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What is the difference between a German and an American Rottie?? .... nothing other than where they were born.




By Steve Wolfson

While walking my Rottweiler Bronco, a gentleman approached the two of us and said, "Ob, he's very nice, he must be a German Rottweiler!" I replied, "How did you know that?" He then replied, "I can tell by the size of his head. His head is much bigger than my Rottie's head. German Rottweilers have much bigger heads than the American ones." I told him that he was in error since Bronco was born and raised right here on Long Island, NY. He descends from German stock, but they all do. Looking still puzzled by my explanation he asked, "Then why all the Rottweilers I see have such small heads and potato stick legs?" That characterization made me laugh. I then replied, "More likely, the ones you are seeing result from a poorly planned breeding program using inferior breeding stock." He told me he had paid a great deal of money for his dog and was disappointed in the way it eventually turned out. I understood his disillusionment and further explained that spending a large sum of money (I was afraid to ask the exact price he paid) was not the correct criterion to procure a quality Rottweiler. "The German Rottweilers are better", "The American Rottweilers have no bone substance, Are the American Rottweilers from the same breeding stock?" I am asked these questions continually, so I thought it would be a good idea to answer them, perhaps settling this colloquial notion. What is the difference between the German Rottweiler and the American Rottweiler? There is only one Rottweiler; correct in type* and construction according to the standard. No doubt, untypical and poorly constructed specimens are everywhere. Often, I have encountered Rottweilers purchased as pets (even represented as a show dog) I would consider completely lacking breed type *, yet I know they are pure bred Rottweilers. Why the difference? Variations of size, shape, and head type etc, encountered in the breed happen for two  reasons:



A. Normal variance that  occurs in the progeny when breeding Sire to Dam 

B. Poor planning / Little Concern for the Rottweiler breed (some breedings take place with no motive at all, but for a monetary one).

C. Even when a litter is carefully planned, a percentage within the progeny is observed that varies in type and construction. This is normal. Not every pup in the litter will be uniform. This divergence is a matter of genetic inheritance which all competent and concerned breeders must deal with each time they decide to plan a litter. When searching for a stud dog to utilize, the experienced breeder does their homework:

1. Researching the pedigrees of Sire and Dam.

2. Ascertaining whether the stud dog and brood bitch will compliment each other.

3 . What improvements can be realized in the upcoming litter?

 4. What undesirable construction / type faults will possibly surface?

By doing homework, the concerned breeder reduces the occurrence of undesirable flaws and increases their chances of producing desirable traits and a uniformity in the litter. Predicting results and having goals are the hallmark of a concerned, experienced, responsible breeder.

Top quality specimens are produced by thoughtful, selective, hard working breeders. It does not matter what the country of origin is. Conversely, there are plenty of pin headed, potato, stick legged, grossly overweight, giant sized Rottweilers available here and outside the US. However, there are differences when we compare breeding practices. Here are some highlights of the ADRK breeding procedures.

1. The ADRK has strict controls on which are bred.

2. The ADRK requires all dogs for breeding must pass a minimum qualification test called the Ztp (Zuchttauglichkeitprufung). I A dog cannot be coupled unless it has passed.

3. The ADRK standard does not allow any missing teeth.

4. Any dog/bitch which is over, or under the height range will not pass the Ztp.

5. All Rottweilers born after 1999 cannot have their tails docked. The practice of docking tails has been stopped. Does this translate into breeding better dogs? One must make a comparative analysis of this and come to a final decision. At the American Rottweiler Club national held in Orlando, Florida, March-2002, I observed some outstanding specimens.

Beware of sales pitches, unethical breeders, claims which cannot be documented. Read, learn, ask detailed questions, go to the shows, become a student of the breed. Do not be fooled by the “Grass is Greener” logic. By virtue of the dog's country of origin does not make it better. This is a premise based in mythology and snob appeal.

*Breed type: Breed type for the Rottweiler is the essence of characteristics* that distinguishes it from others.

*Essence of characteristics: One must carefully read the standard to discover and comprehend the essence of characteristics.

Do your Research !!!!


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Sometimes we have dogs that are not yet listed on our site. PLease contact us or fill out an adoption application if you are interested in a rottie. We will contact you when we have one available that we think will fit your household.

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Standard of the Rottweiler


***  Standards ***

The German standard FCI/ADRK

Shoulder height for males is 61 - 68 cm (24.01-26.77 inches)
61 - 62 cm (24.01-24.4 inches) small
63 - 64 cm (24.8-25.19 inches) medium height
65 - 66 cm (25.59-25.98 inches) large = correct height
67 - 68 cm (26.37-26.77 inches) very large

Shoulder height for bitches is 56 - 63 cm (22.04-24.8 inches)
56 - 57 cm (22.04-22.44 inches) small
58 - 59 cm (22.83-23.22 inches) medium height
60 - 61 cm (23.62-24.01 inches) large = correct height
62 - 63 cm (24.4-24.8 inches) very large

The AKC/ARC breed standard 

"Size, Proportion, Substance --Dogs--24 to 27 inches. Bitches--22 to 25
inches, with preferred size being mid-range of each sex. Correct proportion is
of primary importance, as long as size is within the standard's range. The
length of body, from the prosternum to the rearmost projection of the rump, is
slightly longer than the height of the dog at the withers, the most desirable
proportion of the height to length being 9 to 10. The Rottweiler is neither
coarse nor shelly. Depth of chest is approximately 50% of the height of the
dog. His bone and muscle mass must be sufficient to balance his frame,
filing a compact and very powerful appearance. Serious faults--Lack of
proportion, undersized, oversized, reversal of size characteristics

** Rare Rottweilers **

There are unethical breeders out there that will sell you anything to make $$.  Some of these will try to sell you 'rare' Rottweilers. Sometimes they will be selling a 'Rare RED Rottweiler' others will sell a 'Rare Long Haired Rottweiler'.  These dogs are 'rare' because they DO NOT fit the Rottweiler breed standard as defined by the AKC or ADRK .

A 'RED' Rottweiler is either the result of heavy inbreeding, or a mix that someone is trying to pass off as pure.  Anyone selling 'Rare' Red Rottweilers should be avoided and considered an unethical backyard breeder. 

A 'Long Haired Rottweiler ' comes about from  a recessive gene found in rotties . Although this is considered undesirable and a disqualification by breed standards, there have not been any health problems associated with this recessive gene. While some of these long haired rotts do turn up in rescue and make wonderful pets, any breeder knowingly breeding for this trait and selling the dogs as 'rare' long haired Rottweilers should be AVOIDED and considered unethical. 

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