Rottweiler Breeder - Rottweiler Puppies - Rottweiler Stud Dog - Esmond Rottweilers | Mike Jackman & Ann Felske Jackman | Ontario Canada



               If you breed even one litter you are, by definition a breeder. 
                                          The question is what kind of breeder will you be? 

We are committed to mentoring our owners and are available at or (705) 786-9767

First, Determine whether you really want to breed dogs

The animal shelters are overrun with dogs produced by people who believed that they could be good and responsible breeders.  We strongly recommend that you volunteer your time at your local shelter or with a Rottweiler Rescue Group prior to making the decision to breed your first litter.   

Next, it is time to educate yourself about the Rottweiler, health concerns, structure, temperament and canine genetics.  This is a lengthy process and most long time breeders will be quick to point out that the learning process is unending.

New for 2009...View our revised Esmond Rottweiler Puppy Evaluation Program for an overview of how we raise and test our pups.

Recommended Reading 
"Successful Dog Breeding" ~ Walkowicz and Wilcox
"Breeding Better Dogs" ~ Battaglia 
"Born to Win: Breed to Succeed" ~ Craige-Trotter
"ABC's of Dog Breeding" ~ Orlandi
"Reaching for the Stars" ~ Roslin-Williams
"Canine Reproduction: A Breeder's Guide" ~ Holst
"Genetics for Dog Breeders" ~ Malcolm Willis
"Control of Canine Genetic Disease" ~ Padgett
"K9 Structure and Terminology" ~ Gilbert & Brown
"Veterinary Notes for Dog Breeders" ~ Carricato 

Useful Articles 
Seven Foundations of a Successful Dog Breeder
Choosing a Mentor
The Tragic Loss of Bloodlines & Mentoring
Basic Genetic Concepts
The Nature of Genetic Disease
Prioritizing Genetic Defects
Breadth of Pedigree
Outcrossing, Linebreeding & Inbreeding
Bad Genes, Babies and Bathwater
Genetic Testing & Counseling:  A Trojan Horse?
Removing the Stigma of Genetic Disease
A New Kind of Breeder
Kennel Blindness - The Breeder's Burden
Developing a Healthy Breeding Program
Building Your Pedigree for Improvement
Brackett's Formula
Dr. Battaglia's Homework Assignment
The Power of the Dam
The Search for a Stud Dog
Selecting Sires
Genetic Diversity
Popular Sire Syndrome
Importing Outside Blood - For Better or Worse?
Allocating Semen from Dead Dogs
Canine Reproduction Seminar
Methods of Artificial Insemination
Selecting for Vigor
Sensory, Emotional & Social Development

Health Links 
The AKC Canine Health Foundation
The Rottweiler Health Foundation
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF)
Canine Health Information Center (CHIC)
Interpreting Health Clearance Numbers
The Ontario Veterinary College
AKC DNA Program
Hereditary Congenital Diseases
Blood Chemistry/Hematology Reference Values

Other Links
ADRK Dogbase
Pawvillage Pedigree Database
Pedigree Generator
Breeding, Whelping and Rearing Puppies
Early Neurological Stimulation
Volhard Puppy Apptitude Test
Hastings Puppy Puzzle DVD
Sample Puppy Contract
Sample Stud Contract
ARC Production Award Holders
ARC Versatility Dog Titleholders

Don't breed unless...

You have learned about the risks. Decide whether your goals are worth risking the life or health of your dog.

Your bitch is over two years old. Mere physical ability to bear puppies is not enough. The dog needs to be completely physically and mentally mature.

You have had your bitch's hips, elbows and heart evaluated by an organization such as the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and eyes certified by the Canine Eye Registration  Foundation.  Consider screening for Patellar Luxation & Thyroid function as well.

Your bitch has a good pedigree with many accomplished dogs who are also sound of mind, body, health and longevity. She has tested clear of inherited problems and is herself sound of mind, body and health. She has correct conformation with no major or disqualifying faults and has proven that she is outstanding in at least a couple of conformation traits based on objective evaluation.

You have obtained proof of the health and fitness of your dog by testing her in a manner appropriate to our breed e.g. obedience, agility, herding, tracking or schutzhund.  The goal is to increase the probability that the dogs you bring into this world will make good companions. You do this by demonstrating skills which require intelligence, problem solving ability, dedication or persistence, bidability or desire to please, stability of temperament among other things, and showing soundness and physical fitness.

You wish to improve the breed and select a stud that is her equal or better in all of the above listed traits and who does not share common faults with your bitch.

You have a better than good chance to place each pup in the home that is right for its temperament and abilities. 

You have the funds to properly care for and raise the litter and to handle any unforeseen emergencies that may arise. 

You have the facilities and finances to properly house and care for a bitch and a large litter even if the puppies are still residents at 6 months of age.

You have the knowledge and integrity to properly evaluate your litter and will stand behind every sale with some type of health and temperament guarantee.

You are not only willing, but insist in writing in the contract, that if, for any reason the pup cannot be kept (at whatever age) you will take it back or assist in finding the right home.

You have made sure you know the laws and rules that may affect you. Check to see whether a Puppy Lemon Law , local regulations and ordinances or the rules of your breed registry will affect you.

You are willing to take at least a week off of work when the pups are born and commit the next eight weeks to properly rearing and socializing your puppies.

Have you read all of the above and are still convinced that you want to breed?

If so, we would strongly suggest locating a mentor long before you breed your first Rottweiler litter.  A good mentor can help guide you in your decision making processes and is a shoulder to lean on when you hit roadblocks.  They will share in your successes and help you to achieve your breeding goals.  If you need help locating a breeding mentor, please feel free to contact us and we will give you a list of breeders in your area.

Some Words of Advice

First, start with the best possible dogs

Contact the national breed clubs for a list of breeders: in the USA or in Canada. The national breed clubs can send you a list of breeders. The list is not an endorsement.  It is just a place to start.  You still have to research the breeder. Virtually all countries have their own kennel clubs, a good many of them are now on the internet.

Contact local breed clubs. You can contact them through the AKC  or CKC (or foreign counterpart). When searching on the internet, be sure you know how to spell your breed's name. You would be amazed at how many people handicap their research because they spell the breed name incorrectly.

Attend dog events. Good breeders are active in the dog world. That is how they keep in touch with important information. The AKC and CKC web sites, as well as the breed clubs, can point you an events calendar. There are also web sites for a variety of dog sports that will also have events calendars. Don't forget the performance and non-AKC events. If you are interested in a dog that does a particular activity, say herding, then try the herding web sites for organizations that put on events and have an activities calendar.

Go to any other places where people with dogs gather - dog parks, grooming shops, training centers, veterinarians, pet supply stores. Talk to people.

Be wary of alternate registries.  Some of these are specifically set up to appear similar to legitimate registries, however they cater to puppymill breeders and offer no assurance that the dog is even purebred.  For instance, if you are looking at a CKC breeder, be sure that it's a breeder utilizing the Canadian Kennel Club as their registry, NOT the Continential Kennel Club.

Even after you have found an AKC or CKC breeder, remember that registration alone does not guarantee quality.  The AKC and CKC are merely registries, they do not hold their breeders to any Code of Ethics.  This is where the breed clubs come in.  Breeders who are members of the American Rottweiler Club, Rottweiler Club of Canada, Medallion Rottweiler Club, Colonial Rottweiler Club and several others are bound by a Code of Ethics that the club does enforce. 

Be wary of mistaking "reputable" for "responsible". Some big show winners love their dogs, and some big show winners love their wins. Just because someone is successful in the show ring does not mean that they produce healthy dogs with good temperaments or that they are breeders who will stand by their dogs throughout their lifetimes.

It is well worth the time and trouble to visit the breeder's home or kennel. If you are purchasing from a distant breeder, then be sure to interview others who have purchased dogs from the same breeder, and ask them about the conditions.

The breeder should be able to provide references of satisfied buyers. Be sure to follow up on them, and question the references about any difficulties or second thoughts they may have had. Ask about the quality of follow-up care.


Set Standards for your breeding practices
(by Raymond H. Oppenheimer)

      1.  Don't make use of indiscriminate outcrosses.  A judicious outcross can be of great value; an    
           injudicious one can produce an aggregation of every imaginable fault of the breed. 

      2.  Don't line breed just for the sake of breeding.  Line breeding with complimentary types can bring
           great rewards; with unsuitable ones it will lead to immediate disaster. 

      3.  Don't take advice from people who have been unsuccessful breeders.  If their opinions were
           worth having they would have proved it by their successes. 

      4.  Don't believe the popular cliche about the brother or sister of the great champion being just as good
           to breed from.  For everyone that is hundreds are not.  It depends on the animal concerned. 

      5.  Don't credit your own dogs with virtues they don't possess.  Self deceit is a stepping stone to failure. 

      6.  Don't breed from mediocrities.  The absence of a fault does not in any way signify the presence of
           a corresponding virtue. 

      7.  Don't try to line breed to two dogs at the same time; you will end up line breeding to neither. 

      8.  Don't assess the worth of a stud dog by his inferior progeny.  All stud dogs sire rubbish at times. 
           What matters is how good their best efforts are. 

      9.  Don't allow personal feelings to influence your choice of a stud dog.   The right dog for your bitch
           is the right dog whoever owns it. 

      10.  Don't allow admiration of a stud dog to blind you to his faults.  If you do, you will soon be the
             victim of autointoxication. 

      11.  Don't mate together animals which share the same fault.  You are asking for trouble if you do. 

      12.  Don't forget that it is the whole dog that counts.  If you forget one virtue while searching for
             another, you will pay for it. 

      13.  Don't search for the perfect dog as a mate for your bitch.  The perfect dog (or even bitch) doesn't
            exist - never has, never will. 

      14.  Don't be frightened of breeding from animals that have obvious faults, so long as they have
            compensating virtues.  A lack of virtues is by far the greatest fault of all. 

      15.  Don't mate together non-complimentary types.  An ability to recognize type at a glance is a
             breeder's greatest gift.  Ask the successful breeders to explain this subject - there's no other way of
             learning (I'd define non-complimentary types as ones which have the same faults and lack
             the same virtues). 

      16.  Don't forget the necessity to preserve head quality.  It will vanish like a dream if you do. 

      17.  Don't forget that substance plus quality should be one of your aims.  Any fool can breed one
             without the other. 

      18.  Don't forget that a great head plus soundness should be one of your aims.  Many people can
             never breed either. 

      19.  Don't ever try to decry a great Rottweiler.  A thing of beauty is not only a joy forever but a great
             Rottweiler should be a source of aesthetic pride and pleasure to all true lovers of the breed. 

      20.  Don't be satisfied with anything but the best.  Second best is never good enough. 


Set Standards for the well-being of your pups

Care about each dog you bring into this world. Treat it as part of your extended family when you place it in a new home.

Make sure that the dogs you produce are capable of a full and happy life, sound in mind, body and temperament. Recognize that good physical health is not enough; the dogs should be raised to be great companions too.

Interview interested parties to ensure they are a suitable match for the dogs you will be placing. Verify the information you were given.

Be honest about the qualities of the dogs you are placing. Explain the good points, and the not so good. 

Make sure that you have homes for the puppies before the sire and dam ever meet. 

Promise to take in, or help place, dogs or puppies you have caused to be created, no matter how old they are.

Take positive steps to make sure the dogs you create will never land in a shelter or in rescue. Do what you can to make sure your dogs don't end up dead before their time.

Remain available to serve as a resource, advise and support for typical problems encountered in raising, training and caring for your dogs.

Never place a pup without a written contract. Make sure the contract is clear to both of you. Make sure the contract is fair to both of you. Think about it from both sides - the seller and the buyer, and always keep in mind the best interests of the dogs.


The Seven Stages of Breeding

According to Mary Roslin Williams, an English breeder of Labrador Retrievers and a noted authority on breeding, a successful breeder goes through seven stages of learning.

First the Beginner, doing everything wrong, thinking wrong, buying wrong, feeding wrong.

Second the Learner who now realizes that he has started badly and while keeping his initial mistake(s), has now learned better and is doing his best to set out on the right path.

Third, the Novice who has now righted himself and has bought a decent bitch, has bred his first litter or two, is starting to win and is beginning to be known and recognized by other breeders and exhibitors.

Fourth is the Everlasting Novice, probably the happiest category of them all. They are always such nice people, with an equally charming dog, well liked by all. They have no ambition, no opportunity to keep more than the odd dog or two, practically never breed a litter and if they do, use the nearest, handiest dog. They are known by everybody and never get anywhere, being perfectly happy to dabble along just as a pleasant and interesting hobby.

Next we come to the Fifth stage, the Middle-range breeder, by far the largest section of all. This is the average breeder who is definitely "one of us". Recognized as reliable, breeding decent litters, raising puppies properly, with a good eye for a dog and the facilities necessary for good hygiene and care. They go to most of the shows in their area, have a kennel prefix and have a chance at winning or placing at most shows. They are the backbone of any breed and are indispensable because they supply the majority of the average puppies for sale, serve their own area with a decent stud- dog and form the mass of ringsiders. They are in the various breed clubs and support all the activities, trying their very best to be an asset and a credit to their breed.

Sixth, leading on from them is the Good Breeder, rather a rare category because they have realized something the average breeder does not and that is that there is a definite thing called a "Good Dog" and that the decent dog is not quite good enough. Once the middle-range breeder realizes this, he graduates into a better standard of dog and will never again be satisfied with a very slightly mediocre though typical and pleasing dog. He has decided the middle ranges are not for him and has generally raised his ideals.

The good breeder is always ready to learn, and has taken the trouble to, learn, and has taken the trouble to find out most of the more advanced points such as what constitutes a good shoulder or hock and whatever virtues may be found. He has some very nice stock and has learned to use it to the best advantage. The good breeder is trying to improve all the time and will sell a decent dog that the middle- ranger would have kept. The good breeder realizing that either he has a better one or that the good one is not quite good enough. He supplies the middle-rangers with better stock when they themselves wish to raise their standards. The good breeder, in general, has been in their breed for about ten years or more and is generally recognized as such, even by the top breeders.

Lastly we come to the Seventh and last category, the Top Breeder. This is a difficult category to define, although we all know them. There are never too many of them at one time, and they seemingly go on forever, always able to produce a good one, always having a decent one coming on, always with quality finished stuff. Having failings rather than faults. Usually they have been at the top for many years and have established a strain of their own, readily recognizable as being of a distinct and individual type. Very few breeders join their ranks.