"Dogs of Form and Function"
“Robust and powerful, the Rottweiler is happiest when given a job to perform. His intelligence, endurance and willingness to work make him suitable as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, obedience competitor and devoted companion. An inherent protector, the Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment.” AKC.org
“Good-natured, placid in basic disposition and fond of children, very devoted, obedient, biddable and eager to work. His appearance is natural and rustic, his behaviour self-assured, steady and fearless. He reacts to his surroundings with great alertness.” Rottweiler breed standard
Cornerstone Rottweilers was founded in 2014 when Jenny and Rita, breeders of Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, decided to branch out and include Rottweilers in their breeding program. Spice was purchased from well-respected breeder, Daviann Mitchell of Nighthawk Rottweilers in Southern California. The decision to include Rottweilers in the Cornerstone family was an easy one. Jenny had owned Rottweilers previously and was very familiar with their wonderful, easy going temperaments and superior intelligence. Also, the similar history the Rottweiler shares with the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog made it a no-brainer.
The Rottweiler is a drafter-drover. They descend from the Molossus, a mastiff-type dog that marched to Germany with the Romans, driving the cattle that sustained them as they conquered the known world. As the army traveled, the big dogs mated with dogs that were native to the areas they passed through and laid the foundation for new breeds.
Over the centuries, the descendants of the Roman Molossus dogs drove the cattle to town for butchering. To keep their money safe from thieves after selling their livestock, the cattlemen put their filled purses around their Rottweiler's neck when they returned home. Butchers in the area also used the dogs to pull carts loaded with meat, giving them the name “the Butcher’s Dog”
Health, genetics and temperament are very important to us so we carefully screen all of our dogs for relevant, detectable diseases and we thoroughly research pedigrees before matching breeding dogs. Despite careful screening and planning, no system is perfect and occasionally health issues can occur. The Rottweiler faces some serious health problems including osteosarcoma, hip and elbow dysplasia, and bloat. We encourage anyone interested in the breed to research the health problems that may present themselves and to learn more about the screening and breeding practices that help reduce these risks. As breeders, our breeding stock must pass all health clearances including orthopedic clearances on hips, elbows, shoulders as well as eye, cardiac and other clearances we, as breeders deem necessary.
We are totally committed to this wonderful breed and strive to breed dogs with strong breed type, working temperaments, health, and longevity and above all else that make great family companions. Our Swissys are an integral part our family and they are involved in many working activities. Our puppies are raised inside our home and are heavily socialized. Puppies will be selectively placed in appropriate and loving homes. We carefully review potential new owners and work to match them with the puppy whose temperament best suits their lifestyle and personalities.
Questions are always welcome. Feel free to ask about the breed, the health issues, Swissys in general, upcoming breedings, and of course our dogs in particular. Visitors are always welcome by appointment.
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