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Upcoming Deutsch-Drahthaar Litters

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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 what the motherline of their dog is. 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. At that time you can decide whether to reserve a pup or wait for another pairing. If you do not provide your background info, 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 litter of 2020 will be our D5 (our 108th DD litter).  As of 8/14/19 we are accepting reservations for that and the litters that follow.  Our females that can be bred in 2020 include Cara (her last litter per VDD regs), Macie, Mady, Quinn, and Tess.  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 but Tess (and the studs we’ll most likely use) in our Litter Archive section.  A slide show of Tess can be found here: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Tessa-IV-vom-Altmoor/n-wV3cCw/   Unlike novice breeders who know precisely when their bitch will come into heat, we cannot tell you now the order in which they’ll come into heat or which we’ll breed when they do.  We’re likely to have at least three litters in 2020, but try our best not to have two litters on the ground at the same time.  Although we’re set up to handle two simultaneously, it’s a huge amount of work.  We also can’t tell you which stud we’re likely to use with each.  We’re happy with what Donner and Matz have produced for us and are of the school of thought that, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but you can never tell if a new prospect will come along.

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

 

*Before sending us an email, please add outdoors@altmoor.com to your "trusted senders" or address book. We have been encountering many correspondents, especially those with gmail, who have not received our replies.


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