Welcome to Von Schonen Rottweilers



Even though we officially retired in 2023, we are still very active in the Rottweiler world. We still strive to help other breeders with advice and guidance. Welcome to Von Schönen Rottweilers as you will see our Rottweilers are not just a great working class breed but also loved members of our family.  My name is Greta Rice Owner/operator of Von Schönen Rottweilers in Shelbyville, Kentucky. I am a former Obedience Trainer/Instructor, former Animal Behaviorist and former Humane Investigator and a long time Rottweiler owner who has always loved the breed. For 20 years I have done obedience training and mobile manners animal assessments.

My career started with a basic obedience club this sparked an undeniable passion. This passion led to my adventures with a business called “Waggin’ Train Obedience and Mobile Manners”, where I volunteered my time for 9 years. I got the opportunity to work with my dear friend  and  certified trainer. Rhonda taught me so much about animal behaviors and obedience, but when Rhonda moved I went off on my own, to what I can only explain as a highlight of my life.

In my travels I’ve attended seminars with National known Trainers like Sue Sternberg (creator of Assess a Pet) and Trish King. My main Obedience companion for 13 years was a beautiful Male Rottweiler named “Bear” however when I loss “Bear” to cancer, I was heartbroken and  at that time I decided to take a break from obedience. He was a novice dog, with skills that entertained so many throughout our years together, we attended schools where we taught a children what to do when they met dogs and puppies, we visited nursing homes and participated and several parades and events in or local area. Bear was and is still is the very reason I fell in love with the breed.

Over my years I have come to know and love the Rottweiler Breed. Through breeding, our main focus was to improve the Rottweiler line, and find people that are just as passionate about Rottweilers as I was and still am. So it begun Von Schönen Rottweilers (which is German for “From Beautiful Rottweilers”) 

As a breeder, I strive to produce genetically sound and healthy Rottweilers.  Canines with trainable temperaments and canines that can be used for what they were attended for, the ultimate working class breed… Whether you want a Therapy Dog, Service Dog, Advanced or Beginner Obedience Dog or just a huge lap dog rest assured you could find it here.  I have dedicated my time and efforts into providing a puppies to a family that will love, cherish and care for their Rottweiler as I do my own. 

We are still dedicated to giving our dogs the best care possible.  Our Rottweilers live in our home, are raised with plenty of socialization with both people and other animals. Our Rottweiler Puppies have always been on a  high quality dog food which is high in protein to help promote growth and strong bones.   They were taught the basics in commands at an early age and got to spend their time with a team of loving people that gave them the love and attention they deserve.  After all, isn’t it at home that we spend most of our time with our dogs?  What they do for us outside the home is just the added bonus to raising such a magnificent breed. 

So what else did we offer that some breeders didn’t? Well, at Von Schönen Rottweilers you had the opportunity to get to know your Rottweiler on another level.  Each puppy went through our very own temperament assessment program at around 7 weeks of age.  Each puppy was scored based on their temperament and how they dealt with their surroundings.  Each puppies score would then go to help match them with the appropriate owner, and give valuable insight into what the new owner could expect from their new puppy and what training that puppy would need in the future. This is something we believed strongly in, and still do, and the very reason we still offer advice to other breeders from all over the US. We want the best possible outcome for you and your Rottweiler and hope to watch them live a long and happy life in your home and in the environment that surrounds them. 

So where do we go from here?? As many know I have an amazing 4th Generation Male Rottweiler named Bodhi which has been trained as a service dog. Through him I plan to one day finding that perfect female in which to carry on our legacy of  the Von Schonen line and through training and constant health testing pray that he can provide me with a 5th Generation working class companion that will one day take his place when he retires.