We strive for healthy, beautiful dogs with excellent temperaments; all lovingly raised and socialized in our home.
My passion for Rottweilers began long ago. It was probably how yours started too, with an attraction to this powerful, versatile breed. Their beautiful, expressive head and stocky body makes an impressive dog. The more I learned about them, the more I knew this was the perfect breed for me, and for my family. Loyal, protective, smart - all the things you read online that sound great. What I didn't read online was how fun they are to train, and just how amazing of a family dog they can be. My foundation bitch doesn't just tolerate my children, she genuinely adores them and loves playing with them. They are fantastic protectors, but can still be just as social as a lab or golden retriever when you take the time to socialize them properly. A well socialized, well trained Rottweiler is an absolute joy to have around. I learned how different bloodlines can give you a completely different Rottweiler in terms of working ability and aloofness. I spent 3 years researching and learning before diving in to the art of breeding, and I love it. Each puppy I bring to this world is precious, and I do my absolute best to give them a fantastic start to life. I am working hard to have a bloodline that holds an amazing temperament, is genetically healthy, and structurally correct.
About our breeding practices
Why is ethical breeding important?
You have probably heard the term "ethical breeder" before, but what exactly is it? Simply put, an ethical breeder is breeding to better the breed as a whole, and truly cares about each puppy they have bred. It is about more than just good looking dogs. It is about more than just good temperament. You can not care about the breed and not care about health. Each aspect needs to be considered evenly, too. What is the point in having a healthy, beautiful dog with a bad temper? What is the point in having a good natured, beautiful dog that dies before a year of age because it had JLPP? Ethical breeding is about the Rottweiler as a whole. Rottweilers are prone to several genetic health disorders: hip and elbow dysplasia, entropion, ectropion, aortic stenosis, JLPP (juvenile laryngeal polyneuropathy and paralysis), hypothyroidism (not as common), and cancer. Hip and elbow dysplasia can be heavily influenced by environmental factors as well. We health test our dogs before breeding, and only breed dogs who pass health testing, have a stable temperament, and have no disqualifying faults per the breed standard. We want to start off with a "clean slate" genetically, and then do all we can environmentally to help keep the puppy healthy. From the material we use in the whelping box, to the food the puppies are fed, to the take home instructions you get when you pick up your puppy, von Hunter Rottweilers is dedicated to the health and well-being of your dog. For this reason, we also offer a genetic health guarantee. You can read more about it in our puppy contract, which is located under the "files" tab.
Show homes vs pet homes
What are your goals?
Are you looking for your next champion? Obedience prospect? Or do you want the perfect family companion? We believe each one of our puppies is destined for greatness, but that doesn't mean every puppy from a litter will be show-quality. The differences between "pet" and "show" quality are usually minor things such as bite, topline, tail carriage, front and rear angulation and attitude. I will not place a puppy in a show home if I don't believe it is a good prospect. Which puppies are good show and/or sport prospects is not typically determined until after both the 7 week temperament testing and 8 week conformation evaluation. Pups are evaluated by myself, my breed mentor and a couple of close friends who are great at giving objective opinions. ------Does this mean my "pet quality" puppy isn't as good? For what you want as a pet, of course it doesn't! Genetically, they are just as healthy as their littermates. The exact same planning, preparation, and care go in to each and every puppy we raise. They will still be a fantastic family dog. They were still lovingly raised and socialized. They are still smart and fun to train. Having a "pet quality" puppy doesn't mean you have a flawed puppy, all it means is that conformationally, their siblings out did them. If you are super particular about toe-angulation and tail set though, feel free to let me know. Conformation is to evaluate breeding stock, and since we are continually trying to better the breed, only the best of the best go on to be bred. Your pet-quality puppy is still a quality puppy and great representation of it's breed.
I spend an enormous amount of time raising each puppy, and I have high expectations of every puppy family. If you're interested in a puppy from me, please take the time to fill out a puppy application - found under the files tab.
How we raise our puppies
The Rottweiler is a naturally protective dog, it's instinct for them. This can either be their greatest strength, or YOUR worst nightmare. The determining factor: socialization. Rottweilers need to be properly socialized, with people and other dogs. This doesn't mean you take them to a dog park and throw them in the mix with a bunch of strange dogs you don't know and see what happens. It means making sure they have positive interactions with well-trained dogs and doing focus work so they learn to ignore other dogs too. It means meeting new people and learning that when you are friendly, they should be too, but also being able to walk through a crowd and ignore people. You can not socialize their protective nature out of them, you can just shape and form it to a desired trait. A poorly trained, un-socialized Rottweiler can be a danger to others and a liability to it's owner. It is your responsibility to train your dog to be a good citizen! Before puppies leave us, we do our best to start the socialization process early. We have recently purchased the "Puppy Culture" program (which matched up with a lot of our puppy raising protocols and had additional helpful early training and socialization techniques as well). We are implementing puppy culture to our puppy raising practices. Everything we do with our pups gives you, as a new owner, a great start because it gives your puppy a solid foundation.--Here is a *very* brief run down of raising puppies:From the day they are born, our puppies are handled. They know my smell before their eyes even open, and since I practically live in the whelping box for the first week it doesn't surprise me. Each puppy is dried, sexed, weighed, cord clamped and color collar coded as soon as they are born. All information is charted and they are weighed every 12 hours for the first week to make sure everyone is getting enough to eat. Those who aren't getting quite enough are supplemented with raw goat's milk. -By week two, we weigh once per day to ensure healthy growth. Puppies eyes open towards the end of this week! -Week 3 is when my 3 boys (ages 8, 6, and 4) start to really enjoy the pups. The puppies are also started on a raw food puppy gruel. -Week 4 mobility is finally looking somewhat coordinated, and the pups get to come out of the whelping box and explore the house, which includes meeting the other dogs of the house. All of our adult dogs help teach the puppies good manners. -Week 5 is when I start to allow friends and family to visit and handle the puppies (under strict protocols to make sure no potential health threats come in to our home). It is also when we start going on car rides in small groups of 2 or 3. The puppies do not get out, we just go for drives to get them used to and comfortable in the car. -Week 6 is more exploration, including outside in our yard. It is a strange new world! Puppies start getting extended individual attention. -Week 7 puppies are temperament tested, and preliminary conformation evaluations are done. Puppies also receive their first set of vaccinations and begin learning basic commands and crate training. After first vaccines, they are taken out in groups of 2 or 3 for socialization to our local pet friendly stores. They meet many new people and get rewards for being brave, and also start getting accustomed to walking on a leash. -Week 8 conformation evaluations are done and homes are chosen. This week is full of a lot if socialization inside and outside of the home. -Week 9 is their second set of vaccines, microchipping, and when they are able to go join their new families. As a fair warning, week 9 often involves some emotion. I have a hard time letting these guys go.
Raising puppies is a 24 hour a day job for the first few weeks, and up until the time they go to their new families, I am pouring my time and effort in to making sure they get the love, training, and socialization they need to become amazing dogs. I raise each puppy as if it were going to be mine forever. It is always bittersweet letting puppies join their new families, but it brings me great joy to add so much happiness to another's life. I am very selective about where my puppies go, and all potential puppy owners go through a thorough screening process before being approved to get a puppy from VHR. The puppy application can be found under the files tab.
Interested in joining the Hunter Rottweiler family?
The screening process
Every puppy raised in our home gets the highest quality of care, and we expect nothing less from our puppy families. To ensure each puppy gets placed in a well-fitting home, we need to get to know you. We have a standard questionnaire, and ask that you give us as much information as possible. Additional questions and references may be required, as well as photos of your home and yard for any puppy who is being sent out of state. The more info you give, the better I can be at fitting you with the perfect puppy for your home. Once your application is approved, we move forward with a contract and deposit to reserve a puppy for you. You will not know which puppy will join your family until after the temperament testing and conformation evaluations. I get to know you and what specifically you're looking for in a dog. By the time pups are 8 weeks old I have spent hundreds of hours with them, and know their individual personalities. Each puppy is then matched with the home it will thrive in. Not only does this set the puppy up for success, it sets you up for success. Every single puppy has it's own unique personality; some have higher drive than others, some are more confident, some are more submissive, some are going to have higher exercise requirements than others. All these personality traits that I know about each puppy are factors I consider when choosing their homes. I want my puppies in the best fitting homes, and you want a puppy that is going to fit in with your lifestyle. The puppy application can be found under the files tab of the webpage.
Bringing a puppy home
Make it an easy transition
Getting a new puppy is very exciting. We proudly offer lifetime breeder support. No question is too small; simple concerns like how do I get my puppy potty trained, questions on what to feed them, or training tips, we are here for you! We will also take the dog back at any point in it's life if unforeseen circumstances arise and you are no longer able to care for your pet. Each puppy is sent home with a care pack of what we deem as essentials to make your transition as smooth as possible.
Von Hunter Rottweilers is happy to have you come to our home to personally pick up your puppy, but if that is not a possibility we have a few other options. -We can ship puppies on their own within the continental United States and Alaska, provided the temperature is willing to cooperate. If it is too hot, or too cold, it is not in the puppy's best interest to fly alone.-I will fly your puppy to you for you to pick up at the airport, or you can fly to us in Seattle and we will meet you there.-I can potentially drive your puppy to you if you are within Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana. **You are financially responsible for the delivery of your puppy. Shipping within the continental US is a flat rate of $400 and includes the flight, crate, and health certificate needed. All other delivery options vary in price according to distance and weather conditions.
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