vom Altmoor Deutsch-Drahthaars

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 ( 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 * - - 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. Alternate email is if you encounter problems - GMail accounts in particular have been giving our owners problems.(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:

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 the motherline of their dog. 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 late 2020 or in 2021, 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 (our “tentative reservation list”). At that time you can decide whether to reserve a pup or wait for another pairing. If you do not provide your background info, complete address, and phone number, 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 litters of 2020 were our D5 with Cara, our E5 with Mady, our F5 with Tess, and our G5 with Macie. 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 those mentioned either in this section or our Litter Archive section. 

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

3/28/20 Update - Because of issues related to the COVID-19 crisis we are no longer accepting reservatioins which would require air shipment. We will NOT allow the use of any of the commercial dog transport services. If reserving a pup, you must be prepared to drive here for pick up. If you would like to calculate the approximate driving time from your home, you can use Medford Lakes, NJ as your destination.

Out next litter will be our H5, and it will be late in 2020 or early in 2021. We are now taking reservations for that litter. We cannot say at this point who the parents will be becauseof the variability of heat cycles.


Updated 8/13/2020

"G5" Litter vom Altmoor (our 111th DD litter)

Whelped 13 June 2020 - all reserved

Macie IV vom Altmoor

Dam: > Macie IV vom Altmoor 228107 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP) DOB 17.03.2015
Slide show:
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
View Pedigree

Cletus vom Grizzly Creek
Sire: Cletus vom Grizzly Creek
233710 72312 Brsch (ML: Oeynhausen-vom Walde-St)
DOB 13.02.2017
Slideshow with documents:
VJP 70 sil, HZP 179 Armbruster /181, VGP I/315 TF, HD-frei A, OCD-frei, ED- frei, ZR# 171/17 sg (9) / sg (11) [67cm tall/68 cm long]
N-11; S-10; P-10; D-10,4H; C-11; see slide show for pedigree, genetic, and radiograph documents.

All 30 dogs on the pedigree for these pups 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.

Cletus vom Grizzly Creek was born in Idaho with his dam being the product of several generations of American VDD breedings and his sire a German import. His owner, who has owned and trained several DD’s, lives in South Jersey less than an hour south of us with his wife and two pre-teen daughters. We have spent many hours with Cletus at VDD tests and training days since he first arrived in NJ as a young pup in the spring of ’17. He’s a very solid example of the breed, does everything you’d want a DD to do, is calm and friendly with everyone as well as other dogs, is great with the kids, and, most importantly to us, is super cooperative. We are familiar with quite a few of his relatives, having spent quite a bit of time with his uncle and paternal grandmother at meetings, tests, and training days, and meeting some of his siblings at the 2018 Armbruster.

Cletus was rated loud-on-sight on rabbits and his owner gets a kick out of him being loud-on-scent on fox, which often wind up in the bag. As you’ll see in his photo slide show, he has had diverse hunting experience. Whether it’s cleaning the field after a preserve tower shoot, woodies in the beaver ponds, Canadas and ducks in Jersey, New York, and Ontario, New York grouse and woodcock, pheasant and quail in Iowa, or pheasant, quail, ducks and woodcock in Jersey and Maryland, or blood tracking wounded deer, he does everything well. He’s the DD you wished you owned.


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