|Barked: Wed Jan 29, '14 2:11am PST |
|I know this thread is an oldie, but I wanted to post a response. I wrote this on behalf of the Rottweiler Club of Canada when people started asking "what's the deal with these mini/toy Rottweilers??"
It's wordy, but has good info
The Rottweiler Club of Canada does not condone or recognize any breed other than the Rottweiler as defined by the Canadian Kennel Club. As the official Rottweiler breed club of Canada we would like to take this opportunity to share our statement with regards to Toy/Mini/Bear Rottweilers.
In this day & age, we are seeing an explosion of so-called “new” breeds of dogs. Designer dogs have been around for many years as evidenced by the popularity of ‘cockapoos’ or ‘valley bulldogs’. So what exactly is a designer dog? It is simply the product of two different breeds of dog mated to create a mixed breed with a new name. Rarely are the parents of these puppies tested for health concerns, and almost never are the parents even good examples of their own breed. A good, ethical breeder will NEVER allow one of their dogs to be mated with a dog of another breed. The purpose & ultimate goal of breeding dogs should always be to PRESERVE the appearance, temperament & working abilities that a dog is known for.
It has come to our attention that one of these designer dogs being advertised is the Toy Rottweiler. Also called Miniature Rottweilers or RottieBears, this mixed-breed dog is typically a pug with any amount of a dozen additional breeds; rarely is an actual Rottweiler anywhere in the pedigrees of these dogs. Once a desirable example is born, it is bred back to another in an attempt to maintain any sort of consistency. In essence, this is a pug mix bred to a pug mix. We can only speculate on what other breeds have been introduced to create the black & rust markings sometimes seen. However, unlike Rottweilers where the ONLY acceptable colour is black, these mixed breeds come in reds and creams.
What is a standard? A standard is a detailed account of a breed’s appearance, temperament, purpose and history. Things such as colour, height, weight and all of the minute defining details that make a Rottweiler the breed we love. A toy/miniature ‘rottweiler’ possesses NONE of the breed-defining characteristics of the true Rottweiler. A true Rottweiler enthusiast will always strive to breed dogs according to recognized standards and will never knowingly allow their dog to produce mixed breeds.
What are health tests? Every recognized breed of dog has health characteristics that may be of concern. To breed healthy dogs, breeders utilize tests available to them for a variety of conditions that may affect that breed. Toy breeds are often prone to knee problems, called luxating patellas. Breeds that are predominantly white such as Dalmatians can often be deaf. Boxers may be prone to heart conditions. All of these hereditary problems can be tested for; a responsible breeder will always test their dogs for any & all conditions that may result in health problems and harm to their breed. For example, in Rottweilers we test for hip dysplasia & cardiac illness as a bare minimum. Most breeders also test for elbow dysplasia, eye conditions and thyroid function. When you buy a designer dog, you must be aware that your puppy will have the genetics of ALL of the breeds in its DNA and usually NONE of the health testing precautions that a responsible breeder provides!
MYTH: The miniature Rottweiler is a smaller version of a purebred Rottweiler.
TRUTH: These mixed-breed small dogs are predominantly Pug.
MYTH: Toy/Mini Rottweilers have no health issues.
TRUTH: None of the breeding stock is health tested for hereditary defects that plague the breeds used to make these designer dogs. If you do not test, you will obviously assume there are no hidden problems.
MYTH: They are compact yet keep the look of a Rottweiler.
TRUTH: There is no standard that these mixes are bred to maintain. There is no control over what a mixed breed may look like. The vast majority of these mixes have more Pug characteristics than anything else, and the only similarities to a Rottweiler are colour & docked tails. Reminder: docking tails is a working function & cosmetic procedure. Pugs do not have docked tails. There is no reason to have the tail of a mixed breed docked at birth. Many of these mixes are black & tan, however this is not a required or expected colour in this mix. Basically, this mixed breed dog has nothing in common with the Rottweiler breed.
MYTH: They have been a ‘breed’ or ‘purebred’ for over ten years.
TRUTH: Only dogs registered or eligible to be registered with the Canadian Kennel Club are allowed to be called purebred in Canada. Only breeds recognized & accepted by the Canadian Kennel Club are eligible for registration. This is according to federal law, under the Animal Pedigree Act by Agriculture Canada. Reminder: This applies to ‘real’ Rottweilers as well! Anyone claiming to have a purebred dog in Canada must have proof of pedigree & registration with the Canadian Kennel Club or proof of eligibility for registration. If you encounter someone claiming to sell ‘purebred’ dogs that are not registered, they are in violation of the Animal Pedigree Act.
MYTH: They are ‘registered’.
TRUTH: There is NO registration authority in the world that recognizes these mixes as a breed, and there are NO registered dogs. Anyone can make up a mixed breed and anyone can keep track of those mixes and try to call it a registry.
The Rottweiler Club of Canada strives to promote the purebred Rottweiler. We aim to educate the public about our wonderful breed and preserve the Rottweiler. Please do not be fooled by anyone who claims to breed any ‘version’ of the Rottweiler; you will be paying for an expensive mixed breed with none of the characteristics, benefits or essence of the true Rottweiler.
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