Rottweiler Info & Rottweiler Breeders

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Rottweilers are considered one of the oldest dog breeds with their orgins going back to Roman times.  They were used as herders or driving dogs and  marched over the Alps with the Roman legions, protecting the humans and driving their cattle.  These dogs mixed with the native dogs in the Rottweil region, in a natural crossing. The Rottweilers main task then became the driving and guarding of the herds of cattle and the defence of their masters and their property. They became known as "Rottweil butchers' dogs" with butchers using the breed for their performance and usefulness which evolved into an excellent watch and driving dog which could also be used as a draught dog to pull carts.  The breed was used in this way until the mid-19th century when railways started to be used to transport stock to market places. 

 

Rottweilers are still used in herding but after being being identified as highly suitable for tasks set by the police service they are now widely used as police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and guide dogs for the blind. 

 

Rottweiler general appearance

The Rottweiler is a medium to large size, stalwart dog, neither heavy nor light and neither leggy nor weedy. His correctly proportioned, compact and powerful build leads to the conclusion of great strength, agility and endurance. Rottweiler breeders aim at a dog of abundant strength, black coated with clearly defined rich tan markings.

 

 

Rottweiler temperament

Rottweilers can be wonderful companions provided they are handled responsibly and with a good understanding of the dominant nature of the breed.  They are an intelligent dog, extremely hardy and adaptable.

 

While temperaments can vary, they are generally loyal with strong instincts to protect home and family.  They absolutely require appropriate socialization, obedience training, and supervision, otherwise the combination of the size of a rottweiler and their dominant nature can become too much for many households.   

 

Most rottweilers will test for position in the family pecking order, and will push these boundaries where there is weakness and inconsistencies.  They require an assertive pack leader who knows how to lead a strong-minded dog.   If this leadership is absent and the rottweiler is allowed to exert dominance there will be issues.  The dogs position should be at the bottom of the human pack where it will be quite happy and respect the whole family. 

 

The Rottweiler Club of Victoria has detailed information about rottweiler stages of development and socialisation, stressing that socialisation during the first 16 weeks is vital.  Introducing a rottweiler pup to as many different situations as possible during this time is crucial to it's development and long term sociability.   It needs to learn that other animals are not threatening for example. 

 

At 1-2 years of age a rottweiler pup will start to see other dogs as rivals - a behaviour that should not be condoned and never be considered cute.  Discipline must be firm, fair and consistent and if  confrontations with other dogs are avoided the behaviour will not be reinforced and will settle. 

 

Rottweilers are strong and muscular and need space and exercise. Appropriate type and amount of exercise is important.  Young rottweilers need  enough exercise so that they are relaxed and to stay lean, but not so much that growing bones, joints, and ligaments are stressed and damaged. Likewise, adult Rottweilers need to be exercised enough to maintain the correct weight, but excessive exercise like running long distances, and exercising in hot or humid weather is not good for the breed, and they can be prone to overheating.

 

Above all it is important to have a good understanding of rottweiler temperament as they can be a demanding breed.  They require a confident and experienced leader to correctly train and handle them.  

 

Special thanks to the  The West Coast Rottweiler Club for help with this breed and health screening information. They are happy to be contacted if you have any questions about health tests or anything else Rottweiler related.  We are also very grateful to Sharon Gossage for sharing the beautiful photos you see here.

 

 

Check our listings for Puppies for sale here  and click on the links to our breeders below to go to their profile page.  You can also click here to search for Registered Rottweiler Breeders by location.  

 

 

 

Potential health issues in Rottweilers

Not all rottweilers are affected by these issues, but being aware and asking breeders about these conditions is critical to ensure the health of your puppy.

 

Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis and Polyneuropathy (JLPP) is a recently identified inherited disease in Rottweilers and many breeders have  started testing for JLPP.  There is no cure and it is fatal to affected puppies.  Symptoms can start from 12 weeks and most affected puppies die before 1 year.  Without a DNA test, breeders cannot tell if a puppy is affected before it leaves for it's new home at 8 weeks old.  Before buying a Rottweiler puppy make sure at least one of the parents has been tested JLPP clear. 


*Please note that most vets are still not aware of JLPP, and some breeders are not aware that there are increasing numbers of JLPP carrier dogs being identified here in Australia and overseas.   Reputable breeders are ensuring their breeding practices eliminate any risk of producing affected offspring.

 

If talking to breeders, it is critical that you ask about the JLPP status of both parents of your puppy.  Insist on seeing the certificates and ensure that your puppys' parents are either both JLPP Clear or only one is a carrier.  If one parent is clear then the breeding will not produce an affected puppy.   Do NOT be embarrassed to walk away if a breeder will not provide this, and the other health information outlined here.   Reputable breeders will give you the required certificates and clearances that ensure your puppy is healthy.  

 

Hip Dysplasia (HD) most often affects medium and large breeds like Rottweilers and is considered part inherited and part environmental.  Identifying inheritance is difficult because there is no specific gene responsible, but a number of genes.  Pups from the same litter can have severe HD to no symptoms at all, depending on the combination of genes they've inherited.  During early development, rapid growth, overfeeding, and exercise can influence HD. While good judgment with feeding and exercise can reduce the risk of HD, it is generally accepted that a structurally and genetically sound hip will likely stay structurally sound.   

Elbow Dyslpasia (ED) - In Rottweilers, the first signs of ED are usually seen aged 4-6 months with lameness that can affect one or both elbows. Research suggests ED is inherited.

 

In Australia Hip and Elbow x-rays are mandatory for all Rottweilers used for breeding.   The lower the score the better and for Hips the combined score (sire and dam) should be less than 20.

 

 

Ectropion & Entropion are inherited conditions that affect the eyelids causing them to roll outwards (ectropion) or inwards (entropion). They can cause conjunctivitis, damage to the cornea and ulcers with severe cases requiring surgical correction.

 

If you are a small scale ANKC registered breeder and would like to be listed here, just contact us or follow a few simple steps .

 

We welcome helpful comments and contributions to information about this breed by email or below...

Registered Rottweiler Breeders

Asgardhaus Kennels - Rottweiler breeder- Melbourne,VIC
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ASGARDHAUS is a small kennel located in Melton, Victoria. Our dogs live in our house and they are involved in every day of our life.

We are training ... read more
Ashcora Rottweiler Breeder - Perth, WA
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We breed quality Rottweilers from German and imported bloodlines. All parents have HD/ED, Eye and mouth certificates and are JLPP tested.

Our ... read more
Beastrottis Rottweilers
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Taking Expression of interest litter due in December both dam and sire clear of any diseases, stable and out going temperament.

For more info ... read more
Benahein Kennels - Rottweiler Breeder, Perth WA
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We are a small kennel, breed for the love of the breed, not for the money and mostly to keep something for ourselves to move our kennels forward. We ... read more
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Registered breeder of Rottweilers for over 30 years. read more
Coalfire Rottweilers - Reputable Rottweiler Breeder - QLD
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Coalfire Rottweilers is located in the South Burnett wine & olive growing area in South East Queensland, around hours North West of Brisbane.  ... read more
Dekadance and Panthyon Kennels
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Dekadance Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Panthyon Rottweilers. Located in the NT on 6 acres - we are dedicated to promotion of the breeds. We are ... read more
Emerey Rottweilers - ANKC Registered Breeder - Riverstone, NSW
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Emerey Rottweilers are a small selective kennel located in the North West of Sydney who breed Rottweilers fit for functionality with sound ... read more
Emzacily Kennels - Rottweiler Breeder - Darwin, NT
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We are a small family kennel breeding for fit and functional Rottweilers with correct breed temperaments. ANKC registered with a lifetime of ... read more
Fantastickrot Rottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder - Perth, WA
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Rottweiler Breeder of Quality European Imported Lines. Bred for amazing temperaments, showing, agility, and your best friend. read more
GELDERLAND ROTTWEILERS - Rottweiler Breeder - Perth, WA
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Gelderland Rottweilers
small...selective...successful
WA's #1 Rottweiler Breeder

Australian National Kennel Council Registered Breeder - Breed ... read more
Gods Miracles - German Shepherd & Rottweiler Breeder - Camden, NSW
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We are a small kennel dedicated to breeding quality working line German Shepherds and Rottweilers.

Our German Shepherds are old style, straight ... read more
GODSMARVELS - Rottweiler & German Shepherd Breeder - Sydney, NSW
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We are a DogsNSW registered Breeder dedicated to improving the Rottweiler and Working Line German Shepherd breeds.

German Shepherds are hip and ... read more
HALROTT Rottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder - Whitsundays, QLD
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Halrott, dedicated to breeding quality pedigree, sound, working dogs that are stable family companions. read more
Imaraky Rottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder - Geraldton, WA
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Imaraky Rottweilers - located in Geraldton, Western Australia. Selective breeding using old but not forgotten lines to produce correct type and ... read more
Jahwohl Rottweilers
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We here at Jahwohl been breeding for over 30 years. All our dogs have been raised in a family environment. We are located in Perth Western ... read more
Jahwohl Rottweilers - Perth, WA
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We have been breeding Rottweilers for 30 years. We breed for temperament , soundness and to be with the family.

Our Rottweilers speak for ... read more
Juzrival Rottweiler Breeder
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Juzrival strives to produce not only beautiful to standard Rottweilers but also healthy, stable family members. When you care for one of our Rotts ... read more
Kali Kennels - Rottweiler breeder - Adelaide, SA
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Welcome to Kali kennels Located in Adelaide South Australia. We are a responsible Rottweiler breeder producing the original Rottweiler look Strong ... read more
Kaviar Rottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder - Perth, WA
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We are a small kennel located just south of Perth on 5 acres. We breed Quality Rottweilers with the best temperament and loving nature’s.

We ... read more
Kyrajack - Rottweiler Breeder - Bundaberg, QLD
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We are a small kennel in Queensland in the Wide Bay Area of Bundaberg that strives to breed Rottweilers with sound bodies and minds and have owned ... read more
Meinrad Rottweiler, French Bulldog and Dachshund Breeder and Showing Qld
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I breed and show Rottweilers, French bulldogs and dachshund Mini Long Hair dogs. I have shown for years with loads of Australian champion dogs ... read more
Montmill Rottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder - Neurum QLD
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We are a small selective breeder located in Neurum QLD, just outside Woodford who have owned and bred Rottweilers for over 20 years .

Our dogs are ... read more
PASKARLA Kennels - Labradors, German Shepherds and Rottweilers, UPPER HUNTER VALLEY
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We at Paskarla Kennels have been breeding for over 20 years. All our dogs are health checked every year. All appropriate testing is done before being ... read more
Rakaaz Rottweilers
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Breeder of Rottweilers since 1996, complying with RCV and NRCA guidelines. Breeder of BISS, obedience, herding & tracking titled dogs. Susie is ... read more
Rennirott Rottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder - Sydney, NSW
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Rennirott Rottweilers is an enthusiast kennel that is dedicated to the Rottweiler. We're passionate about our Rottweilers. This magnificent breed has ... read more
Rotteln Rottweilers
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Rotteln is a mother and daughter prefix that has been breeding for over 35years. Rotteln strives to produce not only beautiful to standard ... read more
Rottgems - Rottweiler Breeder - Geraldton WA
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I am a selective Kennel situated in Geraldton WA. I've been breeding Rottweilers since 1998. My Kennels are committed to breeding strong Healthy ... read more
Sasrott Rottweiler's - Rottweiler Breeder - Tamworth, NSW
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Breeding sound Rottweilers with great temperaments. We raise our puppies in a family environment and socialise them with other breeds and animals ... read more
Schwartzhund Rottweilers  - Rottweiler Breeder - Barossa, SA
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Schwartzhund Rottweilers ANKC Registered Rottweiler Breeder - Breeders Prefix Est 1994 - Dogs SA Member No 5000095840 - Small, Consistent, ... read more
Shogunate Kennels - Rottweiler Breeder - Melbourne, VIC
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We have owned Rottweilers since 1995. Shogunate Kennels was established in 2008 and has since been intricately involved in importing Rottweilers and ... read more
Sollerus Rottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder - Adelaide, SA
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Sollerus Rottweilers is a small kennel located on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.

Until 2006 we had competed primarily in obedience and ... read more
Stambakai Rottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder NSW
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Stambakai is a small & highly dedicated show kennel with a passion for Rottweilers based in NSW Australia. Our dogs are bred with thought, ... read more
Swaggerhause - Rottweiler Breeder - Jindera, NSW
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We breed our dogs for the family environment, for their temperament, stability and looks. We do not have any puppies available atm, if you would ... read more
Twikaya Rottweilers
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Hi, I'm June. My passion is breeding the best quality rottweilers. great temperment, conformation and intelligence. Our dogs are perfect companion, ... read more
Valstam Rottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder - Adelaide, SA
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We purchased our first Rottweiler in 1989 and have been actively in the breed ever since. From protection training to obedience, from showing to ... read more
Vanaheim Kennels - Rottweiler Breeder - Sydney, NSW
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Vanaheim Rottweilers is a small boutique kennel that endeavours breeding & showing the best Rottweilers according to national & international ... read more
Vom Haus ELK - Pedigree Rottweiler Breeder - SA
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Vom Haus Elk is a high standards Quality breeder of Pedigree Rottweilers. Its foundations and principles are based on the German ADRK Principles ... read more
Vonauchtungrottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder - Perth, WA
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We breed Rottweilers from German bloodlines for size, stability, and strength.

Puppies come microchipped, vaccinated, vet checked, and registered. ... read more
VONHALLA Rottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder - Perth, WA
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Specialising in German bloodlines breeder.

Our aim is to preserve the Rottweiler temperament and character through careful breeding pair selection, ... read more
VONMARKNDI ROTTWEILERS
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High quality rottweilers.
Registered with dogs Queensland.
Bred to rottweiler club standards.
Extensive papers and testing.
Selective homing and ... read more
Westobri Kennels - Rottweiler Breeder - Adelaide, SA
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We have been involved in the promotion of the Rottweiler for the past 40 years, participating consistently in both the Specialty and All Breeds ... read more
Yuluwirri Rottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder - Mackay, QLD
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We are a small kennel situated in Mackay area we are ANKC registered breeder, we adhere to National Rottweiler Council of Australia Breed Scheme. We ... read more
Zammerhitz Rottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder - Sydney, NSW
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25+ years involvement in the breed, current Vice President of NSW Rottweiler club. read more
Zankardel Rottweilers - Rottweiler Breeder - Coowonga, QLD
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We are a small kennel located in Keppel sands. We breed for health and temperament. Our dogs are health tested and we abide by NRCA. Our dogs have ... read more
Zzark Rottweiler - Rottweiler Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
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Zzark is a small breeder located in Jimboomba, Brisbane, Qld. I have had Rottweilers for over 30 yrs. Our dogs run on a 2 acre property . Our dogs ... read more