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Upcoming Deutsch-Drahthaar Litters

Isko at the Beach

Isko V vom Altmoor 248116 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-L÷wenberg-Auenheim PP)
DOB: 1 July 2021

When Isko's breeding was taking place his litter was sold out, but two folks had to drop off the list for housing or employment reasons. As of 10/14/21 this beautiful male pup is still available. Isko is 15 weeks old, has what will be a low maintenance coat, beard, nice dark eyes, and white tail. Temperament is wonderful. He’ll be putting birds in your game bag the last half of December 2021. Details on his parents can be found below. Here he is on his first day at the beach after discovering the joys of swimming and retrieving.

You can take more of a look at him here: 
https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Isko-V-vom-Altmoor/n-JZmcdZ/

 

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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 (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, 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 * - outdoors@altmoor.com - with your name, complete mailing/physical 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 altmoor@comcast.net 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 2021 pups, the cost will be $2,000 to $2,200. Pups must be picked up here and are subject to 6.625% sales tax. Because of COVID we no longer ship and we do not allow our buyers to use commercial dog transport. 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 $200 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. (As a side note about price, on 12/4/20 we were talking to a local resident who related that on the coming weekend they were flying to Georgia and bringing home a Goldendoodle pup, the price of which was $2950. Seems to us that DD's are quite the bargain considering all the hurdles one must go through before a DD can be used for breeding.)

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: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Altmoor-Puppy-Kennel-Runs/n-SJpgKd/.

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 IV, 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 2021 or the first half of 2022, 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.

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 females currently in our breeding program in our Litter Archive section. Potential moms are Quinn, Tess, Mady, Macie, and more recently, Della. We are currently taking reservations for our I5 and winter/spring litters..

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

Updated 10/17/2021


"I5" Litter vom Altmoor (our 113th DD litter)
(Repeat of our F5 Litter)

Whelped 1 July 2021 - 5 males, 3 females

Tessa IV vom Altmoor

Tessa IV vom Altmoor 233965 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP)
DOB 07.04.2017
Slideshow: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Tessa-IV-vom-Altmoor/n-wV3cCw/
VJP 71, HZP 173 (Armbruster) & 173, OFA Prelim “Excellent” at 8 mo., HD-frei A, OCD frei, ZR #181/17 sg (11) / sg (10) [58 cm tall / 59 cm long]
N-10; S-10; P-11; D-10; C-10
DNA tested: vWD Clear, homozygous for beard (will always produce pups with beards)
View pedigree on the slideshow.
The I5 is Tessa’s second litter.

Cletus vom Grizzly Creek
Sire: Cletus vom Grizzly Creek
233710 72312 Brsch (ML: Oeynhausen-vom Walde-St)
DOB 13.02.2017
Slideshow with documents: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Cletus/n-RSzm9f/
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 28 have ZR ratings.

Tessa IV vom Altmoor - While within our household Tess is officially “Nancy’s dog”, we each take her on a good many of our hunts. She’s proven herself not only within the German testing system, but also on grouse and woodcock in the Upper Peninsula and Maine. Staples are Jersey pheasant and woodcock when she’s not sitting calmly behind one of us in a kayak, waiting for the next wood duck to be dropped around the bend just ahead. To watch her work a field is a joy to behold and she simply never needs correction, always with one eye on you. When she works a moving pheasant, she’s absolutely tenacious: displaying excellent manners and concentration as she tracks and points, while always making sure of our location. Once pinned, the pheasant is pointed until we arrive. Deliveries are always to hand at a sit. She epitomizes the partnership between hunter and hunting dog.

At the 17th Invitational International Armbruster in Mankato Minnesota the top judges in the country judged Tess to be one of the four females they determined to be “Most Representative” of the breed, meaning that this is what VDD breeders should be trying to breed toward in terms of the whole package – personality, performance, and appearance. We’re extremely proud of that designation, which says it all. Tess is the product of eight generations of vom Altmoor breedings, and is the seventh consecutive generation to bear our kennel name. Her mother, maternal grandmother, and paternal grandmother were all "Nancy's dogs" as well.

While it sometimes seems that Tess is torn between being the world’s best couch potato or our favorite gun dog, she manages to struggle through being both. She is also a great favorite at the animal hospital where Nancy works. In addition to regular visits, she has also been used as a demonstration dog for continuing education at the clinic. One of her most endearing traits is that she never has to be lifted by any techs - exam table, x-rays, treatment grid - just point and she's airborne. It's also been very interesting to see her version of the DD's ability to discriminately evaluate situations - not only does she know when it's time to play and time to be serious, she also keenly assesses our fellow hunters in the field. If a hunter without a dog enters our hunt, she'll be friendly, go over, wag her tail to say hi, and hunt for us all if we say so. If hunters with dogs, or wayward dogs, encroach on our hunt, she is all business, and ignores the interlopers while hunting strictly for us. It is so nice to have dogs that are totally trustworthy in any situation - Tess has never met any human or dog that she did not like, whether we're at the animal hospital, at training days, or out hunting. She is the essence of versatility, not just in the field, but life in general. Tess is what we like to call a go-anywhere, do-anything dog.

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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