There are many different Rottweiler breeders currently taking an active role in the breeding business. Unfortunately, not all of these breeders have yours or the Rotties best interest in mind. It sad to say, but for many dog breeders, the only aspect of breeding that truly interests them is money.
Therefore, it is your job as a responsible, potential owner, to find responsible Rottweiler breeders. How can you do this? You can start by carefully inspecting the background of each breeder that interests you to find out what they are all about and how long they have been in the business. Your goal is to ensure that that the breeder is not running a puppy mill or is a backyard breeder.
To give you an idea of what to look for, the following are some warning signs that usually indicate if Rottweiler breeders are irreputable:
- Breeders that sell their dogs directly over the internet or through ads in the newspaper – Any reputable breeder will never sell their dogs directly to people without first screening and meeting the buyer. A good breeder will want to ensure that their pups are going to a loving home and will be provided with the care and commitment they require for their lifetime. If someone is willing to sell the dogs they breed online, or in the newspaper without making a meeting a mandatory part of the sale, this breeder should not be trusted and should be avoided.
- Breeders that give their dogs to pet stores – Legitimate Rottweiler breeders would never sell any dog from their litter to a pet store. Any pet store that sells dogs has received their canines from puppy mills. Dogs bred in puppy mills are often malnourished and have behavioral problems due to the conditions under which they were bred and kept. If you want a Rottweiler that will be with you for a long time, and grow to be a credit to his breed, do not buy a dog from a pet store.
- Breeders should not operate out of their backyard – A trustworthy breeder will provide the dogs they breed with a safe, warm and loving environment. The dogs will be well looked after and kept in a clean environment.
- Don’t rely only on registered papers – Just because Rottweiler breeders or a pet store provides you with papers that claim the dog is a purebred and has been registered with the national kennel club of your nation, doesn’t mean the dog you are receiving is healthy. If you were to research your kennel club what you will discover is that most of them will claim that registration papers from them do not mean they are claiming the dog that has been registered is healthy.
The only way you will be able to tell if Rottwieler breeders are worth your time and effort is if you take the time to visit their premises and check them out yourself. Don’t take the easy way out and trust their claim of credibility just because they tell you so. Ask for their references, see the puppies, and interview them, because owning an unhealthy and ill bred dog is not worth it.