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 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, 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. (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 2019 pups, the cost will be $1,850 to $2,000. Pups picked up here are subject to 6.625% sales tax and for those shipped by air there are additional charges totaling $160 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 $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 also want to check our "Altmoor Outings" section.

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 what the motherline of their dog is. 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.

Our first litter of 2019 was our fourth Z litter (Z4) - our 104th VDD litter. Our second will be our A5, a repeat of the Y4. While we determine who the sire will be, only our girls decide when they’ll be in heat. You’ll encounter novice “experts” that will tell you that they know when their bitch will be in. But, science and experience tell us that each bitch is an individual and every bitch can vary significantly in time from one heat to the next. Our other girls that we might breed in 2019 include: Quinn, Tess, and Cara. We are not likely to breed all of them. Everything depends on their relative timing. You can find out more in profiles on our Litter Archive page. You can find out more about the breedings which produced Quinta IV and Tessa IV on that page also, but we will not be preparing profiles of them until they have been bred. All of our girls are homozygous for beard, meaning that even if they were to be bred to a beardless sire, all the pups will have beards. Studs that we’re likely to use in 2019 include Donner, Matz, and a couple other prospects. If you are seriously interested in obtaining a vom Altmoor pup in 2019, 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. At that time you can decide whether to reserve a pup or wait for another pairing. If you do not provide your background info, 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.

Details on litters with availabe pups can be found below.

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"A5" Litter vom Altmoor (our 105th DD litter)

Expected 16 March 2019

Going home around 4 May 2019
Putting birds in your bag come September of 2019

Macie IV vom Altmoor Dam: > Macie IV vom Altmoor 228107 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP) DOB 17.03.2015
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
Donner vom Cohansey Sire: Donner vom Cohansey 227056 69813 Schwsch (ML:Isarau-Auenheim PP)
DOB 07.12.2014 DNA tested vWD clear - see lab report - View Pedigree
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.

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.

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 10 and 7 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 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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