Report on the IFR Meeting Wohlen 07 - 08 july 2018

We look back on a very 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.   Participating member clubs were : Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands (the Italian club gave a proxy to vote) and the following clubs attended although  not a member of the IFR : RKNA, NBRC, Croatia.   

I must underline that the conclusions of the meeting are not just a result of a free discussion, they are both the interpretation and completion by the IFR-Member clubs who were present at the meeting of the constitutional conditions for Membership or in other words, the conditions that all Member clubs must respect and carry into effect so to achieve the IFR’s goals.   This is the context and meaning of the meeting as was announced since 2017 and a draft of regulations, based on the results of the meeting, will be presented to the Meeting of Delegates in 2019 for confirmation and application. 

I've said it before : facta ... non verba !        Click HERE for the REPORT on the meeting.

On behalf of the Board,

D. Vandecasteele


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.

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 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.   

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 !!


IFR World Championship Tracking Dog FCI FH I September 17-18 2019

All Delegates were invited to vote on the proposal to organize an IFR World Championship FH I or II (tracking dog).    The proposal was supported by the IFR board as it will again promote and preserve the Rottweiler as a utility breed.    

It is my pleasure to announce that a majority of Member Clubs have accepted the proposal !


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