VV Litter Background Info

VV Litter
Hesed bred to Cantor
Whelped 10/26/21:  3 sable females & 1 sable male
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This is Cantor’s twelfth litter and Hesed’s second litter.  It is a repeat of the OO litter.

These pups are all black sables.    Since sable is the dominant color pattern in the German Shepherd, and both Hesed’s parents were sables, she could very well be homozygous for the sable gene.  The litter she was in consisted of mostly sables with a couple of solid blacks, so she could have had the black recessive and possibly thrown black pups, but her genetic testing (Embark) showed she did  not have the black recessive.  She thus would only have sables – but BLACK sables, when bred to the solid-black Cantor, since Cantor can only give the black gene to his pups.  Black is a double recessive in German Shepherds, which means that both parents must carry both recessive black genes and give both black genes to a particular pup for it to be black. If Hesed had been heterozygous for color (carrying one sable and one black and tan gene that came from grandparents or further back), we might have gotten some black and tan or bicolor pups. 

I’m expecting these pups to have really nice, balanced working drives, super noses and the desire to use them, fun personalities, very nice conformation and rich, rich pigment like we got in the OO litter.


whelped 3/24/16

OFA GOOD hips:   GS-99355G24M-VPI
PennHip at 1 year:  .37 left; .42 right
(PennHip no longer gives percentile ratings unless they’re in their excellent range, which is below .30)

OFA Elbows:  GS-EL37972M24-VPI
OFA Cardiac:  GS-CA1790-18M/P-VPI
OFA Thyroid:  GS-TH830/33M-VPI
OFA Eyes:  GS-EYE525/26M-VPI
OFA DM (spinal myelopathy) free:  GS-DM7517/18M-PI
free of bleeding disorders (vonWillebrand’s and hemophilia)
TLI Test normal at 18 months (free of EPI – Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)
AKC DNA Profile:  V895816

Cantor is doing extremely well in training.  He is amazing in agility; for instance, he learned the weaves in 6 sessions, including being consistent in finding the entrance to the set of 12 weaves from all angles and at great distances, no matter where I happen to be positioned, which is unheard of.  He excels in nosework, which he loves, and also enjoys obedience.  Cantor received his Canine Good Citizen title in September, 2017.  In October 2017 he passed all his UKC nosework pre-test titles.  Since then he has earned his Novice and Advanced Interior titles and his Novice Exterior title. 

UKC (United Kennel Club) Nosework titles:  PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE, NI, AI, NE (all five pretests, plus both Novice and Advanced Interior titles and the Novice Exterior title).  There are five levels of difficulty (novice, advanced, superior, masters and elite) in each of five elements (exteriors, interiors, vehicles and containers).  Before a dog can compete for a title, it must pass a pre-test to show that it will search for and find that particular odor.  Cantor passed all five pre-tests (Novice level is Birch, Advanced is Anise, Superior is Clove, Masters is Myrrh and Elite is Vetiver) and last year began competing in classes, where he is doing very well.  He doesn’t like nosework as well as agility, but he enjoys using his nose and is getting more intense the more he trials.

NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council) Agility:  Cantor has participated in 3 agility trials.  He has some “legs” (you need three passing scores to earn each title) in several different classes.  He tends to go over the top with excitement at the trials and makes little mistakes, but he’s maturing nicely and hopefully he will earn some titles next year, since all three agility trials this year were cancelled due to the pandemic.

Cantor was a Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance for Therapy Dogs (formerly Therapy Dogs Incorporated).  He has a hard time holding still and being dignified, but he was gradually getting used to those therapy dog requirements when covid hit.  He was my best one for visiting through the windows during the pandemic, but once the nursing homes reopened in spring 2021, I decided it wasn’t worth it to start all over again working on inside visits and didn’t renew his certification in July 2021.

While he was certified, Cantor earned his AKC Therapy Dog Novice (THDN) title, which requires a history of 10 therapy dog visits.  He didn’t make it to his AKC Therapy Dog title (THD), which required 50 visits.  He also has his AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

Cantor is athletic and very well built for a working-line dog.  He has decent drives that go into overdrive when he’s doing something he loves, such as agility. 

See Cantor’s page.
See more Cantor photos
Playing in the snow, March 2012
Cantor favorite photos from birth

Dam:  Hesed vom Spartanville at Celhaus
whelped 1/30/15

OFA Hips GOOD:  GS-96739G25F-VPI
OFA elbows normal:  GS-EL35658F25-VPI
PennHip at 1 year:  .31 left; .33 right
(PennHip no longer gives percentile ratings unless they’re in their excellent range, which is below .30)
DM (Spinal Myelopathy) free:  GS-DM7515/32F-PI
OFA Eyes:  GS-EYE363/19F-VPI
OFA Cardiac:  GS-CA1681/26F-VPI
OFA Thyroid:  GS-TH802-26F-VPI
Free of bleeding disorders (hemophilia and von Willebrand’s)
Free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) at 24 months

UKC Nosework titles:  PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE
see favorite photos from birth and playing in the snow, March 2020

Many thanks to Constance Krebs of Spartanville Kennels, for this gorgeous girl.

Hesed is my fourth attempt over the years to incorporate more Eastern bloc bloodlines.  The dogs behind the Iron Curtain had to be very tough to survive the stark living conditions.  Generally dogs from those bloodlines have very strong immune systems and health characteristics because the ones who didn’t, didn’t survive in the old days.  That’s why I’ve tried to add those bloodlines.  Unfortunately, despite all the research I did, the earlier ones ended up not passing all my rigorous health screenings.  Hesed did, so I’m excited about seeing what she produces.  She is 3/4 East German (DDR) and 1/4 Czech.  Hesed is a very sweet, loving dog and very fun to live with, as she can be quite the clown at times and has an impish sense of humor. She also will do leaps for joy when she’s happy.  Her approach to life is very different from that of my female line (of which Lively is the 4th generation, Spirit & GloryToo are the fifth, and Mercy & Lovely are the sixth).  Hesed’s approach to life and new situations is much more conservative.  She doesn’t throw herself into new things like the rest of my girls do.  Typical of the lines she’s from, she is more cautious and wants to check things out before committing.  Once committed, though, she has the zest for life that I love in my dogs.

Once she decides to accept something – whether a new type of training or new activity – she does so with a fun sense of humor.  I never know whether, in a certain situation or even in one training session, I’ll have the serious, thoughtful Hesed or the tease.  When we attended a nosework seminar in 2016 and decided to change our whole approach to nosework training, Hesed fought the changes tooth and nail.  She would refuse to indicate the hide, even though she knew where it was and I knew where it was because she’d give a head check and swift, surreptitious glance at me before continuing to walk the area.  Finally, after several circuits, she’d give a big sigh, roll her eyes, and assume the new indication position (a down if the hide was low and a sit and stare if the hide was set high up).  It took months, but she now will do a quick indication, although she still gives a slight sigh and eye roll as she does.  Then, as soon as I acknowledge the indication, she’ll leap up bounce to me for her reward.  She has all five of her pre-tests for UKC Nosework and I may someday try for her Nosework titles, but she’s not crazy about dog shows so I may not. 

Hesed was doing agility and rally until she tore a cruciate ligament.  We did surgery and she’s back to moving beautifully, but I won’t do more agility with her and she seems, even after cruciate surgery, to be uncomfortable with fast sits so I won’t try for nosework or obedience titles.  She prefers to stay home.

From emails from Hesed’s breeder:

Your little girl (Hesed) stood out in the crowd.  Everyone liked her a lot.  She was so outgoing and confident with everyone that came here.  She was tugging, playing stick/ball with all, as were all of them, but she is a beautiful little sweetheart!!  You are going to be very happy with her.

We were to the vet today.  My vet says he has not seen a GSD puppy as nice as yours in a long time…he says…she is perfect in every way!  This vet is not a GSD fan, but he loved her! 🙂  That made me very happy.   It seems like I hit a home run with Yzett…gosh…I love her and how she has produced for me in this litter.

For information on Hesed’s parents and grandparents, scroll down.  For photos, see Hesed’s page.

Hesed’s Sire:  V Ajax vom Brandsteig BH, SchH3, AD, Kkl2, hips “a” normal, HDZW = 75, DM clear

from Connie’s website:

Ajax is inbred on one of the best of the old DDR (East German) dogs, V Alf vom Kornersee 3-5.  Some of the greatest DDR dogs of all times appear in Ajax’s pedigree.  On the top side are Iran Tannenkrug, Confor vd Tonteichen, Neuman’s Jim, Zorro v Laager Wall, Don v Rolandreich, Quindt v Basruther Land.  On the bootom side are Meggy Gleisdreick, Mingo Rummelplatz, Lord v Gleisdreieck, Brando vd Marderklaus and Tapsi Parxhimer Land.

Ajax’s Koer report:  Medium size, medium strength, very good pigmentation.  Normal structure and normal bone substance, flat withers, straight back, short croup, normal chest depth, straight front.  Short forearm, good angulated hindquarters, sufficient powerful gait in easy bounding increments.  Sound temperament, TSB pronounced, lets out.

Hesed’s Dam: Yzett Gymor CS ZVV1, 5JV1/P Kkl1 Hips 0/0, elbows 9/0.  DM clear

from Connie’s website and emails:

Yzett is a true black sable from the Gymor Kennel in the Czech Republic.  Her sire is Quino Chmelovy kvitek CS, and her dam is Irra z Breziny CS.  On the top side of her pedigree she has some of the top Czech producers from the Gymor kennel, and on the bottom side she has a combination of East and West German blood.  Yzett is medium sized, correct in working structure and has a gorgeous expression.  Her nerve and temperament are second to none.  She displays exceptional self-confidence and her energy for work and play seems endless.  She is proven in the work as well as in production.

Yzett is a gorgeous little girl….one of the prettiest I have.  She is more driven than any of my girls.  Her retrieve is fabulous and never ending.  Hunt drive is good, as well.  She loves protection work and is good at it.  She is an excellent swimmer, too.  She is good in the house…no mistakes at all.  As driven as she is outside, that is how nice she is inside.  I really like/love her a lot!

Info on Cantor’s Parents/Grandparents from his breeder:

Cantor’s Sire:  UCH SG Buzz vom Gildaf IPO2 AD CGC HIC
OFA EXCELLENT, normal elbows, DM clear, CERF normal

Buzz is best described by his owner and breeder, Melinda Clark…

“Buzz is a dark sable male with a lot of substance. He has a huge, masculine head and a lot of bone. He’s fit, athletic and 100% health cleared. Buzz is 100% stable. I can take him anywhere. He goes to parades with me, loves kids, good with dogs.  His versatility is endless. I’ve only just begun with him. He is naturally protective of his family. He is extremely driven, loves to work and full of enthusiasm. At home, he has a nice off switch and settles easily.

Buzz is a high drive male. His tracking nose is excellent. His protection work is fast and confident. He hits hard and is serious. His obedience is biddable and very clean. Buzz has an excellent temperament. Buzz has nearly 20 progeny actively working and certifying in Search and Rescue.

In August 2009, Buzz made his UKC Conformation debut. His Championship came very easily to him. In one weekend, he earned 4 Best Puppy, 4 Winners Male, 4 Best of Breed, 1 Group 4 Win and 1 Group 1 Win! On February 13, 2010, he earned the last 20 points needed for his UCH.

On May 15, 2010, Buzz made his debut in the German Breed ring. He was being shown for his Breed rating and earned an SG3. We are VERY proud that not only did Buzz earn his SG (Very Good) rating, but that he placed 3rd with his SG as well. He goes SG EVERY TIME he’s shown.

Buzz’s progeny are being trained and performing well in Search and Rescue, Flyball, Obedience, Schutzhund and more….

Cantor’s Dam:   UWP UCD URO2 UAG2 Int CH UGRCH RACH H’Linea von Holtgrew

“a1” normal, normal elbows, DM Clear, CERF normal CHIC

From Linea’s owner:

Linea is a beautiful bicolor female with rich pigment and is the granddaughter of my great male, Jaryn “Logan” von der Dornburg.  She is clear headed and has an amazing personality and temperament; she gets along with everyone she meets whether they have 2 legs or 4. Linea is very athletic and built to work just like grandfather and very eager to learn and please. She is a powerhouse when it comes to nosework!  She is happy worker and loves working with me no matter what it is.  She loves to jump and does so with ease. Linea, like all my dogs, competes in a wide variety of venues including: Schutzhund, AKC/UKC obedience and rally, conformation, weight pulling, herding, nosework, barnhunt, lure cursing and whatever else we can find. Plus she is a working Therapy Dog.  She is the total package.

Some of Linea’s Accomplishments :
UKC Grand Champion
UKC Best of Breed x7
UKC Group 3 x2
UKC Group 4 x2
IABCA Best of Breed x3
IABCA Group 3
High In Trial (AKC) x2
High Combined In Rally (AKC) x3
AKC Rally Champion
High in Trial Rally (UKC)
High in Trial Barnhunt Novice (BHA)
2013 #10 in Beginner Novice GSDCA
2015 GSDCA National High in Trial
2015 GSDCA National Elite Award
2015 UKC Obedience All Stars-Novice

Cantor’s great grandsire (Linea’s maternal grandsire: Int. CH, UCH, UCD OB1 Jaryn “Logan” von der Dornburg SchH 1, TR 2, AD, CDX, TD, Can. CD, RE, RL1, OV, TDI, CGC

Logan truly has an amazing pedigree.  Logan is the son of V Rocky von den Zinglegärten SchH3 IP3, FH1 Kkl1’a’ who has competed well at the world level as well as many of his offspring. Rocky has competed at the WUSV for Germany, and at the Bundessieger, placing third in 2001and tenth in 2000! Rocky is described as a friendly and out-going dog in person and he shows wonderful concentration in his work. He is known for producing mentally stable progeny.

Cantor’s paternal great great grand dam (Logan’s dam):  Isa von der Kinzigau SchH3 Kkl1’a’,

Isa is best described by her owner, Laurie Tollifson, “Isa is a little power house. Wild as a March hare yet as intense as a hawk. She has a strong work ethic, balanced drives and a fun-loving personality. Also, extreme trainability and hits like a Mack truck (in protection).” Isa earned her SchH 3 at 24 months and took SG1 at the 2001 South Central Regional Conformation Show.

Logan’s pedigree consists of many world and national competitors- 3 WUSV participants, 11 BSP participants with 1 Sieger and 9 with V scores! and 3 LGA participants…

Cantor’s maternal granddam (Linea’s dam): SG Valley von Holtgrew SchH1 Kkl1

Valey is a Logan daughter and has a super temperament. When she was in Germany being trained and titled she would work with anyone and was one of their favorites.

Cantor’s maternal grandsire (Linea’s sire): V14 ’11 Gordon vom Fuchsgraben SCHH3 IPO3 FH2 Kkl1

Gordon is best described by his owner, Kris Taylor, “Gordon is an exceptionally powerfully built dog.  He has superb explosive muscle tone with a very easy gait and has an extreme pigmentation that is second to none with working line dogs.  He carries these traits with many of his offspring as he reproduces himself very well. He is amazingly well balanced in his drives, temperament and nerves.  Gordon is a top sport level competition dog currently still competing nationally and will continue to compete in the conformation ring at the highest levels. 

His character is magnificent which makes him the picture perfect family dog. Gordon is completely neutral to other dogs showing zero aggression to other dogs, cats or any other animals. He is wonderful with small children and anyone acting in a normal fashion.  Try to break into his house or approach a vehicle he is occupying and he would trigger every natural fear in a human nervous system.  He is not a dog any stranger could just walk off with.”

Cantor’s paternal great grandsire (Linea’s paternal grandsire): V KK1 Vito vom Waldwinkel SCH3.

Many think Vito vom Waldwinkel to be the best son of WUSV Sieger Tom van’t Leefdaalhof, producing dogs to the BSP and WUSV. Vito is known for producing strong working ability, as exhibited by his progeny at the top level of the sport in the present time. This is exemplified by the strong working kennels in Europe that bred to him and dogs that are on the competition field.

Linea is linebred on 1989 WUSV SIEGER Fado von Karthago SCHH3 FH IP3 on both the sire and dam’s side. Fado von Karthago SCHH3 FH IP3 Kkl1 won the WUSV in 1989 and 2nd Place in 1990!

 Info on the other Cantor grandsire from his owner (who happens to be Hesed’s breeder):

Cantor’s Paternal Grandsire:  V Puck vom Grafental SchH3 AD
“a” normal, HDZW = 74, normal thyroid, DM clear

Puck is one of the few 100% DDR dogs in the USA to attain a V rating in conformation in West Germany.  Puck is a grandson of two great DDR sires, V Larry vom Wolfseck and V Murphy vom Schwarzhorn and continued their legacy of 100% DDR lines that are known to give exceptional working ability, structure, bone and pigment.  Others of the greatest DDR dogs of all time also appear in his pedigree.  Paternal side includes:  V Larry vom Wolfseck, Ingo vom Rudigen, Held vom Ritterberg, Hassan vd Hassllelweisen, Pushkass vom haus Himple.  Maternal (bottom) side includes:  Muchta vom Schwarzhorn (littermate to Murphy vom Schwarzhorn), Don vom haus Iris, Alf vom Kornersee, Xito vom Barutherland and Condoe vom Marderphal.  He is linebred on Don vom Rolandsteich (5 – 5).

A translation of Puck’s Koer Report states:  Absolute middlesize, middle strong, contentful, strong head, nice expression, harmonious structure, emphasize stress structure firmness, correct front, pronounced wither, correct sufficient long croup, correct angulation shoulder blade, somewhat steep upper arm, good angulated rear, free movement with powerful strong supplies.  Drive, self sureness and strainless pronounced, does out.

Constance Krebs (Hesed’s breeder and owner of Puck) told me this about Puck:  “He passed away at almost 14 years of age back in October (2015)…very sad day.  Anyway, he was world renowned.  He was a gorgeous GSD.  He was old DDR in type, not over the top in drive, but certainly held his own in the work.  He produced better than he was.  He had nerves of steel and a very stable temperament.  I never replaced a pup from him…   He was known for producing good bones and joints… was DM clear/clear. Several pups went to different varieties of working homes.”
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