The answer to the question, "What is the difference between a German Rottweiler and an American Rottweiler?" It’s quite simple, it’s the STANDARD….
There are a few different Standards written out there. For now, we only need to consider two of them. The American Kennel Club or AKC Standard and the Fédération Internationale Cynologique or FCI Standard. Most Kennel Clubs and Breed Registries follow the FCI Standard, Including the ADRK, which is effectively Germany’s Rottweiler Kennel Club. FCI is a world wide canine organization. The AKC does NOT follow the FCI standard. And this is where the discrepancy in the appearance of the Rottweiler stems from.
The AKC Standard varies slightly from the FCI Standard. It calls for a slightly smaller, less significant dog. Plus AKC will register any dog with a number and the dogs do not have to meet temperament, physical nor genetic health qualifications. This obviously is to better the breed. All you have to do is send in dogs with an AKC number and no questions asked. Then you have to HOPE the dog names on the papers match the actual breeding pair!
Any dog born in America could arguably be called an American Rottweiler. I was born in America – I am American. If I my husband and I were born in Italy and moved to America, we would still be Italian and have the same features as Italians. As such, expect the same general quality and appearance from those whose lineage is all from Germany. Rottweilers born in America from dogs who better fit the FCI Standard because of their German background are typically recognized as “German Rottweilers” because of the appearance and pedigree. Perhaps “German Style Rottweilers” is a more appropriate term.
Wildscape Rottweilers provides rottweilers with pedigrees that are only 1 or 2 generations away from dogs born in Germany, Italy, Europe, Bulgaria and Hungary.