We imported Birko from Germany in the fall of 2013. He is a very sweet and affectionate boy. Birko has never met a dog or person he did not like. Birko also has a ton of natural ability. He has always been a strong pointer and was naturally steady to flush (and very easy to train to be steady to wing and shot). Birko has perhaps the strongest retrieving desire we have ever seen in a young dog. He LOVES to pick up anything and everything and deliver it to hand. Consequently, he was super-easy to force-fetch.
Unfortunately, Birko has very dysplastic hips. His hips were so bad that our veterinarian recommended that we retire him from training, testing, and hunting. So after Birko completed his VJP, we placed him in an excellent new home with a veterinary technician. He has since become certified as a therapy dog and is scheduled to receive a hip replacement surgery in 2015. Hopefully Birko will be able to hunt again after the surgery.