"The mere possession of a dog may be achieved by purchase, gift, or theft, and much pride, pleasure, and companionship may result from such possession. However, the thrill of achievement, the emotional satisfaction of the impulse to create, cannot be achieved by the mere possession of a dog, no matter how excellent a one, that somebody else has bred. That joy is the breeder's."
Our goal is to breed with the sole intention of preserving and improving the integrity, beauty and brains of this breed. We feel complete health testing is becoming more and more necessary in this breed in order to strive to produce the healthiest puppies possible. To that end we do the following health clearances on our breeding prospects: OFA Hip and Elbow clearances, OFA Cardiac clearances, and certifying eyes with the Canine Eye Registration Foundation. We require the same of the dogs we use at stud on our girls, and of the girls that come to our stud dogs.
Our puppies are whelped in our home and are the main focus of our lives while they are with us. Ashemburg puppies are placed on Non-Breeding contracts with written health guarantees. Before leaving our home puppies will receive their first set of vaccines, have been de-wormed, vet checked, dew claws removed and tails will be docked. Each puppy is sent home with his/her own puppy pack which includes a 4 generation pedigree, pictures of the Sire and Dam, copies of all titles and health clearances for the Sire and Dam, a copy of our contract, several articles regarding training and socializing your new puppy, a "New Puppy" help sheet with feeding guidelines, vaccine schedule and info about protecting your new puppy from parvo. Most importantly - each Ashemburg puppy comes with LIFETIME breeder support. We are available to our puppy people for the duration of their puppy's life.
Our puppies are handled on a daily basis and are socialized by each member of our family. We strive to expose our puppies to as many new things and situations as possible before they leave us. We feel this gives them the strong foundation they need to mature into loving, accepted members of society. Our puppies are also structurally evaluated at 8 weeks of age and temperament tested using the Volhard method at 7 weeks of age.If you think an Ashemburg puppy may be what you are looking for please feel free to contact us via the email link below. Inquiries are always welcome and are promptly answered!
A Little Bit About How We Place our Puppies ....
When you contact us, we will ask each other questions to determine if an Ashemburg Rottweiler is the right dog for you, and if you are the right family for an Ashemburg puppy. If we both approve each other, the next step (whenever possible) is to come to our home to meet our dogs and for us to meet you. We prefer to place our puppies to people we have met in person. However, we do understand that sometimes this is just not possible, and in special cases we may make exceptions. We also do not like to ship puppies. If at all possible we much prefer you to come and get your new baby in person, however, there are exceptions. When you ask to be put on our waiting list you may specify gender and if you are looking for a pet companion or show potential puppy.
The majority of our pups are spoken for long before they are born. We decide which puppy goes to which home and the puppies are placed in the homes we deem best for them depending on the lifestyle of the home, what the new owners want to do with the puppy (i.e., family companion, obedience, agility, etc.), experience level of the puppy owners, etc. We do not allow our puppy people to pick their puppy! This is not meant to sound arrogant, however, it has been our experience that after spending 9 weeks with a litter we have a strong understanding of each pup's personality. We ask many questions of our prospective owners and use the information they provide to us along with our observations and the results of our temperament evaluations to determine placement. Another reason why we do not allow our puppy owners to chose their puppy is because our breedings are done for us first and foremost. Therefore, we reserve the right to keep any puppy or puppies that we wish to add to our program or whom we feel may be a show prospect and we wish to hold on to him/her until a home comes along who will allow him/her to be shown.
Once you are on the list, we will keep you updated about the breeding, pregnancy, whelping and the pups' progress as they grow with weekly email pictures, weight of each pup, what they`ve been up to, etc.. We provide weekly updates including weights and photos to each person on our waiting list.
The puppies are graded for structure at 8 weeks of age and temperament tested at 7 weeks of age. For this reason, we may not always know until they are this age, which pups will be available. If there is no pup available of the gender you desire, you have the option of taking a pup of the opposite gender provided there is a suitable candidate available, carrying over your reservation to a future litter.
After spending 9 weeks with the puppies, getting to know them as individuals, and doing a formal evaluation of their temperament and structure, we have a very good understanding of what each puppy is like. We will ask you questions to get to know your family and to determine which sort of pup would be the best fit for your family. For this reason, we match each family to the best pup for them. Some people would prefer to select their pup themselves, but even if you visit several times you cannot know the pups' personalities as well as we do. This method has always worked very well for us. Time and time again our puppy owners have said to us, "I don't know how you did it, you picked the perfect puppy for our family." The best advice from experts is, you pick the breeder that you trust, and then trust the breeder to find the right puppy for you. Another great thing about this method is there really is no first pick, second pick, etc. No two homes are exactly alike, and so each family has a different ideal puppy. Doing it this way every family gets the pup best matched to them, so everyone gets first pick. While there really isn't a pick order, there are only so many available pups.
Our "Cocktail" Litter enjoying an afternoon picnic
Our "Cocktail" Litter enjoying an afternoon picnic
Puppies are ready to go home at 9 weeks old. Once we are getting close to that date we will make arrangements for you to receive your puppy. Don't expect to be here and gone in 15 minutes... We will spend lots of time introducing you to your new family member, going over your contract and paperwork, showing you how to trim/grind nails, show and check teeth, and handle your puppy and answering any questions you might have and providing care, feeding and training instructions.
Our relationship doesn't end once you take your new puppy home with you. We are available to provide support and answer your questions for the lifetime of your dog. We EXPECT that you will keep in touch, and especially send pictures. We always love to hear from our pups! Our puppy people become a part of our extended family, and we intend to remain an active part in the life of each puppy we produce. So please, if you are simply looking for a breeder who will take your money and never speak with you again, or if you have no intention of maintaining contact with us and sending us updates and photos of your puppy throughout his/her life…we would ask that you kindly look elsewhere for your puppy.
"Who knew that dog saliva can mend a broke heart?"