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About the rottweiler

Rottweilers naturally have a strong temperament and early training definitely makes a difference in their life. It is very important that obedience training is continued when the puppies go to their new homes. We get to know each puppy individually and so that we can recommend them to a home that will be a good match with their individual personalities. Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.
In the case where our puppy buyers cannot keep their puppy that they bought from us, we get that puppy or dog back and it is enforced in our contract. We are the ones that bred that puppy and we feel like it is our responsibility in placing it in the proper home. 
Breeding any animal is a huge responsibility and should not be done without the proper health clearances, sound temperaments and looks as well as excellent pedigrees. We breed for future show/breeding dogs for our kennels and to bring joy to the lives of others that love the breed. In order to take good care of our dogs and breed Rottweilers of quality, it is extremely expensive.  We have our dogs X-rayed and certified for their hips. We also enforce it in our contracts if  buying a working/breeding dog before they are bred.
Here at Gold Hill Kennels, raising superior puppies that will bring joy into the lives of their new families is our number one goal. Pups are whelped here in our home and because we both work here at the house, they are able to receive lots of attention and stimulation throughout the day. Our females also get the best of care, nutrition, supplements and exercise. Prenatal care is very important in raising healthy pups and we make sure that our females are in excellent condition during their pregnancy. It has also been shown that the emotional state of the pregnant female can have a positive or negative effect on the temperament of the puppies. Keeping a female happy, comfortable and secure during her pregnancy is very important. With any working breed it is important to temperament test and pay close attention to each individual puppy as they are growing. A puppy with extreme working drives is rarely suitable for the typical family home. This type of a dog will require A LOT of stimulation, exercise and training. If they do not receive this type of care they will often develop habits such as chewing, digging or generally being a nuisance. This is not a "bad dog", it is a dog that has been bred for a purpose and when not given a job, they will find their own. A pup with extreme drives will do best in a working or show home where they will be fulfilled and can really shine. A puppy with lower drives and a calm and relaxed personality will be an excellent pet for children and typical family living. We hope you find our website very easy to read and understand. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us or email us. We love for people who are interested in our  puppies or older dogs to come visit on our open kennel days and see our dogs and puppies. We hope you have enjoyed your visit to our website and please come back when you can stay longer. Take Care and God Bless you.

AKC Breed Standard

The Rottweiler is a working breed, strong in body and mind. He is very loyal and courageous, brave and loving with a very strong desire to protect his master, family and property. The Rottweiler is a large powerful dog with a large head and strong jaws. He has a remarkable look which signifies his intelligent expressions. His coat is black with mahogany markings above the eyes, muzzle and on his legs. The fearless personality of the dog shows he is capable and willing to do whatever is required of him, whether it be guard, protect, family dog or working dog. His only wish is to be respected in the way he respects and obeys his master to a full trustworthy companion. In short the Rottweiler is a very handsome and powerful breed.
 We have been breeding and raising rotties for about 22 years now. Rottweiler's are very loyal pets and have been known to be one owner pets, but if raised with children they will protect and love them. Rotties have got a bad reputation. There is never a bad dog only a bad owner.  It is all in how he/she is raised. You do so with lots of love and attention, and he/she will be a true companion to the end. I raise rotties for sound mind and body. We feel very good about the bloodline and puppies that we raise and we will strive only to make it better.
Description: The Rottweiler is a medium-large, robust, powerful dog. His build denotes great strength, agility and endurance. The Rottweiler is a working dog, he is the happiest when there is a job to do whether it is herding, competing in obedience, tracking, search and rescue or retrieving the newspaper. He is an effective guard dog, but needs firm handling and proper training. A Rottweiler will defend his family and property to the end, but he does have a tendency to become loyal to one person. An inexperienced owner should never get a high driven working dog at first.

Temperament: Protective, determined
With Children: Yes, but need to be raised when they are puppies.
With Pets: Needs early exposure, may show some aggression towards other dogs. 
Special Skills: Watchdog, guard-dog and family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High, strangers are not welcome.
Guard-dog: Very High
Care and Exercise: Minimal grooming consists of brushing with a firm bristle brush or massaging with a damp towel his coat. Bathe only when necessary. He needs plenty of vigorous exercise. 
Training: Training should be kind, patient and consistent as a Rottweiler is dominant in nature. Females tend to be more gentle than males and require less forcefulness in training.
Learning Rate: High Obedience - High, Problem Solving - Medium
Activity: Indoors - Low, Outdoors - High
Living Environment: A home with a fenced yard is essential. He does well in a kennel, but should not be left alone all day long in the yard. 
Health Issues: Elbow and hip dysplasia, eye problems.
Life Span:10-12 years
Litter Size: between 4 and 10 puppies per litter.
Group: Rottweilers are a mastiff breed and in AKC are in the working group.
Color: Black with tan/rust or mahogany markings.
Hair Length: Short
Size: Extra Large
Shedding: Moderate Shed
Male Height:24 - 27 inches
Male Weight:95 - 130 lbs
Female Height:22 - 25 inches,
Female Weight:85 - 105 lbs
Living Area: A house with a fenced yard or an acreage is recommended, although apartment living would be acceptable for a Rottie for they are not too active indoors. Daily exercise is a must to ensure that the Rottweiler does not become bored and destructive, regardless of it living on an acreage or in a small apartment.
Class: Working
Country of Origin: Germany
History: Known in Europe as the Rottweiler Metzgerhund, he was named after the town of Rottweil. Believed to have come from the Mastiff or the German Shepherd Dog. he was originally bred to control livestock. During the First World War the Rottweiler proved himself to be an intelligent police and guard dog.
Breed Standard
General Appearance 
The ideal Rottweiler is a medium large, robust and powerful dog, black with clearly defined rust markings. His compact and substantial build denotes great strength, agility and endurance. Dogs are characteristically more massive throughout with larger frame and heavier bone than bitches. Bitches are distinctly feminine, but without weakness of substance or structure. 

Size, Proportion, Substance 
Dogs--24 inches to 27 inches. Bitches--22 inches to 25 inches, with preferred size being mid-range of each sex. Correct proportion is of primary importance, as long as size is within the standard's range. 
The length of body, from prosternum to the rearmost projection of the rump, is slightly longer than the height of the dog at the withers, the most desirable proportion of the height to length being 9 to 10. The Rottweiler is neither coarse nor shelly. Depth of chest is approximately fifty percent (50%) of the height of the dog. His bone and muscle mass must be sufficient to balance his frame, giving a compact and very powerful appearance. 
Serious Faults--Lack of proportion, undersized, oversized, reversal of sex characteristics (bitchy dogs, doggy bitches). 

Of medium length, broad between the ears; forehead line seen in profile is moderately arched; zygomatic arch and stop well developed with strong broad upper and lower jaws. The desired ratio of back skull to muzzle is 3 to 2. Forehead is preferred dry, however some wrinkling may occur when dog is alert. Expression is noble, alert, and self-assured. Eyes of medium size, almond shaped with well fitting lids, moderately deep-set, neither protruding nor receding. The desired color is a uniform dark brown. Serious Faults--Yellow (bird of prey) eyes, eyes of different color or size, hairless eye rim.
Disqualification--Entropion. Ectropion. Ears of medium size, pendant, triangular in shape; when carried alertly the ears are level with the top of the skull and appear to broaden it. Ears are to be set well apart, hanging forward with the inner edge lying tightly against the head and terminating at approximately mid-cheek.
Serious Faults--Improper carriage (creased, folded or held away from cheek/head). Muzzle--Bridge is straight, broad at base with slight tapering towards tip. The end of the muzzle is broad with well developed chin. Nose is broad rather than round and always black. Lips-Always black; corners closed; inner mouth pigment is preferred dark.
Serious Faults--Total lack of mouth pigment .
Bite and Dentition--Teeth 42 in number (20 upper, 22 lower), strong, correctly placed, meeting in a scissors bite--lower incisors touching inside of upper incisors. Serious Faults--Level bite; any missing tooth. Disqualifications--Overshot, undershot (when incisors do not touch or mesh); wry mouth; two or more missing teeth.

Neck, Topline, Body 
Neck--Powerful, well muscled, moderately long, slightly arched and without loose skin. Topline--The back is firm and level, extending in a straight line from behind the withers to the croup. The back remains horizontal to the ground while the dog is moving or standing.
Body--The chest is roomy, broad and deep, reaching to elbow, with well pronounced forechest and well sprung, oval ribs.
Back is straight and strong.
Loin is short, deep and well muscled.
Croup is broad, of medium length and only slightly sloping.
Underline of a mature Rottweiler has a slight tuck-up.
Males must have two normal testicles properly descended into the scrotum. Disqualification--Unilateral cryptorchid or cryptorchid males.
Tail--Tail docked short, close to body, leaving one or two tail vertebrae. The set of the tail is more important than length. Properly set, it gives an impression of elongation of topline; carried slightly above horizontal when the dog is excited or moving. 

Shoulder blade is long and well laid back. Upper arm equal in length to shoulder blade, set so elbows are well under body. Distance from withers to elbow and elbow to ground is equal. Legs are strongly developed with straight, heavy bone, not set close together. Pasterns are strong, springy and almost perpendicular to the ground. Feet are round, compact with well arched toes, turning neither in nor out. Pads are thick and hard. Nails short, strong and black. Dewclaws may be removed. 

Angulations of hindquarters balances that of forequarters. Upper thigh is fairly long, very broad and well muscled. Stifle joint is well turned. Lower thigh is long, broad and powerful, with extensive muscling leading into a strong hock joint. Rear pasterns are nearly perpendicular to the ground. Viewed from the rear, hind legs are straight, strong and wide enough apart to fit with a properly built body. Feet are somewhat longer than the front feet, turning neither in nor out, equally compact with well arched toes. Pads are thick and hard. Nails short, strong, and black. Dewclaws must be removed. 

Outer coat is straight, coarse, dense, of medium length and lying flat. Undercoat should be present on neck and thighs, but the amount is influenced by climatic conditions. Undercoat should not show through outer coat. The coat is shortest on head, ears and legs, longest on breeching. The Rottweiler is to be exhibited in the natural condition with no trimming. Fault--Wavy coat. Serious Faults--Open, excessively short, or curly coat; total lack of undercoat; any trimming that alters the length of the natural coat. Disqualification--Long coat. 


Always black with rust to mahogany markings. The demarcation between black and rust is to be clearly defined. The markings should be located as follows: a spot over each eye; on cheeks; as a strip around each side of muzzle, but not on the bridge of the nose; on throat; triangular mark on both sides of prosternum;on forelegs from carpus downward to the toes; on inside of rear legs showing down the front of the stifle and broadening out to front of rear legs from hock to toes, but not completely eliminating black from rear of pasterns; under tail; black penciling on toes. The undercoat is gray, tan, or black. Quantity and location of rust markings is important and should not exceed ten percent of body color. Serious Faults--Straw-colored, excessive, insufficient or sooty markings; rust marking other than described above; white marking any place on dog (a few rust or white hairs do not constitute a marking). Disqualifications--Any base color other than black; absence of all markings.

The Rottweiler is a trotter. His movement should be balanced, harmonious, sure, powerful and unhindered, with strong forereach and a powerful rear drive. The motion is effortless, efficient, and ground-covering. Front and rear legs are thrown neither in nor out, as the imprint of hind feet should touch that of forefeet. In a trot the forequarters and hindquarters are mutually coordinated while the back remains level, firm and relatively motionless. As speed increases the legs will converge under body towards a center line. 

The Rottweiler is basically a calm, confident and courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. A Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment. He has an inherent desire to protect home and family, and is an intelligent dog of extreme hardness and adaptability with a strong willingness to work, making him especially suited as a companion, guardian and general all-purpose dog. 
The behavior of the Rottweiler in the show ring should be controlled, willing and adaptable, trained to submit to examination of mouth, testicles, etc. An aloof or reserved dog should not be penalized, as this reflects the accepted character of the breed. An aggressive or belligerent attitude towards other dogs should not be faulted.
A judge shall excuse from the ring any shy Rottweiler. A dog shall be judged fundamentally shy if, refusing to stand for examination, it shrinks away from the judge. A dog that in the opinion of the judge menaces or threatens him/her, or exhibits any sign that it may not be safely approached or examined by the judge in the normal manner, shall be excused from the ring. A dog that in the opinion of the judge attacks any person in the ring shall be disqualified. 

The foregoing is a description of the ideal Rottweiler. Any structural fault that detracts from the above described working dog must be penalized to the extent of the deviation. 

Entropion, ectropion. Overshot, undershot (when incisors do not touch or mesh); wry mouth; two or more missing teeth. Unilateral cryptorchid or cryptorchid males. Long coat. Any base color other than black; absence of all markings. A dog that in the opinion of the judge attacks any person in the ring., Gold Hill Kennels, Rottweilers, Rottweiler breeders, puppies, rottweiler puppies for sale,