Altmoor

vom Altmoor Deutsch-Drahthaars

Upcoming Deutsch-Drahthaar Litters

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 nearly 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 six and more 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 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.

Our first 2018 litter is with Wendy III. That will be our 100th VDD litter, our fourth V litter (V4), expected in late April.  That will be followed by Mady IV’s W4 litter in mid-May and Cara III’s X4 at the same time.  Mady and Cara were bred to the same stud, Matz, on alternate days and were just one day apart in their progesterone results.  So, who drops the first pup will determine which will be the W4 litter.  In other words, it’s possible that the litter letter designation on these two may be reversed.

It’s somewhat possible that we could have additional litters this year with Macie IV and Quinta IV (if she becomes certified for breeding during the year) and the timing of everything is right.  You can find a profile of Macie in our Litter Archive section, but a Quinn profile will have to wait until she’s been through a Breed Show.

 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 2018 pups, the cost will be $1,650 to $2,000.  Pups picked up here are subject to 6.625% sales tax and for those shipped by air there are additional charges totaling $160 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 $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. 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.

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 judgement, 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.

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"V4" Litter vom Altmoor (our 100th DD litter)

Whelped 19 April 2018
2 males, 5 females
Should start to go home around 5 July 2018
All likely reserved as of 19 April 2018

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
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Sire: Donner vom Cohansey 227056 DGStB. Bd. 2017 Schwsch (ML:Isarau-Auenheim PP) Photos
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
DNA tested vWD clear - see lab report
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All 30 dogs on this pedigree are HD-frei and 28 have ZR ratings.

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. Wendy is the mother of our G4, Q4 and T4 litters.

 

Donner vom Cohansey: In June of 2009 a nationally accomplished bowhunter 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 reignited 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 8 and 5 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. Unfortunately, Donner’s owner isn’t big on photography, so we have no shots of his many Pennsylvania Gamelands hunts, or waterfowl 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.

 

 

 


"W4" Litter vom Altmoor (our 101st DD litter)

Whelped. 17 May 2018
4 Males, 1 Female

Going home starting c. 5 July 2018


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)
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Sire: Matz vom Millerhaus 222370 67604 Brsch. (ML: Saarforst-DK)
DOB 14.04.2013
Slideshow: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Matz/n-CVJTgg/
VJP 75, HZP 189 Armbruster, VGP I/304, HD-frei A, OCD-frei, ED frei, DNA tested vWD clear, ZR# 149/13 sg (11) / sg (11) [65cm tall / 66 cm long]
N-11 (2X); S-11; P-11 (2x); D-12; C-11
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All 30 dogs on this pedigree 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 daughter Wendy, 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 InternationalInvitationalArmbruster 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.Macie 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.)

Mady’s heat cycles in 2017 would have left us with too many litters on the ground simultaneously had we bred her, so we had to skip the 2016-2017 breeding season with her.We have our fingers crossed that her timing will be better in the coming ’17 to ’18 breeding season.We’ve prepared this profile so that you can have a better idea of all of the girls we might breed that season.

 

Matz vom Millerhaus (call name Otto) is a dog Nancy has met a couple times over the years and Roger has spent some hours with him.  As with all the dogs in our breeding program, you won’t find a happier, friendlier, or more dependable dog anywhere.  Besides his fantastic test scores, he’s got the looks, and his hunting abilities are simply outstanding. Here is how his owner described him:

Mätz is a 65/66cm 70 lb. dog with 11’s in both conformation and coat, with balanced drive and calmness when not at work. He is the most confident dog I have ever seen. He has been in many situations and always handles them exceptionally well. He travels very well. He adjusts his range based on conditions. He hunts large fields in his home state of PA and very thick cover in Maine. He’s primarily a grouse and duck dog and gets a lot of use tracking wounded game. I belong to a private preserve where he is also used on pheasant, chukar, and quail. He has hunted big water like the St. Lawrence with no problem,chasing cripples and making long retrieves against the current. We have a two year old grandson that he spends a lot of time with and they are good buddies. He’s great around other dogs - he ignores most but will play if invited. When doing yard work, he supervises and never leaves the property, he’s not a roamer, he just stays with me. He is a very smart dog with a fantastic nose that got him a score of 11 in both VJP and HZP. He also scored an 11 in pointing and a 12 in waterwork and finished third in the 2014 Armbruster with a first time handler. From the age of seven months he has had free run of our home and has never damaged anything. He still has the toys he got at eight weeks. He housebroke very quickly having only one or two accidents in the house.  He is very clean, he won’t even go to the bathroom in our yard. He is a pleasure to be around, very affectionate, easy to handle, and doesn’t like to be on the outs with me. John

 

 

 

 


"X4" Litter vom Altmoor (our 102nd DD litter)

Whelped 18 May 2018
3 Males, 5 Females
Going home starting c. 6 July 2018

Dam: Cara IV vom Altmoor 220458 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP)
DOB 26.06.2012 Photos
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)
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Sire: Matz vom Millerhaus 222370 67604 Brsch. DOB 4/14/13 (ML: Saarforst-DK)
Slideshow: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Matz/n-CVJTgg/
VJP 75, HZP 189 Armbruster, VGP I/304, HD-frei A, OCD-frei, ED frei, DNA tested vWD clear, ZR# 149/13 sg (11) / sg (11) [65cm tall / 66 cm long]
N-11 (2X); S-11; P-11 (2x); D-12; C-11
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All 30 dogs on this pedigree are HD-frei and 29 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 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.

 

Matz vom Millerhaus (call name Otto) is a dog Nancy has met a couple times over the years and Roger has spent some hours with him.  As with all the dogs in our breeding program, you won’t find a happier, friendlier, or more dependable dog anywhere.  Besides his fantastic test scores, he’s got the looks, and his hunting abilities are simply outstanding. Here is how his owner described him:

Mätz is a 65/66cm 70 lb. dog with 11’s in both conformation and coat, with balanced drive and calmness when not at work. He is the most confident dog I have ever seen. He has been in many situations and always handles them exceptionally well. He travels very well. He adjusts his range based on conditions. He hunts large fields in his home state of PA and very thick cover in Maine. He’s primarily a grouse and duck dog and gets a lot of use tracking wounded game. I belong to a private preserve where he is also used on pheasant, chukar, and quail. He has hunted big water like the St. Lawrence with no problem,chasing cripples and making long retrieves against the current. We have a two year old grandson that he spends a lot of time with and they are good buddies. He’s great around other dogs - he ignores most but will play if invited. When doing yard work, he supervises and never leaves the property, he’s not a roamer, he just stays with me. He is a very smart dog with a fantastic nose that got him a score of 11 in both VJP and HZP. He also scored an 11 in pointing and a 12 in waterwork and finished third in the 2014 Armbruster with a first time handler. From the age of seven months he has had free run of our home and has never damaged anything. He still has the toys he got at eight weeks. He housebroke very quickly having only one or two accidents in the house.  He is very clean, he won’t even go to the bathroom in our yard. He is a pleasure to be around, very affectionate, easy to handle, and doesn’t like to be on the outs with me. John

 

 


"Y4" Litter vom Altmoor (our 96th DD litter)

Expected 7/26/18, going home c. 9/13/18

Dam: > Macie IV vom Altmoor 228107 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP)
DOB 17.03.2015
Slideshow: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Macie-IV-vom-Altmoor/n-xZpwxn/
VJP 62 & 72, HZP 173, HD-frei, OCD-frei, ZR #175/15 sg (11) / sg (10) [60cm tall / 61cm long]
N-11; S-11; P-8; D-10; C-11
DNA tested (vWD, hemophilia B, beard (furnishings) - view lab report
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Sire: Donner vom Cohansey 227056 DGStB. Bd. 2017 Schwsch (ML:Isarau-Auenheim PP) Photos
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
DNA tested vWD clear - see lab report
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All 30 dogs on this pedigree are HD-frei and 29 have ZR ratings.

Macie IV vom Altmoor is the product of an extremely unique breeding, one that combined parents which were arguably the products of two of the most experienced VDD breeders in the world – Altmoor in the USA and the Donaueck kennel in Germany. Macie’s pedigree includes Altmoor dogs going back seven generations to our foundation bitches, Inca and Molly. Her mother, Talei III vom Altmoor, was from our 72nd DD litter. If you were to add together the VJP and HZP scores of each of 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. In both VJP and HZP she earned 11's in every natural ability category in both tests. Macie’s sire is Vico IV vom Donaueck. Like Talei, he scored 11’s in Nose, Search, Pointing, Desire, and Cooperation. He was marked sight loud and Talei was marked scent loud. If you would like more information about the M4 breeding that produced Macie (and her sister that we also kept, Mady), just check our Litter Archive page for the M4 breeding.

While Macie had some bad “luck of the test” at her first VJP with just a 62 (in spite of a 15+ second point on a woodcock that many members of the gallery saw, but the judges and I didn’t), two weeks later in Mifflinburg things got a little better, even with 2" of snow on the ground, windy conditions, and burrowing quail. On that test weekend of ten dogs the scores ranged from 46 to 72, with Macie earning the 72. Of the ten, only she was scored 11 in Cooperation, she was the only one to score a 10 in Tracking, and she was the only dog in the test to earn the Loud Hunter designation, and, in her case, both Sight and Scent loud. In fact, of the 35 pups evaluated in NJ and PA in 2016, Macie was the only one to receive the Scent Loud designation, one of only two of the 35 to receive11's in Cooperation, and she was the only dog of the 25 tested in PA that year to receive three 11's in the same test.

We originally had Macie entered in three HZP’s, including the Armbruster, figuring that luck of the test would have to be with us on at least one. We had a truly brutal summer with record breaking temperatures and humidity. We rarely do work on pointing/steadiness before HZP and the summer of ‘16, with us having litters continuously on the ground from the VJP through the first HZP, we simply had no time to work on it before the first HZP. So, Roger took her to her first HZP of the season on 9/9/16 in Gettysburg, PA. The test conditions were difficult. The birds were in waist-high cover, there was almost no air movement, and temperature and humidity were in the 90's - absolutely brutal and dangerous conditions. She had one 1 second point and the bird flushed wild, then two 6 second points. So, she didn’t improve her VJP Pointing score because she just doesn’t respect birds with man scent on and around them, but Roger was happy that she survived the heat. The final phase of the day was Search Behind the Duck, where she normally does 11 work. Unfortunately the combination of low water and the duck’s lack of ability to move through the thick lilies resulted in Macie hitting the duck’s landing spot, tracking it, and having it in her mouth and on her way back in 56 seconds. While this would have been great if you’re hunting, it’s not the level of difficulty that a confident handler hopes for in HZP. So, she received a score of 10 and the judges wouldn’t provide another opportunity. So goes “luck of the test”, with Macie ending up with a 173. Not exactly her mom’s 190 or her dad’s 193, but still quite respectable. (For comparison’s sake, looking at the prior year’s (2015) HZP scores in the Atlantic Chapter, seven of the 29 tested failed (24%) and the average score of those passing was 170 (range was 152 to 190). Including those failing, the average was 129. So, Roger decided “a bird in the hand...” and, with bow opening the next day, that he’d rather be hunting than training or testing and withdrew from the other two HZP’s. We have every confidence that, had we had the time and opportunities to work with her that we did with Talei, she would easily have equaled or excelled her mom’s scores.

Aside from being a fantastic hunter, Macie is a simply wonderful companion. In the house she’s a calm couch potato. At training days and tests she quietly and calmly awaits her turn while watching everything. There’s never any whining or barking. In the field, the slightest signal and she responds immediately, but she always has one eye on you, so she doesn’t often need a signal. In the duck blind she remains still and quiet. When sent, her leaps into the water are astonishing. At the vet’s office she’s obedient, calm, loves everyone, and is always a hit with the staff.

At the 2016 Armbruster Breed Show, Macie was scored 11 in Conformation and 10 in Coat. She is vWD, CHB, and OCD clear and HD-frei A. She is homozygous for furnishings, meaning that all her progeny should have beards.

 

 

Donner vom Cohansey: In June of 2009 a nationally accomplished bowhunter 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 reignited 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 8 and 5 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. Unfortunately, Donner’s owner isn’t big on photography, so we have no shots of his many Pennsylvania Gamelands hunts, or waterfowl 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.

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