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Our German Rottweiler Heritage

As Mentioned on our home page, our championship German Rottweilers come from world renowned and famous German Schutzhund working lines including: Gil Von Milsped, Beaverbrook, Schwaiger Wappen, Bronko Od Dragicevica, as well as AKC National Champion lines from Karriems, Gamegards, Full Moon, BAAR, and Evrmore.

Our very own Champions include: CH Heimgarde's Evon Von Brando, CH Roka's Lethal Weapon, CH BAAR's Full Metal Jacket, CH Sam Houston's Lord of the Rings.We are also exceptionally proud of CH Ptd. Sam Houston's King of the Hill and his 1/2 brother Int. CH Blaxwil's Ima Shaka who won Best in Show his first time out in Hong Kong, and Carter's Class Act are both sons/sister of Multi BIS/BISS Select # 1 U.S. CH Shaka Zulu, record holder for the most Best in Show wins in all of Breed history.

German Rottweiler History

Although a versatile breed used in recent times for many purposes, the Rottweiler is primarily known as one of the oldest herding breeds. A multi-faceted herding and stock protection dog, it is capable of working all kinds of livestock under a variety of conditions.

The Rottweiler breed is ancient, one whose history stretches back to the Roman Empire. In those times, the Roman legion traveled with their meat on the hoof and required the assistance of working dogs to herd the cattle. One route the army traveled was through Württemberg and on to the small market town of Rottweil. The principal ancestors of the first Rottweilers during this time are believed to be the Roman droving dog, local dogs the army met on its travels, and dogs with molosser appearance coming from England and the Netherlands.

This region was eventually to become an important cattle area, and the descendants of the Roman cattle dogs proved their worth in both driving and protecting the cattle from robbers and wild animals. Rottweilers were said to have been used by travelling butchers at markets during the Middle Ages to guard money pouches tied around their necks. However, as railroads became the primary method for moving stock to market, the breed had declined so much that by 1900 there was only one female to be found in the town of Rottweil. At this point it was decided to save the breed. Two different breeds were cross-bred with the last female. These were the German Pinscher and the Bernese Mountain dog. The German Pinscher to maintain the Rottweiler coloring of black and tan, the courageous spirit and to off-set the heavier build and wavy coat of the Bernese Mountain Dog. The Mountain dog was cross-bred in for the typical 'Mastiff' head type of the Rottweiler, the sturdy body and the herding and protecting instincts. All off-spring were carefully selected for further in-breeding and line breeding to start eliminating any characteristics that were not in line with the original Rottweiler appearance. For example, the longer, wavier coat and the white markings on the throat from the Mountain dog and the narrower head and finer body shape from the Pinscher. Even today, due to indiscriminate breeding, small white throat markings can be seen on some Rottweilers.

The build up to World War I saw a great demand for police dogs and that led to a revival of interest in the Rottweiler. During the First and Second World Wars, Rottweilers were put into service in various roles, including as messenger, ambulance, draught, and guard dogs. Deutscher Rottweiler-Klub (DRK, German Rottweiler Club), the first Rottweiler club in Germany, was founded January 13, 1914, and followed by the creation of the Süddeutscher Rottweiler-Klub (SDRK, South German Rottweiler Club) on April 27, 1915 and eventually became the IRK (International Rottweiler Club). The DRK counted around 500 Rottweilers, and the SDRK 3000 Rottweilers. The goals of the two clubs were different. The DRK aimed to produce working dogs and did not emphasize the morphology of the Rottweiler. The main stud dog of this club was Lord von der Teck. The IRK tried to produce a homogeneous morphology according to its standard. One of the main stud dogs of this club was Ralph von Neckar.

The various German Rottweiler Clubs amalgamated to form the Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler Klub (ADRK, General German Rottweiler Club) in 1921. This was officially recorded in the register of clubs and associations at the district court of Stuttgart on January 27, 1924. The ADRK is recognised worldwide as the home club of the Rottweiler. In 1935 the Rottweiler was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. In 1936, Rottweilers were exhibited in Britain at Crufts. In 1966, a separate register was opened for the breed. In fact, in the mid 1990s, the popularity of the Rottweiler reached an all time high with it being the most registered dog by the American Kennel Club

Rottweiler Temperament

According to the FCI Standard, the Rottweiler is good-natured, placid in basic disposition, very devoted, obedient, biddable and eager to work. Their appearance is natural and rustic, their behaviour self-assured, steady and fearless. They react to their surroundings with great alertness. The American Kennel Club says it is basically a calm, confident and courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. A Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in its environment. It has an inherent desire to protect home and family, and is an intelligent dog of extreme hardness and adaptability with a strong willingness to work, making them especially suited as a companion, guardian and general all-purpose dog.

Rottweilers are a powerful breed with well developed genetic herding and guarding instincts. As with any breed, potentially dangerous behavior in Rottweilers usually results from irresponsible ownership, abuse, neglect, or lack of socialization and training. However, the exceptional strength of the Rottweiler is an additional risk factor not to be neglected. It is for this reason that breed experts recommend that formal training and extensive socialization are essential for all Rottweilers. According to the AKC, Rottweilers love their people and may behave in a clownish manner toward family and friends, but they are also protective of their territory and do not welcome strangers until properly introduced. Obedience training and socialization are musts.

Rottweiler Health

Rottweilers are a relatively healthy, disease-free breed. As with most large breeds, hip dysplasia can be a problem. For this reason the various Rottweiler breed clubs have had x-ray testing regimes in place for many years. Osteochondritis Dissecans, a condition affecting the shoulder joints, can also be a problem due to the breed's rapid growth rate. A reputable breeder will have the hips and elbows of all breeding stock x-rayed and read by a recognised specialist, and will have paperwork to prove it.

They will also have certificates that their breeding animals do not have entropion or ectropion and that they have full and complete dentition with a scissor bite. As with any breed, hereditary conditions occur in some lines. Because of recent overbreeding, cancer has become one of the leading causes of early death in Rottweilers which is why we are very selective and careful in our breeding practice to maintain a healthy blood line. If overfed or under exercised, Rottweilers are prone to obesity. Some of the consequences of obesity can be very serious, including arthritis, breathing difficulties, diabetes, heart failure, reproductive problems, skin disease, reduced resistance to disease and overheating caused by the thick jacket of fat under the skin.