White Rottweilers or Albino Rottweilers
Research and literature writen by Rosann Bentley
Note: we are not veterinarians and this is our opinion.
We DO NOT breed white or Albino Rottweilers and DO NOT approve breeding them!
We would like to believe that a white or albino Rottweiler
would be cool, but that is far from the truth. Most cases (about 90%) a white Rottweiler is white from either having
a mix of another breed in the bloodline, or the dogs were inbred, overbred or both.
A mix breed for example would be a Rottweiler bred to a white German shepherd. The result would be whoever has the
dominant gene or each dog may contribute different genes together. The puppy may have all the physical characteristics
of a large robust rottweiler with a completely white coat of hair.
is taking very close relatives such as; father to daughter, and producing a puppy. The puppy can come out albino because a
recessive gene gets broken. If one gene does nothing then the gene is broken.
White Rottweilers have worse health problems. Results can be a poor immune system and can suffer from illness. The
illness can be a little as a slight cut and the body cannot fight the infection. Very bad mutations and conditions such as;
hip dysplasia and improper forming of the jaw (underbite and overbite). Inbreeding can result in behavioral problems.
Albino or albinism is a recessive gene, each gene makes melanin this means it is
working, melanin makes the dog another color such as; brown, black, tan, or grey. The "albino gene" is not
a gene that makes you albino, it is the gene that does nothing, and if that is all you have you will lack melanin and be albino.
Melanin is a natural pigment found in most organisms. In animals melanin pigments are derivatives of the amino acid L-tyrosine. I
personally believe this is why Rottweilers mouths turn pink.
A Rottweiler may look cool a white color but their is many health issues that come from it.
Is it possible to have a white gene in a Rottweiler?
It is not proven where the white gene could of came from if it was mistakenly
bred into the dogs bloodline, but it is definatly possible.
It may of
came from the late 1800 or early 1900 back near Germany, switzerland and Italy borders. Switzerland reconized the
Berger Blanc Suisse (German: Weisser Schweizer Schaferhund, White Swiss Shepherd Dog) on April 3, 1899. The
first documented German shepherd in Switzerland was named Horand Von Grafrath that has on record a white German Shepherd gene.
Horand Von Grafraths' grandfather was Greif vom Sparwasser # SV-ALT 990217, the first white German shepherd on record in switzerland.
We do not know Greif's litter date, but on record by the European database he had one litter resulting in 1 puppy on record.
The puppies name was Lene vom Sparwasser # SZ 156, D.O.B 01.01.1884. This fact shows that Greif probably would of sire
this litter within 12 years dating back to 1872.
I did some research
in the working dog data base following the bloodlines to the present 2012 year. On record I did not find a dog with the
white pure gene come out in any dogs pedigree. This does not mean that no puppies were born pure white. It is possible any
puppy born white was killed after birth because the white gene was unfavorable or people wanted to breed out the gene. Then
the owners never recorded the white puppy. Unfortunately without a picture on record we cannot tell if another pure white
German shepherd was born in that bloodline. The gene in the white Swiss Shepherd was proven to be a recessive masking
gene, bleaching the pigment from a colored dog, keeping the dark eyes, black lips, nose, pads and nails. It is not
linked to deafness or albinism.
Now we have proof the pure white German Shepherd existed in 1884, then this
would put different breeds of dogs all over Europe around the time frame Rome started takeovers in other parts of Europe.
The Romans marched through Switzerland, Germany and Austria bring their own large Roman dogs and probably taking puppies from
litters in Switzerland, Austria and Germany for themselves and even allowing or unknowlingly breed their Roman dogs
with any local dog on the Journey. Everything is speculation but not impossible, this also would make sence throughout history.
The white German Shepherd dog could of traveled through Switzerland to Germany
breeding to any and or all local female dogs near Rottweil Germany.
white dog is the Czechoslavian Slovac Cuvac mountain dog documented far back into the 17th century by the Czech Republic or
formally known as Czechoslavakia. The dog was long in coat and pure white. The long coat here could of been bred into the
Rottweiler but speculation is the Bernese Mountain Dog is responsible for the long coat gene in the Rottweiler.
A Hungarian dog breed named the Kuvasz or Kuvaszok was also pure white. The origins lay with a nomadic tribe around 2000 B.C., the tribe moved along the country bringing the
dogs for protection and herding.
Germany also invaded and conquered
parts of Europe. One country was Hungary where the Kuvasz protected the families and livestock. It is documented that by the
end of World War II, nearly all the Kuvaszok dogs had been killed. The dogs extreme reputation for protecting their families
were reconized and actively sought and killed by German and Soviet soldiers. Some German
police took the Kuvaszok dogs home with them, now bringing another possibility of a white trait to be bred in the Rottweilers
Each factor implied here could be a possibility to have
the gene in the bloodline, but one fact is Germany (ADRK) did not try to breed other dogs in the Rottweilers bloodline. Germany
had goals for the Rottweiler Breed in 1907 and is today still followed by their breed standard.
It is possible that some sneeky or untrustworthy people bred other dogs into the bloodline before 1907
to create size, and though it is not documented, it is possible they could of hidden the trait. Dogs were not given a
DNA profile until reciently.
Since the black and tan trait is dominant then it is possible the first Rottweilers on record could have any white
trait in is gene.
Albino Rottweiler - white fur, yellow or red eyes,
pink skin, nose, mouth and lips.
This Rottweiler is
a Albino. There are different types of albinism but it mainly effects the eyes, hair, and skin.
There can be vision problems from abnormal developement of the retna. Unusual patterns for sending nerve
signals from the brain to the eye. It is possible to develope blindness, lazy eye, photophobia, wantering eyes, distortion.
The hair would be white. The skin would be a patchy or complete absence of white because of the melanin pigment leaving the
body. Other symptoms in animals could be problems with bowels, breathing problems, deafness, increase of susceptibility to
infections, and nervous system disorders.
We DO NOT breed white
Rottweilers! We do not approve breeding Rottweilers with this disorder!
DO NOT call us asking for information on buying or aquiring
any Albino or white Rottweiler! The owners of these rottweilers DO NOT breed and they are their pets!
Do not take these photographs.
Rottweiler is not albino. This is a disorder called Vitiligo or Leucoderma, also found in people. The fur
looses it normal color due to altered process of melanin (pigment) formation or from destruction of melanin cells.
Vitiligo is an auto immune disorder . The antibodies are fighting against it's own
melanocytes. Notice the eyes, muzzel and parts of the body still have color.
Emotional distress is a major triggering factor.
This female turned white within 2 months time, she streesed so much from
anouther dog beating her up she couldnt handle it!