I acquired my first Rottweiler in late 1988, and I was instantly hooked on this marvelous breed. Over the years I have greatly enjoyed the companionship of many fine dogs. I have learned to appreciate lots of different activities with my dogs. I’ve titled dogs in the AKC and UKC Breed and Obedience rings. I have enjoyed competing in German Style shows as well, earning V ratings on several dogs. An American Rottweiler Club member from 1991 through 2008, I continue to seek every opportunity for more education, and the highest quality possible in breeding animals. I’m active in our local Breed and All Breed clubs.
My deep love and respect for the Rottweiler has steadily grown over the years, as has my commitment to preserving it as a DOCKED breed.
Acquisition of a Rottweiler (or any pet) should be a carefully thought out and well researched decision. Rottweilers are marvelous companions and family dogs if properly bred and socialized, however, early and continued formal training, and good fencing is not optional for this breed. If you are considering your first Rottweiler, please explore the educational links on the sidebar.
If you are searching for a breeder, realize that good breeders have spent years educating themselves, and they understand that breeding is a serious endeavor. At Redyre, I try to give puppies the very best start in life possible, first by beginning with the very best parents, and then by raising the puppies in a rich stimulating environment with close human contact and lots of early socialization and imprinting. Responsible breeders take the time to prove dogs through training and competition, and use dogs for breeding who have proven themselves to be correct specimens with correct temperament. The importance of correct stable temperament in such a powerful breed cannot be over emphasized. I select and use for breeding dogs who are approachable and friendly during normal social interaction, and able to be safely examined in the show ring. This is one reason I find competition so important. If a dog is incorrect, unstable, insecure, or overly aggressive, these traits will eventually show themselves under the mild stress of events and competition. Breeding partners are carefully and honestly evaluated, and then matched to enhance their good qualities, and offset or minimize their faults. Breedings should always be planned with improvement in mind.
In addition, I select dogs for breeding who have on record and open to public view health testing for Hips, Elbows, Heart, and Eyes, at a minimum. For the future protection and improvement of the Rottweiler breed, I require the same testing be done on all of our puppies, also with the release of results for public view, whether normal or abnormal. Having this documented information on hand is INVALUABLE to others in the future when they are doing their own research trying to plan healthy litters. It is imperitive that ALL puppies be health screened, even those who may never be bred, for in this way as breeders we are able to understand which breedings produce the most healthy dogs. I am delighted to see more breeders requiring that the results of all testing be disclosed. Be warned! There are also breeders out there who have slick beautiful websites, and stories equally as slick. Accept no substitute for documented proof of health testing that has been submitted to the data bases. It is far too easy to falsify documents that have not been sent in to OFA or other data bases.
At Redyre, puppies are born inside my home in a specially constructed whelping box. All births are attended so that I can assist if necessary, or identify problems early. Each puppy is carefully examined, weighed, and identified with a colored neck ribbon at birth. Each puppy’s growth and development is carefully tracked through observation, notes and photographs until it is time for them to go to their new homes around eight weeks of age. I am beside or in the whelping box 24/7 for the first 3 weeks.
Puppies are handled gently and often, with tender loving care, and are mildly stressed each day during the first 2 weeks to encourage resilience later in life. Puppies are observed and weighed every day. Nursing is supervised so I can make sure that everyone is getting what they need. Once puppies are up on their feet at near 3 weeks of age, they are provided with a rich environment of toys and opportunities for exploration, and the fun begins in earnest! I provide obstacles to climb on, over and under, and examples of future obedience equipment such as dumb bells, tug toys, scent articles, and toys that move and make noise to encourage normal development, play and exercise. Socialization is paramount for Redyre puppies. My puppies are gently exposed to a wide variety of life experiences on a daily basis, and we welcome visitors after 4 weeks of age. By 4 weeks puppies are being stacked on the grooming table, and introduced to water, swimming, mouth exams, collars, leashes, crates, and the Dremel for nails.
Redyre dogs and puppies are fed a healthy raw meat based diet, and puppies are never forcibly weaned. Your puppy will probably still be nursing from time to time when you arrive to take him or her home. I find the mother of the puppies to be an excellent teacher.
I give the dam ample time to interact with her puppies. Puppies who remain here nurse occasionally for as long as 12 weeks. At 7 weeks, we examine puppies to evaluate for temperament, dominance, drive to retrieve, resistance and recovery from stressful experiences, sound sensitivity, and pain tolerance. Many breeders, including myself, evaluate these things by using the Puppy Aptitude Test developed by Joachim and Wendy Volhard. At 8 weeks, puppies are officially evaluated and graded. We place puppies in their new homes between the ages of 8 and 10 weeks generally, and always sell puppies with a written contract and guarantee. Our puppies are sold as household companions only. We generally give preference to homes where puppies will compete in various venues such as Conformation, Obedience, Pet Therapy, Herding, Tracking, and other various competitive events.
Our next litter, the Full litter, is planned for early 2013. GCH Redyre Extra Spicy will be visiting GCH Nighthawk’s Xmas Bonus, CD, RE, CGC. I expect this litter to produce gorgeous healthy dogs with outstanding temperaments and high working drive. The waiting list for this litter is closed. The Good litter is due Feb. 16, 2013. KK will be confirmed in whelp for the Full Litter on Feb. 4. Contact me privately for details. Should I have nothing to suit you, I am always happy to refer you to other good breeders who are breeding quality dogs in a responsible manner.
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