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Loretta Pyeatt | Loral Rottweilers


Interview with Loretta Pyeatt, Breeder of Loral Rottweilers

Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?

Loretta Pyeatt: I started showing in Colorado, and live in Southeastern North Carolina. I’ve been showing in Obedience and Conformation since 1983 (40 years). I bred my first litter in 1991 (32 years).


What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?

Loretta Pyeatt: Loral Rottweilers is our kennel name. We have six Rottweilers.


Which show dogs from the past have been my noteworthy winners?

Loretta Pyeatt: I have been fortunate to have several noteworthy winners:

  • BIS Loral’s Born To Be Wild;
  • BIS Loral’s Boomer;
  • multi-BIS Loral’s Dynasty; and
  • BIS RBIS BISS Loral’s Trooper.

I have produced more BIS Rottweiler bitches than any breeder in this or any other country. The ridiculous record for most BIS for a Rottweiler bitch is two All-Breed. I achieved that record with “Dyna,” she was the first. A few years back, another bitch received two BIS and tied Dyna. Now “Naughty,” in 6 months of showing, has two BIS! It is my mission to break the record and set a higher bar for Rottweiler bitches. Only five or six have achieved one BIS and three bitches have two BIS. Two of those are Loral Rottweilers. I also finished a bitch here in the US and gave her to a friend of mine. Loral’s Hold On Tight is the only Rottweiler bitch to be honored an All-Breed BIS in the Philippines. This is an exciting time for me and my years of dedication to my beloved breed.


Which have been my most influential sires and dams?

Loretta Pyeatt:

  • My foundation, Von Whelan’s Belaire VTobant, Loral’s Image Loral’s New York New York, Loral’s Troublemaker, and Loral’s Joint Venture have been my most influential dams.
  • Sires would be Loral’s Dynamo, Loral’s Trooper, and Loral’s Quest.


Can I talk a bit about my facilities? Where are my puppies whelped? How are they raised?

Loretta Pyeatt: I raise my puppies in my home. At present day, we have an apartment off our dog training center. Our puppies are whelped and raised with our other dogs.


What is my “process” for selecting Show Puppies? Performance Puppies?

Loretta Pyeatt: Our process includes a lot of observation and day-to-day notes on personality and structure. Video and hand-stacking are done at 4 and 7 weeks. For Performance puppies it’s the same process as above. As a dog trainer, I challenge my puppies with new experience daily.


Do I compete in Performance Events? In Parent Club Tests & Trials?

Loretta Pyeatt: Yes. Obedience, Rally, Scent Work, and Conformation are the activities I participate in with my Rottweilers at Specialties and All-Breed shows. I also do Pet Therapy with my Rottweilers.


Is “performance” part of my decision-making when it comes to breeding?

Loretta Pyeatt: Yes, and temperament. Sound mind and structure mean everything to my breeding program. I enjoy training with my dogs; it’s my favorite time spent with them. I am a dog trainer for a living.


How would I define “conditioning” as it relates to my breed?

Loretta Pyeatt: A Rottweiler needs to do a variety of conditioning to be successful in the ring; walking, swimming, playing chase, and treadmill.


Are there any health-related concerns in my breed? Any special nutritional needs?

Loretta Pyeatt: Health issues can always pop up in any breeding program with any breed. As a breeder, we test to help prevent disease.


Do I think my breed is supported by a sufficient number of preservation breeders?

Loretta Pyeatt: Yes. There are many excellent breeders who have the same like-minded ideals. Do health testing, research sires’ and dams’ pedigrees, and most importantly, meet the sires in person.


Is my breed well suited to be a family dog? Who are the best candidates to own my breed?

Loretta Pyeatt: Yes, families or adults who are knowledgeable about dogs and willing to take the time to train and socialize their Rottweiler are the best candidates.


What is the biggest misconception about my breed? What is my breed’s best-kept secret?

Loretta Pyeatt: The best-kept secret is that Rottweilers are couch potatoes.


If I could share a comment or two with judges of my breed, what would I like to say to them?

Loretta Pyeatt: Structure and balance are important, not just size. And please, judge a female Rottweiler against males in the specials ring for their quality! This is my mission this year, as we are seriously specializing our Rottweiler bitch!


Do I have any words of wisdom to pass along to newer breeders?

Loretta Pyeatt: Don’t rush into breeding. And, put titles on both ends of your Rottweiler.


For a bit of fun, what’s the most amusing thing I’ve ever experienced with a Working Dog?

Loretta Pyeatt: Oh my, they are clowns at heart! I love to watch them play together!