Since these early times, generation after generation of Rottweilers have been bred to produce only black with tan/mahogany markings, and dogs of any other color (and dogs who produced pups of any other color) were disqualified and not considered 'breedable'.
This means that the chances of a red Rottweiler being produced naturally by two purebred parents are extremely low! Doesn't mean it couldn't happen, but it's VERY unlikely.
Which makes Kayla - the gorgeous red rottie featured on this page - so unusual. She's Rottweiler through and through, but has a beautiful deep red coloring that is stunning.....
For purebred Rottweilers to produce a red Rottweiler puppy, they would both need to carry this very elusive gene.
So, where does a red Rottweiler today come from? Most breeders and Rottweiler experts believe that these type of rare Rottweilers are the results of cross-breeding (breeding a Rottie to a dog of another breed). Not necessarily (and usually not) the actual parents of the 'rare' puppy, but definitely within their individual or collective family trees.
This is why a red Rottweiler or blue/albino Rottweilers aren't recognized or accepted by Rottweiler Breed Clubs or registering organizations, and why dogs with more than a few white hairs are not considered to be of show quality. There are other issues in addition to the cosmetic ones too. Some breeders and experts believe that various health issues appear more often in the rare Rottweilers, possibly due to the in-breeding that produced them, or as a genetic/hereditary issue.
Some of these include eye problems (more often associated with the lighter colored eyes seen in red rottweilers and blue rottweilers), heart problems and hip/joint problems. Given this information, you can clearly see why breeding red Rottweilers (or any rare Rottweiler) isn't a good idea, and how it could potentially damage the breed as a whole.
Some unscrupulous breeders are willing to jeaopardize the wonderful Rottweiler breed in this way, and try to pass these rare puppies off as being 'special, unique, desirable' and so on, all the while charging you extra for the privilege of owning one! While a true purebred red Rottweiler definitely is rarity, he (or she) is not eligible to be registered or shown.
He should never be used as a breeding dog either. If you come across one of these dogs and want a pet that is a little bit different, by all means, buy one (but don't allow yourself to be conned into paying throught the nose for it), but remember you may find yourself with a dog who needs extra veterinary attention and care. The Rottweiler is an awesome dog, and red/blue/albino (or whatever)
Rottweilers are likely to make great pets and a be a 'talking point' with your friends. But if lots of people want to buy one we end up encouraging a breeder to try to continue to produce 'red' puppies - and as they occur so rarely naturally, that lends itself to all sorts of problems (and can't be a good thing in my opinion). To learn more about Kayla, the purebred Red Rottweiler whose photos appear exclusively on this website, check out this page...