It’s All About the Bitches.
The first step must be to select the very best bitch one is capable of buying. It is an irrefutable rule that the choice of the foundation bitch is the most important step one ever makes. With a good bitch you have something upon which to build; with a poor bitch a lifetime is spent breeding out faults before one can start on a constructive breeding program. Beg borrow or steal, but start with a good one or don’t start at all.
— from The Complete Rottweiler by Muriel Freeman
The SilverHill Rottweilers foundation bitch, Imme von der Burgbleiche Sch I AD ZtP, was a superb import with wonderful temperament. Imme was a daughter of Morro vom Steinkopf SchH III FH IPO III GEK.B.EzA and granddaughter of KJS’72 Int’l CH Elko vom Kastanienbaum SchH I ZTP. From this bitch were the first 2 home-bred Champions of SilverHill, Ch SilverHill Apache Desperado and Ch SilverHill Ain’t Misbehavin CDX.
Since that first litter it has been the goal of SilverHill Rottweilers to produce top competition animals with temperaments to fit a family environment. We are proud that other breeders have selected SilverHill Bitches when establishing their own programs. Pictured is BISS Ch Silverhill’s Best By Far.
It takes a tough woman to make a tender Rottweiler.
Growing up in Upstate New York and then in North Carolina, Cathy grew up with Beagles and German Shorthaired Pointers. Her first dogs were Dobermans and Siberian Huskies that she had as pets during her Quarter Horses-showing years. Following 3 years of research, and a few false starts, she acquired a show quality Rottweiler in 1986.
Cathy Rubens has handled her own dogs, and those of some of friends, to their AKC CH and obedience titles. Beginning in 1989 Cathy began breeding under the name Silver Hill Rottweilers. (It was later shortened to SilverHill Rottweilers.
Good health is essential to my breed and to this end all my Rottweilers are heart tested, hip and elbow scored and eyes evaluated by certified specialists. Temperament is so important too, and a self-confident extrovert with non-aggressive character and an inbuilt sense of fun makes for a wonderful companion to share our lives with.Top that with a Championship to attest to their beauty and you cannot find a better combination!
— Cathy Rubens core values of SilverHills Rottweilers breeding program
The breeding accomplishments of Cathy Rubens and SilverHill Rottweilers include over 60 champions, as well as obedience, tracking, agility, herding, carting and therapy dogs. Cathy has owned, bred and/or co-bred dogs that are American Rottweiler Club National BISS, all breed BIS, Independent BISS, futurity winners and American Rottweiler Club Versatility Award winners. As an AKC judge, she hopes to bring insight to breeding and judging of the Rottweiler as she studies other breeds and their standards. Continuing breeding, she is dedicated to the preservation of the Rottweiler and to the development of mentally and physically sound dogs by bringing their inherent qualities close to the Rottweiler breed standard and potential.
Cathy Rubens is and has been a member of many specialty and all breed clubs. She has participated in the clubs at various times as a committee chair, show and trail chair, AKC Delegate, officer, volunteer, coordinator and trainer, and chair of the American Rottweiler Club Judges Education for 7 years.