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Vital information for potential

Rottweiler adoptees

  • WE are providing this vast amount of information because it is very important to us to help you raise and protect your loved Rottweiler.
  • Please read the parvo virus page here. It's a deadly disease. Keeping your puppy safe is our focus. Do NOT allow puppy on floors, high traffic areas and be careful of visitors-clothing shoes etc.
  • Rottweilers are large, powerful dogs and require extensive socialization and training from early puppyhood. OBEDIENCE is a MUST with a minimum of 6 sessions with an experienced trainer (experience with working breeds) prior to 6 months of age...YOU must be willing to be the BOSS or LEADER at ALL times...
  • By giving them exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences — when they're young. Socialization helps ensure that your Rottweiler puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog. Enrolling him in a puppy kindergarten class is a great start. Inviting visitors over regularly, and taking him to busy parks(on leash), stores that allow dogs, and on leisurely strolls to meet neighbors will also help him polish his social skills. At least 4 times a week is encouraged. We are NOT a fan of off leash parks due to unpredictability of other dogs-attitudes and issues can suddenly progress. Dangerous to your dog and can cause lifelong behavioral issues.
  • We expect you to take exceptional care of your puppy. We expect you to consider your new puppy as a part of your family NOT to be left kennelled or chained/tied out in the backyard for long periods of time.
  • Our intention in breeding is always to improve the Rottweiler breed, to provide top quality puppies to families, and to keep our own foundation lines for the future. Purebred, pride through preservation.
  • WE do NOT ever want physical hitting to take place with our Rottweilers... A firm NO or a loud growl is usually sufficient in tone to get your babies attention to not want to continue or do that again.
  • Rottweilers are intelligent and are highly trainable if you're firm and consistent. Some are extremely sensitive therefore you must not be harsh.
  • When you adopt one of our Rottweilers, environment is always key...
  • They cannot be expected to play endlessly when they are babies...YOU cannot expect them to go on long hikes...They are puppies NOT marathon runners.........They need regular rest times....We do encourage putting them into a crate for a quiet time out......IF you do not give them sufficient rest, it can result in various medical problems including pano- simply growing pains or worse dysplasia. Another condition it can lead to is a crutiate ligament tear which will require surgery or even multiple surgeries.
  • Another concern for us is do you allow them to play with larger puppies? This can also result in injuries.....

  • Here is an article for explaining too much exercise is NOT good for puppies
  • Age appropriate exercise is 5 minutes per month-Exercise article here
  • Sleep is absolutely essential and a crate is there safe place like a den in the wild, see this info here
  • Panosteitis (Pano): This is sometimes referred to as "growing pains" because it usually occurs in puppies when they are around four months old. The primary symptom is lameness. Often, rest will be all that is needed, but if your puppy starts limping, it's a good idea to have your vet check him, however we suggest speaking to your breeder first as they have had experience with pano.
  • There are multiple causes of dog crutiate Ligament injuries, including activity, breed, age, and obesity. It is NOT a genetic or hereditary condition according to my veterinarian. We cannot predict if an animal will end up with one or two etc.
  • YOU must be very careful to LIMIT puppy activity (until at least 24 months) and DEFINITELY NO jumping example onto beds, couches etc as it causes IMPACT injuries on joints, hips etc. THIS cannot be considered a breeder issue. Dogs that are of the size and weight of Rottweilers need to be restricted with proper exercise......Please do not allow them on slippery surfaces such as linoleum or jumping off the deck or off the rear of a pick up truck...
  • Our dogs have always had a scissors bite-we do not allow tug of war games as then you are causing blunt force on their jaw.
  • Symptoms of a ruptured cruciate ligament
  • Dogs who have ruptured their cruciate ligament will appear suddenly lame, and usually hold the foot of the affected leg off the ground. The knee may become swollen. In time, the dog may start to use the leg again, but often lameness returns. Dogs with a degenerating ACL may also show some pain, and there may be some swelling in the joint. Please speak with your breeder prior to any surgery for this condition as they must have experience and knowledge on this issue as well. EVERY breed has this issue. PRIOR to considering any surgery, please get a second opinion........Ask your breeder for recommendation for a reputable veterinarian--
  • They cannot be tied in the back yard or left out in kennels, crates without being allowed sufficient exercise.
  • They cannot be left on hard surfaces such as cement floors, in hard kennels or crates for hours(without some sort of cushioning softness) or allowed on slippery surfaces (linoleum etc), as this can lead to dysplasia, hip or elbow issues.
  • They cannot be allowed to go up and down stairs as it is TOO hard on their joints. MINIMAL if required. Joint supplements are a MUST
  • They cannot be taken to adult sports events such as adult soccer games and then be hit with a ball at high impact, sustaining an injury and then expect that we should replace the dog...OR live on a farm, be kicked by a cow/horse etc and expect us to replace the puppy...
  • YOU cannot have them running excessively--chasing bikes, quads, vehicles etc otherwise YOU are causing harm, dysplasia
  • RESPONSIBLE ownership is exceedingly important...

  • Do you provide HIGH quality kibble? IT is a must for obvious health and proper growth reasons.....Please look at this video for some basic kibble information and another video
  • Our suggestions are Smack , Acana, First Mate or Carna4 with additional joint supplements (green lipped mussel. Dog's Naturally sells a superb quality one with eggs. Another green lipped mussel suggestion is antinol. We have no affiliation with any brand/company.
  • Allergies are a common ailment in dogs. Allergies to certain foods(Poultry) are identified and treated by eliminating certain foods from the dog's diet until the culprit is discovered. Contact allergies are caused by a reaction to something that touches the dog, such as bedding, flea powders, dog shampoos, essential oils(can be toxic)or other chemicals. They are treated by identifying and removing the cause of the allergy. Inhalant allergies are caused by airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, and mildew. The appropriate medication for inhalant allergies depends on the severity of the allergy. Ear infections are a common side effect of inhalant allergies. Probiotics can help.
  • Rottweilers love people and want to be with their families. If they are left alone for long periods of time or don't receive adequate exercise, they may become destructive.
  • If raised with children, well-bred Rottweilers will love and adore them. Dogs must be taught, however, what is acceptable behavior with children. Rotties have a natural instinct to herd and may "bump" children to herd them. Due to their size, this "bump" may cause toddlers to fall down and injure themselves. In addition, some Rottweilers have a strong prey drive and may get overly excited when children run and play. Always supervise your Rottweiler when he's around children. Children must be taught proper treatment of animals, how to love and care for them...
  • If you have an adult Rottweiler, introduce new animals, especially dogs, carefully. Rottweilers can be aggressive toward strange dogs, particularly those of the same sex. Under your leadership, however, your Rottie will probably learn to coexist peacefully with his new companion. I take a long time to introduce new dogs. Begin by allowing them to pick up their scent. l allow secure kenneled meeting first.
  • Many Rottweilers snore.
  • To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests their breeding dogs to make sure they're free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments. We use the suggested 4 tests: hips and elbows that are x-rayed, eyes tested by a veterinary ophthalmologist, and heart by a veterinary cardiologist via OFA USA for evaluation and certification which can be checked online!
  • Let's learn about Hip dysplasia while we are here:
  • When you buy a dog from a breeder such as myself, you have taken the first step towards insuring that you get a dog with good hips and elbows, a dog that is genetically sound. Every dog we breed has had their hips/elbows x rayed prior to any breeding taking place, in fact every dog in 5 generations on the pedigree has good hips. Hip/elbow dysplasia has four major causes:

1. Genetics~which is why we test and research pedigrees/kennels
2. Diet~high quality kibble,(Smack, Acana, First Mate or Carna4 are our top choices), healthy balanced diet. Video to watch and another video . OF course raw is an option however it must be done with knowledge/assistance of a balanced informed trainer's advice.
3. Over feeding-better to keep them more on the lean side.
4. Too much exercise at a young age. This is your responsibility to restrict exercise. (Until at least 12 months)

It is felt that genetics play between a 25-30% role in a dog getting hip dysplasia. That means that new pet owners can assume a great deal of responsibility in their dog developing good hips and elbows. This begins with feeding an all-natural completely balanced diet-raw meat-ONLY if you have researched and received assistance from a knowlegable individual , or a dog food that is made up of all human grade ingredients(high quality ingredient kibble). It also means that you should keep your dog from becoming over weight. Carrying too much extra weight at a young age is going to add stress on soft puppy bones and will have an effect on skeletal development of your dog. New owners need to be very careful of not over exercising a young pup. This means no jogging or running beside a bike until the dog is 12 months of age. This means not exercising to the point of exhaustion, or taking the pup for long long walks/runs, or allowing the pup to jump off a deck or out of the back of a half-ton or on/off couches, beds etc.

WE are trying to help you raise a sound dog. We begin with superior genetics.