IFR 2018



Argentina Holanda


IFR Meeting 07 - 08 july 2018 - certification of international breed suitability.

All Member Clubs, especially their breed wardens, have been invited to a meeting that will be organized on 07-08 july 2018 in Switzerland.

The need for a much broader genepool of dogs that have been assessed on their physical and genetic health and on their conformation to the FCI standard, has indeed never been more acute than today.   To attain this goal, we must perhaps not aim at a complete homogeneity of all our breeding regulations as this would be unrealistic due to historical, legal and cultural reasons, but these must at least show homogeneity in the definition of the breed and in the establishment of minimal characteristics to be present before a dog can and may be declared breed suitable.   

The meeting will discuss and demonstrate existing regulations and tests and will introduce discussions and proposals for communal minimal criteria, both in breeding regulations and breed suitability tests, so these can be established and then imposed by all member clubs to their members.     This must lead to more homogeneity in the breeding and keeping of the Rottweiler and especially the preservation of the traits that define him, including the traits of the strong self-confident and well balanced working dog.   This will aim at results on the longer term but in addition, the idea is also on the table and this on a short term, to issue an IFR-recognized certificate that would recognize the international breed suitability of individual dogs. 

We are convinced that all Memberclubs are aware of the extremely important nature of this Meeting and its possible implications for the future of our beloved Rottweiler !

Vis Unita Fortior !!

The following Member Clubs have announced their presence at the Meeting of 07 – 08 July 2018.

  • Belgium
  • British Rottweiler Sports Dog Club
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands

Two clubs that sent an application for Membership have announced their wish to be present.    Ths was accepted to broaden the discussion and to familiarize the applicants with existing regulations and/or those to be prepared, although they will of course not have a vote nor will their application in any way be discussed or decided upon.

The meeting is long overdue and  we look forward to a fruitful meaningful discussion about which is so close to our heart and that is meant to preserve it's future : the physical and mental conformation of the Rottweiler breed and its physical and genetic health !     

With friendly greetings,

D. Vandecasteele.

IFR Meeting Wohlen 07 - 08 july 2018

We look back on an extremely important and constructive meeting.   Discussions ranged from the definition of the breed to the regulations and breed suitability tests that are meant and are even essential to worldwide preserve the breed's physical and mental traits and its  physical and genetic health.     I cannot imagine a more important agenda for the Rottweiler !!!

I sincerely thank all persons who were present at the Meeting, proving their concern and passion for the breed and its future.   You've shown a high unanimity and a firm and determined will to bring the IFR - in the interest of us all - to full emancipation and to ensure the breed's future.

The Meeting will prove to have very important implications, not in the abstract but concretely.

Participating member clubs were : Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands and the following clubs attended although  not a member of the IFR : RKNA, NBRC, Croatia.   

More news will follow.

Change in the FCI Breed Standard of the Rottweiler

Prior to the actual beginning of the IFR-Meeting dd. 07.07.2018 in Wohlen, the ADRK announced that it's proposal for an adjustment of the FCI Breed Standard has been accepted by the Standard Commission of the FCI.   The text will shortly be published on www.fci.be and will as of then be official and applicable.    To avoid misunderstandings, while the text is not officially published, we will not go into detail just as yet, but let it be known that the adjustment clarifies several interpretation issues of the current standard, including the definition of the proportion of the head that will as of now be defined to be about 1 - 1.5 while a shorter muzzle will be understood to be a fault.   The adjustments go further than this however and include a more complete definition of the breed's character (even tempered) and of unwanted faulty traits.   


How to measure the ratio's of the Rottweiler's head.

As never before, there was the recent attention for the ratio’s of the Rottweiler’s head.  Social media were (and are) overcrowding with personal opinions and photo’s, some of which can only cause horror.

In the light of the announced adjustment of the FCI Breedstandard and its consolidation of the ratio of the head to be “about 1 to 1.5” (= 40 % - 60 %) while all shorter muzzles (shorter than 40 %) are to be seen as faulty, it is important to return to my earlier posting on the manner of measuring the head’s proportion.

Many photo’s shown on social media prove indeed that measuring is not done correctly (and yes, I am aware of the saying : “he who is without sin can throw the first stone”) and results are therefore not correct either.

The plexi-glass instrument we use to measure the head mentions a point “0” and from there it measures to the front and to the rear, or in other words it establishes two lengths, thus measuring  the ratio of the facial region as limited to the muzzle (from the “0” forwards towards the nose) and the cranial length (from the “0” to the rear towards the occipital protuberance) but including the length of the stop.

Important is now where to place the “0”-point on the head.    If we just place it where the stop starts, then this is only relevant if this point is located where it is supposed to be, between the edges of the eye sockets and not, as is the case for all too many dogs, deep behind the eye sockets and sometimes even at the end of a deep furrow that reaches far behind the edge of the eye sockets and at the bottom of a too steep and high forehead.   Starting to measure at such point, deep behind the eye sockets, may establish a perfect ratio of 1/1.5, especially in case of a very steep stop (which will “shorten” the length measured to the rear starting at the “0”), while the muzzle is in reality much too short.  

Placing the “0” point at the height where the muzzle ends, this is : where the brows or frontal bones (supercillary arches) surround the eyes or in other words placing the “0” next to the inner eye corner, is the only correct way to use the instrument and read the correct ratio.

This was discussed in the margin of the IFR-Meeting dd. 07 – 08 July in Switzerland and confirmed and demonstrated by Mr. Hellmann, breed warden of the ADRK.

And yes ... this will show the problem to be even more grave and widespread than we thought when reading the first results of structural measuring ... .


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