Rottweilers in the UK
first recorded Rottweiler in the UK was in 1936
Diana v.d. Amalienburg ScHI imported by Mrs
Thelma Grey. This bitch was then sold to the owner of the Crowsteps affix
The second Rottweiler was Enne v.
Pfalzgau (which was bred by Herr Weinmann) she
was in-whelp when imported, the progeny sired by
the Welt Seiger World Champion, Ido v Kohlerwald
was excellent for conformation but had a very
poor head she was sold onto Mrs Paton and
had a litter born in quarantine
unfortunately this litter fell foul of distemper
and all but one died.
The survivor was Anna V Rozavel who was
to become an excellent working dog and winning
consistently in the show ring, culminating in
Best of Breed at Crufts 1939.
Second World War then broke out and Anna was
commissioned into the Army where she was to
prove most successful.
At the end of her service, she remained
with her handler until she passed away at the
grand age of 16.
Thelma Gray imported
three other dogs before the Second World War
Asta von Norden, Arnold v.d. Eichener and
International Champion Vefa von Kohlerwald.
These dogs had limited show success but
then disappeared to Ireland when war broke out.
Rottweiler came into its own in the UK after the
war and Captain Roy Smith (a military vet) was
to import dogs which would become an important
basis for the Rottweiler in Britain. On his return from Germany he brought back a
breeding pair Ajax v Suhrenkamp and the
bitch Berny v Weyher. The bitch was a long coated girl (not able to be registered
with the ADRK) so it was perhaps fortunate that
this breeding pair was not successful in
The bitch was destroyed in 1956 after six
attempted matings which overall produced four
puppies and only one survivor.
Captain Smith then acquired a second
bitch, Lotte v Osterburg who was to prove an
important foundation for the Rottweiler in
to Ajax, she produced two litters, the first
litter in 1958 produced five dogs.
Four were not to remain in the country
and the remaining one was bought by Mary
Macphail of the famous Blackforest affix
this dog was Rintelna the Bombadier and was
destined to become the sire of the first British
influential in the early days was Mrs Joanna
Chadwick of the Mallion Kennels Rottweilers
were imported from Germany (namely the
Eulenspiegel Kennel) and then later on, Sweden
The first dogs to be imported were
another breeding pair Rudi Eulenspiegel of
Mallion and Quinta Eulenspiegel of Mallion
these were to prove to be excellent breeding
stock. The most famous progen was Bruin of Mallion who became the
first Rottweiler to gain the Champion title in
Abelard of Mallion was the first
Rottweiler to be used by the Police and was ably
handled by Inspector Roy Hunter.
next notable import was to be made by Larry and
Judy Elsden of the Chesara kennels Ch
Chesara Luther from Holland.
However is was to be their second import
which would have such impact Chesara Akilles
from Sweden and he was the foundation for the
He sired ten champions and was only to be
surpassed by the Elsdens Ch Chesara Dark
The next import was
Ch Gameguards Bulli v Waldachquelle from Germany
imported by Joan Blackmore of Gameguards. An excellent dog who unfortunately died at the young age of
five, however he had been used extensively at
stud and left some excellent progeny including
Ch Janbicca The Superman who held the breed
record of 14 CCs.
The Bulli line is behind some very
successful dogs, click on the link to the left
to see the Bulli line.