Litter Due April 5th, 2019
We bred Elka vom Coraschatten to Lakota vom Veybach "Jake" in late January 2019. The litter is due on/around April 5th and the puppies would be ready for new homes on Memorial Day weekend. Elka has produced 2 litters previously for us. She whelped our "I" litter of 8 puppies, as well as our "L" litter of 4 puppies. We are very pleased with the results from these previous litters and would like to breed Elka again to continue producing powerfully-built DLs with calm, cooperative temperaments. Jake has not been bred previously but we really like his calm, easy-going temperament, his water love, and his looks. We own his brother, Levis vom Veybach "Luke", and are super-happy with Luke as well as he displays very similar attributes. This makes us confident that puppies out of Jake or Luke will have the traits that we like to produce in our kennel: cooperative, easy-to-train gundogs with strong pointing instincts and an innate love of water and retrieving.
Jake is a heterozygous brown male so that means that each puppy in this litter will have a 50% chance of being brown (heterozygous as well) and a 50% chance of being schimmel. We know from Elka's previous litter that she carries the lighter schimmel gene as well. So of the half of this litter that we are expecting to be schimmel, the pups could range in color from hellschimmel (nearly white) to dunkelschimmel (very heavily ticked or roan like Elka).
Breeding Planned for March 2019
We are planning to breed Ivanka vom Coraschatten "Hilde" to Levis vom Veybach "Luke" in March 2019. The puppies would be ready for new homes in July 2019. This would be Hilde's first litter. She is an Elka daughter and very similar to her mother in temperament. She is a very sweet and cooperative dog that was trained by a first-time handler.
This would be Luke's second litter. He was bred one time last year and the resulting litter was comprised of 7 puppies. Those puppies are almost 10 months old now and developing really well. Luke has an absolutely bomb-proof temperament with both kids and dogs. He gets along well with everyone. He has a very dramatic on-off switch where he is happy to hunt hard in the field (he particularly LOVES water) and yet he just quietly lays down the moment he comes into the house. He was super easy to train completing force-fetch in just a couple of weeks and mastering duck searches almost as soon as he was introduced to the water. He has always pointed well and been naturally steady. We would like to continue producing dogs that are easy for first-time handlers to raise and train and we believe that Hilde/Luke pups would be easy for anyone to develop into fantastic hunting companions and pets in the home.
Luke is likely a heterozygous brown male so that means that each puppy in this litter should have a 50% chance of being brown (heterozygous as well) and a 50% chance of being schimmel. We do not know if Luke carries the genes for hellschimmel or dunkelschimmel. So of the half of this litter that we are expecting to be schimmel, the pups could range in color from hellschimmel (nearly white) to dunkelschimmel (very heavily ticked or roan like grandma Elka).
The performance of our dogs is very important to us. We ask each of our puppy buyers to commit to running our pups through a VJP (Spring Natural Ability Test). You can find a description of the VJP at http://www.dl-gna.org/about-dls/performance-testing/. The VJP is a 1-day test usually held in March or April of each year. A puppy from our "M" or "N" litters would need to run in a VJP in the Spring of 2020.
The health of our dogs is also a top priority. Therefore, we also ask each of our puppy buyers to commit to x-raying the hips of their puppy after he/she turns 1 year of age. Your local veterinarian will be able to complete these x-rays and costs typically range between $200 and $400. Please be ready to commit to running a VJP and x-raying the hips of your new DL before asking us to reserve you a puppy.
We require a nonrefundable $500 deposit to reserve a puppy from our litters. The remaining $1,300 is due before the puppy leaves our house. The $500 deposit will be refunded upon submittal of a VJP Scoresheet and a Hip Dysplasia Report Form from Germany. Puppy buyers can select the gender and color of their puppy, but we will select their puppy from there. We spend a lot of time with the pups each day so we feel it is best for us to match them up with their new owners. We currently have 12 puppies reserved from our 2019 litters and will accept 2 more deposits (assuming average litter sizes of 7 puppies apiece).