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
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.