Litter Due June 13th, 2019
We bred Ivanka vom Coraschatten "Hilde" to Levis vom Veybach "Luke" in April 2019. The puppies are due on/around June 13th and would be ready for new homes on/after August 11th. 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).
Breeding Planned for Late 2019
We are planning to breed Galina vom Niederfeld to Jakobi vom Coraschatten "Kobi" in late 2019. Galina is a very sweet and friendly German import. I selected her litter for her owners and then I was one of Galina's judges during her HZP. She caught some tough breaks during her testing career. She suffered a foot injury a few days before her VJP and then her HZP had very challenging weather conditions (several other dogs failed the test that weekend). But despite her scores, I really liked Galina. She is a pretty dog who was very easy to train for her first-time owner. She has excelled in both upland hunting and waterfowl hunting for her owner in Montana. This would be Galina's first litter.
This would also be Kobi's first litter. Kobi is a dog that we bred and is owned by first-time gundog owners. I watched him run his VJP where, despite having no real hunting/training experience, his natural ability just shined. It was obvious right away how calm and controlled he was, even while letting his nose pull him through a beautiful field search, rabbit tracks, and pointing. His owners tried to force-fetch him but were unable to get over the hump on their own. So Kobi came to our house just 6 weeks before his HZP needing to be force-broke, introduced to the water for the first time, and ready to run the entire HZP. Kobi did very well in his very abbreviated training season. He took to swimming immediately (which was great because we could not have tested him if he had not) and was a beautiful big-running dog in the field. He was also the sweetest, calmest dog that we have ever had in the house. No matter what else was going on with other people/dogs in our house, he would just calmly lay in his spot. He really does have the ideal on/off switch where he is a bigger-running dog in the field but a couch-potato in the house. He is also a big handsome boy with a head-type that I love and a nice straight tail on point. I also really like his particularly short, close-fitting coat. Kobi has the whole package and we are excited to see what he produces.
We think that Galina is a heterozygous brown female (meaning she probably carries the gene to produce schimmel pups). Kobi is a dunkelschimmel 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. Kobi almost certainly carries the genes for lighter schimmel dogs 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 Kobi). If we are incorrect in guessing that Galina is heterozygous brown, that means she is homozygous brown and all of the puppies in this litter will be heterozygous brown (brown with small markings on their chest/paws). So we do want to prepare folks waiting for this litter that schimmel pups are possible, but not guaranteed.
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" litter would need to run in a VJP in the Spring of 2020. A puppy from our "N" litter would need to run in a VJP in the Spring of 2021.
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 8 puppies reserved from our 2019 litters and will accept 6 more deposits (assuming average litter sizes of 7 puppies apiece).