Hi, I am Michael “Mike” Stalter and I started Stalter Rottweilers in 1988 under the kennel name of Mic-Mar Rottweilers by combining my name and my wife’s, Mary. We were active in all aspects of the Rottweiler world, AKC Conformation & Obedience, Schutzhund, and Herding. However, in 1990 at the age of 26, Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer and battled it for 17½ years until she passed away on January 8, 2008.
I am writing about Stalter Rottweilers here, but if you would like to know about our family’s battle with breast cancer, you can read my book about it, Still Have Faith. Since Mary has passed away and my son and daughter are helping me, our kennel name is now Stalter Rottweilers.
What makes Stalter Rottweilers stand out in a crowd of Rottweiler breeders? In the 34 years that we have had Rottweilers, we have bred a little over 60 some litters. That is about two litters a year, which gives us time to plan the litter with correct genetics and bloodlines, making sure that the parents are ready physically and have proven themselves worthy of being bred. The six multi titled and fully health tested Rottweiler stud dogs that we have owned have been bred over 100 times.
I have earned two AKC CDs, two BHs, three American Herding Breed Association titles, and four ADRK BSEs on different Rottweilers over a 30-year period with the four ADRK BSEs being on four different Rottweilers in the last two years. I also put a IPO 3 on my first stud dog Soko von der Mauth SchH 3, and went high in trial for Protection with a 95 pronounced. I have also trained six Rottweilers that already had Schutzhund and IPO titles to maintain their working ability. In my job with the Illinois Department of Corrections I obtained a Rottweiler for the IDOC K-9 unit and I audited the IDOC K-9 Unit for 12 years when they were working and training at the Pontiac Correctional Center.
Stalter Rottweilers also believes in breeding Rottweilers for the preservation of the breed. We have very strong ethics and only produce pups from Rottweilers that have been shown and have earned a title or a V rating. All of the Rottweilers that we have pups from have had their hips and elbows x-rayed and been certified clear for breeding in accordance with the FCI requirements for breeding. All our Rottweilers have also had their hearts checked and certified clear by the OFA.
There are a lot of wonderful and outstanding Rottweilers in the United States, but there are not many breeders with the knowledge and experience that we have here at Stalter Rottweilers. When you get a puppy from us you also get lifetime 24/7 breeder support for that puppy.
When someone is looking for a breeder to buy a puppy from there are some basic questions they should ask before ever sending a deposit for a puppy. What titles and health clearances do the parents and grandparents have? What titles has the breeder earned with their Rottweilers? Ask for the full names of the Rottweilers being bred so that you can look up and verify the titles and health clearances the breeder claims their Rottweilers have. Remember what President Reagan used to say, “Trust, but verify.”
Many Rottweiler breeders talk nonsense, and they make wild claims that common sense tells us just isn’t true. They use a lot of smoke and mirror tricks with switch and bait breeding practices. Buying a Rottweiler puppy is a long-term commitment and ethical and responsible breeders will not talk like a fool or claim that they are “breeding pets” like so many of the unethical back yard breeders do. When you are talking to a breeder about getting a puppy from them and you get that used car salesman push that makes you uneasy, trust your feelings and keep looking and researching for the ethical breeder that will have the right puppy for you.
Stalter Rottweilers guarantees its puppies to not die from a heart attack or cancer for five years. Stalter Rottweilers also offers a 100% price refund for AKC titles: 1/2 for an AKC Championship and 1/2 for an AKC CD. Find someone who stands behind their puppies better than we do. Please contact me for more details on our puppy contract and guarantees.
I started a breeding program designed to have excellent working and excellent temperament combined with strict adherence to the Rottweiler Standard. Our goal was to have Rottweilers that would love their family and home, being gentle with them yet defending their family and home against criminals and those who would do harm to them. I believe we succeeded in achieving this goal.
The Beginning: Stalter’s Isis
Our very first Rottweiler, Stalter’s Isis, CD, BH, HIC, HCT, OFA GOOD – Multiple 1st-place wins in the AKC
Isis was born April 10, 1988 and we picked her up over the following Memorial Day weekend. Isis lived until she was almost 13 years old. Isis was not only high Rottweiler in trial for every qualifying leg of her CD but she was also a high working dog in trial. Isis also did Schutzhund and herding trials.
Asta von Talbick
When Isis was about 18 months old, I found a lost diamond in our 2nd Rottweiler, Asta von Talblick.
Asta was a 3-year-old personal protection dog owned by a former military K-9 handler and professional AKC dog handler and kennel manager. She was OFA Excellent and had a phenomenal pedigree. Asta was the daughter of DM-FH’85 Karo vom Schwaiger Wappen SchIII AD FH Gek.b.EzA and on her mother’s side the granddaughter of KS’83 BIS BISS Am CH Mirko vom Steinkopf SchH III FH IPO III CDX RTD. Mirko was the son of Int’l CH ES’82 BS’80’81 KS’80 Dingo vom Schwaiger Wappen SchH III FH Gekort bis EzA and his 2 grandfathers were ES’77 Int’l CH Ives Eulenspiegel SchH III, Gek.b.EzA and BS’78 Int’l CH Benno vom Allgauer Tor SchH III, FH, Gekort bis EzA.
Soko von der Mauth
After trying to find suitable stud dogs for Isis and Asta, I found Soko von der Mauth, SchH III, ZTP, TT, Multiple V Ratings, AKC Major Pointed and BOB winner.
When talking to Soko’s owner about breeding to him he offered Soko to me because he was frustrated with Soko growling at the AKC judges when they would check his testicles. He wanted a show dog with working titles and Soko was a working dog that looked great.
Soko’s littermate Santo von der Mauth, SchHIII, IPO III, FH, AD, Gek.b.EzA was a 5 time participant in the ADRK Schutzhund championships, placing 3rd in 1990 and Santo was also on the ADRK Schutzhund team that won the world Schutzhund championships. He also was a 3-time participant in the ADRK FH (tracking) Championships placing 9th one year.
Soko’s pedigree was outstanding; his father Marko von der Mauth SchIII AD Gek.b.EzA was a top Schutzhund competitor in Germany, competing his last Schutzhund trial as a 12-year-old. On Soko’s mother’s side he was a grandson of DM-FH’85 Karo vom Schwaiger Wappen SchIII AD FH Gek.b.EzA and the great-grandson of Int’l CH ES’82 BS’80’81 KS’80 Dingo vom Schwaiger Wappen SchH III FH Gekort bis EzA.
I worked Soko in Schutzhund and he taught me enough that when we tried for our IPO III, Soko was the high scoring dog in protection with a 95, pronounced in courage. Soko also earned a Temperament Test title in the spring of 1991, proving his excellent temperament.
Soko once hit a helper so hard he was knocked to the ground, hit his head and was knocked out for 30 seconds. Yet Soko would lay on the floor in our bedroom next to the side of the bed Mary was in after she would have a chemo treatment. He also protected me from a new female Rottweiler who turned on me when I got between her and another female Rottweiler who had started fighting each other.
With these three Rottweilers I started a breeding program designed to have excellent working and excellent temperament combined with strict adherence to the Rottweiler Standard. Our goal was to have Rottweilers that would love their family and home, being gentle with them yet defend their family and home against criminals and those who would do harm to them. I believe we succeeded in achieving this goal.
Several of the pups that we bred were raised with children yet protected their homes from home invaders by either biting them and chasing them off or biting them and holding them until their owners could secure them.
I once had a pick pup returned because an unscrupulous breeder told the young couple that my pup was no good and they should have one of their great pups. So I gave the returned pup to a friend of Mary’s for free with the condition she put a CD on her. Her name was Roxie and she earned that CD but right before she earned that CD she saved Mary’s friend from an attack by a 6’2” man, who ended up having several puncture wounds on his arm.
I want a Rottweiler that fits the standard, “a calm, confident and courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. A Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in its environment. It has an inherent desire to protect home and family, and is an intelligent dog of extreme hardness and adaptability with a strong willingness to work, making them especially suited as a companion, guardian and general all-purpose dog.”
I want a Rottweiler that will protect its home with its life and yet play lovingly with its family. This is what I have always bred for and what I am still breeding for. Since 1988 I have bred pups that titled in both the AKC and Schutzhund arenas and that is very nice. However, what gratifies me most as a breeder is knowing that a Rottweiler I bred was very loving with his owners 3-year-old daughter and yet broke through a door to protect its home from 2 burglars. One of my favorite memories was when a woman was being beaten by her then-boyfriend and a Rottweiler I bred saved her owner by biting the boyfriend as he was hitting the Rottweiler’s owner.
To reach me directly about Stalter Rottweilers
please call 815-844-6283 or email email@example.com