While serving in the Army as a military policeman, a fellow soldier was deploying and could not take his beloved American Rottweiler “Chelsea” with him. Although Chelsea was already 2 years old, I took her on as my own dog and fell in love with the breed. Chelsea was gorgeous and playful. I admired her coat pattern, powerful build and intelligence. She certainly had her own personality, likes and dislikes. After Chelsea passed, I acquired German Rottweiler Youngman of the Powerhaus Badbrudus Von Earl line and started the Youngman line.
People ask me why I like Rottweilers. It’s easy for me to identify with this breed of dog. Rottweilers are a beautiful contradiction. They’re strong, self-assured, alert and intensely focused on the task at hand. Often people see these dogs and may feel intimidated. However, Rottweilers are generally not vicious at all. In fact, this dog breed would have to be taught to be vicious because it’s not in its nature. Rottweilers are kind, thoughtful, loyal and friendly. They are the type of dog you think you know, but when you actually spend time with them, you realize you shouldn’t have judged the book by its cover.
I’ve been breeding Rottweilers since 1998. My breeding philosophy is “Always Breed to Breed a Better Dog, and if you’re not Breeding to Breed a Better Dog, you should stop breeding.” I always aim for good confirmation, good health and good genetics. A well-bred dog is better than its parents. I don’t breed every single dog as some do. Although in the short-term selective breeding reduces the income of the breeder, a good breeder that loves their dogs and what their breed represents will always choose the long-term benefit of improving the overall quality of the breed over short-term profits. A good measure of the quality and motivations of a breeder is how well they treat their dogs which are not fit to breed. Do they place their older dogs in good homes? I either keep my dogs past reproductive age or place them with the many family and friends who’ve admired them over the years.
Over the years, I’ve raised my dogs out of my own home. My Rottweilers are completely socialized, accustomed to children and regularly walked in the neighborhood. They are well behaved around guests when my family entertains. I am not and don’t desire to be a puppy mill. At any given time, I don’t have any more than 4 breeding females. The puppies are whelped in my home. When outside, my dogs often can roam the yard freely and also have a large, fenced enclosure with improved floors and both open and walled spaces which provide shelter from heat, wind, rain and cold. Dams always whelp their puppies in isolation from other dogs.
All of my Rottweilers receive their standard vaccinations at the appropriate time whether the dog will be bred or not. In order to demonstrate the level of care for the dogs I breed, Perfect Choice Kennels maintains a HEART certification with the American Kennel Club. Additionally, we offer a Health Guarantee for all puppies we sell. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.
—Charlie Lewis, Jr.