I am a passionate Rottweiler 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. We are the proud sponsor of 3 x K9's in anti poaching, working in boma protection. All our breeding dogs are x-rayed for hip and elbow dysplasia. Our dogs all come kusa registered, microchipped, vaccinated and dewormed.

History of the Rottweiler

The Rottweiler originated from the town Rottweil, Germany. Because the dogs had been bred in Rottweil district, they were given the name "Rottweiler". Early paintings of Rottweilers depict the dog as having white patches and other color patches. Today we see only black and tan in a pedigree dog.

Not just a puppy:

Knowing that your Rottweiler will spend ten years or longer with your family should make it obvious that you shouldn't buy the first Rottweiler you encounter. Due to the popularity of this breed, there are many Rottweiler breeders out there but not all are reliable. Do not buy your puppy at the wrong place. You want your Rottweiler 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 Rottweiler. 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. Buy from a breeder that has socialized their puppies well.

Hip Dysplasia

All my dogs are x-rayed for hip dysplasia prior to breeding, and only dogs with excellent 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 environment and the correct nutrition is given to the puppy.

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 HD the environment can also play a large part in development of the condition. 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. Slippery surfaces can also cause micro-trauma to the joints. So in short do play your part in insuring your puppy is raised in the correct environment.

Useful addresses:

Rottweiler Working and Breeding Association www.rwba.co.za 0822929671

City Paws SA 0715854280

Kempton Dog Academy 0836259094