I am a passionate Rottweiler and German Shepherd breeder. Breeding for conformation, temperament and beauty. Focusing allot on the dogs working abilities, as it is as important for a beautiful dog to perform the function it was originally bred for and that is to be a working dog. Our breeding dogs are carefully selected for the qualities we strive for in our kennel. Our aim is to provide you with a dog with sound mind and body, to live a healthy happy life without genetic faults. All our breeding dogs are x-rayed for hip and elbow dysplasia. Our dogs all come kusa registered, microchipped, vaccinated and dewormed.

Various Bloodlines

It is quite sensible to plan in advance if you want to train your dog, or compete in dog shows. The chances of picking a champion from a litter in which the parents and or the progenitors are first rate show dogs are actually higher than when choosing a puppy from a pedigree whose progenitors were primarily selected for their suitability for training. The same goes for picking a dog for training. Some breeders aspire to both and will train and show their dogs.

Not just a puppy:

Knowing that your dog will spend ten years or longer with your family should make it obvious that you shouldn't buy the first dog you encounter. Due to the popularity of this breeds, there are many breeders out there but not all are reliable. Do not buy your puppy at the wrong place. You want your dog to be good looking, trustworthy, balanced, self assured and healthy. So do not acquire your puppy overnight. It is hard to believe that people still rush out to bring the first available puppy home without gathering information about it in advance. A impulse buy like this can soon disappoint.

Socializing phases:

The genetic background is not the only factor that determines the character of your dog. It is also determined during the early imprinting phase and also during the socialization phase that follows from twelve to fourteen weeks. A dog that has no contact with the outside world during the imprinting phase will nearly always exhibit behavioral deviations later in life that even extensive love and patience on your part cannot put right. It has been shown that dogs which physically come into contact with different people, and dog breeds during the socialization phase will not view these as "others" as danger or potential prey in adulthood.

Disease

Young puppies are still susceptible to disease. Breeders will therefore not always allow everyone to stroke them or hold them on their lap before the puppies have had their vaccinations. You may feel offended by this, but bear in mind that the breeder hardly knows you and has no way of knowing if you have visited elsewhere where less attention was paid to the level of hygiene.

Hip Dysplasia

All my dogs are x-rayed for hip dysplasia prior to breeding, and only dogs with good hips are used in my breeding program. Genetics is vitally important in the Rottweiler breed as hip and elbow dysplasia is avoidable by breeding only dogs that are free from HD and ED.

Genetics can however only do so much for a dog, and you as the owner must ensure that the correct nutrition is given to your puppy. Over feeding and rapid growth will put your pup at risk of developing Hip and Elbow dysplasia. Keep your puppy lean.!!! It is recommended to feed a veterinarian formulated puppy food up to the age of 2 years.

Hip dysplasia is a condition where the hip joint is not formed properly, where the ball for the femur (the thigh bone) does not fit properly into the socket on the pelvis. Hip dysplasia begins within the first few months of life whilst the bones are forming. Although there are genetic factors that determine whether or not your dog will have Hip dysplasia, nutrition is a very important factor, imbalance of calcium and phosphorous, two very important minerals for bone growth, as well as to high protein content and growing too fast, can be severely detrimental to bone development in dogs who are already predisposed by genetics to developing HD.

To much exercise for a growing puppy can also cause trauma to the joints as they are developing, long jogs and hard surfaces are definitely not good for joint development but short bouts of low impact exercise, especially swimming can help muscle development and decrease the risk for HD.

Useful addresses:

Rottweiler Working and Breeding Association www.rwba.co.za 0824904645

City Paws SA 0715854280

Kempton Dog Academy 0836259094