After making the decision to get a new Rottweiler puppy, the next thing you want to do is find the right breeder. Finding the right breeder to get your puppy from is extremely important for a number of reasons. Think of it this way, your new puppy is going to be a member of your family for many years to come, and you want to make sure that you get the best out of this time. That means that you do not want a puppy that is going to have medical, temperament, or even socialization problems. All of these things can occur in a puppy if they do not come from a credible, experienced breeder.
The main reason that it is so important to get a puppy from a reputable breeder is health issues. Many health problems, especially in Rottweilers, can be genetic. This means that these problems can be passed down from either one or both of the parents. It does happen, and sometimes even after doing your research things can happen, either genetic or not. The most common problems that are passed down from the parents are issues with the dogs hips, joints, and even their hearts.
When researching reputable breeders, you should always ask the breeders that you are interested in if the parents have had health screenings to determine if they are fit to have puppies. A common health screening for dogs are the OFA tests. OFA tests are administered by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, and they concentrate on hip, joint, dysplasia, as well as other problems. It is crucial that the breeders have had their dogs tested, and have adequate results, prior to breeding. You should be able to ask all breeders for the test results for the dogs that they breed, if they cannot provide them for you, I would recommend purchasing a puppy from them.
Another thing that is important to consider when researching breeders is evaluating the pedigrees of the dogs that they are breeding. Aggression and temperament problems can occur in dogs that are inbred, as well as dogs that aren’t. Inbred dogs are surprisingly a big problem when it comes to breeding, and cause very severe aggression problems. You do not want to purchase a puppy who has been inbred, because it can lead to long term problems, that are often very difficult to deal with.
When you are researching breeders, you should take the time to visit several of the breeders facilities. By going to their facilities, talking with the breeders themselves, and seeing the environment that your puppy will be born in, it will help you make the decision that is the best fit for you. You get an opportunity to learn about the breeders and their dogs, and the reasons why they have decided to breed their pets. There are some red flags that should alert you about breeders. If the breeder is not willing to show you their facilities, and seems to get annoyed of you asking questions, I would be concerned. Also, if you see several signs of aggression from their dogs, that should also be a warning. Granted, Rottweilers can be territorial, but excessive aggression is not an ideal trait.
Overall, just like any other purchase, doing your research is key. By taking the time to research the best breeders, the puppy that you are going to purchase has a much higher chance of having a much happier life, and longer life span. Of course, it is not guaranteed that your puppy will never have any health issues, there is definitely a greater chance of them being health. Be sure to ask any and all questions that you may have, and if you do not get the answer you were hoping for, take that as a red flag, and continue searching. http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills/tips/finding_responsible_dog_breeder.html and http://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_dg_breeders provide great tips for finding and researching ideal breeders. If you are in the market for a puppy, I encourage you to do your research first.
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