A REPUTABLE BREEDER
Has a LIFETIME interest in ALL dogs produced. They want to know how your dog does in it's new home, love getting calls and cards from you and are always there to advise you of a problem comes up. If a medical condition crops up, they want to know so if it is potentially hereditary, they can alter the program and try to stop the problem in future generations. A good breeder is a mentor and best friend to all buyers
Knowledge of the breed
Any mediocre breeder can read a breed standard book and regurgitate the information, thus making themselves look knowledgeable about the breed. Then there is the breeder who takes the time and effort to learn about the true character of the breed, the history, the health issues effecting the breed etc, are the dedicated breeders. It is the dedicated breeder who will research blood lines and strive to improve their lines and screen potential buyers. It is the dedicated breeder who will show their dogs and be there to help educate people about the breed. If you have purchased a rottie from a dedicated breeder you will discover the support continues long after the sale has been concluded.
The Rottweiler Health Foundation has conducted a study and found that bone cancer and unspecified cancers as being the largest causes of death among (male & female) rottweilers, followed by lymphosarcoma for males and kidneys for females. The general health survey collected data on health issues pertaining to skin, eyes, nervous system, orthopedic, stomach and intestines, cancer, muscular, urinary tract, hormone related, heart, blood, autoimmune, vaccine related. Dedicated breeders will take the time, effort and expense to screen for hip dysplasia and other potential health issues. The mediocre breeder will seldom if ever spend the time and money to undertake health screening on their dogs.and the mediocre breeder should know not to repeat matings if there has been any helth problems. It is highly unlikely extend guarantees with their dogs whereas various types of guarantees offered by the dedicated breeder are the norm.
Hip Dysplasia is a degenerative joint disease capable of crippling your dog for life and leaving your pet in an endless cycle of pain. It can be mild and slightly disabling, or it can be severe and cause crippling arthritis. In severe cases, puppies as young as five months will begin to show pain and discomfort during and after vigorous exercise.
Do not over-feed or over-exercise puppies and young dogs, particularly in the giant breeds, as this may accelerate the development of hip dysplasia. Breeds that are prone to hip dysplasia should be kept light and lean until 2 years of age to allow the bones to mature and harden, thereby reaching full strength to support normal adult weight.
Weight control and prevention of obesity is important in prevention of hip dysplasia. Regular and moderate exercise is good to maintain muscle bulk and flexibility. Low impact activities such as swimming is gentle on the hips.
We can greatly reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia through selective breeding.
There are a number of surgical operations and treatment modalities to deal with hip dysplasia, and one such surgical 0peration is shown in the x-ray below, illustrating an artificial ball replacement.
A dedicated breeder has information about health testing of most of the immediate relatives and is objective about the genetic health condition of all their dogs and offsprings and that their lines are "entirely free of genetic health problems".
carefully considers each mating in terms of the long-term benefit for the breed and their breeding lines in terms of appearance, temperament, and health considerations, NOT their own short-term financial profit.They only breed puppies they are sure to place (preferably works with waiting lists created before breeding even takes place)
Responsible breeders carefully consider each dog's pedigree for compatibility. Try to select strengths to offset weaknesses.Responsible breeders try to identify genetic diseases their dogs might be carrying and to eliminate them by careful breeding and would not repeat a bad mating
This breeder runs his kennel as his only source of income, so he is only out for profit hobby, but for whom this hobby takes a sufficiently important place in their lives in terms of time and effort to take it seriously. You also find professional breeders operating small structures with maximum two different breeds, where 'professional' stands for dedication, funds, planning, organization. Professional breeders have the structure, time and network to do correctly what many 'backyard breeders' or occasional hobby breeders are not able to do. A good breeding program needs good planning ability, a solid network, and financial sustainability (for example, being able to feed and care for the puppies for as long as they are not sold), and that's where the dedicated hobbyist and small-structure professional meet.
The internet has become a great tool to find anything and everything. Don't be fooled by a fancy website. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Many so called breeders will get their hands on champion Lines so they can boast on breeding quality. But how good is a dog that has never been in a show ring and judged by knowledgeable individuals!!!! Keep this in mind- You are probably going to pay for quality.Whether or not you get it is up to you.
A REPUTABLE BREEDER WILL ONLY BREED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRODUCING SOUND HEALTHY PUPPIES OF CORRECT CHARACTER AND WITH THE INTENTION OF IMPROVING THE ROTTWEILER BREED