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Upcoming Litters

Our N4 litter (our 92nd VDD litter) is a mating of Cara IV vom Altmoor to Tramp II vom Jagdkönig (“Titus”) andwas whelped 14 April. We have completed the O4 breeding, which is a mating of Talei to "Ely" due around ; Talei is due around 3 June. This breeding is a repeat of our C4, which produced Cara. Ingrid IV has also been bred "Ely", with her pups due around 19 June.

You will find more information on these litters below. The “Expected” dates are approximate – we prefer to lean toward the latest date we expect the pups. We have been taking reservations and the N4 litter is reserved, and likely the O4 as well. Before a litter arrives (and we know for sure what we have) we normally accept eight reservations. There should still be P4 puppies available, obviously depending on how many Ingrid whelps. This season, with three litters expected, we are going to take between 16 and 24 reservations, adjusting things as the litters arrive. We are now listing reservations without regard to preferred sex, but we are noting whether or not there is a preferred sex.

If you would like to reserve a pup just send us an email 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 to 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 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 cost of a puppy from each of our 2016 litters will be between $1,500 and $1,800. When you email us requesting to be on the reservation list 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 $150 non-refundable reservation fee, by means of personal check. 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 either way, but you must be prepared to take possession of your pup when it is ready. 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 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. If you'd like to see our puppy kennel set-up, you can watch this eight-minute video: http://youtu.be/TQVzVclKE-8. You might also want to check our "Altmoor Outings" section.


"N4" Litter vom Altmoor (our 92nd DD litter)

Whelped 14 April 2016
4 males, 1 female
All Sold

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

Sire: Tramp II vom Jagdkönig ("Titus") 221427 67520 Brsch (ML:Oeynhausen-vom Walde St) Photos
VJP 75, HZP 188 / 187 Armbruster, VGP II/299 TF, HD-frei, OCD-frei, ED-frei, ZR# 156/13 sg (11) / sg (10)
N-12; S-10; P-11; D-11; C-10
vWD DNA tested
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All 30 dogs on this pedigree are HD-frei and 28 have ZR ratings.

Cara 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 New York and Michigan for grouse and woodcock, and 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 ratedHD-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.

 

Tramp II vom Jagdkönig is also known as Titus, his call name. We've known him since he came to South Jersey as a pup. We've watched him grow up, and watched him dozens of times during training and at his tests. This dog can quite simply be said to have done everything that was ever asked of him, with little fuss and an agreeable nature. He hunts as well for his owner's teenage daughters as he does for dad. He has a lovely temperament, plays with and gets mauled by litters of puppies, and yet still has the drive and hunting talent to place 4th in the 2014 International Armbruster.

Titus has received a 12 in Nose, an 11 in Pointing, 10's in Tracking, Field Search and Cooperation, and 11 in Duck Search. He is rated 11 in Conformation and 10 in Coat. He is HD-frei, OCD-frei, and ED-frei. He is also clear of the hereditary bleeding disorders. We expect his pairing with Cara to produce some of the sweetest, most talented dogs ever.

 

 

 

 


"O4" Litter vom Altmoor (our 93rd DD litter)

Whelped 29 May 2016
5 males, 5 females
Ready to go home approximately 17 - 22 July
All Reserved

Dam: Talei III vom Altmoor 210191 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP)
DOB 09.04.2009, spurlaut More Photos
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 clear - view lab report
CHB DNA tested clear - view lab report
Homozygous for beard (does not carry the smooth gene & will always produce puppies with beards) - view lab report
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Sire: / Eddy vom Millerhaus ("Ely") 212652 64168 Brsch (ML: Oeynhausen-vom Walde St)
Photos
DOB 01.02.2010
VJP 70, HZP 178 / 178 Armbruster, VGP II/293TF, HD-frei, OCD-frei, ZR# 221/10 sg (11) / sg (10) [65cm tall / 66cm long]
N-11; S-10; P-11; D-11; C-10
VWD DNA tested - view lab report
View Pedigree

All 30 dogs on this pedigree are HD-frei and 24 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. She is the mother of our C4, Hr, M4, and now O4 litters

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.

Eddy vom Millerhaus (call name Ely) first caught our eye when Nancy was the Senior Judge at his VJP (and Roger was the Test Director). While we did spend time with him again at training days, we really didn’t care how high he would score in the fall tests. If his scores were at all acceptable, he was going to be in our breeding program. That’s how fantastic his temperament and looks are. When you meet him and he wags his tail, it’s not just his tail that wags, it’s his whole body! And, field or water, it’s immediately very obvious that this is a dog that’s going to get the job done FOR YOU, not just for himself. We have also spent some time with his sire, Mento, who has a superb coat (rated 12) and great temperament. We have to admit that Ely also very much struck us as being a male version of our Suzy.

He has received 11's in Nose, Pointing, Desire, and Duck Search (in both the regular HZP and the Armbruster), as well as 10's in Tracking, Field Search, and Cooperation. He is rated 11 in Conformation and 10 in Coat and was measured at 65 cm tall and 66cm long. He is rated HD-frei and is clear of the hereditary bleeding disorders.

 

 

 

 


"P4" Litter vom Altmoor (our 94th DD litter)

Whelped 17 June 2016
5 males, 4 females
Ready to go home starting around 5 August

Ingrid IV vom AltmoorDam: / Ingrid IV vom Altmoor Photos
224372 Brsch (ML: Isarau-Auenheim PP)
ZR 157/14 sg (10) / sg (9) [ 58 cm tall/ 60 cm long]
DOB 1/31/14
VJP 59 & 68
HZP 173
HD-frei, OCD-frei, ED-frei
DNA tested: vWD & CHB Clear, homozygous for beard See DNA Results
N- 10; S-11; P-10; D-10; C-11
View Pedigree

Sire: / Eddy vom Millerhaus ("Ely") 212652 64168 Brsch (ML: Oeynhausen-vom Walde St)
Photos
DOB 01.02.2010
VJP 70, HZP 178 / 178 Armbruster, VGP II/293TF, HD-frei, OCD-frei, ZR# 221/10 sg (11) / sg (10) [65cm tall / 66cm long]
N-11; S-10; P-11; D-11; C-10
VWD DNA tested - view lab report
View Pedigree

Ingrid is a seventh generation vom Altmoor bundle of energy out of our Pixie III and our Storm III.  Roger feels that she consistently shows about 97th percentile field search and duck search and about 99th percentile nose.  She is as cooperative in the field as a dog can be – always ranging at full speed at distances appropriate to the cover and ALWAYS with one eye on the handler.  A toot on the whistle or a wave of the hand and she’s on her way wherever you want.  Whether it’s quail, pheasant or woodcock in New Jersey, grouse and woodcock in Michigan, or huns, sharptail, and pheasant in Montana, she’s hunting as hard at the end of the day as she was at the beginning.  No matter the distance or how long it’s been out of sight, a crippled duck has no chance of getting away.  She is always friendly with other dogs and every person she has ever met.  She does everything with enthusiasm and when she wags her tail it starts at her nose. Ingrid has received 11's in Field Search and Cooperation, is HD- and OCD-frei, is clear of the hereditary bleeding disorders, and is homozygous for beard (does not carry the smooth gene and will produce only bearded pups).

Eddy vom Millerhaus (call name Ely) first caught our eye when Nancy was the Senior Judge at his VJP (and Roger was the Test Director). While we did spend time with him again at training days, we really didn’t care how high he would score in the fall tests. If his scores were at all acceptable, he was going to be in our breeding program. That’s how fantastic his temperament and looks are. When you meet him and he wags his tail, it’s not just his tail that wags, it’s his whole body! And, field or water, it’s immediately very obvious that this is a dog that’s going to get the job done FOR YOU, not just for himself. We have also spent some time with his sire, Mento, who has a superb coat (rated 12) and great temperament. We have to admit that Ely also very much struck us as being a male version of our Suzy.

He has received 11's in Nose, Pointing, Desire, and Duck Search (in both the regular HZP and the Armbruster), as well as 10's in Tracking, Field Search, and Cooperation. He is rated 11 in Conformation and 10 in Coat and was measured at 65 cm tall and 66cm long. He is rated HD-frei and is clear of the hereditary bleeding disorders.

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