CC Litter Temperament Test

CC Litter Temperament Test Results

Here’s where the pups went:

I kept Miss Multi as a breeding prospect.  She will compete in agility and will also do some obedience & tracking.  She is now Celhaus Celebrate Life, call name “Lively”.
I placed Miss Sparkle with a friend in Sheridan on a breeding co-ownership.  She will be a therapy dog and hopefully do agility.
She is now Celhaus Chase the Wind, call name “Shadow.”
Mr. Red & Miss Pink-Green will do Schutzhund.
Miss Yellow, Miss White and Mr. Blue are pets.

The CC Litter was tested when 52 – 54 days old.

The main difference I see between the police/narcotics test and the SAR test is the attitude of the tester. In the police test, the tester is very quiet, talking little and using very little body movements. No other people are present and the environment is kept quiet. In the SAR test, the tester is enthusiastic and uses lots of verbal praise and body movements to get the pup “up” and gives lots of praise. Other people are present, walking around, talking, and generally making for a noisy, busy environment. This would fit well with the ultimate purpose of the dogs being tested for both types of training. In police work the dog must be able to dig down deep inside himself or herself to find the courage and aggression to confront a criminal and/or to search independently and at great distance from the handler. In SAR the handler is usually closer to the dog and is able to praise and encourage him, especially in extended searches. There is also generally all kinds of activity and distraction at a search scene so the dog must be able to filter out the extraneous activity and focus on her job. Both tests are fascinating to watch as is the difference in the pups’ responses in each test.


My good friend Janet Wilts, nationally known SAR handler and trainer, came over the weekend to test the litter for me. I really appreciate Janet, and another mutual friend and SAR handler, Beat Marti, driving 400 miles on winter roads to test the pups for me. The weather forecast had been good, but Friday night we received 5” of snow and the temperatures plummeted. We tested a few pups outside, on a part of my property they had never seen, but it was just too cold for them. The first ones tested did better than later ones who had been waiting at the gate of the puppy yard for their turn, getting colder and colder. We moved into the house to test the rest but as a result were not able to do all the testing Janet usually does. Sunday morning we retested all the pups inside the house, which of course is very familiar to them as they come in every day to play and socialize. Janet tested prey, tug, retrieve, noise test (dropped can of nuts & bolts) and personality (attitude, submission, dog dominance). She rated them on a scale of 1 – 10. She also rated the females as to how concerned they would be with dominance to other females (“bitchy”).

Search And Rescue Test – Janet Wilts

The CC Litter was tested when 52 & 53 days old.


Pink-Green Female:                Schutzhund prospect                                                dominant/bitchy

Saturday:         7 – 8                Confident, excited, dominant

Sunday:           9 – 10              Good noise, good retrieve, good tug, active, may be a little dominant


White Female:                        Definitely Schutzhund prospect                              dominant/bitchy

Saturday:         10                    too dominating

Sunday:             8                    good tug, good noise, no retrieve, most dominant


Blue Male:                               SAR & Schutzhund prospect

Saturday:         9+ to 10           Confident, prey, dominance fine, good overall

Sunday:           9 – 10              Good tug, good noise, good eye contact.


Sparkle Female:                       SAR & Schutzhund prospect

Saturday:         10                    Best tug, prey, good overall

Sunday:           10                    Good noise, good tug, good retrieve, good dominance


Yellow Female:                       Therapy Dog, pet prospect

Saturday:         8                      tug, prey

Sunday:           6 – 7                OK, good house pet


Red Male:                               SAR & Schutzhund prospect

Saturday:         10                    Confident, dominance OK, good overall

Sunday:           8 – 9                not as active, good noise test, good eye contact, good dominance


Multi Female:                          SAR & Schutzhund prospect

Saturday:         9 – 10              Confident, good prey

Sunday:           10                    Good noise, good eye contact, good prey, good tug

The Police Dog/Narcotics Dog Temperament Test

The CC Litter was tested when 52 – 54 days old.


My good friend, Suzan Guilford, came to do the police/narcotics test. She is a former K9 handler and police officer, former police chief, and now teaches at the Wyoming Police Academy. She has done my temperament tests for over twelve years, except for a two year absence while she was working in Florida. I am excited to have her back in Wyoming and able to test my litters. Since Janet can seldom come to test my pups, Suzan and I over the years have incorporated most of the SAR exercises into our testing. This was especially nice this time because Janet was unable to do her regular tests due to the weather.


Results are listed after the description of each part of the Test. 


1.  Acceptance/Attachment    The first test involves evaluating the pup’s acceptance of the strange place and its willingness to interact with the stranger.  Ideal reaction is eye contact and interest in the stranger but no sign of nervousness in the interaction (we don’t want a “Protect me!” attitude), followed by visual investigation of the surroundings and then a return of attention to the tester.


Pink-Green Female:                Excellent                    Wonderful, tail wagging

White Female:                        Above Average          Good but more whining, needed comfort

Blue Male:                              Excellent                    Ran up to meet me, licked me and went to find Cel.

Sparkle Female:                      Above Average          Likes people

Yellow Female:                       Excellent                    Great, tail wagging, mouthing

Red Male:                               Excellent                    Came fast, tail wagging and licked me

Multi Female:                          Excellent                    Great. Ran up, licked & nipped at my face


2.    Pain Sensitivity    The loose skin over the ribs is gently pinched and the pup’s reaction is noted. Ideal reaction is to notice the pinch but be unconcerned by it. We also look for a willingness to forgive the tester.

Pink-Green Female:                 Excellent                     Great

White Female:                         Above Average           Good

Blue Male:                              Above Average           Good

Sparkle Female:                      Above Average           Good

Yellow Female:                       Above Average

Red Male:                               Excellent                    Excellent

Multi Female:                          Excellent                    Excellent!!


3.  Retrieve      Next, willingness to retrieve is evaluated using different toys: a stuffed toy, and a tennis ball.  Ideal reaction is to repeatedly being the toy back to the handler rather than moving off to “possess” it. The type of bite on the toys is evaluated:  a full mouth bite shows more confidence and drive than a front-teeth-only bite.


Pink-Green Female:                Above Average           Lots of chase, no retrieve

White Female:                        Average                       OK, no bring back – distracted

Blue Male:                              Above Average           Good chase, not lots of retrieve

Sparkle Female:                      Minimal                       Followed object out but not much interest in sniffing or touching it. More concerned about surroundings.

Yellow Female:                       Average                       Chased – no retrieve

Red Male:                               Above Average           Good prey – not a lot of retrieve

Multi Female:                          Above Average           Lots of chase – no bringing


4.  Perseverance          Then perseverance is evaluated by seeing how enthusiastically they will pursue, grab hold, and tug on a sack.  Ideal reaction is to pursue enthusiastically, grasp with a full mouth bite, tug and do everything possible to posses the sack. We like to see a pup get its whole body on the sack in an effort to subdue it.


Pink-Green Female:                Above Average           Good – fairly nice bite – likes mouthing

White Female:                        Average                       Good – not super strong

Blue Male:                              Excellent                     Very good, lots of prey

Sparkle Female:                     Average                      OK interest – not tons of enthusiasm

Yellow Female:                      Above Average           Loves movement

Red Male:                              Above Average           Interest

Multi Female:                          Excellent                     Lots of prey, good speed


5.  Courage and Aggression    Next, courage and aggression is evaluated using an electric train that when turned on moves erratically, whistles loudly, clanks, etc. Will they stand their ground? Will they go investigate it?  Excellent reaction is to go to the moving, clanking train and check it out.  Extremely excellent reaction is to actually attack it while it moves.  Good reaction is to investigate it after the tester turns it off.  The tester encourages the pup to investigate after it is turned off, if it wouldn’t while it was “whistling” and moving.  She notes how much encouragement is needed.


Pink-Green Female:                Above Average                       Watched train and later walked over to investigate

White Female:                        Above Average                       OK

Blue Male:                              Above Average                       Walked over train, bit

Sparkle Female:                      Above Average                       OK with train

Yellow Female:                       Average

Red Male:                               Excellent                                 Train good!

Multi Female:                          Above Average                       Good!!


6.    Fear          Then a metal pan filled with metal items (horseshoes, nails, bolts, etc.) is dropped behind them from a height of about 2 feet while they are looking away from it. Will the pup hold its ground and then go look at what dropped from nowhere?  Excellent reaction is to acknowledge and turn towards the sound and then confidently go see what made the racket.  The tester encourages the pup to investigate, if it doesn’t on its own.  She notes how much encouragement is needed.  I find most of my pups look towards the racket and keep on playing with the toy they had, rather than stopping their play to go investigate.


Pink-Green Female:                Average                                 OK, coaxed to investigate

White Female:                        Average                                  OK, didn’t investigate it later

Blue Male:                             Above Average                       Didn’t investigate

Sparkle Female:                     Average                                  Reaction & came back

Yellow Female:                      Average

Red Male:                              Above Average                       No big reaction – didn’t investigate

Multi Female:                         Above Average                       Good – didn’t investigate


7.    Surprise    The last test involves getting the pup to chase you (or a toy or the burlap sack) towards a doorway, from behind which an umbrella is opened suddenly and then lowered to the ground, still open. They are evaluated on how they recover from being startled and if they’ll go investigate.  Ideal reaction is for the pup to startle but hold its ground, then move right up to check out the umbrella.  A super excellent reaction is to go up and bite it and/or walk all over it.The tester encourages the pup to investigate after the umbrella is on the ground, if it doesn’t on its own.  She notes how much encouragement is needed.


Pink-Green Female:                Low Average                          OK – made circle and came back

White Female:                        Minimal                                   Turned and ran but turned around. Coaxed to investigate.

Blue Male:                              Average                                   OK – circled and came back on his own

Sparkle Female:                      Minimal                                   Didn’t like to come to umbrella, couldn’t be coaxed to it. Circled farthest from it and                                                                                                    only looked at it because encouraged.

Yellow Female:                       Average                                   OK – checked out person handling umbrella

Red Male:                               Above Average                       Stopped for a second and investigated

Multi Female:                          Above Average                       OK – looked and stopped

Search And Rescue Test


Submission & Confidence Tests The submission test is designed to give an idea of the pup’s tractability, trust in humans, and willingness to submit to a human’s directives. In the submission test the pup is held firmly on its back for a short period of time.  The tester counts the seconds it takes for him to resist, then accept, the restraint.  She should not passively accept the restraint, nor should she panic or show avoidance of eye contact.  Ideal reaction is to resist, then submit and look the tester in the face. We also look for a willingness to forgive the tester. The confidence part of the test involves holding the pup out at arm’s length for several seconds. Again, the pup should accept the handler putting it in position and remain calm.


Pink-Green Female:                Excellent                                 Struggled

White Female:                        Above Average                       OK – some struggle then gave in

Blue Male:                             Average                                   No good eye contact

Sparkle Female:                     Average                                   No good eye contact; continued to struggle

Yellow Female:                      Excellent

Red Male:                              Excellent                                Wonderful; whined & looked

Multi Female:                         Above Average                       Good – no eye contact right away


Unstable Footing   Since SAR dogs will search in all kinds of terrain and areas of destruction, they must be confident in insecure situations.  Since Janet used a plastic tarp on her test, we placed cardboard boxes on top and around pieces of bubble wrap.  All pups did great.


Hunt for Toy   The tester will see if the pup will search for a toy, using its nose.


Pink-Green Female:                Average                                   OK

White Female:                        Average                                   Whatever is moving

Blue Male:                              Minimal                                   Lost interest

Sparkle Female:                      Low Average                          OK

Yellow Female:                       Average                                   Average interest if moving but not strong

Red Male:                               Average                                   OK

Multi Female:                          Above Average                       Stayed with specific toy for a long time


Hunt for Food This test begins with a piece of jerky tied on a string and dragged to attract the pup’s interest and see how interested it is, how hard it will work to get it, and how hard it will work to keep it as the tester jerks, tugs and generally prevents the pup from easily eating it. She then entices the pup to follow it to the area where she has hidden food, to see if it will use its nose, and how systematically, to find all the food. We did the test in an old kindergarten room which had shelves built along one wall. Suzan placed bits of dried meat in two upper and two lower-level cubicles. The pups really had to use their noses to find exactly where the meat was. To get into the upper cubicles, the pup had to accept help from her.


Pink-Green Female:                Above Average – Average      Used eyes and nose. More systematic than some of the other pups but can lose interest

White Female:                        Average                                   Interest but no consistency – all over the place

Blue Male:                             Average – Minimal                  Used more eyes, just some nose

Sparkle Female:                     Above Average                       Methodical, used more nose

Yellow Female:                      Average                                   OK – what is there, will see; moderate nose

Red Male:                              Average                                   Random, used eyes

Multi Female:                          Excellent                                Great. Not intimidated, willing to go the distance


Tester Comments:


Pink-Green Female:                Very aware of surroundings and noticed people. Developed a better bite on the food (jerky tug) after a while–built confidence. Likes to play.


White Female:                        Very nice – good with others. More cautious than some. Front-mouth bite


Blue Male:                               Good full mouth on one toy. Easily coaxed. OK nose for food – not high drive with him – moved on to other objects. More Therapy Dog.


Sparkle Female:                       Can be coaxed into investigating.


Yellow Female:                       Good solid pup. Loves people. Strong prey drive. Built up pull with food test but could pull it away easily. Food a motivator but not on “High” scale. Hunt drive low, not high.


Red Male:                               Nice boy – good coax over the boxes (unstable footing).   Food interest but used more eyes, random. Good temperament.


Multi Female:                          Full of “Reckless Abandonment.” Fantastic. Good full mouth bite. Drug on blanket (perseverance test). Cel’s note: What Suzan is referring to is that Multi had her whole body on the blanket and stayed there while Suzan drug her all around.)




                        Excellent:                   Sensitivity, Submission, Attachment

Above Average:          Perseverance, Aggression/Courage, Retrieve, Hunt for Food

Average:                      Fear, Surprise, Hunt for Toy



Above Average:          Sensitivity, Submission, Aggression/Courage, Attachment

Average:                      Perseverance, Retrieve, Fear, Surprise, Hunt for Toy, Hunt for Food



Excellent:                    Perseverance,  Attachment

Above Average:          Sensitivity, Aggression/Courage, Retrieve, Fear

Average:                      Submission, Surprise, Hunt for Food

Minimal:                      Hunt for Toy



Above Average:          Sensitivity, Aggression/Courage, Hunt for Food, Attachment

Average:                      Submission, Perseverance, Fear

Minimal:                      Retrieve, Hunt for Toy, Surprise



Excellent:                    Submission, Attachment

Above Average:          Sensitivity, Perseverance

Average:                      Aggression/Courage, Retrieve, Fear, Hunt for Toy, Surprise, Hunt for Food



Excellent:                    Sensitivity, Submission, Aggression/Courage, Attachment

Above Average:          Perseverance, Retrieve, Fear, Surprise

Average:                      Hunt for Toy, Hunt for Food



Excellent:                    Sensitivity, Perseverance, Hunt for Food, Attachment

Above Average:          Submission, Aggression/Courage, Retrieve, Fear, Hunt for Toy, Surprise





Above Average





Pain Sensitivity

Pink-Green, Red, Multi

White, Blue, Sparkle, Yellow


Pink-Green, Yellow, Red

White, Sparkle, Multi



Blue, Multi

Pink-Green, Sparkle, Yellow, Red


Aggression & Courage


Pink-Green,  White, Blue, Sparkle, Multi



Pink-Green, White, Blue, Red, Multi




White, Blue, Red, Multi

Pink-Green, Sparkle, Yellow

Hunt for Toy


Pink-Green, White, Red, Sparkle, Yellow



Red, Multi

Pink-Green, Blue, Yellow

White, Sparkle

Hunt for Food


Pink-Green, Sparkle

White, Blue, Yellow, Red


Pink-Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, Multi

White, Sparkle