How To Adopt Blue Rottweiler Puppies
PETSIDI – The blue rottweiler is a rare and unique dog breed that has recently surged in popularity on social media. This popular rottweiler and Australian cattle dog mix combines the intelligence and loyalty of a Rottie with the high energy and agility of a Blue Heeler.
While adorable puppy posts flood Instagram, it’s important to educate yourself before adding one of these designer dogs to your family. Proper training and socialization from a young age are key to raising a well-mannered Blueweiler.
In this complete guide, we will cover everything you need to know about adopting or purchasing Blue Rottweiler puppies, from how to find reputable breeders to preparing your home for a new furry friend!
Overview of the Parents: Rottweiler and Blue Heeler
To understand the Blue Rottweiler’s traits and needs, let’s look at the parent breeds that make up this mix.
The Rottweiler originated as a herding and guard dog in Germany. This large and powerful working breed grows up to 27 inches tall and 110 pounds.
Rotties are known for being obedient, courageous, and lovingly devoted to their families. Without proper training and socialization, they can develop territorial aggression. Rottweilers have a double coat that sheds seasonally and may trigger allergies.
The Blue Heeler
The Australian Cattle Dog or Blue Heeler is a sturdy herding breed with roots in Australia’s ranching history. They are 16-20 inches tall and weigh 35-50 pounds as adults.
Energetic and highly intelligent, Blue Heelers need constant mental stimulation and vigorous daily exercise. They form intensely loyal bonds with their families. Heelers have smooth, short coats with unique mottled “blue” coloring.
What To Expect from a Blue Rottweiler Mix
Since the Blueweiler is a crossbred dog, their looks and personality can vary. Puppies tend to inherit a combination of traits from both parent breeds.
- Medium to large, 45-100 lbs
- Stocky, muscular build
- Floppy or erect ears
- Short, dense coat with black, blue-gray, brown coloring
- Intelligent and eager to please
- Loyal and protective of family members
- Energetic, loves interactive play and exercise
- Responds best to firm, positive training
- Wary of strangers, early socialization is key
- Herding instincts may try to “herd” children or other pets
- Potential for aggression or anxiety without proper handling
- At least 30-60 minutes of daily exercise
- Mental stimulation through training, puzzle toys, etc.
- Weekly grooming to control shedding
- May be prone to hip dysplasia, eye problems
- Require consistent, confident leadership
- Not recommended for first-time dog owners
Finding Responsible Blue Rottweiler Breeders
Since designer dogs like the Blueweiler are still relatively new, limited reputable breeders are specializing in them. Never purchase puppies from pet stores, puppy mills, or irresponsible backyard breeders.
Here are tips for finding ethical Blue Rottweiler breeders:
- Search sites like the Australian Cattle Dog Club of America and American Rottweiler Club for breeder referrals.
- Look up reviews and ask for references from past puppy buyers.
- Ensure parental health testing for issues like hip dysplasia.
- Visit the facility in person and meet at least one parent dog.
- Ask detailed questions and ensure the pups are well-socialized.
- Avoid breeders who ship puppies or seem profit-focused.
- Expect to be thoroughly vetted and waitlisted. Quality breeders care deeply about their puppy’s futures!
Be prepared to pay $1000-2000 USD from a responsible breeder. This initial investment helps support healthy breeding practices.
Adopting a Blue Rottweiler from a Rescue or Shelter
If going through a breeder seems too expensive or complex, adopting an adult Blue Rottweiler can be a fulfilling option!
Here’s how to go about Blue Rottweiler adoption:
- Use Petfinder’s search tool for adoptable Rotties and Blue Heelers in your area or specific regions you’re open to.
- Check major sites like Adopt-a-Pet.com and breed-specific adoption organizations. Expand your search area for more options.
- Read each dog’s description closely to ensure their known background and temperament suit your lifestyle.
- Ask shelters about application requirements, adoption fees, and their vetting process. Most charge a reasonable rehoming fee.
- Be prepared to travel multiple hours to meet the right adoptable match!
The adoption process may take weeks or months, but bringing home a furry friend in need is extremely rewarding. Patience and flexibility are key.
Preparing Your Home for a Blue Rottweiler Puppy
Once you’ve selected your future Blue Rottweiler, it’s time to puppy-proof and stock up on essentials! Follow this checklist to ensure your home is ready:
- Remove choke hazards and toxic houseplants
- Block access to electrical cords and hazardous chemicals
- Install baby gates near stairs, pools, etc.
- Secure trash cans and anything you don’t want to be chewed
- Designate an accident-free potty training zone
Essentials Shopping List
- Premium dog food like Blue Buffalo or Royal Canin
- Dog crate and comfy crate bedding
- Dog bed for sleeping in family areas
- Stain-resistant floor mats for the eating area
- Dog bowls, collar, leash, ID tag
- Interactive toys – Kongs, balls, ropes, puzzles
- Grooming tools – Slicker brush, nail clippers, shampoo
- Bone broth or dental chews for treats
- Pet insurance and preventatives like flea/tick medication
Tip: Enroll your adopted dog in the Wisdom Panel Dog DNA Test to better understand its mixed breeds and unique traits!
Training and Socializing a Blue Rottweiler Puppy
Consistent training and socialization beginning the moment your Blue Rottweiler puppy arrives home is crucial for raising a happy, well-adjusted dog.
- Take puppy outside to potty every 2 hours, after meals, naps, and playtime
- Use a consistent toilet command like “Go Potty” and praise/treat when they go
- Confine the puppy in a crate when you can’t actively supervise
- Thoroughly clean any indoor accidents with enzymatic cleaner
- Respond quickly at the first sign they need to go (sniffing, circling)
- Be patient and consistent. Most pups are reliably trained by 6 months.
- Start basic obedience like “Sit”, “Stay”, and “Come” in 5-10 minute sessions daily
- Use rewards-based methods and lots of treats, toys, and praise as motivation
- Practice commands in various environments to strengthen response
- Enroll in a positive reinforcement puppy kindergarten class for important socialization
- Invite vaccinated, friendly dogs and new people to your home
- Take the puppy on car rides, walks in public spaces, and new sights and sounds
- Ensure positive associations through praise, play, and treats during visits
- Avoid negative interactions with unknown dogs or people
- Sign the puppy up for training classes for structured socialization
With dedicated socialization and training, your Blue Rottweiler will become a friendly, confident dog despite their protective instincts.
Bringing Home Your Blue Rottweiler!
Congratulations, you’ve done all the preparation and your new fur baby is finally home! Here are some tips for a smooth transition:
- Introduce your puppy slowly to current family pets and children
- Establish a predictable daily routine including feeding, walks, training, playtime, and relaxation
- Set household rules and stick to them – where the pup can sleep, what they can chew, etc.
- Offer new toys and rewards for wanted behaviors to reinforce training
- Try an adaptable smart crate like Diggs Revol that grows with your Blue Rottweiler
- Remain patient and consistent – your hard work will pay off tremendously!
We hope this guide gave you paw-sible insights into adding a Blue Rottweiler to your family! With their intelligence and loyalty, these unique dogs make wonderful companions for an active home ready to commit to their training, exercise, and companionship needs.
While finding and preparing for a Blueweiler pup takes effort and patience, you’ll gain a loving best friend for life. We wish you the best of luck on your adoption or purchase journey!
Let us know if you have any other questions about these amazing Rottweiler and Blue Heeler designer dogs. We’d love to hear updates about your new furry family member as well. Enjoy all the puppy kisses and precious memories ahead!