White breasted Rottweilers


Ever noticed that some Rottweiler’s have a white spot on their chest, paws and sometimes even their faces? Is this part of their genetic blueprint, health state indication or a genetic mutation?  We’ll be delving into the origins of this occurrence and what it means for the Rottweiler breed.


To clarify... the discussion will elaborate on the very specific white spots appearing at an early stage emerging on the chest, feet or face area, not white hairs due to aging- something we share with our four legged mates. Also keep in mind that many white spots that are very small might even go away with time.

To start off with the most important question lingering on your lips if your Rottie has white spots; does this affect my best friend’s health?  No, it does not, how wonderful!  Studies show that white spots are no indication of underlying health problems or even related to the overall health of your Rottweiler- keep in mind that these white spots will be visible from birth and not develop at a later stage. Nevertheless this is a tremendous relief for any pet parent. 

But what if your Rottweiler’s whole coat starts turning white or even big white spots emerging at a later stage - then it might be a possibility that he/she suffers from Vitiligo.  A rare condition that could affect any dog breed, but is more prominent with Rottweiler’s than other breeds.  When a Rottweiler has bleached white spots over his entire body, it’s called generalized vitiligo and when your Rottweiler has a specific area with many white spots its called focal vitiligo – but we will go into detail elaborating this condition in a whole other article, because there is just so much to discuss. So rest assured that the possibility your Rottweiler’s has vitiligo is quite small if the spots were visible from birth and if it matches the criteria of which we stated in the beginning of this article.

Rottweiler Female

So let’s talk about the hereditary origins of white spots, research shows that these white spots goes way back to when Bernese mountain dogs and Swiss mountain dogs  were cross bred with mastiffs to change certain features and characters of Rottweiler’s to reach the ideal Rottweiler that was in mind during that specific time period.  These genetics emerge every couple of generations, only reminding us of the history of one of the oldest living dog breeds - showing the long way they’ve come.  Even though some might think and even state it is a sign of poor breeding- this is truly not the case.

What does these white spots mean for kennel club’s and showing with Rottweiler’s ? According to the American Kennel Club, they permit these Rottweiler’s to be registered as Rottweiler’s  but don’t all

ow them  into  the showroom, whilst apparently in some countries in Europe they are quite strict with not permitting registrations of these Rottweiler’s -with no exceptions, in result trying erasing  this small piece of evid

ence. The Kennel Union of South Africa on the other hand agrees with the AKC, but these kennel club’s alike believe in ensuring the pedigree of the beloved Rottweiler breed. Both the AKC and KUSA have strict rules, criteria and regulations if you even think of breeding with a Rottweiler. Keep in mind that this is what ensures that if you buy a Rottweiler from a Kusa registered breeder, your Rottweiler is purebred and their parents have gone through numerous health tests. Decreasing the chance of certain health issues enormously.  So if your Kusa registered Rottweiler pup has a white spot one them; rest assured that they are definitely not crossbred.

So dear reader, we have come to the conclusion that this white spot is in fact a part of the Rottweiler’s evolving genetic blueprint, even though it is not ideal in the eyes of many. Does it make your Rottweiler any less of a Rottweiler? No, it does not- they are still the smart, strong and beautiful friend you love, and even if your dog suffers from vitiligo - they are still loved and valued in our community.

So think of small white spots on their chest, paws or face as a small sign of how much they have evolved and changed, you can also think of it as a beautiful reminder of how far one of the oldest living dog breeds have come. Not everyone can say their Rottie has a piece of history on his/her chest.

Why Do Rottweilers Have White On Their Chest?

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