Official Standard for the ROTTWEILER CONTINUED
Coat: Outer coat is straight, coarse, dense, of medium length and lying flat. Undercoat should be present on neck and thighs, but the amount is influenced by climatic condi- tions. Undercoat should not show through outer coat. The coat is shortest on head, ears and legs, longest on breech- ing. The Rottweiler is to be exhibited in the natural condi- tion with no trimming. Fault-Wavy coat. Serious Faults- Open, excessively short, or curly coat; total lack of under- coat; any trimming that alters the length of the natural coat. Disqualification-Long coat. Color: Always black with rust to mahogany markings. The demarcation between black and rust is to be clearly defined. The markings should be located as follows: a spot
especially suited as a companion, guardian and general all- purpose dog.
The behavior of the Rottweiler in the show ring should be controlled, willing and adaptable, trained to submit to examination of mouth, testicles, etc. An aloof or reserved dog should not be penalized, as this reflects the accepted character of the breed. An aggressive or belligerent attitude towards other dogs should not be faulted. A judge shall excuse from the ring any shy Rottweiler. A dog shall be judged fundamentally shy if, refusing to stand for examination, it shrinks away from the judge. A dog that in the opinion of the judge menaces or threatens him/her,
or exhibits any sign that it may not be safe- ly approached or examined by the judge in the normal manner, shall be excused from the ring. A dog that in the opinion of the judge attacks any person in the ring shall be disqualified. Summary: Faults - The foregoing is a description of the ideal Rottweiler. Any structural fault that detracts from the above described working dog must be penalized to the extent of the deviation.
over each eye; on cheeks; as a strip around each side of muzzle, but not on the bridge of the nose; on throat; triangular mark on both sides of prosternum; on forelegs from carpus downward to the toes; on inside of rear legs showing down the front of the stifle and broadening out to front of rear legs from hock to toes, but not completely eliminating black from rear of pasterns; under tail; black penciling on toes. The undercoat is gray, tan, or black. Quantity and location of rust markings is important and should not exceed ten percent of body
Disqualifications: Entropion, ectropion. Overshot, under- shot (when incisors do not touch or mesh); wry mouth; two or more missing teeth. Unilateral cryptorchid or cryp- torchid males. Long coat. Any base color other than black; absence of all markings. A dog that in the opinion of the judge attacks any person in the ring.
color. Serious Faults-Straw-colored, excessive, insufficient or sooty markings; rust marking other than described above; white marking any place on dog (a few rust or white hairs do not constitute a marking).Disqualifications - Any base color other than black; absence of all markings. Gait: The Rottweiler is a trotter. His movement should be balanced, harmonious, sure, powerful and unhindered, with strong forereach and a powerful rear drive. The motion is effortless, efficient, and ground-covering. Front and rear legs are thrown neither in nor out, as the imprint of hind feet should touch that of forefeet. In a trot the fore- quarters and hindquarters are mutually coordinated while the back remains level, firm and relatively motionless. As speed increases the legs will converge under body towards a center line. Temperament: The Rottweiler is basically a calm, confi- dent and courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friend- ships. A Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his envi- ronment. He has an inherent desire to protect home and family, and is an intelligent dog of extreme hardness and adaptability with a strong willingness to work, making him
Approved May 8, 1990 Effective June 28, 1990
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