Chaos (Jagerstadt Chaos von Celhaus ATD)
3/23/06 – 2/25/18
UKC Nosework titles: PTN & PTA
Chaos passed his PT1 & PT2 tests in June 2014. This made him eligible to compete for serious nose work titles, but there weren’t any trials in our area until 2016. The reason is that UKC (United Kennel Club) took over nose work competition from United Nosework (the group which created this new canine sport) on July 1, 2014. They took months to enter all the United Nosework titles into their own system. By the time UKC nosework trials were available, Chaos was deteriorating so he never got to compete before cancer suddenly took him in early 2018.
NADAC Agility Titles:
O-EAC (Outstanding Elite Regular), OAC (Open Regular), S-ECC (Superior Elite Chances), S-TN-E (Superior Elite Tunnelers), EJC (Elite Jumpers), OJC (Open Jumpers), OWV (Open Weavers), S-NAC (Superior Novice Regular), S-NCC (Superior Novice Chances), S-TN-N (Superior Novice Tunnelers), S-WV-N (Superior Novice Weavers), S-NJC (Superior Novice Jumpers), S-TG-N (Superior Novice TouchNGo) S-HP-N (Superior Novice Hoopers)
See more agility photos on Chaos’ training/competition page
OFA elbows: GS-EL21686M24-VPI
OFA Thyroid: GS-TH331/132M-VPI (2017)
OFA Cardiac: GS-CA394/24M-VPI
OFA GS-DM163/37M-VPI (free of Degenerative Myelopathy gene)
OFA hip prelims “good” at one year, OFA “fair” at nearly 7 years: GS-87824F82m-VPI
Pennhip rating: 70% percentile (his hips are better than 70% of the 7,810 GSD’s they’d rated at that time)
Distraction Index: left .33; right .36
TLI Test normal at 39 months (free of EPI – Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)
CERF: GS-1283 (2012-74)
OFA Eye: GS-EYE42/126M-VPI (OFA took over eye certifications instead of CERF in 2013)
free of bleeding disorders (hemophilia & von Willebrand’s)
DNA Profile: V558161
CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) DNA Repository: GS-DNA-357/S
Chaos is the sire of the Z Litter (out of Zinna), the AA & EE Litters (out of Quinta), the BB & DD Litters (out of Joyful) and the FF, GG & HH litters (out of Lively).
Shown here with Joyful, the love of his life.
He has not been the same since she died in June 2011.
Chaos had a rock-solid temperament and steady nerves. He was very social with all ages of people and was an excellent Therapy Dog, especially enjoying doing Reading Dog sessions at the children’s library. He had a sense of humor and enjoyed clowning in crowds. He enjoyed training and tried very hard to learn and to do things correctly. He had moderate retrieve drive and loved his morning exercise sessions where he could stretch out and chase his Kong-on-a-Rope.
Chaos was one of the most athletic dogs I’ve ever known. He did rollbacks and pivots that would do a Quarter Horse justice. He also had a natural “back up” gear which made him easy to call off in agility competition if he started to take a wrong obstacle. He wasn’t fast, having a long rocking horse stride instead of a racing gallop, so we sometimes didn’t Q (qualify) because we were over time.
Chaos came from herding lines. Both his parents were working stock dogs on farms in North Carolina (see photos of his mother working sheep at the bottom of this page). I like to incorporate dogs from herding lines in my breeding programs because of their high biddability. They truly want to work with the handler, and Chaos was no exception.
He was extremely fun to train because he checked constantly to be sure he was doing what I wanted. The girls got quite tired of him because he insisted on “herding” them, grabbing their hocks or withers and physically maneuvering them where he wanted them to go. We did a little herding and he loved it and showed all kinds of ability, but I wasn’t able to pursue it.
Chaos’ hips were beautiful at 1 year and received a “good” rating on his prelims from OFA. Unfortunately, he began leaping my 5′ perimeter fence in August 2007, to go play with the neighbor’s dog. Then he began leaping the cross fences breaking my two acres into four large areas. Chaos’ hips at 24 months were borderline according to OFA so they said to redo in 6 months. It took me until May 2008 to get the fence raised two feet on both the perimeter AND cross fences, so I could keep him where I put him. After he realized he had to stay in the area where I left him when I went to work, he began leaping into the air and catching birds in flight. He figured out that robins are slow on takeoff and targeted them. He was just too athletic for his own good! We redid his hips in September and they looked pretty good to the the vets and me, but OFA flunked them. I sincerely believed the changes in his hips were caused by the impacts from all that jumping over the past year, so I had a PennHip evaluation done in Billings. In PennHip they first take the standard view, then they place the anesthetized dog with his hips in some kind of a fulcrum brace that allows them to pull the hip and put pressure on it in a certain way that reveals joint laxity. The x-rays go to the creator of the method and he does a bunch of measurements. If a hip rates less than .3 it’s nearly 100% sure that it won’t get arthritis. If it measures .7 or over, there’s too much laxity and the dog will probably develop crippling arthritis (hip dysplasia). Chaos’ left hip received a .33 reading and his right hip received a .36 reading. They rate both hips separately, then give a percentile rating. The higher the percentile the better the hips. They rated Chaos in the 70th percentile. That means that Chaos had hips better than 70% of the GSD’s they’d evaluated. Quinta’s older sister in Sioux Falls, Rogue, is the only dog I knew personally that had been PenHipped at that time, and she got 90%. It was fascinating talking a little bit to the PennHip vet and seeing the x-rays. Just having her say that she saw on the standard view why OFA flunked him (mild dysplasia was their rating), but on the PennHip x-rays it was more defined and actually was not a reforming of the joint, made me quite happy. The people at the clinic were absolutely in love with him. Said he was so calm, not bothered when I left, very cooperative, beautiful, etc. I gave them my card and mentioned I did agility and one of the receptionists got all excited. She loved agility. They got right on the website and oohed and aahed on Chaos’ photos and how beautiful all my dogs are.
I re-did Chaos’ hip x-rays in February 2013, when he was a month away from turning 7 years old. To my vet and me, they looked better than his two-year-old x-rays. OFA must have thought so, too, because they gave him a “Fair” rating.
See Chaos’ agility training & competition photos
See Chaos’ temperament test results, done when he arrived here at 8 weeks
Chaos’ mother, who herded all kinds of stock
Sable shortly before her death at nearly 14