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, 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.
You can find information on our upcoming litters listed below. If you would like to reserve a pup just send us an email * - email@example.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.
We are now taking reservations on our 2017 litters. No reservation fee will be required until we notify you that a breeding has taken place. For 2017 pups, your cost will be $1,500 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 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. 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.
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.
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4" Litter vom Altmoor (our 98th DD litter)
Whelped 7 April 2017
7 males, 2 females
Going home around 26 May
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
DNA tested for vWD - view lab report - and for hemophilia B and beard (furnishings) - view lab report
Sire: Eddy vom Millerhaus ("Eli") 212652 64168 Brsch (ML: Isarau-Auenheim PP) 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 / beard (furnishings) FF
All 30 dogs on this pedigree are HD-frei and 26 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 is a favorite of Nancy's boss, our vet, too. 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 of them, 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/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 and Q4 litters.
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, our website covergirl. Besides his normal hunting duties, Ely spends much of his time with his owners guiding at the Orapax Hunting Preserve in Goochland VA. Of course, whenever Roger visits with one of our girls, his favorite spot is lying on the sofa across Roger's lap.
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. He is homozygous for furnishings, meaning that all of his progeny should have beards.
4" Litter vom Altmoor (our 99th DD litter)
Expected 26 April 2017
Going home around 14 June
Dam: Cara IV vom Altmoor 220458 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP) 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
DNA tested: vWD & CHB Clear, homozygous for beard (will always produce pups with beards) - See lab report
Sire: Donner vom Cohansey 227056 Schwsch (ML:Isarau-Auenheim PP) Photos
VJP 76, HZP 184 / 190 Armbruster, HD-frei A, OCD-frei, ED frei,ZR# 326/14sg (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
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 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.
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 were topped off in the fall of 2016 when he was 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.