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Rottweiler Eye Color,
Placement and Shape
The color of the eyes should always be as
dark as possible, with 1A the best. It is not so much a functionality
reason, since the eyes can work either light or dark, but an all
important type trait. As the eye color gets lighter it softens the
appearance of the gaze, diminishing the fearlessness of Rottweiler
factor in striving to keep the eye color dark is it's difficulty
maintaining it once light eyes are introduced into the blood line.
Interestingly, the German eye chart allows a range of 1A-5B, however,
to be more precise one can often observe shades of eye color in
between these numbers. Therefore half shades are also possible.
Example 1 A 1/2, 2 B 1/2, etc.
Shape and placement of eyes (subcategory):
The shape of the eye should always be almond with tight
fitting lids. Round eyes are a fault. Hairless lids are a fault and an
indication of a problem. The distance of the eyes from each other and
their location on the head is also of importance. The eyes should lie
at a 10-15 degree angle above the bridge of the nose (see fig 5). Best
set wide apart.
Below is a
chart with an approximation of the correct proportionate distance
which the eyes should be set apart. This chart is taken from
Dr.Carla Lensi's book on the Rottweiler. She marks the angle at which
the eyes should sit in it's placement above the bridge of the nose (
approx. 10-15 degrees). The eyes ideally should also be set 1/4 the
distance of the width of the top skull from ear to ear. For example if
the top skull measures 15 cm across then the eye should sit 3.75 cm
from the center of the stop.
that occur with eye placement:
1. Eyes set
too far apart
2. Eyes set
too close together
3. Eye shape
(lids) of different size
4. Eyes set
too low of an angle( below 10 / 15 degrees)
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