Finding a puppy/breeder
This page is essential reading for every potential puppy purchaser, to give some insight into the pleasures and pitfalls of owning a Rottweiler.
The Rottweiler is a breed whose origins go back to Roman times and whose occupation has changed several times over the centuries. The Roman armies used the dog in battle and to drive cattle across country. In the middle ages he was used for bear hunting and from there a cattle dog, driving the cattle by day, guarding them at night and at the end of the drive guarding his masters money, usually in a purse around the neck. From there he became a butchers dog, pulling a cart and was particularly associated with the region of Rottweil in southern Germany, hence his name Rottweiler (pronounced Rott-Viler)
Since then he has been used the The Army, The Police, Customs and as a Guide Dog in various counties.
His intelligence is high, his guarding instincts are very impressive and his allegiance to his human family is very commendable.
As a breed they have a great power and strength, which is sometimes overlooked when choosing this breed. It must be considered carefully whether you are the right person to own one. He is not a god for Mr and Mrs Everyman. He should be treated with firm but fair discipline and much love and affection. He will then attain the true virtues of companionship, loyalty and faithfulness which are just a few of very many qualities.
If you allow your pets to please themselves then a Rottweiler is not for you.
If you are aggressive by nature and would like these qualities in your dog then a Rottweiler is not for you.
If you are a responsible person willing to understand your dog, to take the time, effort and trouble over your charge for the rest of his natural life then YOU are right for the Rottweiler.
There are several steps one should take before acquiring your Rottweiler. Make sure your house and garden is well fenced or enclosed so that there are no escape routes. Have a suitable place that will be just his, so that when he needs to be alone, either to sleep or when you go out he is safe and well. Never expect a dog to be perfect from day one. With a place of his own, with this own things, where he can do no damage to himself or furnishings everyone will be happy. Good manners will come in time with sensible training and education, as to what is acceptable and what is not.
The Club is there for your benefit, use all of it’s facilities, especially your committee members who give a great deal of time and effort for our chosen breed.
Heredity defects such as hip displasia and entropia are still evident in within the breed. A big problem at the moment is opportunist breeders who seem to be flooding the market with sub-standard puppies, having little to no knowledge of the breed and caring even less. It never ceases to amaze the club when people go to these “breeders” and pay the same amount of money as they would from a dedicated and registered breeder, that actually provides good backup service.
For the prospective purchaser who has thought long and hard about the responsibilities of owning a Rottweiler here are a list of steps you should take and questions you should be asking your breeder to weed out the responsible from the not responsible.
1. Contact one or more breed clubs and perhaps your vet for information.
2. Visit shows and/or working events to look for yourself and talk to the owners and breeders.
3. Try and see both parents of the litter, certainly see the mother who you should be able to handle.
4. Ask the breeder if their dogs are hip and elbow x-rayed for displasia. If so what are the scores of both parents? In some cases the dogs may also have eye and dental certificates. Beware if these are not available – all responsible breeders associated with the Rottweiler Club and NZKC will have had their stock hip and elbow x-rayed before breeding.
So what do the scores actually mean: At approximately 12-14 months old, the dog/bitch has their hips and elbows x-rayed for displasia. The x-rays are either sent to Australia (Australian Canine HD Scoring Scheme, BVA Scheme or Murdoch University) or here in NZ (NZ Veterinary Association HD & ED Scheme) to be scored.
1. The first figure is the left hip, the second the right and the third the total score.
2. The lower the score the less degree of hip displasia. Current average in NZ is 9.
3. Total score possible is 106
Note: Dogs must be over 1 year old.
1. A grade is given on the amount of arthritis detected in each joint. Arthritis indicates elbow displasia is present.
2. Grades range from 0 (arthritis free) to 3 (severe arthritis) B means borderline between 0-1
3. Dogs between 1 and 2 years with a score of 0 in each elbow are probably free from elbow displasia. Dogs over two years with a 0 score in each elbow are accredited free from elbow displasia.
For more information, statistics, breed averages and lots more please visit http://www.nzva.org.nz/hip-and-elbow-dysplasia
5. Never buy a puppy from a guard dog training kennels.
6. Make sure you receive from the breeder a diet sheet, details of worming and vaccinations already given, pedigree and Kennel Club Registration (if purchased) and that you receive after sales service and support.
7. Remember a Rottweiler is a big dog and that it may be difficult to keep him in a household with small children and elderly people.
8. It is strongly recommended that you take your puppy to a play centre / puppy socialising class, and join an obedience class for formal training.
Home of Panzer Fiasco (Phoebe). Grand daughter of Balou Vom Silberblick (Germany) and out of Dam NZ CH Bessy Vom Wiehbachtal (Imp Germany) and Sire Brutus Vom Hause Trux (Imp USA)
Phoebe has been hip and elbow x-rayed. Puppies bred for soundness and stable temperament and are sometimes available to suitable homes.
Litter planed for later in the year – please email enquires to below:
Contact: Michelle Brosnan
Mobile: 021 609 814
BRODMUIR is a quality Rottweiler Kennel in Auckland, New Zealand. Ken and Vicky have over 60 years combined experience, and are proud to continue breeding generations of beautiful Rottweilers. Our aim is to specialise in quality Rottweilers that are sound in temperament and true to type, suitable as family companions, show or working dogs. Home to Gr Ch BIS Brodmuir Maximillion and BISS CH Brodmuir Moushka.
Contact: Vicky or Ken
Telephone: (09) 525 2911
Address: PO Box 130, Albany, Auckland 0755
A small selective kennel whose aim it is to produce typical, well-balanced Rottweilers of correct proportions and morphology. 30 years experience. First to gain Aust/NZ Champion Titles, Best In Show and Best In Speciality Show Dogs in NZ/Aust. Rottweiler Of The Year Awards.
Introducing New Bloodlines with Imported Dogs. All breeding stock hip and elbow x-rayed.
Contact: Mary Pearce
Telephone: 027 221 2282
Address: Pukekohe, Auckland