Makes Us Different From Other "Breeders"
If it were a televsion or a
car you were buying, what would you be looking for?
You would be looking at the
maker, knowing that some brands are better than others, would you not? You
would ask yourself "What reputation does that maker have? Are they a
proven quality product? What is their warranty?"
Why would a buyer expect to
pay the same for a Russian Roulette puppy with no history, bred by people
who have no vested interest in the parents and no health certifications
and no guarantee!
Prices of well bred puppies from ethical and
reputable breeders can range from $1500 to well over $5000 (even badly
bred puppies from 'flashy' website breeders go for more!). Most
superior breeders make substantial investments in their dogs through
training, competition, health care, genetic screening and just general
every day care. Therefore, most breeders struggle to try and break
even and the prices of the puppies do not represent any where near
what is invested in them. In general you are getting what you pay for,
and that puppy that seems priced too good to be true, probably is. Why
do people expect to get a Mercedes at Pinto prices?
Our dogs and puppies are raised on a as close to
natural diet as we can offer. This includes human quality meats
(chicken, beef, turkey, fish, etc.), with fresh fruits and vegetables,
along with home made yogurt, fresh eggs and so on. We also add human
grade supplements - Vitamin C, Salmon Oil (Omega 3, 6 and 9), fresh
ground flax seed, and Norwegian Sea Kelp, just to name a few. We
believe eating healthy is the foundation of good health and fitness.
If you have seen one of our dogs, you can atest to their healthy well
being - shiney coats, strong and muscular bodies, and their bright
Our puppies are raised in our home, underfoot, with
our family, and not in a kennel environment. We invest a lot of time
into the raising of our puppies. For the first 2 weeks, I sleep with
the puppies and their mother in our puppy whelping room (my office).
This enables me to give support to both the dam and her puppies, if
needed. It also allows me to observe the puppies and see how they are
interacting with each other, with their mother, how they react to
different situations and different stimuli. Daily charts are kept not
only for their weights (to insure proper growth), but also for any
traits we may see in their personalities. We are very 'hands on' with
our puppies, which we believe makes them very outgoing and friendly.
We temperament test our puppies, and do formal
evaluations, to help us place our puppies in the appropriate homes.
Our puppy placement process is not on a first come, first served
basis. We match the puppies to the people, depending upon what they
are looking for in a dog, what their goals are for the dog, what their
lifestyle is like and what their experience is with the breed.
In this way, it is the 'perfect' match for each person, and puppy.
We strive to breed the Overall Rottweiler - correct
structure and type, good health, sound temperament and working
ability. Hundreds of hours is put just into the research for each
breeding that we do. Many of our breedings are planned years in
advance! We do not breed to a dog just because it's local or
convenient, nor because it's in our own 'backyard'. Very few people
have the perfect dog for their female to be bred to. Location, and
cost, is never a consideration when we are looking for a
partner for one of our females. We do not breed for the sake of
breeding. We ALWAYS do a breeding with the plan of keeping a puppy for
ourselves to go forward with.
We believe for one of our dogs to be bred, they must
have more then just 'good looks', titles or health clearances. They
must be worthy of being bred. We believe they must have something to
'bring to the table' to help enhance the breed. A good breeder should
have a breeding program - a set goal that they wish to achieve, and
they should be able to tell you exactly why each breeding has been
done, and what are the traits they are looking to keep in the
resulting puppies, and what they are hoping to improve upon. A good
breeder will be a member in good standing with their National Breed
Club (in Canada, that is the Rottweiler Club of Canada), which will
have a COE (Code of Ethics) that all members must sign and adhere to
to be a member. We are Rottweiler Club of Canada GOLD BREEDERS,
meaning we adhere to their highest breeding standards (in fact, we go
above and beyond these standards).
A good breeder with also be heavily involved in the
breed. They will take part in sanctioned competitions (there are many
different venues - conformation (AKC, CKC, Sieger shows), and/or
performance events (agility, obedience/rally, tracking, schutzhund,
drafting, even therapy work). They will also be members of other
clubs, perhaps holding positions on the Board of Directors of such
clubs. Ourselves, we are Permanently Registered with the Canadian
Kennel Club (CKC), hold (and have held) various Board positions with
the Rottweiler Club of Canada (RCC) – including Secretary, BC
Director, COE Chaiperson, Bylaw Chairperson, Club Historian, and we
were on the Board and founding members of the West Coast Landesgruppe.
A good breeder should also support Rescue, in every way they can. (It
is not called "rescue" when a breeder takes back a dog that
they bred. ALL breeders should do this, no matter what age of that
Many people say "I just want a pet. I don't
care if the parents are titled". But you should. If a dog has
some conformation titles and/or ratings, you know it must conform to
the standard somewhat. You also know that dog must have a decent
temperament, as it has been touched by complete strangers, been shown
and acted accordingly. Titles at the end of a dog's registered name
generally means it is a working title, which means the dog holds the
intelligence to function and compete, and work with its handler, in
that chosen venue.
In regards to Health, our breeding dogs are
certified with OFA (www.offa.org)
for hips, elbows, and cardiac, and with CERF (http://www.vmdb.org/cerf.html)
for eyes. All our breeding dogs clearances and registration numbers
can be seen and verified with these registering bodies. All our
breeding dogs are CHIC numbered (http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/).
We spare no expense at having our clearances done by specialists (be
it meaning travelling great distances, at great cost). We are lucky to
have formed a great working relationship with some of the best
specialists in their fields. Having a general vet say 'it looks good'
is NOT good enough for us, NOR for our puppy people. We expect the
best, as do our puppy people.
Our puppies are ALL registered with the CKC
(Canadian Kennel Club – www.ckc.ca).
The registration papers are mandatory and not negotiable, and are
supplied to the buyer at no extra cost (to charge more for 'papers' is
against Canadian Law – governed by Agriculture Canada. It is against
the law to sell a dog as 'purebred' but with no papers. If there are
no papers, the dog is not purebred).
We believe that breeding a puppy is a lifetime
committement. Lifetime breeder support is a given when you leave our
home with your new puppy. We can be reached by phone (home, cell -
both Canada and the US, and email) to always answer your questions,
and provide support. We are accomplished handlers and trainers in
various venues, and once a person becomes one of our puppy people,
they have our services...free of charge. That is part of buying from a
good, reputable and accomplished breeder.
Anyone can call themselves a breeder. It's how they
back that up and do it that counts.
Please read more about "How We Place Our
Puppies" and "What Our Puppies Go Home With" here; http://www.trojanrottweilers.com/about%20us.htm
Trojan Perm. Reg'd. Rottweilers, we believe in breeding the Overall Rottweiler -
Conformation and Type, Intelligence, Temperament and Health.
All of our breeding dogs have been health tested, at a minimum, for hips,
elbows, hearts, and eyes (OFA
our puppies and dogs are raised in our home, underfoot with us and all are well
socialized with other dogs, cats, adults and children. All of our puppies
are sold with a written contract and with a health guarantee. A puppy is a
lifetime commitment, and we want them to be part of your family for their entire
lives. If you think a Rottweiler might be for you, please take the time to
read the following information, and then contact us with any questions you may
have regarding our puppies and dogs. Pricing information is not given out
"Buying a puppy is a
lifetime commitment, .........as is breeding one."