is a list of what NOT to do when looking
NOT buy a pup which is NON KC REGISTERED.
Kennel Club plays an important part in your pups
ancestry. There are
"alternatives" out there, the most
common being the Dog Lovers Registration Club (DLRC) but these are designed as a money making
scheme and to provide unregistered stock with
potentially false pedigrees. Also if a dog
isn't KC registered, its likely that the parents
have not been health tested and this is VITAL
NOT buy a pup from un-hip scored parents.
breed has its associated health defects, in the
Rottweiler Hip Dysplasia has been a big
problem. Reputable breeders will endeavour
to eradicate this by a process called hip
scoring. Each hip is scored and an overall
result given for each hip - this results in a
ratio such as 2:2 which gives an overall score
of 4. The breed average is currently 13
and you need to look for the parents of any
litter being well under this. Don't be
fobbed off by a breeder telling you that their
stock is ok and hip scoring isn't necessary - it
is a VITAL
part in your choosing process. If the
parents are not hip scored, walk away and find
NOT buy from a bitch that was mated under 2
years old. The
Rottweiler is a very slow maturing breed and a
bitch is not fully mature until she reaches two
years old. It is extremely irresponsible
for anyone to mate/breed under this age as she
is still a baby and ill-equipped to cope.
Also the "breeder" would have no idea
how the bitch would mature and conform to the
standard. Don't be fooled by tales that
its better for them to have a litter before the
bones have grown etc. its total rubbish.
NOT assume that because you can see both
parents its a good thing. It's
rare (although not unknown) for a breeder to own
a stud dog that will complement their own
bitch. All dogs have their faults and the
breeder should be striving to eradicate those
faults by choosing a compatible stud.
Think carefully if they own the stud, it's
likely that the mating hasn't been thought out
properly and has been performed for economy.
NOT buy from someone who is breeding from
their first Rottweiler. This breed
requires considerable experience before
embarking on breeding and it isn't gained by
owning one. Breeders should be
knowledgeable as you will want to use their
NOT choose a breeder that delivers - this is
the sign of a puppy farmer: Reputable
breeders will expect you to travel to them on
several occasions before they let you take away
a precious puppy. One that offers to
after a quick buck - walk away.
NOT listen to a breeder that lets you take
away a pup under 7 weeks: 7
week is the absolute bare minimum that any pup
should leave his/her litter. Any breeder
than sells you a pup before this is totally
unreputable, your pup is likely to go down with
infections and potential deadly diseases, not to
mention the emotional trauma.
NOT buy from a breeder that doesn't impose RESTRICTIONS
on the pedigree and in the contract.
Restrictions etc. are in the contact for the
protection of the pup and this is a sign of a
good breeder - we will go through endorsements
etc. on the DO page!
NOT be fooled by claims of Champions in the
pedigree. Unless the breeder knows their
genetics it means absolutely nothing. Two
champions can be put together yet be completely
incompatible. A good breeder knows their
dogs faults and is honest about them.
References to Champions in the pedigree counts
for nothing and you will see many breeders
producing offspring from pet quality dogs and
using this as a selling point.
tends to be touted from people breeding from pet
quality dogs, if in doubt please ask us and we
will be happy to advise.
NOT listen to the advertisements that offer
"the old big style" rottie - there is
no such thing. Rottweilers are not large
dogs, if you are looking for a big dog, look to
another breed. The conformation of the
Rottweiler has changed over the years but the
size remains unaltered. Look at the Breed
Standard for an idea on how big a
Rottweiler should be, over this will lead to
joint troubles and the breeder is not breeding
to standard which is irresponsible and a
detriment to the breed.
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