Single Out the First-Rate Rottweiler Breeder
When you are out to buy your Rottweiler puppy, bear in mind that not all who claim to be selling Rottweiler pups can give one which is guaranteed free from diseases—both acquired and hereditary—as well as purebred ones. Here are some tips to help you pick out a reputable Rottweiler breeder:
- A reputable breeder should be willing to show and give you copies of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) certification. It is a document which can certify that all the breeding stock from the breeder is free of Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia. OFA only issues certificates to dogs above two years old. Thus, it is recommended that no bitch should be bred before this age. Although OFA can issue preliminary evaluations of both the hips and elbows, they will only issue the certificate when the dog is already two years old.
- A reputable dog breeder will not hesitate to show and give you a copy of a certificate which is issued by the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) certifying that the breeding stock is free of inherited eye disease. Examination is conducted by a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist.
- A responsible dog breeder will have at some point bred dogs and bitches with competitive titles including AKC Champion or CDX and UD, both advanced obedience title.
- A reputable dog breeder should belong to one or more Rottweiler Clubs. Each club has its own “Code of Ethics” which all members are required to adhere to. The Code of Ethics covers a breeder’s responsibility in owning and breeding Rottweilers as well as forbid their members to promote their puppies by advertising with prices.
- A reputable dog breeder should possess a credible record and should be actively involved in the sport of dogs. He should be enthusiastic in letting his dogs compete in events such as obedience, tracking, conformation or herding.
- A responsible dog breeder’s major concern is for the puppies to go to responsible and loving homes where they will be lavished with care, attention and proper training that will enable them to enjoy long and happy lives. To be assured of this, expect the breeder to ask you significant questions including why you want a Rottweiler and your family’s everyday life. Oftentimes, responsible breeders can ask you more questions than you have prepared to ask of him.
- A responsible breeder will honestly come out and say if a puppy is available within a certain period of time. He will not keep you waiting and anticipating. Instead, if he has no puppies at the present, he will recommend other reputable breeders whom he knows observe the same standards of excellence as his own.
- A responsible breeder will be eager to show you around the place where the dam and the puppies are kept. He should allow you to meet the puppies’ parents. More often than not, you will only meet the dam because the sire may belong to another breeder. Take note of the environment the facilities—whether they are kept clean and well-maintained.
- A reputable dog breeder will give you a signed contract once you opt to buy the puppy. He will also provide you copies of breeding and registration records, accurate health records, and pedigree records covering at least three generations.
If you will purchase a Rottweiler puppy which will not be used for breeding stock or for shows, a responsible dog breeder should require that it be sterilized. Oftentimes, a dog breeder will withhold your puppy’s registration papers or other important records until you can show him a Veterinarian’s Certificate that your puppy had been sterilized.