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Upcoming Litters

Below you will find information on our next litter. If you would like to reserve a pup just send us an email - outdoors@altmoor.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 taking tentative reservations on 2017 litters. No reservation fee will be required until we notify you that a breeding has taken place. We anticipate having six bitches that can be bred in 2017, but only nature can say the order in which it will happen. And we never make final decisions about which stud to use until the last minute.

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 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 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.


"R4" Litter vom Altmoor (our 96th DD litter)

Expected c. 15 January 2017,
going home around the first weekend of March

 

Dam: > Macie IV vom Altmoor 228107 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP)
DOB 17.03.2015
Slideshow: https://altmoor.smugmug.com/Macie-IV-vom-Altmoor/n-xZpwxn/
VJP 62 & 72, HZP 173, HD-frei, OCD-frei, ZR #pending 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

Sire: / Eddy vom Millerhaus ("Ely") 212652 64168 Brsch (ML: Oeynhausen-vom Walde St)
DOB 01.02.2010
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
View Pedigree

All 30 dogs on this pedigree are HD-frei and 26 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.

 

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.

 


"S4" Litter vom Altmoor (our 97th DD litter)

Expected to whelp mid-February 2017 and going home around the first week in April

Dam: Talei III vom Altmoor 210191 Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP)
DOB 09.04.2009, spurlaut More Photos
VJP 77, HZP 190, HD-frei, ZR# 302/09 sg (10) / sg (10) [57cm tall / 57cm long]
N-11; S-11; P-11; D-11; C-11
vWD DNA tested clear - view lab report
CHB DNA tested clear - view lab report
Homozygous for beard (does not carry the smooth gene & will always produce puppies with beards) - view lab report
View Pedigree

Sire: / Eddy vom Millerhaus ("Ely") 212652 64168 Brsch (ML: Oeynhausen-vom Walde St)
Photos
DOB 01.02.2010
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
View Pedigree

All 30 dogs on this pedigree are HD-frei and 24 have ZR ratings.

Talei III vom Altmoor is the product of decades of Altmoor breedings. Her grandmother, Suzy, is our website cover girl, and perhaps Roger’s lifetime favorite gundog. (Please don’t tell Talei.) Her mother, Mira, likewise was one of those “once in a lifetime” dogs, with which we’ve partnered more than our fair share (we would say “owned” instead of “partnered”, but it’s really more a case of them owning us, rather than the other way around.) Talei is the latest of our “once in a lifetime” dogs. She is the mother of our C4, H4, M4, and O4 litters. This breeding will be her last.

Talei’s pedigree includes Altmoor dogs going back six generations to our foundation bitches, Inca and Molly. We’ve hunted grouse and waterfowl with her dad, Gunnar, many times, and have spent innumerable hours with him; you’ll never find a dog with a better temperament.

If you like a plodding dog that wanders around in the field, Talei is not your speed. Except for in the house on the sofa, she only knows how to do things one way, and that’s super-fast with every ounce of her being. Think Mighty Mouse in a dog costume. At one test the Senior Judge (a former GNA Director of Testing) remarked, “That dog just ain’t got no quit in her.” And, it’s true. She’ll take a cottontail scent trail 500 yards, loud all the way - she has received the scent loud (spurlaut) designation. At four months of age, she was doing multiple unmarked water blind retrieves out to 100 yards - VGP (Utility) level work. Members of our duck lease have watched in awe as she made her fifth retrieve of crippled ducks shot two hours earlier, at about 600 yards from the fall. But, the difference between Talei and the rare other dogs with her level of drive and determination is that Talei ALWAYS has one eye on her handler. She’s never beyond the appropriate range in a field search situation and checks back frequently. If she jumps a deer, she’ll stand and watch it run off with just one word. Say her name and she’ll do a 180 in mid-air and start back to you. Even without steadiness training, she’ll hold her point till you get there, and will happily and willingly make the retrieve, even of Canadas. With just the tiniest amount of training, she’s become quite the shed dog, finding at least one on every little jaunt, and we’ve watched in amazement as she actually dug one shed out of a freshwater marsh on our lease, which looked like it had been there at least two or three years.

In spite of the fact that some of her siblings are toward the larger side of the breed standard, Talei is just a little girl, measuring right at the minimum of 57 cm (22.4") for the shoulder height of the breed standard. Her normal weight is right around 50 lbs. In her Breed Show she was scored 10 in Conformation and 10 in Coat, and measured square. We’re fairly certain that, if you were to add together the VJP and HZP scores of all 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. She has received 11's in Tracking, Nose, Search, Pointing, Cooperation, Desire, and Duck Search. In fact, in both VJP and HZP she earned 11's in every natural ability category in both tests. Hip-wise, she’s got the highest rating of HD-frei A, and, of course, is clear of the hereditary bleeding disorders.

 

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.

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