V1ROTTWEILER ABOUT US MISSION OUR DOGS BREEDING PUPPIES SCHUTZHUND PICTURE GALLERY LINKS/NEWS KUTSCHE
of the World Renown
"Vom Maegdeberg Rottweilers"
"Vom Maegdeberg" Rottweilers, instituted in the early 70's in the small town of Muehlhausen, Germany beneath the Maegdeberg mountain, is now located in Scotchtown, New York, USA.. (Approximately 60 miles northwest of New York City. Nearby airports include, Stewart-Field, Newark, LaGuardia, and Kennedy).
The word "Kennel" actually does not really apply to us so well after all. It usually implies several females, possibly multiple stud dogs and a steady, almost industrial like "production". We currently own only two Rottweilers, our SchH III competition male and stud dog "Gauner vom Bamberger-Tal" and his daughter "Ceena vom Maegdeberg", both are top V-rated in conformation. Well planned and thought thru breedings occur only occasionally. Owning and breeding Rottweilers is a very serious and utmost passionate hobby to us. Yes, both my wife and myself still make our living the old fashioned way, having a full time job in the engineering field.
Every year, we visit numerous AKC and German style Rottweiler shows in North America and Europe, in order to continuously learn more about Rottweilers and those bloodlines prone to bettering the breed according to the breed standard, on the one hand, and according to our own conception of the Rottweiler within that standard, on the other.
Our frequent trips, as well as the extensive use of as many available sources as possible, also allow us to closely observe the main foreign breeding stocks, whether German, Austrian, Italian, Belgian, but also, Dutch, Canadian and American.
The Merits of the German Way.
A dog breed is constantly and quickly evolving, the most striking and fascinating aspect of that evolution being that a "generation" only lasts two to three years. Therefore, within a 6 to 9 year time span, we can go from the great-grand-father to the great-grand-children. In order to remain aware of the qualities and faults of each bloodline, so as to use those prone to better the breed, one has to be constantly looking out for new dogs and constantly question the validity of his or her choices regarding bloodlines. That's what "selection" is all about.
Keeping this in mind, it is therefore logical that we should try and rely on the work of those countries who have been controlling and monitoring their breeding stock for years, keeping an eye on the production of qualities as well as faults, on the ability to work, all this within the rules set by the breed standard. For the time being, no country in the world is as advanced as Germany in this field of studies.
By the way, let's set things straight: this is not about placing Germany on a pedestal just for the sake of it. Selection is no exact science and is far from being one; each year, German breeders, just like elsewhere, produce their lot of absolutely mediocre dogs who are totally uninteresting as far as breeding is concerned. However, the Germans have been keeping a breed book for many years, in which one can find all the dogs born in Germany, along with all the faults observed, as well as the HD and ED grades of all X-rayed dogs. On top of this, we also find the entire description, including body measurements and detailed temperament evaluation, of dogs who have gone through the ZTP and Koerung tests. It is precisely this honesty and willingness to expose even the most unpleasant facts regarding the production of such or such dog, which nowadays account for Germany leading the way in the field of good Rottweilers.
It is a fact, that nowadays, only the use of well documented stud dogs (according to the ADRK guide lines) allows us to know "where we are heading" regarding possible faults, but also qualities, of the future offspring.
The study of dogs in the show ring, ZTP's, Koerungs, SchH-trials etc. throughout the world, as well as the careful analysis of all available documents (we posses all ADRK breed books from 1935) regarding the selection of the breed, have given us a good grasp of the Rottweiler's "whereabouts" over the last 30 years.
From this, we have come to the conclusion that the goal of successful breeding means producing dogs who are better than their parents, and that such should be our endeavor whenever we set out to produce a litter. The key to this is extensive knowledge on the existing bloodlines.
Our vision of the Rottweiler according
to the German principle:
"Zucht auf Form und Leistung"
left : < V1 Enno vom Hamburger-Michel, SchHIII, AD, Koerung right : > Emma vom Maegdeberg
In 2000 and for the years to come, we will strive to produce Rottweilers out of those bloodlines which we believe to be the most likely to produce dogs with:
average to tall height: 59-61cm (23-24") for the females, 64-67 cm (25-26.5") for the males
good substance: a wide and deep chest, strong muscles, a robust, compact body. Rottweilers must be powerful but not heavy in weight. Our definition of power and strength is: Maximum weight put inside the smallest body volume.
good bone strength : a Rottweiler with thin bones is not a Rottweiler
an expressive head, with a good stop, dark eyes (1a to 2b) as well as a good mouth pigmentation, however not to short of a muzzle in order to provide sufficient space for complete dentition with a correct scissors bite.
rich mahogany markings, well drawn, of sufficient but not excessive size.
tails, unless regulated by US laws, all of our puppies will have docked tails.
excellent body and mind coordination: a true working dog must be quick and permanently ready to adjust to new situations, physically as well as mentally. This requires a perfect coordination between the body and the mind as well as total physical control of the body.
stability of temperament and self-assurance: a true Rottweiler must, subject to proper up-bringing and training, be able to perform well in he I.P.O./Schutzhund and police work. Also, he must remain a loyal companion to those who take care of him, at the same time displaying a natural readiness to protect his immediate family. This requires stability, self-assurance as well as strong "drives". Contrary to what is sometimes heard, Rottweilers are not "gentle teddy bears". They are, and should remain, working dogs.
We hope you subscribe to our point of
view on the breed and on the way to select Rottweilers. We remain at your disposal
for further discussion and information. Simply contact us either by phone
845-695-2059 (between 8 PM and 10 PM EST ), or by e-mail.
This site is powered by VMS Web-design
Complete Canine Web-design and maintenance,
Please contact us if you need a Web-page.