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Training

WITH PROPER training and socializing, the Rottweiler can be a great family pet, companion, herding dog, tracking dog, obedience dog, etc.
They are very loyal, dedicated, loving, beautiful and intelligent. They are strong willed and need LOTS of PROPER training and socializing when young.  IF you fail in your duties to select, train and socialize them properly, they can be dangerous (sometimes inadvertently) as adults.  They are mouthy as puppies until properly taught bite inhibition. Young dogs require a lot of exercise and need some form of work (obedience, agility, herding, etc).  They can be destructive if bored or improperly housed.

At our kennel training is not only something we strongly believe in but I am also passionate about it. It is extremely satisfying playing, straining and seeing the dog handler relationship develop through training. We are dedicated into working on a number of disciplines and a few of our favourites are listed below:

IPO or Schutzhund (meaning "protection dog" in German)

Schutzhund is a dog sport that was developed in Germany in the early 1900s to test the conformation of a German Shepherd dog's behaviour to a predetermined breed ideal. This sport has evolved and developed into one of the elevation methods of the ideal character of a super working dog. In trails it tests 3 main areas (Tracking, Obedience & Protection), and the dog needs to be proficient in all 3 disciplines to qualify.
Dogs that pass Schutzhund tests should be suitable for a wide variety of tasks: police work, specific odour detection, search and rescue, and many others. The purpose of Schutzhund is to identify dogs that have or do not have the character traits required for these demanding jobs. Some of those traits are

  • Strong desire to work
  • Courage
  • Intelligence
  • Trainability
  • Strong bond to the handler
  • Perseverance

Schutzhund training tests these traits. It also tests physical traits such as strength, endurance, agility, and scenting ability. The goal of Schutzhund is to illuminate the character of a dog through training. Breeders can use this insight to determine how and whether to use the dog in producing the next generation of working dogs.

And to address the question of whether bite work is bad:
An extract from an interview Guy Verschatse -

Question:   
So, again (and I am asking this so you can address it to the person with little or no knowledge of schutzhund), Does schutzhund and the bite work involved change the character or temperment of a dog?
Guy:
Before you can train/compete in SchH everybody must pass the BH (Begleithundprufung- traffic secure dog). BH is a sociability-obedience test and NO aggressive dog can pass. Normally the character doesn’t change, sometimes it will bring the dog more peaceful by getting his steam off. Look to the biting incidents worldwide, how many involved dogs do SchH? Yes, practically none! People who train this sport have much more obedience and discipline on their dog than other people.
Question:
Some people ask, should individuals do bite work with a Rottweiler if they are not going to be used for police work?
Guy:
Sure, it's fun for owner and dog. The tracking in the nature, the obedience full of rewards with his toy and the defense-work are the total package. Dogs love it! People who do it they know. I assure everybody that a dog trained/titled in SchH is a stable, friendly dog. He will not become more aggressive. Police work is different. The bitework is not done in prey-drive (retrieve drive) but out of defense. The full biting suit used in the Ringsport is more civil, the dog can’t be rewarded by being given the suit. Police work is only for people with knowledge and who use their dog only for those purposes.

In South Africa, this sport is really not practised very much, except by a few German Shepherd clubs. This sport requires much work and dedication. Unfortunately due to this reason, we have lost much of the working drives in Rottweilers. This is very evident at show rings, where many dogs are bred for conformation only, and become "flat" in drive and temperament.

Please visit the KUSA site (see link page under SA) for full schedule.

 

Aptitude testing

The Aptitude test was designed to test the mental characteristic of dogs.

Puppy Aptitude Test "Campbell/Pfaffenberger Test" or "Volhard Test"
Background kindly provided by Chris Pretorius:
The two tests, developed by William E. Campbell (for Home Environment) and Clarence Pfaffenberger (for Obedience Aptitude), were combined by Wendy Volhard for the purpose of character assessment of puppies at the age of seven weeks. All elements of the Pfaffenberger test was used, together with most elements of the Campbell test. Please visit their website in recognition of their work: http://www.volhard.com/puppy/pat.htm


The puppy aptitude test was initially designed to test and identify puppies with excellent working prospects. At our kennel, all puppies are tested to assist is in matching puppies with new owners. All new owners are invited to view the test and discover some interesting things about rottweilers and their new puppy.
Please click here to view the test: Puppy Aptitude Test

Adult Aptitude Test
What a test this is. This test, called the Mental Test, as it is called in Sweden its country of origin, evolved in the sixties through a team of canine ethologists. It is based on principles as explained by Konrad Lorenz. It has been applied to many thousands of dogs. Without doubt it has proven to be a very helpful tool to define hereditary mental tendencies. A person, who understands it as such, will surely, after having seen only one dog being put through the test, abstain from unfounded comment. This is really an awesome test, and I have been involved with this test by assisting the judges, participating with my own dogs, and merely watching it for the enjoyment and education of canine behaviour.
Please click here to view the test: Aptitude Test and Dog Mentality Assessment

 

Breed Survey Test (BST) or Zuchttauglichkeitsprufung (ZTP - in Germany)

The BST or ZTP is another superb form of testing rottweilers for breed suitability. The test comprises of an examination of the dog per the breed standard (conformation and movement), a character/temperament test, gun-shot test and a guard and defence exercise. This test was designed in Germany to ensure that only the best quality rottweilers are used for the ADRK breeding program. It is very clear that not all dogs are fit for breeding, and certain dogs fault in character or have disqualifying faults per the rottweiler breed standard. In order to ensure that they maintain the high levels of breeding integrity, the Germans made it compulsory for every dog to have passed a ZTP, before it is bred. Locally in SA, we perform the BST or German ZTP equivalent as a voluntary qualification on our dogs. Our breed assessment (BA) is the minimum requirements for a dog in order to achieve its championship title. The BA is exactly the similar to the ZTP, but it excludes the guard and defence exercise.

Personally I believe the German method making the ZTP the minimum requirement for breeding has largely contributed to the quality of conformation and working ability that we see in some of the best Rottweilers in Germany today.

Please click here to view the test: Breed Survey Test

 

 


Artificial Insemination (AI)

Today, many dog breeders and veterinarians have found artificial insemination (AI) to be an invaluable tool. Many of them see it as a way to increase the quality of a breed by overcoming limitations of both time and space. An exceptional male, chosen for his intelligence, personality, and conformation can continue to produce offspring long after his death, or be mated with females from which he is separated by thousands of miles. Additionally, by saving his semen, he will be able to breed with many more females than would be physically possible through normal one-on-one mating. There are also cases where valuable males have been injured and can no longer mount a female. Their genetics are of course unaltered and artificial insemination allows them to continue to contribute to their breed. A bitch that has the same qualities as the above male and has the potential to build a kennel from her progeny, may not yet be in heat, but a suitable mating can be arranged, the semen taken and saved until she is ready to be bred.
Today, the actual technique and methods of artificial insemination are relatively easy and done by many private individuals and most veterinary clinics. Although the field is relatively new in canine medicine, it has been successfully practiced in cattle and other species for many decades. Although we rest on the shoulders of the research and experience developed in bovine practice, we have not yet duplicated their rate of success. This is not because of our technique, but rather the relative instability of canine sperm when frozen or chilled. Additionally, in cattle, the regularity and competency of the reproductive physiology of the female has been consistently selected for breeding, while this is not the case in dogs. Cattle that do not have a predictable estrus cycle or high levels of fertility are eliminated from the herd. It is a very pragmatic business. In canine medicine, breeders are often much more emotionally attached to their animals. They routinely keep and repeatedly attempt to breed problem bitches and those with irregular cycles, thus allowing undesirable traits to maintain themselves in the genetic pool.
Artificial insemination has the following distinct advantages over importing a puppy or adult dog:

  • Less stress on the animal travelling.

  • The puppy may not be close to the parent which you really like. How many poor quality imported dogs have you seen, or heard sad stories about disappointed imports?

  • Additionally a puppy may develop a disqualifying fault like missing teeth, incorrect bite, poor hips etc.

  • Unless the breeder on the other side is a trustworthy and true friend one cannot guarantee that you will receive a quality puppy or even the 1st or 2nd pick of the litter promised to you.

  • It is a better option than sending your female overseas for a mating.

  • It typically costs less to import semen than importing a puppy. In addition contracts normally allow for 2 puppies to constitute a litter. This means that you have a much better chance with a whole litter. If the litter is larger than 2 – this is just bonus for you.

  • You are able to personally select pick of the litter.

  • You are able to keep the semen of the male and line breed on future generations much longer.

However, there are some disadvantages as well, the main ones relating to the female and success rate, but most of this can be avoided by selecting an experienced vet, who is able to evaluate the female and one that has a good success rate.

But what does importing semen and procedure entail? I have prepared a document outlining certain of the main considerations in detail to assist you. Yes, the admin does seem intense initially, but believe me it is well worth it. I do believe that this is one of the most cost effective and best ways to introduce the sought after bloodlines into your breeding program. I have removed most of the additional example documents for the website version, but please contact me if you need to see some of these. This document details all the consideration that needs to be taken for this option and is interested to assist other breeders interested in this route.

Click here for information document: AI Information Summary

 


Health Issues

They are very susceptible to a wide range of cancers and they have a poor immune system (particularly when young) and need a more specialized vaccination schedule as a puppy in order to develop proper immunity.  They are also prone to contracting more viruses than the average dog, especially when fed improperly. They are susceptible to hip dysplasia, tearing cruciate ligaments and heart problems as well as cancer.

Young dogs require a lot of very good food (poor quality food can cause health problems). SOME young males CAN require as much as 8 - 10 cups of excellent quality food per day!

 

 


Gallery

This section contains some of my favourite international rottweilers as well as some additional photos from my kennel.

Click on short name to view:
 

International Males

  Akino vom Vilstaler Land
AkinoV1 AkinoV2
  Cliff von der Konigskanzel
Cliff1 Cliff2
  Hero von der Hassberghöhen
Hero1 Hero2
  Tim von der Scherau
Tim1 Tim2
 
  Akino von der Lauterbrucke
AkinoL1 AkinoL2
  Cujo von der Burg Weibertreu
Cujo1 Cujo2
  Jumbo vom Kümmelsee
Jumbo1 Jumbo2
  Timo von der Scherau
Timo1 Timo2
 
  Arzadon Tayson
Tayson1 Tayson2 Tayson3 Tayson4
  Djuke vom Vilstaler Land
Djuke1 Djuke2
  Karl vom Hause Neubrand
Karl1 Karl2
  Tough vom Hause Neubrand
Tough1 Tough2
 
  Asco von der Lauterbrucke
Asco1 Asco2
  Dux von der Konigskanzel
Dux1 Dux2
  Mambo von der Tuefelsbrucke
Mambo1 Mambo2
  Wrathchild Eternal Idol
Idol1 Idol2 Idol3
 
  Balou vom Silberblick
Balou1 Balou2
  Ex vom Gruntenblick
Ex1 Ex2
  Morro vom Hause Marker
MorroM1 MorroM2
     
  Benno van het Falconsnest
Benno1 Benno2
  Filou vom Räuberweg
Filou1 Filou2
  Morro von der Scherau
MorroS1 MorroS2
     
  Blickscharf Ashke
Ashke1 Ashke2
  Gil Crni Lotos
GilCL1 GilCL2
  Muck von der Scherau
Muck1 Muck2
     
  Brando Buoso da Dovara
Brando1 Brando2
  Gil vom Hause Milsped
GilM1 GilM2
  Odo vom Fleischer
Odo1 Odo2
     
  Bronko Od Dragecevica
Bronko1 Bronko2
  Gismo von der Bleichstrasse
Gismo1 Gismo2
  Ramzes Crni Lotos
Ramzes1 Ramzes2
     
  Cash von der Burg Weibertreu
Cash1 Cash2
  Gonzzo Earl Antonius
Gonzzo1 Gonzzo2
  Rex von der Bleichstrasse
Rex1 Rex2
     

 

International Females

  Bea von der Tuefelsbrucke
Bea1 Bea2
  Josy von der Hassberghöhen
Josy1 Josy2
  Oxana vom Hause Neubrand
Oxana1 Oxana2
     
  Bona vom Bonzi Star
Bona1 Bona2
  Medeea vom Hause Onul
Medeea1 Medeea2
  Sharon dell´Antico Guerriero
Sharon1 Sharon2
     
  Cheer vom Vilstaler Land
Cheer1 Cheer2
 

Mona vom Bonzi Star
Mona1 Mona2

  Tesla Crni Lotos
Tesla1 Tesla2
     
  Diva von der Konigskanzel
Diva1 Diva2
  Nora Od Dragecevica
Nora1 Nora2
  Valeria vom Kressbach
Valeria1 Valeria2
     
  Hera Od Dragecevica
Hera1 Hera2
  Olimpia vom Kalacberg
Olimpia1 Olympia2
  Xannah Crni Lotos
Xannah1 Xannah2
     

 

Legion & other SA dogs

  Training Demo WPRC
WPRC Demo1 WPRC Demo2
  Alcatraz (Gibson)
Training1 Training2 With Cat
         
  Training Demo WPRC
WPRC Demo3 WPRC Demo4
             
  Training Demo WPRC
WPRC Demo5 WPRC Demo6
             
  Training Demo WPRC
WPRC Demo7 WPRC Demo8
             
  Training Group Photo
A Litter 8 Months1 A Litter 8 Months2