Stony Grove Kennels is a CKC Registered kennel located 20 minutes west of Edmonton, AB, Canada
We are 10 minutes west of Stony Plain, Alberta in beautiful Parkland County
In 2001 we started breeding German Shepherds, then in 2013 we purchased our first Rottweiler. We love both breeds as they have similar characteristics. They are both extremely intelligent, watchful, alert, obedient & loyal while they are also both courageous and very powerful breeds.
The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most popular breeds ranking #2 in the world
The first impression of a good German Shepherd Dog is that of a strong, agile, well muscled animal, alert and full of life. It is well balanced , with harmonious development of the forequarter and hindquarter. The dog is longer than tall, deep bodied, and presents an outline of smooth curves rather than angles. It looks substantial and not spindly, giving the impression both at rest and in motion, of muscular fitness and nimbleness, without any look of clumsiness. The ideal German Shepherd Dog is stamped with a look of quality and nobility- difficult to define, but unmistakable when present.
They are an intelligent and capable working dog. Their devotion and courage are unmatched. They are amazingly versatile and excel at anything they are trained to do. For instance: Schutzhund, service dog, police & military, herding, search & rescue, drug detection and last but not least, they make a faithful & devoted family companion.
Max Von Stephanitz is credited for developing the breed in Germany in 1889. He was a career cavalry officer and spent some time serving at the Veterinary College in Berlin. Here he gained valuable knowledge about biology, anatomy and the science of movement, all of which he later applied to the breeding of dogs.
The Rottweiler, what makes this dog so popular?
The Rottweiler ranks # 8 in the U.S. for the first time, in almost 20 years.
The Rottweiler is one of the oldest herding breeds. With a history possibly dating back to the Roman Empire, the Rottweiler may be a descendant of ancient Roman drover dogs; a mastiff-type dog that was a dependable, rugged dog with great intelligence and guarding instincts.
During their request to conquer Europe, the Roman legions travelled in large numbers across the continent. The lack of refrigeration meant soldiers brought herds of cattle for food. Drover dogs kept the herd together and guarded it at night.
Around A.D 74 the Roman army travelled across the alps and into what is now southern Germany. For the next two centuries the Roman drover dogs were continually used in herding and driving cattle for trade even after the Romans were driven out of the area by the Swabians. A town in this region was eventually given the name Rottweil. It became an important trade center and the descendants of the Roman cattle dogs proved their worth by driving the cattle to market and protecting the cattle from robbers and wild animals. The dogs are said to have been used by travelling butchers at markets during the middle ages to guard money pouches tied around their neck.
The dogs were eventually know as Rottweiler Metzgerhunds, or “butcher dogs”. As railroads became the primary method for moving stock to market, the demand for the Rottweiler breed declined, and so did their numbers, so severely diminished by 1882 that a show in Heilbronn, featured only one very poor representative of the breed.
The buildup to World War 1 saw a great demand for police dogs, which led to a revival of interest in the Rottweiler. During the first and second World Wars, Rottweilers saw service in various roles, including as messenger, ambulance, draught, and guard dogs.
The Rottweiler is good natured with a calm temperment but also has the ability to guard and protect like the German Shepherd. His intelligence, endurance and willingness to work is what makes him suitable as a police dog, service dog, herder and obedience competitor. They do very well in flyball, cart pulling & agility trials. They also excel in Schutzhund, search & rescue and as therapy dogs. Like the German Shepherd Dog they also make a faithful & devoted family companion.
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