The USRC is an International Organization whose membership is dedicated
to the complete Rottweiler in character, conformation and working ability.
The USRC has goals similar to the Allgemeiner
Deutscher Rottweiler Klub in Germany, is a member of the International
Federation of Rottweilerfriends and follows the FCI Standard No 147/19.06.2000/D
Federation Cynologique International (FCI).
- From the President
To the USRC Membership,
A new goal for the USRC has been reached--the successful completion of the first one member, one vote election. I would personally like to thank each and every member who participated in the election for stepping up. You now choose the people who will run this organization. As the newly elected President, I'd like to thank you for your support.
The USRC will again be the premier Rottweiler organization in the US while staying true to its founding principles because of the combined efforts of the membership and the newly elected Board of Directors: Lucy Ang--Vice President, Gretchen Caldwell--Secretary, Cathie Soter--Treasurer, and Erika Butler--Breed Director. USRC will promote our breed, our members and their dogs. This goal will not be achieved overnight. It will take a lot of hard work from everyone. But, the new Directors are already active and hard at work. The transition of materials, bank accounts, etc from the past Board to the new one will take a couple of weeks.
The Board has appointed one person, Liz Crawley, as Office Administrator, to handle all the duties of the former Registrar, Administrator of Records, and Membership Director. One person who is accountable for fulfilling all those duties. Thanks Liz for stepping up!! Bryan Vice has agreed to remain as our IFR representative. Thanks Bryan!! Dan Williams has been appointed as USRC delegate to the AWDF. Thanks Dan!! All three of these people bring tremendous experience to the table for handling their duties. The Board knows these people will do their jobs. The newly elected Regional Directors: Bogdan Sergo--Northeast, Art Starbird--Southeast, Chris Cole--South Central, Nick Teifke--North Central, Ruben Pina--Southwest, and Marlene Ferguson--Northwest. Thanks everyone for stepping up!! They will do their jobs developing new clubs, handling any problems, promoting Rottweiler events with USRC clubs, and listening to feedback and communicating with the members in their respective regions.
This is the new USRC!! This is a USRC that is controlled by the membership. The Board of Directors is here to steer the ship in the right direction. We can only do this with support, participation, and input from the membership. Everyone has a job to do to ensure the success of the organization. The Board will do its job. The forum and web site will be updated, upgraded and expanded in the next few months. They are now the official resource for communication and information. The USRC Rulebook will be rewritten over the next few months. We will eliminate the contradictions that exist and simplify the rules. Now that we have had the opportunity to see the new bylaws in action, we will be calling for a meeting to make a few adjustments and correct a few minor items.
Now is the time for the members to do their jobs--participate in the success of the USRC. Check the forum and the website regularly for information and updates, support USRC shows and events, communicate with your regional directors and the Board with any ideas or concerns you may have, participate in discussion, promote the ideals and principles of the USRC, and let people know about the changes and new direction for the USRC. In closing, there is no limit to what the USRC can achieve when we all do our jobs together. Let's not accept anything but our best efforts.
- Deadline for entries for the 2013 AWDF Championship is April 29, 2013.
Anyone interested in declaring for the team should notify the USRC Secretary, Secretary@usrconline.org
- Effective January 1, 2012, all breedings by all USRC members must have at least one parent with a USRC recognized breed test.
On the Working Scene
USRC is the only Rottweiler Club in the United States that belongs to
Working Dog Federation and the International
Federation of Rottweiler Friends. The AWDF presently comprises 12
member clubs. The breeds represented by the member clubs include German
Shepherd Dogs, Airedale Terriers, Malinois, Belgian Shepherds, Boxers,
American Bulldogs, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Bouviers, Schnauzers, and American
Staffordshire Terriers. The IFR was formed in 1969 from countries around
the world assembled to promote the Rottweiler breed on an international
level. USRC became a member of the IFR in 2009.
USRC conducts its own Schutzhund Trials and has its own Scorebooks and
paperwork. USRC scores are recognized by the ADRK and all AWDF member
clubs including the United
Schutzhund Clubs of America. The USRC sends a team to the AWDF National
Team Schutzhund Championship each year. USRC participates as a member
of the AWDF team that is invited to the FCI World Schutzhund Championship.
The BST is the Cornerstone of Rottweiler Breeding
USRC offers the Breed Suitability Test (BST) at all Full Member Club Shows.
This all-encompassing test has been used in Germany for decades and is
considered the most important real test in the young Rottweiler's life.
In Germany, a Rottweiler that has not passed this test may not ever be
used for breeding!
USRC and international judges evaluate the dogs and a written critique
of the entire test is provided to the owner. There are two parts to the
BST. The first part compares the dog to the FCI Standard, from the tip
of his nose to the tip of his tail, with emphasis on full dentition and
a scissors bite. The BST is reported in the annual USRC Breed Book and
stays with the dog for life. It appears on the pedigree of all the dog's
The second part is a character (temperament) test. The dog is tested
for indifference to gunshots and for composure while moving within a group
of people. The dog must complete an abbreviated SchH1 routine, which includes
defense of the handler, and a courage test. The results of this portion
of the test are also reported in the Breed Book. If the dog should not
pass the second portion of the test, it may be retaken at a later date
as stipulated by the judge.
USRC requires a BH title (obedience) and a passing hip evaluation from
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), or HD - or HD+/- from the
ADRK prior to taking a Breed Suitability Test.
USRC maintains a Breed Registry that issues Registration Certificates
and Pedigrees recognizing all USRC, FCI and AKC titles, both working and
conformation. USRC and Pedigrees contain written critiques from Breed
Tests, in English, on parents and grandparents. USRC Registration Certificates
contain the dog's Breed Suitability Test critique and all titles. All
USRC registered dogs are positively identified with a tattoo or microchip.
Member Clubs Across the Country
USRC has a system of Member Clubs throughout North America. These clubs
conduct seminars and events promoting all aspects of the working Rottweiler.
Member Clubs hold European type Shows with written critiques, Schutzhund
Trials, Seminars and many other informative events.
USRC Sanctioned Events include Club, Regional and National Conformation
Shows. Dogs are shown in natural stance, with double handling and toys
allowed at the Judge's discretion. A written critique is given to each
dog. A Breed Suitability
Test is held in conjunction with all shows. The USRC also holds a National
Schutzhund Championship each year for SchH 1, 2 and 3 competitors. This
competition helps to determine the USRC and AWDF International Teams.
The USRC acknowledges the accomplishments of members and their dogs with
the USRC Merit Awards and the SchH3 club.
Breed Health and Welfare
The USRC is committed to the Health and Welfare of Rottweilers by supporting
and the Rottweiler
Health Foundation. The USRC also remains abreast of worldwide news
and changes affecting our breed. The USRC provides General Information
about Rottweiler Ownership.
USRC has its own Judge's Program. Our apprentice judges work under
FCI and ADRK licensed International Rottweiler judges to obtain their
USRC Judges Licenses.
Anyone who subscribes to the purposes and objectives of USRC may become
a member. Each member receives USRC's magazine. Members are encouraged
to join clubs in their area and to participate in Local Club and National