Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:04 pm
Location: Dana McMahan (Williams), California
I'm looking in several old ADRK books but not coming up with anything too conclusive to say "this was the FIRST". I think the problem was probably the wars, dogs not actually "competing" in trials per se and the rules of Schutzhund being so primitive. Plus with the split in the Rottweiler breed clubs and division that occured in Germany soon after, I would say it would be hard to pinpoint a "first" dog.
Here are my guesses though:
Fels von Stuttgart - SchH3 - 1923
Maybe others titled before but he is consistently the first with a title to be found in a pedigree.
Cero v Berthold Stadt photographed doing bitework in "The Rottweiler in Word and Picture" published by ADRK in 1926, translated in 1970. Reg: # 8671. SchH PH is listed after the dogs name.
Below that is Rufss vd Krone-Kork (Reg # 4016) who is also shown doing what looks like some kind of search and rescue exercise and is SchH PH. I am thinking PH means police hund.
I haven't researched all my books yet, just "Fifty Years Rotweiler Club" and "The Rottweiler in Word and Picture". Perhaps the other books have more information.
Dana McMahan (Williams)
Malachai du Ciel Rouge, BH, IPO3 (HOT) (Malinois)
Ciro von der Kleinbrucke, BH, BST, Fr Ring Brevet
Adonis vom Bosen Blick
Joteels Breaking the Habit, RN (Border Terrier)
Zak van't Hof van Hubos, BH, CD, RN, CGC, TT (HOT) (Rest in Peace)
Windevilles Cindy Lou Who, BH, BST, SchH1, Fr. Ring Brevet, RA, CD, TT (HOT) (Rest in Peace)