Deutsch-Drahthaar Puppies vom Altmoor

Deutsch-Drahthaar Puppies

The Deutsch-Drahthaar is our passion. Would you like to obtain your Drahthaar pup from one of the most experienced and knowledgeable Verein Deutsch-Drahthaar breeders in the world? Breeders who have handled Deutsch-Drahthaar’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. Puppy price is $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. 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 3½ 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 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, and now that Cara is retired, we've kept her daughter Della. 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.

You also might be wondering what sort of person patronizes vom Altmoor. First off, we weed out those looking for a cute puppy by verifying that the potential buyer is a serious hunter, often requesting a copy of their hunting license for verification. When we’ve established that, we ask for background information, such as info about family situation, prior dog experience, and what they’re looking for – a gun dog, a potential breeding animal, etc. If all of that works out they go onto our “to be notified” list for future litters. When a breeding takes place, they’re asked for a deposit. Our K5 litter out of Tess and Cletus shows a good cross section of our buyers, who travelled here from GA, TN, OH, NC, MD, PA and NJ. (We no longer ship.) For one buyer (age 78), and these days mostly an upland hunter, this was his 6th DD from vom Altmoor, going back to 1989. Another was a veterinarian who has owned 3 or 4 DD’s from all around the country, going back to the‘80’s. One was a former VDD field judge who has owned DD’s for years, and this would make his 3rd vom Altmoor dog. One has owned GSP’s, now has a 2 year old DD, and is a VDD/GNA member. One used to hunt over his labs and now has two non-hunting pets. One is mostly an upland hunter who hasn’t owned a dog for years because of life’s demands, but now has time, and was convinced the DD was the way to go by his vet tech daughter. Another is a falconer whose wife is a veterinarian and has owned both GWP’s and an Altmoor DD. Most interestingly, after looking at many photos of the litter, and watching a number of videos, when asked at six weeks to tell us their first through third choices, each of the seven had a different first choice, and that’s the pup they took home. To us, that speaks highly of all the pups in the litter. Perhaps most interesting of all is that our “assignment” process asks folks to tell us their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd preferences of the pups based on the photos and videos we’ve sent out since birth. Usually this results in no one getting worse than their second favorite. In this case EVERY buyer got their first choice pup.

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 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 72 hours, at worst. If your inquiry goes over three 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 2022 and 2023 litters. You'll see the details of the first of these below.

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 7/22/2022

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"L5" Litter vom Altmoor (our 116th DD litter)
VDD e.V. "Performance Breeding" and 6th generation vom Altmoor

Whelped 20 July 2022, going home c. 7 September 2022.

7 males, 7 females
Starting to put birds in your bag by the 1st week of January 2023, and with a breed test year of 2023
This is the last litter we'll have before the end of the 2022 breeding season on 9/30/2022

(If you're concerned that this litter will be a little young for the 2023 breed test year, you shouldn't worry - we've had Altmoor litters whelp as late as Aug 24 and Sept 3 which did exceptionally well. And Della herself went through HZP and VGP a year early, at under 9 months and 21 months respectively.)

Della V vom Altmoor
Dam: Della V vom Altmoor
242248 75103
Brsch (ML: Grenzschutz-Löwenberg-Auenheim PP)
DOB 03.01.2020 (3 Jan 2020)
VJP 75, HZP 186 @ 8 mos., VGP II / 304 TF @ 20 mos.
HD-frei, OCD-frei, ZR # 030/20 sg (10) / sg (10) [61cm tall / 62cm long]
N-11; S-11; P-11; D-11; C-11
DNA tested - vWD, hemophilia B, EIC, and HUU clear, Beard (furnishings) F/F.
Slideshow (including documents):
Cletus vom Grizzly Creek Sire: Cletus vom Grizzly Creek
233710 72312
Brsch (ML: Oeynhausen-vom Walde-St)
DOB 13.02.2017
VJP 70, 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
Slideshow including pedigree, genetic, and radiograph documents:

All 30 dogs on the pedigree for these pups will be HD-frei and have ZR ratings.

Della V vom Altmoor - For years we had planned to keep a female out of Cara’s last litter, and Della V vom Altmoor was the only female in that litter, which hit the ground 1/3/20.  At first we were a little disappointed that her eye color wasn’t as dark as we like, but her DNA tests came back clear, and included FF (homozygous for beard.).  Della had a somewhat disadvantaged youth in that we had litters of pups all during her formative months and couldn’t pay much attention to her until the last of those were moved to the outside kennel runs in mid-July.  We then started getting serious with her and were astonished at what a natural she was. She quickly became Nancy's dog. Her field search was incredible, her pointing intense and frequent, her love of water and retrieving was astonishing, and we had never had a dog whose hold training went so quickly.  Late in August, after having done a moderate amount of water work with her, we took Della to a pond she’d never seen before and, while she couldn’t watch, we placed 5 dummies by kayak in the grasses on the far side of the open water, each about five yards apart, and all no less than 97 yards from where we were to start her.  She took a line straight across the pond and returned each one, if memory is correct, in under 3.5 minutes, maybe less.

Della was so exceptional that Nancy put her through HZP a year early, at just under 9 months of age.  On a windless (think pointing difficulty) 75 degree day in South Jersey, on 9/25/20, she scored a 186 and tied for the second highest score of the five dogs tested that day.  The high scoring dog, with a 189, was 23 months old (and had scored a 182 a week earlier), another was 21 months, and two were 19 months.   One of the 19 month olds failed early in the test and withdrew from further testing.  The other 19 month old was a German import handled by a Chapter Director of testing and scored a 182.  The 21 month old scored a 186, like Della.   So, the others were 10 to 14 months older – just think of how much that means in terms of training and hunting.  She earned 11’s in Nose and Duck Search and 10’s in everything else.  She bested the score of all of our then-current girls and came close to the 190 achieved by her grandmother Talei III and her sire Donner.  (Of course, they were much older when tested.)

Della proved herself again at her VJP (3/13/21 – NJ), in her actual testing year, with a score of 75 points – the highest scoring of the ten dogs tested that weekend and achieving the second highest score of all the dogs in the Atlantic Chapter VJP’s, earning 11’s in Nose (her second 11 in Nose), Search, Pointing and Cooperation. She was judged a solid very good in tracking with 10 points. Nancy was disappointed in her tracking that day, as she had seen her do much longer and more difficult tracks. But with the bunnies, things can happen that are out of our control, and Della held herself together. There were so many rabbits bopping around that it would have been understandable if she had just broken off her tracking and starting searching, but she remained on task and even came back to restart her track after a sight-chase in one case. It was in the field that she really shined: with a hunting season (she hadn’t done any hunting prior to her HZP)and a few more months of maturity she was consistently performing beautiful searches, ranging appropriately to the cover conditions, with text-book quartering, and the pattern and persistence one would expect to see in a much older dog. On birds the conditions were just perfect and Nancy was kicking herself for not stopping to take some pictures. Once again, Della demonstrated natural ability performances that one would expect of an older dog – pointing at impressive distance with great intensity and relocating multiple times. But the thing we most appreciate is her cooperation. Whether she is searching intensely, pointing like a fanatic, or being leashed sooner than she is ready to quit (because she is never ready to quit!) she is always where you expect her to be, always ready to come back with tail wags and kisses whether she’s hunting or in a testing situation. Following the VJP she was evaluated for loudness on hare track and was deemed to be Sight Loud (giving tongue while sight chasing) and received a Form 23b.

As mentioned, Della had already had DNA testing done (Neogen Barcode 101819051120) and was found to be FF (homozygous for Furnishings [beard and eyebrows]), therefore always producing bearded pups no matter the sire’s status. That same testing found her to be clear of CHB, vWD, EIC, and HUU. On 25 March 2021 Della was rated HD-frei A and OCD clear by the VDD e.V. orthopedic evaluation center. 

On 4/17/21 Roger handled Della in the Belding, MI Breed Show at just 15 ½ months of age (by far the youngest dog in the Show.)  She was Certified for Breeding and at the same time earning a recommended for breeding evaluation, scoring 10 in Conformation and 10 in Coat, where 10 is middle Very Good (9-11).  We figure with another year of age she might go 11/11, but we’re always pleased with anything in the Very Good range.  They measured her height as 61 and length as 62.  (We get 63/65.)  This was her first serious road trip with a travel time of about 14 hours each way and she handled it like a trooper. Roger let her ride on the front seat next to him on the ride home (driving straight through and arriving at 1:30 AM) and it was comical to watch her spend about 70% of the time standing with her nose pressed against the car’s air vent, apparently trying to interpret everything she could smell.

Like each of the girls we’ve kept before her, Della has been even more of a natural and required less training than those that preceded her.  She can be described succinctly – everybody’s buddy, and EASY.

Della had just one other sibling – Dorn (aka “Dash”).  As confirmation of the quality of their breeding we should mention that on 9/10 & 11/21 Dorn was part of an 11 dog HZP.  Three of those failed.  The water conditions were reported as having very difficult cover.  On Saturday another Altmoor dog, Elyse V vom Altmoor (aka “Moxie”) scored 11 in Duck Search, and on Sunday Dorn was awarded a 12.  The score of other dogs in the test ranged from 7 to 9.  Three dogs including Elyse received 10’s in blind retrieve, Dorn scored a 9, the other scores ranged from 3 - 8.  Many of the dogs had very nice scores in the field but fell short in the water work.   Dorn, with a 184, was the high scoring dog of the weekend.

On 9/18-19/21, in a field of eight dogs with two judging teams for a VGP (Master Utility Test) Nancy handled Della V to a score of 304, Prize II.   She received a 3 for Blood Track and Fox Box, with perfect scores of 4 in all other categories.  (The Blood Track 3 was what prevented her from receiving a Prize I, in spite of her very high total score.)  At 20.5 months of age, Della was the youngest in the test, with one of the others (which failed) as much as five years old. This was actually Della’s season to do the HZP (Fall Breed Test), but Nancy put her through that last year – a year early.   VGP dogs are typically two to four years old.

For those not familiar with it, VGP is a grueling two day test where the dog and handler as a team are scored in over two dozen categories.  (The earlier tests, VJP and HZP are intended to primarily evaluate only the dog.)  To mention a few of the VGP phases, there is steady to wing and shot, a 300 yard retrieve of an 8 lb. or heavier fox or coon (as well as retrieving it over a barricade at least 28” high), a 400 meter blood track, an independent  search (no duck scent present) of a difficult piece of water, the usual elements of HZP such as Field Search and Pointing, scent trail tracking of a duck across water, as well as multiple obedience items unique to VGP.  Only the best of the best pass this test. 

But best of all are the hunts and memories Della has given us. During a rabbit hunt in January of '21, Roger made an incredible shot on a cottontail, and we got to watch Della work out that track, then retrieve to hand. Her concentration, absolute determination to stick with her task, and her cooperation even while doing such a passionate and exciting job was a thrill for both of us. The following fall is when she got out with us in earnest. During upland hunting, whether alone or with another dog, for Nancy or Roger or both of us, she showed her adaptabilty to any situation, her incredible nose and steadiness, coupled with her die-hard retrieving ethic. When you send her, you know she is coming back with your game. This was cemented into our memories with our early season duck hunts on tidal rivers. That week was one of the best we've had. To see Della bull her way into what looked to be impenetrable phragmites to retrieve both ducks of a double that Nancy took is one of those lifetime memories. And the bonus is that as Della matures she is becoming quite an eye-catcher - her photos don't do her justice. She doesn't need to be pretty with the way she hunts and handles, but it's nice just the same.

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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