I don’t think you know as much as you think you do. How can you say that because a dog isn’t the “accepted” color it isn’t full-blooded? I have a red rottweiler that i know for a fact is a pure bred.
Some humans are born with defects as are all animals. In my research, I have come across a few websites bashing red rotties and i’m about tired of it.
My dog which is 8 mos old, 80lbs and 26″ tall is just as true to the breed as the black rotties. Not to mention, the red ones are absolutely gorgeous.
I think you may want to re-read my Rare Rottweilers page as I didn’t say it was impossible for a red Rottweiler today to be purebred, but that it is ‘VERY UNLIKELY’.
I’m not ‘bashing’ the red Rottweiler, simply stating facts. Historically in the beginning of the breed there was a much wider variation in acceptable colors, and a red Rottie wasn’t so terribly unusual. However, over the 200 plus years since that time, Rottweilers have been bred to only produce the black-and-mahogany colors as that is the only color acceptable to be registered by the ADRK and all other reputable registries.
Now, it’s possible that the gene for the red coloring could still show up in the genetic makeup of a purebred black-and-mahogany Rottie today, but to produce a red puppy both parents would need to carry that gene and the chances of that are very, very slim. Your pup could be one of those rare exceptions, but it’s also possible that somewhere in her family tree there is a dog who is not a Rottweiler. Not all breeders are as ethical or honest as we would like to believe I’m afraid.
There are also health issues that appear to be more common in Rottweilers who display a red, blue coat, or who are albino. These include a higher incidence of eye problems, heart conditions and joint issues. These could be due genetic (linked to the color gene) or due to in-breeding or other possibilities, there is more to be learned on that front.
It is also fair to say that all purebreds have certain genetically transmitted health conditions, and Rotties are no exception. However, ethical breeders try their best to limit the transmission of these problems by only breeding from dogs who have been tested for a wealth of different problems and are totally healthy both physically and mentally.
I don’t believe in discrimination of any type but wouldn’t encourage people to buy a red (or blue, albino etc.) Rottweiler as they can’t be registered or shown and shouldn’t be bred. Plus dishonest breeders may then be inclined to try to pass off a mixed breed pup as a ‘rare’ or ‘unique’ Rottweiler and con someone into paying a hefty price for the privilege of owning such an unusual dog. That is not right either.
I’m sure your dog is just as beautiful, loyal and loving as a black-and-mahogany Rottie and I am not saying that she’s inferior. But the facts and history of the breed indicate that a Rottie born today with anything other than the black-and-mahogany color is unlikely to be purebred, and may be more susceptible to certain health issues. Hopefully your dog is 100% healthy, it certainly sounds that way.
I wish you and your Rottweiler all the best. Thanks for visiting my website.