Locating a Reputable Breeder
You now know things to look out for when searching for a rottweiler. You're searching for a breeder who will screen for genetic diseases, be choosy about which dogs she breeds so that she produces the very best, and will guarantee her dogs — that is, will replace or refund the price of the dog if a genetic health problem occurs and will take back a dog under any circumstance.
Questions to Ask a Reputable Breeder
But where do you find such a breeder? As you may guess, you're not likely to find them in classified ads, although occasionally you might. Contact the American Rottweiler Club for a referral list of those breeders in your area.
But your job isn't done yet. Contact a few breeders in your area and ask if they're planning on breeding a litter any time soon. You should then ask questions to determine if the breeder is a responsible or reputable breeder.
How long have you been interested in rottweilers?
How long have you been breeding rottweilers?
Do you show (or participate in performance events with) your rottweilers? Are you affiliated with any local or national clubs?
What titles do your dogs have? With what organizations?
Why did you choose to breed these two rottweilers? Do you breed for show, work, or performance?
What can you tell me about their ancestry and what makes them suitable to breed?
How many litters do you produce each year?
Do you screen for genetic diseases? Which ones? Can you show me the original certificates?
Are your dogs AKC registered? Can you show me the papers?
Do you have a contract? May I see the contract? Do you offer guarantees for hips, eyes, etc.?
May I have a tour of your kennel and meet you and your dogs?
Can you provide references?
If the breeder isn't put off by your questions and is willing to answer, you may have found a reputable breeder. Reputable breeders like talking to informed puppy buyers and will be happy to answer any of your questions. If the breeder on the other end of the line acts affronted, look for your puppy somewhere else!
When you visit a reputable breeder, you should be able to meet with any of the dogs there (with a proper introduction). The kennels should be well maintained, and you should feel comfortable meeting with the dogs and the breeder. Keep in mind, though, that if there are puppies, it is natural for the female rottweiler to be protective of them.
A reputable breeder will not pressure you into buying a puppy right there. The breeder may want to meet your entire family to see how they react to rottweilers. Don't forget, these are big dogs and require a certain amount of responsibility.