vom Altmoor Deutsch-Drahthaars

Upcoming Deutsch-Drahthaar Litters

2019 Altmoor Fall Testing Update. See what 2019's pups and their owners accomplished!

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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, 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 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:

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 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.

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, and Macie. Our previously announced breeding of Mady did not take, so our I5 and J5 litters will likely be out of Tess and Macie during summer 2021. We are currently taking reservations for these 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 3/15/2021

"H5" Litter vom Altmoor (our 112th DD litter)

(Repeat of our B5 Litter)

Whelped 18 January 2021, going home c. 8 March 2021 - 6 males, 2 females
All reserved as of 11/22/20

Quinn Dam: > Quinta IV vom Altmoor
232350   Brsch  (ML:  Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP)  DOB 9/3/16
Slide Show:
VJP 68;  HZP 175;  HD-frei A;  OCD-frei;   ZR #  336/16; Conformation sg (10)/Coat sg ( 9); 60 cm tall / 61 cm long
N-11   ; S-10  ;  P-9  ;  D-11  ;  C-10
DNA tested clear for vWD; CHB; homozygous beard – see slide show for reports, pedigree, etc.
Donner Sire: Donner vom Cohansey
227056 69813 Schwsch (ML:Isarau-Auenheim PP)
DOB 07.12.2014 DNA tested vWD clear - see lab report - View Pedigree
Slide show:
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


All 30 dogs on pedigree for these pups are HD-frei and 29 have ZR ratings.

Quinta IV vom Altmoor, whom we call Quinn, like her younger sister Tessa IV (Tess), can be best described with just one word – EASY.  They both live to please, to train with you, be with you, hunt FOR YOU, and do things exactly the way you want them done.  They’re tough enough that they can handle any degree of correction you’d like, but no matter how severe they bounce right back, and we can’t remember needing to do any significant correction with either of them.

If you’re into test scores, as you look at Quinn’s your reaction will likely be something like “pretty decent”.   But, there’s an aspect that you likely haven’t noticed.  Quinn was out of one of two North American litters tested in 2017 that were born in September of 2016.  Now, in GNA we have a great many breeders who intentionally aim for litters born in October, November, or December, because those pups will have to go through the Breed Tests not the next year, but the year after that – in other words they will be amongst the oldest tested.  (We’re not sure what those breeders do for a gun dog during the hunting season while their bitch has pups, but we all have our priorities.)  Many will be around two years old at the time of HZP.  While we have had great success with litters born as late as the third week of August, a September litter is something we would normally try to avoid – pups that young won’t even have been hunted before their VJPand HZP.  But, Quinn’s mother Wendy had had a uterine infection and the vets all said she had to be bred at her next heat, or spayed.  So, we bred her and had a terrific litter of eight puppies.  (The following heat we bred her again to Ely for the T4 in which there were 9 pups, and we kept Tess, just in case Quinn wasn’t up to our standards.)   As has happened to us many times before when we kept a “spare” (as with Mady and Macie, as a recent example), both Quinn and Tess grew up to be EXACTLY what we want.

Soooo, Quinn, at 7.5 months old, and by far the youngest evaluated in VJP in the mid-Atlantic region, pulled down a very respectable 68.  Then came the HZP that September, when she was just over a year old and some other entrants were closer to two years old.  On that HZP weekend in NJ (9/23/2017) eight dogs were tested, just four passed, and Quinn had the highest score of the weekend, 5 points higher than the second place dog.  One of the dogs had been through HZP before, and Quinn bested that score by 17 points.  Like we said – EASY!  (We’d hate to admit how little time we spent training both Quinn and Tess.)

As with all our dogs, Quinn and Tess are wonderfully laid-back couch potatoes when in the house, incredible waterfowl retrievers who will follow a duck’s swim scent trail many hundred yards across the water, are calm and quiet in the blind or boat, relentless yet superbly cooperative and self-adjusting in their field search, and unbelievably staunch pointers of wild birds (where no man-scent is around).  (Anyone who knows us will tell you that we do zero training in pointing/staunchness before the breed tests – what you see is what they came with naturally.  For us, steadiness training is a pre-VGP thing only.)

Quinn’s pedigree is a vom Altmoor history lesson, with the dogs on it going back 8 or 9 generations to our foundation bitches in 1984.  To the best of our knowledge, no breeder in North America can claim that sort of background or in-depth personal knowledge of the individuals that led up to what they’re producing now.  Like all of our girls, her motherline is Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP, again unique to vom Altmoor.  When bred to Donner, BOTH sides of the pedigree go back to the beginnings of vom Altmoor.

Donner vom Cohansey: In June of 2009 a nationally accomplished bow hunter 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 re-ignited 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 two pre-teen 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. Donner has since sired the 2018 Armbruster second place dog.

Unfortunately, Donner’s owner isn’t big on photography, so we have no shots of his many Pennsylvania Gamelands hunts, or waterfowl and pheasant hunting 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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