Taking the time to choose a responsible and reputable Rottweiler breeder is hugely important when you are ready to add a Rottweiler puppy to your family!
That’s because your new puppy is going to be a member of your family for many years to come!
If you want your relationship to be a long, happy and healthy one (rather than a disappointing, frustrating or even tragic one), you have to start out on the right foot.
What Makes A ‘Good’ Rottweiler Breeder?
As with so many other breeds, Rottweilers have ridden a roller coaster in terms of popularity, and not all dog breeders have had the best interests of their dogs (or the breed in general) at heart.
As a result there are many Rotties out there who aren’t good representatives of their breed, either physically or temperamentally.
Research Is Hugely Important!
Puppies are so adorably irresistible, that many a level-headed person (who definitely knows better) has melted at the first set of ‘puppy dog eyes’ they saw….
…. and ended up taking home an unsuitable, poorly bred, or sickly puppy!
A puppy should NEVER be an impulse buy, and long before you ever get your first whiff of ‘puppy breath’, you need to have done plenty of research on your chosen breed and know exactly what you’re looking for – and what you need to avoid.
To make it a little easier, here are some tips, an idea of the things you should be looking for, and some of the questions you need to ask any Rottweiler breeder you’re considering.
1. Study the Breed Standard
To learn more about how a well-bred Rottweiler should look, visit my Rottweiler Breed Standard page. You’ll find excerpts from both the AKC (American Kennel Club) and the ADRK (Allegmeiner Deutscher Rottweiler Klub in Germany) Standards.
2. Talk to, and visit, several Rottweiler breeders
Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions (as long as they’re relevant and you’ve done your ‘homework’ in terms of understanding the breed). A good Rottweiler breeder will actually expect this ….. and welcome it.
Also don’t be surprised if you get the impression that the breeder is evaluating YOU too! They want their puppies to go to good, permanent homes with people who understand and care about the breed – so you have to pass their ‘tests’ as well.
3. Make sure the recommended health screenings have been done
Many breeds are susceptible to developing particular health concerns and a responsible Rottweiler breeder will put in a lot of effort to make sure that their breeding stock is free of genetic defects.
For Rottweilers, one of the main concerns is hip dysplasia.
If a puppy has parents who have hip dysplasia (even if it’s very mild), or has dogs in its’ lineage who are carriers of the gene for this disease, he/she is at a much higher risk of developing the condition.
When it comes to choosing a Rottweiler breeder, once you’ve done your homework it comes down to a personal decision.
- It’s a good idea to avoid breeders who have more than two different breeds.These may be puppy mills, back-yard breeders, or puppy-brokers – all of whom are often more interested in the money they can make selling puppies, than they are in improving any particular breed.
- It’s not good to buy a pup whose momma is younger than two, or older than nine, years of age. Or has had more than one litter in the past 18 months.
- A Rottweiler breeder who is an active member of a Breed Club such as the United States Rottweiler Club (www.usrconline.org), the American Rottweiler Club (www.amrottclub.org), The Rottweiler Club of Canada (www.rottclub.ca), the Rottweiler Club of Great Britain (www.therottweilerclub.co.uk) or one of many other recognized national clubs/organizations, should produce excellent puppies.
United States Rottweiler Club (www.usrconline.org):
Vom Waldbach Rottweilers
USRC Registered Kennel KR-148
2180 Hunter Mill Rd
Vienna, VA 22181
Von Den Dreibergen Rottweilers
USRC Registered Kennel KR-178
26317 NE 139th Ave
Battle Ground, WA 98604
6892 Buchanan rd
Ph: (250) 549-3877
Web site: http://www.myrotties.com
770 Coventry Drive NE
Calgary, AB T3K 4C7
Phone: (403) 210-0868
11 Ashford Drive
Winnipeg, MB R2N 1K7
Phone: (204) 253-5396
890 Rue de Leval,
Address: 6 GWENDOLINE STREET MERTHYR, MERTHYR TYDFIL, MId GLAMORGAN CF47 9ad , Wales
Phone: 01685 552266-07866438341
Rostock Rottweilers – Rosemary Poole
Address: MOSS LEA BROUGHALL, WHITCHURCH, SHROPSHIRE, SY13 4AA
Phone: 01948 666227-07580690285