When I breed a litter, my main goal is to hopefully produce the
next generation of Eis Haus Rottweilers. With this in mind, I
focus on breeding very high quality dogs who have proven themselves
worthy of breeding. Some of the ways I determine if a dog is
worthy are by their achievements (a Championship, working titles,
etc.), as well as their health clearances, temperament and pedigree.
Since I am breeding for myself, and not just to produce puppies, I
am only interested in producing the very best puppies I can.
But I can't keep them all! So the rest of the litter is placed
with suitable, prescreened homes.
All Eis Haus puppies are raised in the home, and are handled
often, starting at birth. They are given lots of love and
attention and are socialized from a very early age. I encourage
visitors (especially those with children) to come and play with the
puppies so they learn to interact with strangers and children.
My puppies are also socialized with other dogs, cats and
"Tootie" (the Chihuahua!).
I also use the bio-sensor method of early neurological
stimulation. To learn more about these methods, please visit http://www.breedingbetterdogs.com
Puppies are evaluated on a weekly basis to measure food and toy
drives, energy level, working potential, conformation potential, and
individual strengths and weaknesses.
My final evaluation is done between 7 and 8 weeks of age.
This evaluation takes into consideration all of the previous
evaluations, and also includes puppy aptitude testing, temperament
evaluations, personality traits, and a thorough conformation evaluation.
All puppies are matched with the appropriate home. This
matching process is used to ensure that each puppy goes to the right
home, and that each home gets the type of puppy they are looking
for. Everyone's idea of the "perfect" dog is
different, and it is very important to determine what each home
desires in a puppy/dog.
The matching process begins with the puppy questionnaire, in which
each potential home describes exactly what they are looking for in a
dog/puppy. From that point there is an
"interview" process which includes extensive communication
that will give me additional information about the home and their
goals, etc. Once I have a good idea of what a home is
looking for, I can use that information to find them the right puppy.
Some of my breeding philosophies are:
Only the best possible quality dogs should be bred&ldots; those
who can really contribute something positive to the Rottweiler breed,
while also not contributing negatively to the breed.
Each litter should be bred with a specific goal in mind. The
right mate has to be found for each male and each female, based on
phenotype, genotype, health clearances, temperament and pedigree.
Puppies should not be purchased with a definite plan of breeding
to an existing dog. It is simply not enough to get a male and
female and HOPE they compliment each other in all the necessary ways,
since most often when all is said and done- they do not.
It is every breeder's responsibility to place puppies in
appropriate homes and educate those homes in the areas of ownership,
training, socialization, breeding, etc., in an effort to promote
responsible ownership and positive public relations, and also to
prevent indiscriminant breeding.
It is every breeder's responsibility to ensure that we preserve
the integrity and quality of this wonderful breed, through very
selective breeding practices. The breed is diminishing in
quality, and we need to focus our efforts to produce BETTER dogs, not
Health has to be a very high priority. We have seen an
increase in some health problems, and we need to screen our breeding
stock thoroughly. One example is the incidence of SAS
(SubAortic Stenosis - a genetic heart defect) in our breed. For
this reason, several very conscious breeders, including myself, have
adopted the policy to only breed dogs that have had an Echocardiogram
performed. This is the only way to definitively determine if a
dog has SAS. Therefore, this is the best way (and in my
opinion, the only way) to evaluate a potential breeding animal.
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