When you are purchasing a German Rottweiler puppy it is essential to know the background of the breeder and how they focus on the breeding. A good way to reduce the diversity of the gene pool is to go for a breeder who uses the line breeding or inbreeding techniques. This way a homogeneous gene pool is created and the progeny receive a more predictable amount of characteristics and inherited traits from their parents.
Basic Functions of a Good German Rottweiler Breeder
A good breeder will ensure proper assessment of the genotype of the dame and sire along with checking the phenotype. This is the physical appearance and characteristic traits of the German Rottweiler. Generally breeders only check out the characteristics and physical appearance when they’re choosing the stud to sire their puppies.
It is very important to note that the genotype is also essential because it is passed on by three previous generations. This means that the internal function and the gene pool that the dog gets from its ancestors in its pedigree can be checked out. Anything beyond the three previous generations is considered diluted enough to not strongly influence the type or temperament of the German Rottweiler.
Even though people may argue that line breeding is not something that gives guaranteed results, it does give a better opportunity and result to produce the ideal specimen desired from the Rottweiler breeding program.
Difference between American and German Rottweiler
People think that the only difference between the German and American Rottweiler dogs is the absence of a tail in the American Rottweiler. However, this is a result of a law passed in Germany in 1998 which forbids the docking of tails for a dog. The major differences between the two breeds are the compliance standard that must be implemented at the breeding stage.
In Germany the ADRK is the governing body for the Rottweiler. It is required for the breeder to have their dogs pass a breed suitability test known as the ZtP. This test is equivalent to the American BST. The requirements will include the ratings for hip and elbow joints to check for dysplasia, as well as obedience and measurements. In order for the breed to be continued in the breeding program it may not have any disqualifying faults.
Now when both the sire and the dame pass the suitability test one of them must have the ScH 1 title. Because of this stringent regulation the German Rottweiler has fewer inferior dogs in the gene pool. This is the main reason why the German Rottweiler is preferred over at the American version. The main problems that come out with unregulated breeding are physical deformities along with unstable temperaments and inadequate confirmation.
One of the amazing breeders for German Rottweiler’s chooses only European and German descent ancestors for the breeding programs. The Von Warterr Rottweiler’s are known to have those American dames and sires that have qualified in passing a certified hip rating by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals in the United States or are certified as free from hip dysplasia by the German ADRK. These breeders would recommend that a client refrain from purchasing a German Rottweiler puppy if neither parent has been certified by one of these associations.