LL Litter Background Information
Quasi bred to GloryToo
This is Quasi’s 4th litter and GloryToo’s 1st litter.
whelped 3/16/16: 4 sable males, two black & tan males, 1 sable female, 1 bicolor female & 1 gray female
I’m expecting very social and confident pups, bursting with personality and joy of life, and with a great desire to use their noses. They should be easy to train and just plain fun to live with.
Sire: Quasi vom Geistwasser BH AD
OFA Excellent Hips, PennHip 90th Percentile, OFA Elbows, OFA Cardiac, OFA Thyroid OFA Eyes, OFA DM (free), von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free
TLI Test normal at 47 months (free of EPI – Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)
I was very lucky to acquire Quasi in July 2014. I really, really like this dog and am very grateful to Bill & Jen at www.kulladogs.com for letting me have him. Be sure to check out Quasi’s page of info and background that Bill & Jen provided me (in the Our Family section of this website). I had planned to immediately begin Quasi’s agility and nosework training when he arrived, but an injury (to me) last summer kept me on my back from July to November. I was just getting started training when I had to have surgery in June 2015. I’m still not moving well enough to begin his agility training though I hope to soon.
Quasi was nearly ready to try for his Schutzhund 1 title when I bought him. I’m going to try next summer to make the drive to the closest Schutzhund club (250 miles one way) often enough to learn how to work him and try for his “1″ next October. Although he is very capable of getting all his Schutzhund titles, I will stop at the 1 because the distance is too great plus I usually have a litter to care for during the summer.
He has great hunt drive, loving to use his nose and searching very intensely when his ball takes a bad bounce and he has to find it. He shows that same desire to use his nose in nose work classes. I hope to do AKC tracking with him once he gets his Schutzhund 1. I won’t do it before that because Schutzhund demands a very precise, footprint to footprint tracking style and takes points off for any casting for the track. I won’t relax his tracking style for the faster, less compulsive AKC and Search & Rescue tracking style until we are done with Schutzhund.
Quasi began nose work classes in September 2014 and has done great. Hopefully we’ll title in that in 2016 also.
Quasi has great retrieve drive. He also enjoys learning and shows a lively curiosity about everything new. I anticipate a lot of fun training him in any venue I try.
He is also a very social dog so I will certify him as a therapy dog sometime soon.
Dam: Celhaus Gift of Glory
OFA “good” hips, PennHip 90th Percentile, OFA Elbows, OFA Cardiac, OFA Thyroid, OFA DM (carrier), OFA Eyes, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) at 29 months
Therapy Dog, registered with Allilance for Therapy Dogs (formerly TDInc)
GloryToo, named after her great-great-grandmother, whose call name was Glory, lives to use her nose. She showed that drive practically from birth and as soon as I decided to keep her, I started allowing her to search for the nose work scents after I had trained the big dogs. She was often quicker to find the ides in the house than the adults who had been training for months, so I knew I had a special pup here. I’m hoping to get some nose work titles on her this summer. I also plan to resume her agility training once she’s done with this litter.
She’s not extremely ball driven but enjoys her morning play sessions as one-on-one time, though she really perks up if she has to hunt to find the ball where it has bounced across a fence or into the snow.
She’s a very social dog, very affectionant, and a great therapy dog. She particularly enjoys the Reading dog program we do at the children’s library. She has an engaging, sometimes silly personality and just bursts with the joy of life.
Maternal Grand Sire: Kway vom Posthorn SchH3 (LGA) KKL1 High Protection (97 V) at the 2007 Americans
“a” normal hips HDZW 66
whelped 9/9/00 – still doing great at 12!
free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) and of the Degenerative Myelopathy gene.
According to his owner (Bill Kulla), “Kway participated in two research studies that are working to identify a genetic marker for EPI and DM, so that one day we may eliminate these devastating diseases from our breed.”
Other quotes from Kway’s website, www.kulladogs.com:
Kway (pronounced “Kwhy”) is the expression of his world class bloodlines: son of Asko von der Lutter and grandson of Aly vom Vordersteinwald. Asko was the 1998 Bundessieger and 2000 WUSV World Champion and has proven himself as producer already. At the past three BSPs, Asko had more sons shown than any other dog. Aly was a close second.
Kway himself is a true all-three-phase dog: tracking is deep-nosed and methodical, obedience is fast and animated yet precise, and bitework is extremely strong with full, hard grips. Kway is balanced in the protection work and brings his natural aggression to the work for strong guarding. Through all three phases, Kway is a dog that is in true harmony with his handler, and their strong bond is evident on and off the field.
Always pronounced in courage; in Kway’s breed survey special mention is made of his exceptional temperament.
Kway is linebred 5-5 on Urs aus der Hopfenstraße, and he carries the black recessive.
Bill reports that Kway loves to retrieve and is good with everyone. He also is good with other dogs, including small dogs, and enjoys nurturing puppies. I really liked him when I took Quinta to be bred in 2009. Kway had been retired for two years, but put on a beautiful obedience demonstration for me. He was five days from turning nine years old but sure didn’t look it as he heeled, ran and jumped. I took photos of him.
Maternal Grand Dam: Celhaus Quintessence
NADAC Agility titles: Novice Jumpers Superior, Novice Regular, Novice Tunnelers Outstanding, Novice Chances, 2 legs towards her Open Jumpers title, 2 legs towards her Novice TouchNGo title, 2 legs towards her Novice Weavers title and 1 leg towards her Novice Hoopers title
AKC agility titles: one leg in each of Standard, Jumpers with Weaves & FAST
OFA hips (good); OFA Elbows; OFA Thyroid; OFA Cardiac; CERF; also tested EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency), von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free. In December, 2007, Quinta received her Health Award Certificate of Recognition from the German Shepherd Dog Club of America.
Quinta, commonly known as “Wild Thing”, was the character of the family. She loved to work, begged to train, and got into all kinds of trouble when we didn’t. She was crazy about agility. Her biggest problem was remembering to listen to me and go the direction I indicated, rather than attack every obstacle in sight. When she did remember, she was extremely intense and concentrated, a joy to work, and nearly always took 1st place. She also did extremely well in obedience and tracking but we never tried for titles since trials are few and far between. Quinta was very much like her mother, Jubilee, and grandmother, Glory. She was quite dramatic, very fast and athletic, loved to tease, and had trouble being a “good” girl.
Maternal Great Grandsire: Bianko vom Leerburg (“Comanche”)
OFA GOOD hips, OFA elbows
Janet Wilt’s Comanche was a Search & Rescue dog, certified in Avalanche, Water, Tracking, Wilderness Rescue and Cadaver. He was also certified as a narcotics dog (4 odors), evidence and building search.
See Janet’s Search & Rescue group, Jackson Hole Independent Search Dog Teams, www.jhsearchdogs.org.
Maternal Great Granddam: Celhaus Jubilee CGC CD NA NAP TDInc , made it to 14 1/3 years.
OFA GOOD hips, OFA elbows, OFA cardiac, OFA thyroid, von Willebrand’s free, CERF
Retired Therapy Dog
She has her Companion Dog title and her AKC Novice Agility titles and only needed one more qualifying score to finish her Novice Jumpers title, but she developed spurs on her back (from being such an athletic, body-slamming, hard-playing dog all her life), so her jumping and competing days are over.
Jubilee is the most athletic GSD I’ve ever known–unless it’s her daughter, Quinta or granddaughter, Lively. At 13 1/2, she is still healthy, though arthritis from bridging in her back has slowed her down considerably. When she was just a pup she would jump into the back of a 3/4 ton pickup from which I was shoveling wood shavings, trudge to the top of the shavings pile, and get on top of the cab. She would climb, jump, drill through incredible obstacles to retrieve her toys (the favorite of which is the Frisbee). She loved obedience, tracking and agility. Her tracking was very intense and only needed proofing to be ready to try for her Tracking Dog title. When she hurt her back, I retired her.