Details on our Fall/Winter2013-2014 breedings can be found in the announcement below. 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. You can get an idea of what they look like, and what we all do for fun. You might also want to check our "Altmoor Outings" section.
Our first litter of the '13 - '14 breeding season will be our fourth H litter - our 86th VDD litter. The parents of the H4 litter are Talei III vom Altmoor and Paladin III vom Altmoor (call name "Luger"). This is Talei's second litter and Luger's fourth. He is the sire of our W3, Y3, and B4 litters. His daughter Wendy III is one of Nancy's personal hunting dogs and whelped her first litter with us this year - the G4. This is the kind of breeding that really excites us - both parents are the products of three decades of vom Altmoor breedings, tracing all the way back to our foundation bitches with generous sprinklings of our lifetime favorite gundogs. The H4 pups will be ready to go home to their new families about the first week of January 2014 and will be hunting hard next fall. Their breed test year will be 2015. With Luger being close to the maximum height for the breed, and Talei measuring in at the minimum, the adult sizes of their pups may run the gamut. We will just have no way predicting where these pups will fall within the size standard. As far as coat goes, we expect these pups to be very close to ideal. Since Talei is braunschimmel (liver roan) and Luger is schwarzschimmel (black roan) there will be some pups of each color as well. We will take reservations according to gender, but not for color.
Our second litter of the season will our fourth I litter - our 87th VDD litter. The parents of the I4 litter are Pixie III vom altmoor and Storm III vom Altmoor. These dogs have very nice test scores and are clear of the hereditary bleeding disorders. This will be Pixie's fourth litter and Storm's fourth litter. It will be a pairing similar to that of Pixie's brother Paladin III and Storm's mother Ottavia III, and is a repeat of our Z3 and D4 litters, on which we have received very positive feedback. Pixie is a big girl, her name notwithstanding, and Storm is a medium-sized male, so we would expect these pups to run in the medium-to-large range of the standard based on past experience, with plenty of beard and coat. The I4 pups will be ready to go their new homes around the end of March and their breed test year will be 2015. Since both Pixie and Storm are braunschimmel (liver roan) all of their pups will be that color as well.
Whelped 18 November 2013
5 Females, 5 Males
Ready to go to their new homes around the first week in January
Dam: Talei III vom Altmoor 210191 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP)
VJP 77, HZP 190, HD-frei, ZR# 302/09 sg (10) / sg (10) [57cm tall / 57cm long]
N-11; S-11; P-11; D-11; C-11
vWD DNA tested - view lab report
as well as out of vWD and CHB clear parents
view dam's lab report (Mira II vom Altmoor) / view sire's lab report (Avery vom Graceland)
Sire: Paladin III vom Altmoor ("Luger") 203386 Schwsch (ML: Isarau-Auenheim PP) Photos
VJP 75, HZP 186, HD-frei, ZR # 272/07 sg (10) / sg (10)
N-11; S-11; P-11; D-10; C-10
VWD DNA tested - view lab report
as well as out of vWD and CHB clear parents - view dam's lab report (Angie vom Altmoor) / view sire's parents' reports (Kane vom Dan-Son)
All 30 dogs on this pedigree are HD-frei and 25 have ZR ratings.
Talei III vom Altmoor is the product of decades of Altmoor breedings. Her grandmother, Suzy, is our website cover girl, and perhaps Roger’s lifetime favorite gundog. (Please don’t tell Talei.) Her mother, Mira, likewise was one of those “once in a lifetime” dogs, with which we’ve partnered more than our fair share (we would say “owned” instead of “partnered”, but it’s really more a case of them owning us, rather than the other way around.) Talei is the latest of our “once in a lifetime” dogs.
Talei’s pedigree includes Altmoor dogs going back six generations to our foundation bitches, Inca and Molly. We’ve hunted grouse and waterfowl with her dad, Gunnar, many times, and have spent innumerable hours with him; you’ll never find a dog with a better temperament.
If you like a plodding dog that wanders around in the field, Talei is not your speed. Except for in the house on the sofa, she only knows how to do things one way, and that’s super-fast with every ounce of her being. Think Mighty Mouse in a dog costume. At one test the Senior Judge (a former GNA Director of Testing) remarked, “That dog just ain’t got no quit in her.” And, it’s true. She’ll take a cottontail scent trail 500 yards, loud all the way - she has received the scent loud (spurlaut) designation. At four months of age, she was doing multiple unmarked water blind retrieves out to 100 yards - VGP (Utility) level work. Members of our duck lease have watched in awe as she made her fifth retrieve of crippled ducks shot two hours earlier, at about 600 yards from the fall. But, the difference between Talei and the rare other dogs with her level of drive and determination is that Talei ALWAYS has one eye on her handler. She’s never beyond the appropriate range in a field search situation and checks back frequently. If she jumps a deer, she’ll stand and watch it run off with just one word. Say her name and she’ll do a 180 in mid-air and start back to you. Even without steadiness training, she’ll hold her point till you get there, and will happily and willingly make the retrieve, even of Canadas. With just the tiniest amount of training, she’s become quite the shed dog, finding at least one on every little jaunt, and we’ve watched in amazement as she actually dug one shed out of a freshwater marsh on our lease, which looked like it had been there at least two or three years.
In spite of the fact that some of her siblings are toward the larger side of the breed standard, Talei is just a little girl, measuring right at the minimum of 57 cm (22.4") for the shoulder height of the breed standard. Her normal weight is right around 50 lbs. In her Breed Show she was scored 10 in Conformation and 10 in Coat, and measured square. We’re fairly certain that, if you were to add together the VJP and HZP scores of all the DD’s tested in the USA and Canada in 2010, you would find that Talei, with her 77 in VJP and 190 in HZP was the highest scoring of all. She has received 11's in Tracking, Nose, Search, Pointing, Cooperation, Desire, and Duck Search. In fact, in both VJP and HZP she earned 11's in every natural ability category in both tests. Hip-wise, she’s got the highest rating of HD-frei A, and, of course, is clear of the hereditary bleeding disorders.
Paladin III vom Altmoor, whose call name is Luger, goes back to one of our foundation bitches, Inca (Balla vom Norden See). Luger lives on the Jersey coast with his owners and their two little girls. He is a house dog and enjoys nap time with the girls, as well as playtime with them and an assortment of small dogs and puppies who come to visit. A normal hunting season week for Luger might include pheasant, quail, or chukar, pothole puddlers, and Barnegat Bay waterfowling for brant, blacks, mallards, and a mix of divers thrown in for good measure. While Luger’s test scores are impressive, they’re more so when one considers that his owner had never before trained and handled a versatile dog. Not just an exceptional gun dog, Luger’s strongest point is his temperament - everyone who meets him falls in love at first sight. Be it dogs or people, he likes everyone. Like Talei, he’s a couch potato who will make your jaw drop when you see him in the field or water. Luger scored 75 in VJP and 186 in HZP, with 11's in Nose, Track, Pointing, and Search, and 10's in Cooperation, Duck Search, and Blind Retrieve. (Roger handled his sister Pixie to a 77 in VJP and HZP totals of 179, 184, and 189, and she has scored 11's in Tracking, Nose, Search, Pointing, Cooperation, and Duck Search.) Luger is rated “Very Good” in both Conformation and Coat. Toward the end of hunting season he might weigh 76 pounds, and should be in the mid-80's at the start. He’s about 27" (66 cm) at the shoulder.
Expected 3 February 2014
Dam: Pixie III vom Altmoor 203395 Brsch (ML: Isarau-Auenheim PP) More Photos
VJP 77, HZP 179/184/189, HD-frei, ZR 098/07 sg/g
N-11; S-11; P-11; D-11; C-11
vWD DNA tested - view lab report
out of vWD and CHB clear parents or grandparents
view dam's lab report (Angie vom Altmoor) / view sire's parents' lab reports (Kane vom Dan-Son)
Sire: Storm III vom Altmoor 208777 45065 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP) Photos
VJP 61/71, HZP 161/181, VGP 1 / 296TF, HD-frei, ZR 456/08 sg/sg
N-11; S-10; P-11; D-11; C-10
out of vWD and CHB clear parents
vWD DNA tested - view lab report
view dam's lab report (Ottavia III vom Altmoor / view sire's lab report (Avery vom Graceland)
All 30 dogs on this pedigree are HD-frei and 25 have ZR ratings. View Pedigree
Both Pixie and Storm are HD-free and clear of the hereditary bleeding disorders. The two of them are exceptional vom Altmoor dogs which are each products of decades of Altmoor breedings. Of the thirty dogs on the pedigree for this litter there are 14 which we have bred and/or personally known very well. Of those we personally did not know, the majority are from some of Germany’s most respected kennels, to include Grenzschutz, Haardtberg, Isendorf, Ortfeld, Richthof, Rothorst, and Zenngrund. Of the thirty dogs on the D4 pedigree, all 30 are rated HD-free and 25 were ZR (Conformation & Coat) rated.
Both of these dogs have a “kind eye” - something we hope you’ll be able to see from their photos; there’s something about their eyes/expressions that shows you their loving character. They have the sweet and cuddly dispositions that we hope for in all Altmoor dogs - there are a lot more non-hunting than hunting days in the year, and companion qualities are at least as important as hunting abilities.
On Pixie’s side, the pedigree goes back to one of our foundation bitches, Inca (Balla vom Norden See). She is a wonderfully happy dog, all wiggles and tail-wagging. She has never met anyone - human or dog - that she didn't like. She was very easy to train, and is an exceptional tracking dog. She demonstrated her abilities in the water early on, making blind retrieves that were every bit as difficult as the ones being made by the older dogs. She has been Roger's kayaking and duck-hunting buddy and has shown herself to be as calm and biddable in the kayak as she is in the field. Pixie has earned 11's in Track, Nose, Search, Pointing, Duck Search, and Cooperation. She placed eleventh in the 2008 Armbruster. (The International Armbruster Zuchtprüfung is an invitational fall breed test, hosted each year by VDD-GNA.) She has produced one Prize 1, 310 point, VGP dog, Uschi III vom Altmoor.
On Storm’s side you can go also go back to Inca as well as to Lady vom Grenzschutz, a female we imported as a pup from a highly-respected German kennel. Nik (Nikolai vom Altmoor) is a stud we bred and owned and used extensively; he was one of those once in a lifetime dogs that was simply outstanding in every regard, and he appears on both sides of the pedigree. Nik would melt at your touch, and yet be a ball of fire in the field, but he’d always have one eye on you, and one goal - to do exactly what you wanted. Storm’s mother is Tavi (Ottavia III). The first thing everybody notices about Tavi is how happy and friendly she is. She has earned 11's in Track, Nose, Search, Pointing, Search Behind the Duck, and Cooperation. She is rated loud on scent track. Tavi placed sixth overall in the 2008 International Armbruster. Tavi is also trained as a blood-tracking dog for recovering wounded hoofed-game while on lead.
Storm lives in Williamsburg, VA with his owners Steve (“Sly”) and Linda Slyfield. Also in the household is Ingrid, another DD. The Slyfields got their first DD, Charlie, years ago when they were stationed in Germany. We met them when they moved back to the States and we used Charlie as a stud three times, starting in 1990. They have had several more DD’s over the years, with Storm being the latest addition to their family. With them Storm gets to hunt about everything - lots of ducks and upland birds, as well as blood tracking. Storm's test scores speak for themselves - his hunting ability and trainability are top-notch. He has never met another dog or person he didn't like; his disposition is completely trustworthy. He is happy, friendly, outgoing, and yet calm in the house and kennel. Not only is he a vom Altmoor dog, but we've also spent significant time with him in our care. We can't say enough about his temperament and abilities. Storm is rated Very Good in both conformation and coat. He is a medium-sized male, officially measured as 62cm tall and 64cm long. his weight typically ranges between 65 and 70 lbs. We usually measured him a little closer to 64cm tall, but measurements are always inexact. He is a product of many generations of vom Altmoor breedings and we personally have known the majority of dogs on his pedigree, and/or their relatives. Storm passed VGP with a Prize I, 296 points, in October 2012.