky Rottweilers mix is a cross between a husky and a rottweiler. These two breeds are very different, however, and the Husky Rottweilers mix has traits from both.

These dogs weigh between 60 and 90 pounds and have long, silvery-white coat. Their heads tend to be bigger than those of a pure rottweiler, and they have a longer muzzle.

18. Rottgi (Corgi x Rottweiler Mix)

The Corgi x Rottweiler Mix is a cross between a corgi and a rottweiler, resulting in a dog that looks like a mixture of both breeds.

This type of dog weighs around 65 to 75 pounds, and they have an average lifespan of about 12 years. They have a short, curly coat, and they come in any color you’d expect from a rottweiler or a corgi.

Wrap Up

So, there are a great many breeds of dogs that look like rottweilers, but perhaps a mixed breed is your best chance of getting a very similar look. Hope you enjoyed it!

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About the author


Kerry White is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Kerry has been writing for PetDT for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners.Kerry has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Kerry knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.