When we decided to breed Elka vom Coraschatten to Hanno vom Coraschatten "Luger", we were eager to keep a puppy. This breeding combined lines out of our first Deutsch Langhaar, Cora vom Illertal "Kaylee", and the first Deutsch Langhaar that we imported, Oilleli von der Schmiede "Elli". More specifically, Elka is a very sweet-natured and cooperative girl with a powerful build. Luger is a very handsome and talented boy. We were hoping that this combination would produce strongly-built dogs with classic temperaments.
It is always hard to select one puppy from a litter to keep. We went back and forth numerous times over the 8 weeks that we raised this litter. Ultimately, we decided to keep Leah. She had the heaviest build in the litter with a huge chest and strong leg bones. She won us over with her beautiful head, her calm temperament, and her eagerness to tackle everything we threw at her. She was the first puppy to retrieve the chukar, duck, and squirrel we shared with the puppies. And she was swimming in deep water within 2 minutes of her first introduction to a pond. She surprised us by locking up on point the first time that she was exposed to a live chukar as well. She seems to have an immense amount of natural ability. And she is showing that ideal balance of sweet and bold that we are looking for.
As Leah got older, she continued to impress us. She is just so cooperative and eager to learn. She has a strong desire to work as well. Although she was very young for her first hunting season, she learned so quickly. By the time she was 5 months of age, Leah had already pointed and retrieved wild cottontail rabbits, bobwhite quail, pheasants, and prairie chickens, in addition to recovering her first deer after a short blood track. She finished the hunting season strong and then we were able to easily force-break her before she turned 8 months of age. At 9 months of age, she was force-broken, halt-broke (will stop to the halt whistle), and had excellent manners on both captive-bred and wild game. She did well on her VJP and her HZP/VGP training was going well. She is such a responsive and fast-maturing dog. Leah has proven to be what we hoping for in this breeding; a calm, sweet and beautiful girl with strong drive and a super-cooperative temperament. Unfortunately, Leah does not have good hips so we had her spayed and re-homed her with a wonderful hunting couple in Washington State.