BREED SUITABILITY TEST REQUIREMENTS
The BST is designed to select those Rottweilers that are worthy of being bred. The dog’s conformation must be judged of breeding quality and free of disqualifying faults. All dogs attempting the BST must have a readable tattoo. Copies of the following documents must be submitted with entry, and the originals must be presented on the day of the test:
1. USRC Membership Card for both owner and handler. (A copy of the card may be presented on the day of the test.)
2. USRC Registration Certificate for the dog being entered.
3. Scorebook showing titles earned, with minimum of BH, scorebook number and full name of dog. If the BH is earned after the close of entries, the scorebook showing the BH title must be presented to the BST secretary on the day of the Breed Test.
4. USRC recognized Hip Certification.
5. Copy of any prior BST attempts.
6. Weight certificate from vet, dated within 30 days of the test date.
(If the required information appears on the USRC Registration Certificate, it may be accepted as proof of titles earned and hip certification.)
1. All required paperwork is verified.
2. The dog’s tattoo and bite are examined, then the dog is measured and critiqued.
3. The Group. With dog on leash, handler walks through a group of 5-8 people, and returns to center of group. Group converges on dog and handler, and remains there until told by the judge to disperse.
4. The Gun. With dog on leash, handler walks away from the judge. At 15 paces, a .22 short blank starter pistol is fired twice to note the dog’s reaction.
5. Attack on the Handler. With dog on leash, handler walks toward the blind. When 30 feet away, handler removes dog’s leash and holds dog by the collar. Handler continues to approach the blind, while holding dog by the collar. At 12 feet from the blind, the judge instructs the helper to come out of the blind and attack toward the handler. Handler stays in place and immediately releases dog. The helper catches the dog on the sleeve and drives the dog, applying two moderate stick hits with an interval of 2 or 3 steps between hits. The Helper continues to drive the dog until directed by the judge to stop. The dog outs, with or without command from handler. When instructed by the judge, handler returns to the dog and reattaches the leash.
6. Courage Test. Handler and dog heel down field to designated blind, then to center of field. Handler removes leash and holds dog by collar. Dog must remain quietly by handler’s side. Helper comes out from blind about 40 meters away, walks at normal pace to center of field, then turns and runs toward dog and handler in a threatening manner. Handler stays in place, and releases dog. Dog must grip and remain on the sleeve, while being driven 4 or 5 paces (no stick hits). The dog outs, with or without command from handler. When instructed by the judge, handler returns to dog and reattaches leash. This concludes the test.