Below you will find information on our next litter. If you would like to reserve a pup just send us an email - firstname.lastname@example.org - 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.
As of 9/1/16, we are also taking tentative reservations on 2017 litters. No reservation fee will be required until we notify you that a breeding has taken place. We anticipate having six bitches that can be bred in 2017, but only nature can say the order in which it will happen.
The cost of a puppy from our 2016 litters will be between $1,500 and $1,800. 2017 pups will be $1,600 to $1,900. When you email us requesting to be put 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.
4" Litter vom Altmoor (our 95th DD litter)
Whelped 3 September 2016 - 4 males, 4 females
Ready to go home around 22 October
Dam: Wendy III vom Altmoor 212869 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP) More Photos
VJP 77, HZP 185 HD-frei, OCD-frei, ED-frei, ZR 218/10 sg (11) / sg (10) [60cm tall / 60cm long]
N-11; S-11; P-11; D-10; C-11
vWD DNA tested - view lab report
out of vWD and CHB clear parents
Sire: Eddy vom Millerhaus ("Ely") 212652 64168 Brsch (ML: Oeynhausen-vom Walde St) Photos
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
All 30 dogs on this pedigree are HD-frei and 26 have ZR ratings.
Note: If you are interested in going through the testing system, you might have some reservations about taking a pup from this litter - they'll still be a little young come early spring. This is Wendy's second litter, and her first in 3 years, for a number of reasons, mostly to do with timing conflicts with our hunting trips, and a miss last winter. Her timing is slightly off yet again - a month later would have been perfect for the testing system - but we really want her and her offspring in our breeding program. She brings an awful lot to the table, besides being a sentimental favorite! If you are interested in putting your pup through the breed tests, there may be the possibility that you could level the playing field somewhat by going to where the VJP's are held later in the spring, such as VDD Group Canada. By the time of the fall tests, age won't matter so much.
Wendy is Nancy's dog, although she handles equally well for Roger, or probably any child who wanted to take her out. If a friendly and happy disposition with an absolutely reliable temperament are as important to you as hunting abilities, Wendy's litter is the one for you. She's also a favorite of Nancy's former boss, our vet of 30 years. He says she has a near-human expression in her dark brown eyes, and she loves to dash into the exam room to jump on and off the hydraulic exam table - even while it's being raised. And in case we forget, we should mention now that she has a ton of natural ability, too, and is very easy to train. A natural retriever from the start, she would pick up anything portable and deliver it happily from the time she was big enough to carry things. Her one drawback is that, just like her mother, she thinks she can fly, and playtime in the yard will often find her leaping up into the big boat with Roger while he works, only to sail off the bow like a big flying squirrel.
It would not be too far-fetched to say that Wendy is a dog that we’d been anticipating since each of her parents were puppies just starting to walk. Tavi (Ottavia III vom Altmoor) was Nancy’s favorite in the O3 litter and Luger (Paladin III vom Altmoor) was her favorite in the P3 litter. We liked the P3 litter so much that we kept one pup out of that, Pixie III, and if you’ll root around a little in our Litters Archive you’ll see that she turned out quite impressively. Her parents are exceptional vom Altmoor dogs which are each products of decades of Altmoor breedings. Of the sixty dogs on their pedigrees there are thirty 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, Rödlberg, Rothorst, Stadtgraben, Wupperaue, and Zenngrund. Both Tavi and Luger, just like Wendy, have a “kind eye” - something we hope you’ll be able to see from all of their photos; there’s something about their eyes and expressions that shows you their loving character. They all 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.
Wendy and three of her littermates were tested in 2011: Nancy's pup Wendy was one of just 5 dogs to receive a top VJP score of 77 in GNA that year. Besides her 11 in cooperation at VJP, she was also the only dog to receive an 11 in cooperation at the 2011 NJ HZP.
|TEST AND X-RAY RESULTS FOR THE W3 LITTER:|
|Wendy III||77||185||HD, OCD, ED free|
|Waneta III||74||182||HD, OCD free (ED not evaluated - optional)|
|Webb III||62||175||HD, OCD, ED free|
|Wolf III||46||179||Not Evaluated|
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 Eli 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 B and is clear of the hereditary bleeding disorders.