The first Rottweiler to enter the German Stud Book was Russ V Bruckenbuckel. Born in 1904, it was the first dog, the number one, in the Zuchtbuch, which the Deutscher Rottweiler Klub e.V – DRK – created in 1907.
Its father, Stumper, just like its mother Flora, came from a kennel located at Heilbronn, a town near the city of Rottweil. Russ’s breeder lived in Heidelberg. With Otto Hell – Von Holstein Kennel – and Hans Gennerich – Von Der Watyerkranft Kennel – he was one of the precursors of the Rottweiler’s selection and did a great job for the recognition of the breed as a police dog, as early as 1910.
Let’s note that Russ, at the occasion of a dog show in Heidelberg in 1905, became the best supporter of the German cattle dog in the process of its official recognition.
Almost a century later, the German Stud Book, controlled by the ADRK – a result of the fusion of the 3 associations existing at that time in Germany – can boast more than 107,000 entries in its book.