This article is from the Rottweilers Breed FAQ, by email@example.com (Denise Gross).
"Show Quality" is a term that is often misunderstood and misused. It
can mean something as simple as a puppy with no disqualifying faults
(as listed in the breed standard) at the time of sale. The serious
buyer looking for a potential winner or breeding stock had best spend
time going to dog shows and talking to exhibitors as well as studying
the standard for the breed. Serious and disqualifying faults to avoid
include overshot or undershot bites, missing teeth, long or curly
coats, light eyes, hip dysplasia and unstable temperaments. All lines
carry one or more of these traits, and a responsible breeder will be
able to give you a candid description of what is in your animal's
genetic background. Be aware that the nicest puppy in the litter can
mature into a very mediocre adult. Be prepared to critically evaluate
your dog, because even if you paid a good price you may still end up
with a pet.
Pet Quality: many time breeders will offer puppies with serious faults
for lower prices than show quality. These faults are generally
cosmetic (bad bites, white spots on the chest or belly, missing teeth,
etc.) and will not affect the health or temperament of the dog. These
animals are not for breeding because these are serious genetic faults.
A responsible breeder will require that the animal be spayed, neutered
or vasectomized before releasing the AKC registration papers. Breeders
may now sell their puppies on the new AKC Limited Registration
Certificate, which allows the dog AKC privileges of obedience
activities but will not allow showing in the conformation ring or use
for breeding purposes. These dogs make good companions and often their
faults are not detectable to any but the most experienced eyes.