MM Litter Background

Celhaus MM Litter (Spirit bred to Toby)
whelped July 1, 2017:  four sable females and two sable males

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Spirit is from my ii litter.  She was bred to Ulysses of Sapphire Mountain “Toby”.


Sire:  Ulysses of Sapphire Mountain Cadaver 2, Trailing 1, BH, FH, CGC, TD, TDX, H.O.T (Toby)

Hips/elbows: OFA good/normal, PennHIP 70th percentile (DI’s are .32 & .35)

OFA eyes, OFA DM clear

Toby is a medium sized (75#), very dark sable male with nice conformation, who moves very well, and is very athletic and agile. He is very strong in all phases of work but settles well in the house.

He is very intelligent and picks up on training quickly. Toby excels in tracking/trailing and has never shown any desire to leave a track until it is finished. Toby earned his Trailing 1 certification in West Yellowstone in May 2017. He ran one of the best tracks Clarissa or her testers have seen!  He is very determined and exact in his work and it shows. He has a very strong desire to work with his handler for whatever reward could be given but prefers his toys. Any toy will do. Toby has strong prey and defense.

Toby is training in search and rescue for Montana. He is currently training in trailing, cadaver and avalanche and is currently certified in Cadaver, level 2, under tri-state standards. He has also passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen test (CGC) and his AKC tracking dog test (TD). Toby also has the Schutzhund BH title and FH (first Schutzhund Tracking Dog) title.

Toby is a blend of strong Czech and West German working lines, including some very nice West German dogs. The lines behind Toby are healthy and drives are good. His sire SG Basko von Grunheide is titled SchH3, IPO3, KKL1 and was the Fundy SchH Club Trial Champion 2011. At the age of 3 Basko qualified for the World Universal Championships!

Toby’s Dam, Brook of Sapphire Mountain TD (AKC tracking dog), is a brood bitch for the Sapphire Mountain kennel. Brook’s littermate is a multiple-certified Search and Rescue dog for Montana. Brook’s pedigree goes back on both sides to many search and rescue, SP/PS (police service), and level 3 Schutzhund dogs. It is worth noting Brook brings in through her dam, Ajsa Bohemia Rom-Pan, the male Ary Z Valskeho Udoli: SchHA, ZM, ZPO1, IPO1, SchH3, ZVV2, ZZZ, ZZP1, ZVP1, RH-E, RH-FLA, RHTA. This male competed 6 times in the international Search and Rescue Dog (IRO) examinations while still being a very strong Schutzhund competitor. Brook’s sire was Rocky Venusina sopka CGC, ZVV1, SchH2, IPO2. Rocky’s sire was Tom z Pohranicni straze SP-PS (Czech police dog), ZVV1, OP1, and was the winner of the 1999 International stud dog show in Bratislava. Rocky’s dam: Hobby venusina sopka FH2, OP1, IPO3, IPO -FH, Czech National Participant. UM’ CR’, CATC (CZ). World FH Championships Tracking, Finland, 2003. Hobby placed 7th out of 200 participants with a score of 186! High score that day was 197. World FH Championships Tracking, Slovakia, 2002. Hobby placed 10th with a score of 180, highest that day was 193!

Toby is a littermate to the following dogs: Ursa: TD OFA: Fair/normal Uma: CGC, SAR live find, SAR moving object, IPWDA Human Remains Search-Water OFA: Good/Normal Uzziy: PennHIP 70th percentile

Dam:  Celhaus In Love with Life Life PTN, PTA, CGC ATD (Spirit)

whelped 1/22/15

UKC Nosework Titles Currently Spirit is in training for Nosework titles, a fun new competition venue derived from narcotics dog training where dogs compete in searching for certain essential oils instead of narcotics.   She has passed the first two pre-tests (for Birch Essential Oil and Anise Essential Oil), and was entered in the nosework trial in May 2017 but can’t compete because she is pregnant. She will try for the remaining three pre-tests (clove, myrrh & vetiver) and novice titles at the next trial, which is in October.

Spirit is a Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD, formerly Therapy Dogs Inc).

PennHip DI’s .18 & .31 (only .01 out of their excellent range), OFA Elbows, OFA Thyroid, , OFA eyes, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free

OFA DM (clear) – free of the spinal myelopathy mutation genes

free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) at 24 months

Spirit is a fun dog to live with and to train. She attacks whatever we’re doing with zest and enthusiasm, always having a good time, loving to learn and delighting to work with me. She has a little trouble containing her enthusiasm, especially when heeling, but when she figures out how to keep heel position she’s going to be a competition dog. She excels in nosework and from a tiny pup was focused totally on finding the hide regardless of where we were working. She always wants to figure out just what I’d like her to do and, once she’s done it, she remembers and offers the behavior anytime she thinks I might like it. For instance, one day this spring when she started shedding, as soon as we finished her morning ball session I took her to the old picnic table where I groom dogs when the weather’s nice and worked on her with the Furinator. After that first day, she would run to the table and wait for me. After several days, when we’d gotten rid of all the fluff, she’d seem disappointed if I didn’t want to brush her. Two months later, she checks as we walk back from the exercise area and if she thinks I might head toward the table instead of veering off to the back door, she’ll happily race to the table and jump up to wait for me. As soon as she realizes I’m not heading there, she just as happily jumps down to race towards the house. Whatever is going on, if I want it, she wants to do it.

Spirit is fifth-generation my female line and shows so many of the good qualities from her great-great-great grandmother, Glory and those who followed her: sound temperament, lots of drive, super noses, joy of life, willingness, the list goes on. Breeding tells!!

Maternal Grand Sire: Quasi vom Geistwasser BH, AD, PTN, PTA,

whelped 10/24/10

OFA Excellent Hips, PennHip 90th Percentile (DI’s .18 & .23), 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)

Quasi was nearly ready to try for his Schutzhund 1 title when I bought him.  I had hoped to get his title but an injury and then surgery made it impossible to travel 200 miles a lot of weekends to train at the nearest training club.

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. 

Quasi has done great in nosework classes and has passed his first pre-tests.  Quasi has great retrieve drive.  He also enjoys learning, shows a lively curiosity about everything new and is always willing to please.  He’s fun in any kind of training and passes those traits to his progeny. He also gives his pups a very sweet, affectionate nature and lots of personality and drive. He is also a very social dog, with superb temperament that he passes on to his progeny.


Maternal Grand Dam: Celhaus Celebrate Life AE, PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE, NR, NT, ATD (Lively)

whelped 11/3/09

NADAC Agility titles:  Novice Regular, Novice Tunnelers. Unfortunately, the agility trials were moved from a site ninety minutes away to one that is 3 1/2 hours one way.  I have to drive back and forth each day since I have other dogs at home I must care for each evening, so our chances for more agility titles are low.

UKC Nosework titles: Advanced Exteriors, PreTest-Novice, PreTest-Advanced, PreTest-Superior, PreTest-Master, PreTest-Elite. She will be competing in May for her Superior Exteriors and Novice Interiors titles.

At our first Nosework Trial in May 2014, she received the first two titles in Exterior Searches, NNE1 (where they search for Birch Essential Oil) and NNE2 (where they search for Anise Essential Oil).  On July 1st, 2014, the United Kennel Club took over nose work from its originating United Nosework organization, so those titles are now NE & AE.  They did not allow trials until after they have incorporated all the information of every dog that titled under United Nosework.  Lively continued training in the interim and will compete for more titles as trials are held.  She was retired and spayed in the spring of 2017 so now she’ll no longer miss trials due to being pregnant or raising pups.

Lively is a Therapy Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs Inc.

OFA “fair” hips, PennHip 60th percentile (DI’s .39 & .35), OFA Elbows, OFA Cardiac, OFA Thyroid, OFA DM (carrier), OFA eyes, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free

free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) at 24 months

Lively produced three litters when bred to Chaos and two litters bred to Quasi. She has produced some excellent Search & Rescue dogs as well as competition dogs (agility, nosework, etc), service dogs and therapy dogs. She has tons of drive and will retrieve a ball all day long. She’s a nice medium size and very athletic. She’s also a fun dog to live with and, especially, to train. Her pups typically excel in any kind of training and approach it with enthusiasm, yet they can also serve as service dogs which asks for a much calmer, quiet dog that concentrates on assisting its owner with any disabilities the person has.


Maternal Great Grand Sire:  Kway vom Posthorn SchH3 (LGA) KKL1 High Protection (97 V) at the 2007 Americans

“a” normal hips HDZW 66

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,

Kway (pronounced “Kwhy”) was 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 was a true all-three-phase dog: tracking is deep-nosed and methodical, obedience was fast and animated yet precise, and bitework was extremely strong with full, hard grips. Kway was balanced in the protection work and brought his natural aggression to the work for strong guarding. Through all three phases, Kway was a dog that was in true harmony with his handler, and their strong bond was evident on and off the field.

Always pronounced in courage; in Kway’s breed survey special mention is made of his exceptional temperament.

Kway was linebred 5-5 on Urs aus der Hopfenstraße, and he carried the black recessive.

Bill reports that Kway loved to retrieve and was good with everyone. He also was good with other dogs, including small dogs, and enjoyed 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. 

Maternal Great Grand Dam:  Celhaus Quintessence NJ NR NTO NC TDInc

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 was a Therapy Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs Inc.

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 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,


Maternal Great 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 and hemophilia free, CERF

Jubilee was a Therapy Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs Inc.

She had 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 were over.

Jubilee was the most athletic GSD I’ve ever known–unless it’s her daughter, Quinta or granddaughter, Lively.  At 14 1/3, she was still healthy, though arthritis from bridging in her back had 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.

Maternal Great Great Great Granddam:  Roche Jaune’s Triumph of Celhaus CD, TDInc (Glory)

OFA GOOD hips, OFA elbows, CERF, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free

Glory was a Therapy Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs Incorporated

I originally began in American-line German Shepherds, the old lines with lots of European influence – before they were ruined by the fad for extreme side gait. When the breeder from whom I got my dogs for years retired in the late 1980’s, I decided to switch to European working lines. Unfortunately, the first several breeding prospects from those lines that I bought failed all their health screenings. In fact, they introduced me to new problems in the breed – genetic eye and bleeding conditions – so I increased the number of health screenings that I did before passing a dog for breeding. Glory was the first one who passed all the tests and whom I could breed, and she produced so well that I have continued her line for six generations of females. With her first litter I adopted the German system of having an alphabet letter for each litter, beginning with the A litter of 1997, from whom I kept her daughter Ashi. That was such a great litter that the next year I drove her all the way to Toronto to breed her to a German import there who was closely related to Ashi’s sire. That only resulted in one pup, whom I kept. I didn’t use a litter letter for her but instead named her Jubilee because the Catholic world was in the middle of a jubilee year of prayer to prepare for the millennium.

Glory was a mix of German show and working lines and was absolutely beautiful. She was also a tease with an amazing sense of humor and would drive me crazy when I tried to get her serious enough to train and to compete for obedience or tracking titles. I always bred her to working-line males and she generously threw more serious working dogs than she was but also her correct structure AND sparkling personality. Her progeny were just plain fun and continue to be so to this day, including an occasional one who is a big tease like she was (though more easily trained). The latest tease to liven up my life is her great-great-great granddaughter (a Lively granddaughter from the LL litter of 2016), Celhaus Love Every Living Thing (“Lovely”). I still miss Glory a lot but I enjoy the vivacity in all her children and their enthusiastic enjoyment of life.