Details on our first 2014 breedings can be found in the announcements 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 listing is our fourth J litter - our 88th VDD litter. The parents of the J4 litter are Nike III vom altmoor and Storm III vom Altmoor. Storm is also the sire of Pixie's February litter. Storm's fifth litter, and the second pairing of Nike and Storm. We would expect these pups to run in the medium-size range of the standard based on past experience, with plenty of beard and coat. The J4 pups will be ready to go their new homes around the end of May and their breed test year will be 2015. Since both Nike and Storm are braunschimmel (liver roan) all of their pups are that color as well.
The second listing is our fourth K litter - our 89th VDD litter. The parents of the K4 litter are Ottavia III vom Altmoor ("Tavi") and Eddy vom Millrhaus ("Ely") This is Tavi's sixth litter for us. Since Tavi will turn 8 years old this October, this K4 litter will be her last, in with the VDD breeding regulations. It will the fourth litter Ely has sired for us and he has sired three other VDD litters. The pups will be braunschimmel (liver roan). Their breed test year will be 2015.
Whelped 22 March 2014
2 females, 5 males
Ready to go home the weekend of May 10 or shortly afterwards, and hunting hard this fall
Dam: Nike III vom Altmoor 200018 Brsch (ML: Isarau-Auenheim-PP) Photos
VJP 76, HZP 183, HD-frei, ZR 194/06 sg/sg
N-11; S-11; P-10; D-10; C-11
vWD DNA tested - view lab report
out of vWD and CHB clear parents - view dam's lab report (Angie vom Altmoor) / view sire's lab report (Birko v.d. Fürstenruh)
Sire: Storm III vom Altmoor 208777 65045 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 27 have ZR ratings.
Both Nike 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. On Nike's side of the pedigree, the litter goes back to one of our foundation bitches, Inca (Balla vom Norden See) - of the thirty dogs on the J4 pedigree, 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 J4 pedigree, all 30 are rated HD-free and 27 were ZR (Conformation & Coat) rated. The J4 is a repeat of the E4 breeding and very similar to the Z3, D4 and I4 litters, of which Nike's half-sister Pixie is the mother.
The best way to describe Nike is "easy". She was easy to train, she's easy to travel with, she's an easy dog to have in the house or in the kennel, she's easy to hunt with in any type of situation, or to have with you just to hang out. Once trained, she stays that way without refresher courses - she's not one of those dogs who is always trying to pull something to see what she can get away with. If she were someone's spouse, we'd call her low-maintenance. She has a calm and steady disposition, and has become a favorite with friends and friends' children. She has earned 11 in Track, 11 in Nose, 11 in Search, 10 in Pointing, 10 in Search Behind the Duck, and 11 in Cooperation.
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 and licensed in NJ as a blood-tracking dog for recovering wounded hoofed-game while on lead.
Storm lives in Williamsburg, VA with his owners Stephen (“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.
Expected 10 June 2014
Ready to go to their new homes around the end of July, hunting December 2014, breed test year is 2015
Dam: Ottavia III vom Altmoor ("Tavi") 201632 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP) Slide Show
For more Tavi action pics, see Altmoor Outings
VJP 77, HZP 0 & 191, VGP 0, HD-frei, ZR 321/06 g/sg
N-11; S-11; P-11; D-11; C-11
vWD DNA tested - view lab report
out of vWD and CHB clear parents
view dam's lab report (Yana II vom Altmoor) / view sire's lab report (Birko v.d. Fürstenruh)
Sire: Eddy vom Millerhaus ("Ely") 212652 64168 Brsch (ML: Isarau-Auenheim PP)
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.
Tavi (Ottavia III vom Altmoor) was Nancy’s favorite in the O3 litter. She has the sweet and cuddly disposition that we hope for in all Altmoor dogs - something we hope you’ll be able to see from her photos; you can see from her eyes and facial expression what a loving character she has. Since there are a lot more non-hunting than hunting days in the year, we feel that companion qualities are at least as important as hunting abilities, and Tavi is a favorite wherever she goes.
Tavi’s pedigree goes back to one of our foundation bitches Inca (Balla vom Norden See) as well as to our first German import stud, Dago v. Hommersum, who, for this litter, would be seven generations back. Tavi’s pedigree also includes 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. Tavi's mother, Yana II, produced five litters for us with three different studs. Tavi is from her mother's last litter, which was a repeat breeding. We pretty much knew what we were going to get with that breeding, and Tavi was our pick of the litter puppy, chosen to continue her parents' contribution to our breeding program. The first thing everybody notices about Tavi is how happy and friendly she is. The next thing they remark on is her drive - everything is done at speed, with incredible agility, and with absolute joy in the job she is doing, whether making game or making a retrieve. Tavi is the dog who brings a smile to everybody's face when they are around her. You can't help it - about a minute and a half after watching her in the field or water, or just being around her, it's a natural reaction. 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. (The Armbruster is a special VDD HZP with entries limited to the highest scoring and most typical looking VJP pups that year; there were 30-some entries in the 2008 Armbruster.) Tavi is also trained as a blood-tracking dog for recovering wounded hoofed-game while on lead and is licensed for this use in NJ. In her slide show, you'll see a shot from her first "real" track - a spike buck that she located on a 16-hour old blood track. More recently, she was started after dark on a blood track and took it for about two hours. We then took her back mid-morning of the next day and she continued the blood track for well over another mile and a half, mostly through cedar swamp hummocks and a huge flooded meadow, until she produced the deer. Roger watched the huge buck bound off for a couple hundred yards, apparently none the worse for wear. We then walked back to the truck on as straight a line as possible - the Astro said that Tavi had traveled 5.8 miles from the first moment she had been put on the track. She is rated “Good” in Conformation and “Very Good” in Coat. Her mid-hunting season weight is around 50 pounds, and she’s 23 inches (59 cm) at the shoulder.
We're sometimes asked about Tavi's two test "zeros". If you're a "score studier" you'll note that she did not pass one of her HZP's and a VGP. You should first understand that in our system, a failure to complete any single phase results in a zero for the entire test. In our opinion, the HZP was not Tavi's fault at all. She would not go out on the rabbit drag, something she normally does with high passion. At this particular test, it was the first test phase of the day, and she was put on it within minutes of a very harsh dental exam which was obviously painful to her, and the previously frozen rabbit that was used had been stored with other game and wrapped in newspaper, changing its scent to something totally unfamiliar. In spite of this mishap, the judges still gave her overall scores for Desire and Cooperation on that day as 10 and 11 respectively. At the International Armbruster just 10 days later, where things were done normally, she achieved an HZP score of 191, which is a fantastic score in anyone's book. As far as her VGP goes, Nancy thought she had Tavi very well prepared, but this one was a bit out of the ordinary. It was held on 17 October 2009 in Houtzdale PA near State College. The weather was so unusual that it was even featured on the national news - it was the earliest measurable snow of any winter season on record for that area, with snowfall amounts of 4 - 8 inches still ongoing during the test, along with strong winds and unseasonable cold. Tavi blasted off into the first phase of the test - field work and steadiness evaluation - in "whoopee" first-snow-of-the-season mode. Her exuberance, combined with a planted chukar that was buried in the snow, for which she held steady while Nancy and the judges attempted to find it unsuccessfully, and which she of course caught when Nancy released her from the "Whoa", resulted in a complete failure of her whoa training on subsequent birds. We all know that steadiness is a continuing process, and Tavi sure went backwards that day. By the end of the first 3 hours, all the judges and most of the handlers had taken tumbles on the slick hillsides and when it became apparent that Tavi would not have a passing score, Nancy withdrew her in order to expedite the test so that the judges and remaining handlers would not have to be subjected to the weather any longer than strictly necessary. As it turned out, every single dog failed the test that weekend anyway. So the moral of the story is that while high scores in every test are something we all hope for, sometimes things happen for which the dog really shouldn't be faulted. As far as we're concerned these two situations fall into that category.
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. Although we have access to exceptionally nice studs closer to home, Ely's bubbly personality often puts him at the top of our list.
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.
Ely is the sire of the J litter Millerhaus, the A litter Grimmhaus, the A litter Carverhaus, and the C4, F4, G4, and K4 litters vom Altmoor. If you're a fan of dark eyes, while the photos don't do them justice, both Tavi and Ely have eyes about as dark as we've ever seen in braunschimmel (liver roan) DD's.