Sunday, June 24, 2012

Breed History

“The first record of Rottweilers in the U.S. Were dogs that were imported by three Germans who migrated to the U.S. The first Rottweiler was admitted to the American Kennel Club Stud Book in 1931. The AKC has a multitude of functions, principal of which is the registration of purebred dogs.”

“The American Rottweiler Club was organized, 6-13-71, Letter approving license, 8-4-80, and their first specialty was 5-29-81. The local Specialty clubs are The Colonial Rottweiler Club (Licensed 1-22-59), The Medallion Rottweiler Club (Licensed 12-11-68), and The Golden State Rottweiler Club (Licensed 4-10-69) recognized there was a need for unity to gain representation with AKC and hence the formation of The American Rottweiler Club as the parent club. A parent club, as the name applies, is the “guardian” of the breed and the breed standard. Note: These dates on the Rottweiler clubs were compiled from official AKC records.”

“In many foreign countries dogs do not receive the championship status without a working degree. In other countries they are not even eligible to compete for top awards without first having completed a working degree. We have no such regulations, which means the responsibility of breeding for correct working temperament, as well as correct phenotype, must be self-imposed.”

Bibliography: “The Complete Rottweiler” by Muriel Freeman

Hence, the introduction of each Specialty club’s Code of Ethics or Mandatory Practices in the 1970′s. The Hoosier Rottweiler Club is a Code of Ethics club. Each club has its own requirements for production awards.

The Rottweiler is a versatile Working Group Breed. In Conformation, we compete to win a breed Championship. In Obedience, we compete in Novice classes (CD) Companion Degree. The next stage is the Open class (CDX) Companion Degree Excellent and final stage is the Utility class (UD) Utility Degree. Further competition in Obedience, is available once the dog has earned its UD. This title is Obedience Title Championship (OTCH).

In Tracking, the titles are Tracking Dog (TD), Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX), and Variable Surface Tracking Dog (VST).

In 1994, after years of proving to AKC that the Rottweiler was a talented herding dog, the Rottweiler was granted approval to compete in AKC Herding Tests and Trials on sheep, cattle, and ducks/geese/turkeys and earn Herding Test (HT), Pre-Trial Herding Test (PT), Herding Started (HS), Herding Intermediate (HI), and finally the covetted Herding Advanced (HA).

Most recently, our Parent Club, The American Rottweiler Club, has had Carting (Drafting) competitions at the National Specialties. This is fun and becoming quite competitive.