Altmoor

vom Altmoor Deutsch-Drahthaars

Upcoming Deutsch-Drahthaar Litters

2019 Altmoor Fall Testing Update. See what last year's pups and their owners accomplished!

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The Deutsch-Drahthaar is our passion. Would you like to obtain your pup from one of the most experienced and knowledgeable VDD breeders in the world? Breeders who have handled DD’s more than 100 times in the German (JGHV) testing system and who were literally among the very first on the continent to be approved as judges (VR’s) by the German Versatile Hunting Dog Association. Breeders who were known for competence, integrity, and fairness over a combined more than four decades of law enforcement service, which has carried through to a continent-wide reputation for integrity and recognition for their efforts to improve the genetic health of the breed, with an emphasis on a cheerful temperament. Breeders whose “vom Altmoor” kennel name you’ll see going back seven generations on DD pedigrees from other breeders across the country. Breeders of great gun dogs since 1970 and VDD breeders since 1984. Breeders who quite literally “wrote the book” on the raising, training, and testing of the DD, The Drahthaar Puppy Manual, a book that a great many breeders give out with each pup they sell (http://altmoor.com/catalog/BookVideo.html). Breeders who won’t use you to experiment with what they’re producing by putting together dogs that they know next to nothing about. A husband-wife team who have received numerous awards, including the silver and gold Hegewald pins from the VDD in Germany, and served the Breed Club nationally in a wide variety of positions, including Business Manager, Vice-Chairman, Director of Testing, Director of Judge Development, and HD Coordinator, and who continue to support the breed through their service on a chapter level, and as breed and performance judges.

If you would like to reserve a pup just send us an email * - outdoors@altmoor.com - with your name, address, phone number, and a couple of sentences about your dog and hunting background, as well as your family situation, including the breed, age and sex of dogs currently in the household. (Please be sure to read our Costs and Guarantees, and Buyer Prerequisites first.) You should also purchase a copy of our Drahthaar Puppy Manual – it will help you to understand what the VDD system is all about and how we prefer to see our pups raised and trained. Our primary prerequisites in accepting reservations are that we believe the pup will be going to a home where hunting is a very high priority and that it will receive a lifetime of great affection and care. We will not place pups with commercial hunting operations where they might spend their lives in a kennel run with little or no family contact. We do not want our pups going to homes that believe in “positive only” training. Also understand that we and VDD have very strict policies against registering pups with registries other than VDD. While always appreciated, we do not require that buyers agree to put their pup through the German testing system. (The years have taught us that we cannot force buyers to properly train for and properly handle their pups in the tests.)

After you're on our provisional/tentative reservation list, we'll notify you as soon as a breeding has taken place. For 2020 pups, the cost will be $1,850 to $2,200. Pups picked up here are subject to 6.625% sales tax and for those shipped by air there are additional charges totaling $250 for our costs, plus whatever the airline charges. When you reply to us requesting to be put on the reservation list for that litter, we’ll let you know the pricing on that litter, and you can certainly back off at that point if you would like. If you would like to confirm your reservation we will then ask you to send us a photocopy of your hunting license and a $150 non-refundable reservation fee, by means of personal check. (Any portions of final balance payments made by credit card are subject to a 4% surcharge.) Males and females are the same price. Price differences, if any, between litters, are entirely the result of possible differences in the costs associated with the use of a particular stud. We consider each parent, while very much a unique individual, to be equally valuable, and every pup we place to have equally terrific potential, regardless of litter pricing.

Please also be aware that when the pups will be ready to go home can vary by a week or so, but you must be prepared to take possession of your pup when it is ready. We try our best to have the pups available as close to seven weeks of age as possible, however, quirks associated with all of the back and forths between the US and Germany can sometimes delay that a little bit. We typically cannot hold pups while you go on vacation, for example. In cases like that it would be best to switch to a different litter. As many breeders are doing these days, we determine which pup goes to which buyer, taking buyer preferences into account. We no longer use a pick order based on date of reservation. Except perhaps for the very last buyer in a litter, you will almost always have some options as to which pup you get. No one is expected to take a pup they don’t like. And, the fact is that, given our breeding experience, if you were to just close your eyes and grab one there’d be every possibility you’d be getting the “best” pup of the litter, if there is such a thing. We think that our breedings consistently produce pups that are uniform in potential, and much more depends on what you, the new owner, put into it.

As you research our litters, note that in our summaries for each parent, on the third line under each dog's name, are the highest scores received in a VDD/JGHV test in the categories of Nose (N), Field Search (S), Pointing (P), Duck Track (D), and Cooperation (C). With certain exceptions, the highest score that can be obtained in these categories is 11 in the breed tests (where "very good" is scored 9-11). We've linked to additional photos of each dog next to their names in the litter announcement.

Pups are born in a whelping box in our bedroom and monitored continuously during the first three days. At about two weeks, the box is moved to the living room under the TV for noise conditioning. At 3 ½ to 4 weeks, the pups are moved to outside kennel runs with, for summer, a misting system and thermostatically controlled fans, and, for winter, thermostatically controlled box heaters and heated water pans. Shortly after being moved outside we play a noise-conditioning CD and do gunfire conditioning about 5 days per week. If you'd like to see our 2018 puppy kennel set-up, you can watch this eight-minute video: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Altmoor-Puppy-Kennel-Runs/n-SJpgKd/.

You might be curious as to why we have several breedable bitches. The answer is a little long-winded, but here goes. We each are nuts hunters and require that we each have at least two dogs of our own of prime hunting age – let’s say one and a spare. Like most folks, we like dogs out of our breedings best. Over our three decades of involvement with VDD we’ve seen several folks who were once active breeders get into their later years and they look around and suddenly realize that they no longer have anything that can produce their next pup. So, they have to get their next pup from someone else, most likely from a breeding that has no relationship to what they were doing for years. To try to prevent that from happening to us, we try to always keep a pup from a favorite bitch before she reaches the 8-year-old VDD breeding retirement age. And, we realize that even though we’re keeping one, something as minor as a missing tooth can prevent it from being bred in our system. A lot of the possible disqualifiers aren’t noticed until the pup is 13 to 18 months old. So, we tend to also keep a “spare” in case the first is a washout. But, by the time that we’ve determined that the first one is a keeper, we’re so attached to the second that we have to keep her, too. Thus, out of Nancy’s Wendy, we have first Quinta IV, then Tessa IV. Out of Roger’s Talei we have Cara IV, then Macie and Mady IV. So, hopefully we’ll never be without a breeding dog out of our kennel, at the price of a whole lot of dog food and vet bills.

Finally, and absolutely least importantly, we’ll touch on “motherline.” This isn’t the place to take the time to explain it, but many breeders put great stock in the motherline of their dog. In our judgment, motherline is an anachronism - something that lost its importance many years ago. But, as a matter of trivia, all of our females are Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP, and, to the best of our knowledge, we are the only breeders on this continent with females of that motherline.

If you are seriously interested in obtaining a vom Altmoor pup in 2020, please send us an email with the information we have requested in the second paragraph in the beginning of this page and we will acknowledge that email and put you on our list of those to be notified as each breeding takes place (our “tentative reservation list”). At that time you can decide whether to reserve a pup or wait for another pairing. If you do not provide your background info, complete address, and phone number, you likely will not receive a reply from us. If you do provide it then you should receive a reply within 48 hours, at worst. If your inquiry goes over two days without a response please check your spam folder and/or try again, perhaps from a different email address. Gmail addresses have been giving us fits. Also be aware that those on our “to be notified” or reservation lists are the first to learn of breedings we have conducted.  We post them here and on the VDD/GNA site only after notifying those who have expressed a confirmed interest.  Very frequently pups from our litters are entirely reserved before the breeding has even taken place.

Our first litters of 2020 will be our D5 with Cara, our E5 with Mady, and our F5 with Tess.  At some point we may also have litters out of Macie and Quinn.  All of our girls are homozygous for beard (FF), meaning that even if they were to be bred to a beardless sire, all the pups will have beards.  You can find more information about all those mentioned either in this section or our Litter Archive section. 

Our D5 litter produced fewer pups than anticipated/hoped, and we have a good number of reservations for the E5 and F5.  So, as of 10 January 2020 we are taking reservations only from folks who are willing, if necessary, to wait for a pup from a litter AFTER the F5.  There is simply no predicting in advance how many high quality healthy pups there will be in a litter.  If you’re willing to be patient and flexible, we’ll work with you.

Details on our past breedings can be found in the “Litter Archive” section and you might also want to check our "Altmoor Outings" section.


"D5" Litter vom Altmoor (our 108th DD litter)

Whelped 3 Jan 2020

Repeat of our U4 and C5 litters. As of 11/22/19, all pups from this breeding are reserved. We are taking reservations for our E5 and F5 litters.

Cara IV vom Altmoor

Dam: Cara IV vom Altmoor 220458 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP) Photos
DOB 26.06.2012
VJP 68 & 70, HZP 184 & 175 Armb & 172, HD-frei A, OCD-frei, ED-frei, ZR# 216/12 sg (11) / sg (10)
N-11; S-11; P-11; D-11; C-11 [58cm tall / 58cm long]
DNA tested: vWD & CHB Clear, homozygous for beard (will always produce pups with beards) - See lab report
View Pedigree

Donner

Sire: Donner vom Cohansey
227056 69813 Schwsch (ML:Isarau-Auenheim PP)
DOB 07.12.2014
DNA tested vWD clear - see lab report - View Pedigree
Slide show: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Donner-web-2/n-jPxjrr/i-mXJw8pv
VJP 76, HZP 184 / 190 Armbruster, VGP III/290 TF, HD-frei A, OCD-frei, ED frei, ZR# 326/14 sg (11) / v (12) [64cm tall / 65 cm long]
N-11 (2X);S-10;P-11 (2x); D-11 (2x);C-11 (2x)
2016 Armbruster “Most Beautiful Male” Award

All 30 dogs on pedigree for these pups are HD-frei and 28 have ZR ratings.

Cara IV vom Altmoor has been Roger's kayaking buddy for the last few seasons, and in addition to New Jersey hunts, has hunted with both of us in Maine, Michigan and New York for grouse and woodcock, and in Montana for pheasants, huns and sharpies. She has her mother Talei's water-love, tracking ability, and fearlessness coupled with a full-body wag inherited from her father Ely. Cara is 7th generation Altmoor on her mother's side and we also raised and trained her German-import great-great-grandmother. We also owned her German-import great-grandfather, and personally knew just about every other dog on her mother's pedigree. Just like her mother, she showed her natural retrieve early-on and has been on game and in the water since she was 8 weeks old. Cara is the trademark Altmoor dog with 26 years of our breedings behind her: happy, friendly, reliable in all regards from temperament to game finding and recovery. She is the dog that could have been placed with a 10-year old child from a non-hunting family as that child's hunting partner. She knew everything expected of her from the outset and has been exceptionally easy to handle. She has a ton of personality and makes Roger crack up on a regular basis.

Cara has received 11's in Nose, Tracking, Pointing, Field Search, Cooperation, and Duck Search (twice) in her VJP's and HZP's. She is rated 11 in Conformation and 10 in Coat, just like her daddy. She is rated HD-frei A, OCD-frei, and ED-frei (clear of hip dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans, and elbow dysplasia). She is also clear of the hereditary bleeding disorders.

Donner vom Cohansey: In June of 2009 a nationally accomplished bow hunter visited us in his search for a Drahthaar pup.He had visited another kennel before ours, but didn’t care for the way the other breeder responded to some of his questions.He was looking for a dog just for blood tracking, but the qualifier was that he didn’t want to have to worry about it biting his 7 and 9 year old daughters or their friends.We gave him our absolute assurance that would never happen.He left here with Uschi III vom Altmoor, call name “Greta”. Not only did Greta become an accomplished blood tracker (and was licensed in New Jersey’s experimental program), but she also became an integral member of the family, totally trustworthy with all kids, adults, and other dogs.She also re-ignited her owner’s youthful love of upland hunting.Not only that, but he went on to become a totally committed VDD member – accomplished trainer and handler, event organizer, JGHV judge, Chapter officer, and national Executive Board officer.

He also became a VDD breeder. Greta was the mother of his first litter, which produced Allie, Donner’s mother.We, of course, have known both Greta and Allie all their lives and seen them in many dozens of hunting and testing situations – great dogs.(There was however that one day at a pheasant preserve several hours from here where Allie, as a young pup, did so much pointing that it almost became an annoyance.) Anyway, Allie produced the D litter vom Cohansey, and there was Donner. We’ve known him since he was a young pup in the litter and we did the VDD Litter Inspection and tattooing. We continued to frequently spend time with Donner a great many times at training days and tests as he grew up. No matter what the task he did it with enthusiasm and determination, always remaining cooperative.He’s always great with other people and other dogs.He lives with his owner’s family, which includes 10 and 7 year old boys and another intact male DD who is a couple years older.They spend their days running together in the backyard unsupervised (the DD’s, that is).

Donner’s test scores speak for themselves and include being named “Most Beautiful Male” at the VDD/GNA International Armbruster HZP and Breed Show. We were there handling/presenting two of our girls, Mady IV and Macie IV. Donner has since sired the 2018 Armbruster second place dog.

Unfortunately, Donner’s owner isn’t big on photography, so we have no shots of his many Pennsylvania Gamelands hunts, or waterfowl and pheasant hunting in Kansas, and just one of hunting grouse and woodcock in Maine. So, most of the photos we have are ones Roger took at Training Days and tests.They’ll give you some idea of his looks, but don’t give an indication of the amount of hunting he gets in.


"E5" Litter vom Altmoor (our 109th DD litter)

Expected 28 February 2020; going home around 17 April 2020


Mady IV vom Altmoor

Mady IV vom Altmoor 228108 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP)
DOB 17.03.2015
Slideshow: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Mady-IV-vom-Altmoor/n-RkHkPk/i-VJBCbQG
VJP 68, HZP 173 & 182 (Armbruster), HD-frei A, OCD-frei,
ZR #176/15 sg (10) / sg (10) [58cm tall / 59 cm long]
N-11; S-11; P-11; D-11; C-10
DNA tested: vWD & CHB Clear, homozygous for beard (will always produce pups with beards)
View Pedigree
Mady is the mother of the W4 and Z4 litters vom Altmoor.

Cletus vom Grizzly Creek
Sire: Cletus vom Grizzly Creek
233710 Utility# Pending Brsch (ML: Oeynhausen-vom Walde-St)
DOB 13.02.2017
Slideshow with documents: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Cletus/n-RSzm9f/
VJP 70 sil, HZP 179 Armbruster /181, VGP I/315 TF, HD-frei A, OCD-frei, ED- frei, ZR# 171/17 sg (9) / sg (11) [67cm tall/68 cm long]
N-11; S-10; P-10; D-10,4H; C-11; see slide show for pedigree, genetic, and radiograph documents.

All 30 dogs on the pedigree for these pups are HD-frei and 29 have ZR ratings.

Mady IV vom Altmoor - When we keep a pup from one of our litters as a potential for our breeding program we decide early on whether that pup will be Nancy’s or Roger’s. Not in terms of ownership (they own us), but in respect to who will be the primary trainer and the usual handler in the VDD/JGHV tests. Very often that pup goes on to become the “favorite” of whoever the handler was. There’s something about the stress of putting a dog through the tests that creates a special bond. And, it seems as though the more important the test, the greater the bond. We both love all of our dogs and greatly respect their character and abilities, or we would have found a home for them elsewhere (and we have “weeded out” dozens over the years), but this is an effort to explain what we mean when we talk about “Roger’s” or “Nancy’s.” (And, the “favorite” of any given day is probably simply the one that’s with us.)

Our fourth M litter (our 91st VDD litter) was a mating of one of Roger’s lifetime favorites (and one of the highest scoring dogs in the country) Talei III, to Vico IV vom Donaueck, an import from one of Germany’s most experienced and respected kennels. In all our decades with this breed we don’t recall ever hearing anyone have any significant negative criticism of the vom Donaueck kennel. So, the M4 breeding was a combining of a female from one of America’s foremost VDD kennels to a male from one of Germany’s best.We conducted this breeding with the intent of keeping a female from it for our breeding program, to broaden our genetic base a little.We figured that by this fourth V litter the Donaueck kennel just might know what they’re doing.We planned that if our pup from the M4 litter worked out well we would take Talei back out to Vico again the following year, perhaps to keep a second pup from that same breeding.

Plans are great to have, but sometimes common sense prevails. In this case, we looked at all the beautiful pups in this litter and we each got attached to a different one as we watched them grow. We decided, heck, with the travel distance to Vico, why not just keep two from this breeding and save ourselves a long drive in the future? If we keep two maybe one will work out to be what we want. And so it happened that both Macie IV and Mady IV remained with us, with Macie becoming “Roger’s” and Mady becoming “Nancy’s”. (It turned out that they were essentially clones of each other, and both will always remain here.

While we must keep it a secret from Tavi and her granddaughter Tess, there are some suspicions around here that Mady may have become Nancy’s current favorite. The only thing Mady MAY like as much as hunting and training is cuddling on the furniture with Nancy or Roger. (We pity those many breeders who think a dog’s place is out in the kennel run or with all four feet on the floor. Dogs are our best friends, not an accessory or possession.)

In the NJ VJP Mady scored 9 in rabbit Track, 10 in Nose, 11 in Field Search, 10 in Pointing, and 9 in Cooperation, for a Total of 68 points. (Of the ten dogs tested that weekend, she was the only one to receive an 11 in Search). In the NJ HZP she scored a Total of 173, with an 11 in Search Behind the Duck and 10’s in Nose, Search, Pointing, Desire, and Blind Retrieve. At the 13th Annual International Invitational Armbruster HZP, she received 11’s in Nose, Pointing, and Duck Search, and earned a total of 182 points. So, she wrapped up her Breed Test year with 11’s in both Duck Searches as well as in Nose and Pointing. At the Armbruster she was officially rated 10 in Conformation and 10 in Coat, with a measured height of 58 cm. At the Parade of Dogs at the Armbruster her contagious joy and enthusiasm brought a collective laugh from the gallery. Mady is also rated HD-frei A, OCD clear, vWD clear, CHB clear, and, like all our girls, homozygous for furnishings (in other words she can only throw bearded pups – no Shorthair imposters.)

Mady’s Breed Test year was 2016, but we should back up a little. In 2015, our annual out of state hunting trip was to Montana in October. Six was the most dogs we could take with us; a few had to stay home. At that time Macie and Mady were just seven months old. We didn’t have a clue how they would perform in big country like that, and we didn’t want to take a chance on taking two young pups that might not yet be up to the task while leaving home a known exceptional hunter. So, Roger’s Macie would stay home on the assumption that Nancy, with a full time job, would be more limited in her other fall hunting time than Roger, so Mady should get this opportunity. Well, it turned out that Mady was more than up to the task – searching with the drive and range of any of the mature dogs, and holding her points until Nancy could get close enough to flush. Roger, with whatever dog he was hunting at the moment, would watch with amazement from across a coulee – professional level performance out of a seven month pup.(We then regretted that we hadn’t also given Macie the same exposure.)

Cletus vom Grizzly Creek was born in Idaho with his dam being the product of several generations of American VDD breedings and his sire a German import. His owner, who has owned and trained several DD’s, lives in South Jersey less than an hour south of us with his wife and two pre-teen daughters. We have spent many hours with Cletus at VDD tests and training days since he first arrived in NJ as a young pup in the spring of ’17. He’s a very solid example of the breed, does everything you’d want a DD to do, is calm and friendly with everyone as well as other dogs, is great with the kids, and, most importantly to us, is super cooperative. We are familiar with quite a few of his relatives, having spent quite a bit of time with his uncle and paternal grandmother at meetings, tests, and training days, and meeting some of his siblings at the 2018 Armbruster.

Cletus was rated loud-on-sight on rabbits and his owner gets a kick out of him being loud-on-scent on fox, which often wind up in the bag. As you’ll see in his photo slide show, he has had diverse hunting experience. Whether it’s cleaning the field after a preserve tower shoot, woodies in the beaver ponds, Canadas and ducks in Jersey, New York, and Ontario, New York grouse and woodcock, pheasant and quail in Iowa, or pheasant, quail, ducks and woodcock in Jersey and Maryland, or blood tracking wounded deer, he does everything well. He’s the DD you wished you owned.


"F5" Litter vom Altmoor (our 110th DD litter)

Expected 19 March 2020; going home around 7 May 2020

Tessa IV vom Altmoor

Tessa IV vom Altmoor 233965 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP)
DOB 07.04.2017
Slideshow: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Tessa-IV-vom-Altmoor/n-wV3cCw/
VJP 71, HZP 173 (Armbruster) & 173, OFA Prelim “Excellent” at 8 mo., HD-frei A, OCD frei, ZR #181/17 sg (11) / sg (10) [58 cm tall / 59 cm long]
N-10; S-10; P-11; D-10; C-10
DNA tested: vWD Clear, homozygous for beard (will always produce pups with beards)
View pedigree on the slideshow.
The F5 will be Tessa’s first litter.

Cletus vom Grizzly Creek
Sire: Cletus vom Grizzly Creek
233710 Utility# Pending Brsch (ML: Oeynhausen-vom Walde-St)
DOB 13.02.2017
Slideshow with documents: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Cletus/n-RSzm9f/
VJP 70 sil, HZP 179 Armbruster /181, VGP I/315 TF, HD-frei A, OCD-frei, ED- frei, ZR# 171/17 sg (9) / sg (11) [67cm tall/68 cm long]
N-11; S-10; P-10; D-10,4H; C-11; see slide show for pedigree, genetic, and radiograph documents.

All 30 dogs on the pedigree for these pups are HD-frei and 28 have ZR ratings.

Tessa IV vom Altmoor - While within our household Tess is officially “Nancy’s dog”, we each take her on a good many of our hunts. She’s proven herself not only within the German testing system, but also on grouse and woodcock in the Upper Peninsula and Maine. Staples are Jersey pheasant and woodcock when she’s not sitting calmly behind one of us in a kayak, waiting for the next wood duck to be dropped around the bend just ahead. To watch her work a field is a joy to behold and she simply never needs correction, always with one eye on you. When she works a moving pheasant, she’s absolutely tenacious: displaying excellent manners and concentration as she tracks and points, while always making sure of our location. Once pinned, the pheasant is pointed until we arrive. Deliveries are always to hand at a sit. She epitomizes the partnership between hunter and hunting dog.

At the 17th Invitational International Armbruster in Mankato Minnesota the top judges in the country judged Tess to be one of the four females they determined to be “Most Representative” of the breed, meaning that this is what VDD breeders should be trying to breed toward in terms of the whole package – personality, performance, and appearance. We’re extremely proud of that designation, which says it all. Tess is the product of eight generations of vom Altmoor breedings, and is the seventh consecutive generation to bear our kennel name. Her mother, maternal grandmother, and paternal grandmother were all "Nancy's dogs" as well.

While it sometimes seems that Tess is torn between being the world’s best couch potato or our favorite gun dog, she manages to struggle through being both. She is also a great favorite at the animal hospital where Nancy works. In addition to regular visits, she has also been used as a demonstration dog for continuing education at the clinic. One of her most endearing traits is that she never has to be lifted by any techs - exam table, x-rays, treatment grid - just point and she's airborne. It's also been very interesting to see her version of the DD's ability to discriminately evaluate situations - not only does she know when it's time to play and time to be serious, she also keenly assesses our fellow hunters in the field. If a hunter without a dog enters our hunt, she'll be friendly, go over, wag her tail to say hi, and hunt for us all if we say so. If hunters with dogs, or wayward dogs, encroach on our hunt, she is all business, and ignores the interlopers while hunting strictly for us. It is so nice to have dogs that are totally trustworthy in any situation - Tess has never met any human or dog that she did not like, whether we're at the animal hospital, at training days, or out hunting. She is the essence of versatility, not just in the field, but life in general. Tess is what we like to call a go-anywhere, do-anything dog.

Cletus vom Grizzly Creek was born in Idaho with his dam being the product of several generations of American VDD breedings and his sire a German import. His owner, who has owned and trained several DD’s, lives in South Jersey less than an hour south of us with his wife and two pre-teen daughters. We have spent many hours with Cletus at VDD tests and training days since he first arrived in NJ as a young pup in the spring of ’17. He’s a very solid example of the breed, does everything you’d want a DD to do, is calm and friendly with everyone as well as other dogs, is great with the kids, and, most importantly to us, is super cooperative. We are familiar with quite a few of his relatives, having spent quite a bit of time with his uncle and paternal grandmother at meetings, tests, and training days, and meeting some of his siblings at the 2018 Armbruster.

Cletus was rated loud-on-sight on rabbits and his owner gets a kick out of him being loud-on-scent on fox, which often wind up in the bag. As you’ll see in his photo slide show, he has had diverse hunting experience. Whether it’s cleaning the field after a preserve tower shoot, woodies in the beaver ponds, Canadas and ducks in Jersey, New York, and Ontario, New York grouse and woodcock, pheasant and quail in Iowa, or pheasant, quail, ducks and woodcock in Jersey and Maryland, or blood tracking wounded deer, he does everything well. He’s the DD you wished you owned.

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