HISTORY OF THE GERMAN SHEPHERD
Founded in 1899 by Captain Von Stephanitz who owned a dog
by the name Horand vom Grafrath from whom all modern day German
shepherds are descended. The earliest divergence in the lineage
occurred with Hettel von Uckermark, who was the Sieger in
1909. These lines lead to Canto and Quanto von der Wienerau.
While the modern day German shepherd dog bears some resemblance
to its early ancestors, it has become more refined in appearance.
In 1985 Walter Martin (breeder of the Wienerau kennel) came
to America to give a series of lectures on the correct breeding
on German shepherd dogs. In 1992 Walter produced the German
Sieger and Siegerin. This is the first time a breeder had
both in the same year.
We are sorry to say that Walter Martin and his brother Herman
Martin passed away in August and September of 1996 (they died
within two weeks of each other). The Martin brothers were
probably the greatest breeders the GSD has ever seen. Most
of their accomplishments were never repeated again.
The German shepherd club of West Germany (known as the SV)
sponsors the largest German shepherd confirmation / working
specialty show in the world. This is known as the German World
Sieger Show. This show is in a different city in Germany every
year. There are usually about 1500 dogs and about 30,000 spectators
at the show.
Many of our modern day bloodlines date back to breeding containing
a blend of Quanto, Canto and Mutz. Over the years a number
of important brood bitches have highly contributed to the
GSD breed. Although generally speaking there's much more emphasize
put on the males because they produce far more offspring than
the females, which effects the future of the breed more. Flora
vom Konigsbruch was an outstanding brood bitch along with
Wilma v. Kisselschulucht. In the 1987 survey book, 24 pedigrees
showed line breeding on Flora and 20 on Wilma. Wilma's influence
on the "x" litter Arminius was very impressive.
The best member of the " x " litter was Xando, a
dog of superb shape and quality. Xando was slightly oversized
and because of that he was sold to South Africa. Xando has
produced a daughter named Fee v. Weiherturchen which has proven
to be an excellent producer.
(VA) Xandra was shared by the Restrauch and Arminius kennels
and responsible for many outstanding litters. Xavier Arminius
sired, among others, the 1986 and 1987 Sieger Quando v. Arminius,
who was lined bred on Wilma (2-4).
Flora was the dam of Reza v. Haus Beck. However, her best
matings were to the Mutz Peltzierfarn lines. To the Mutz grandson
Jupp v. d. Haller Farm, she gave the good "d" Wienerau
litter. Dax v. d. Wienerau sired the 1986 reserve Sieger,
Matz v. Hasenborn and the dam of the 1986 youth Sieger Odin
v. Tannanmeise (3,5-4). Mated to Johnny v. Rheinhaller son,
Kuno Weidtweg, Flora also produced the outstanding "n"
Wienerau litter. Out of this litter Nick v. d. Wienerau has
proved himself as a very influential stud, particularly through
his daughter, Palme v. Wildsteiger Land. Palme was a very
big, excellent structured bitch, litter sistered to the Siegerin
Pearl, but much more like her dame, the excellent producer
VA Fina vom Badsee. To the Quanto grandson Ex vom Schlumborn,
Fina gave Quitte and Quanta the first and second in the youth
class at the Siegerschau. Mated to another Quanto male line
Irk von Arminius, Palme gave the outstanding stud and Sieger
Uran v. Wildstieger Land. Bowwered by Herman Martin of the
SV, she was mated to yet another Quanto line through Xavier
Arminius, by Lasso Di Val Sole, this produced Quando vom Arminius.
To further illustrate the importance of Fee vom Weiherturshen,
we have to look no further than the " f " Arminius
litter. The most influential member of this litter is VA Fedor
v. Arminius. Of the eight dogs of this litter six passed the
breed survey, four have titled SchH 3, four have rated V in
confirmation and two (Fedor and Fina) rated VA. Fee was also
influential in the " n " Arminius litter. Fee in
this litter corrected Dingo v. Haus Gero's reputation for
producing bad hips.
Another important bitch is Ottie von Trienzbachtal. Ottie
herself produced three Siegerins, the most important of these
being VA 1 Tannie v. Trienzbactal by a Canto grandson. Tannie
was mated to the VA 1 Ute v. Trienzbachtal son (by VA Elch),
Fax v. Trienzbachtal to produce VA Gundo v. Trienzbachtal.
Gundo is linebred (4-2) on Ottie. His breeder emphasized the
female side of the pedigree as opposed to the male side. Quanto
v. d. Wienerau was a very typical expressive noble dog. Quanto
had a very good head and forehand. He was used well for type
and uniformity. Quanto had good front angulation, harmonious
structure, correct size and strength. The following are the
significant families of Quanto.
By far the largest of these is through the 1984 and 1985
double Sieger VA 1 Uran v. Wildsteiger Land (Irk v. Arminius
X Palme v. Wildsteiger Land). Uran produced several sons of
high quality, among these are 1988 Sieger VA 1 Eiko v. Kirschental
(out of VA Xitta v. Kirschental). Reserve Sieger (Italy) Vopo
v. Kirschental (also out of Xitta), VA Yambo v. Wildsteiger
Land and his brother Yasso and Harko v. Batu. Uran also produced
the 1989 Siegerin. Eiko had a very large progeny group at
the 1990 Siegerschau, Uran has consistently had very large
progeny groups and the Siegerschaus.
The second largest of these is through VA Lasso di Val Sole,
Quanto X Sara v. Sonnenber SHSB. Lasso was the father's type
and sired an excellent son, Xavier. In addition to the 1986
and 1987 Sieger, Quando v. Arminius, Xavier also sired VA
Kanto v. Arminius out of VA Roulette v. d. Wienerau. Quando
produced the 1989 Sieger, Iso v. Bergmannshof, 1990 USA Sieger,
Illo v. Bergmannshof and the 1988 Siegerin. Quando comes from
a litter of all KKL 1 and V confirmation rating. His best
producing sons are VA Odin v. Tannanmiese and Enzo v. Bergaliso.
The third major family is through VA 1 Dick v. Adeloga through
Gundo v. Trienzbachtal. Gundo produced the 1989 Siegerin Inka
v. Eichwaldhurte as well as numerous VA dogs. Canto v. d.
Wienerau was a medium sized and medium strength dog, with
good proportions, superb anatomy of the croup and forehand.
He produced 17 offspring that surveyed KKL 1. Genetically,
Canto improved upon the general anatomy. The Canto Wienerau
lines split into four groups.
The largest is by way of Lasso v. Wiederbrucher Land through
Fedor v. Arminius. Fedor is currently the leading sire in
the Canto Wienerau lines. He produces excellent structure,
as long as the bitch does not have a roached back. He produced
an exceptional female, VA Karina v. Winnloh at the 1990 Siegerschau.
Fedor's best producing offspring is Mark v. Haus Beck.
The second largest is through the 1983 Sieger, Dingo v. Haus
Gero. Dingo was an exciting mover and passed this trait to
his offspring, mostly through his son VA Natz v. Arminius.
Dingo's offspring are spectacular at the extended trot.
The third line is by way of VA Argus v. Klammle, through
Argus v. Aducht. Argus Aducht was an excellent dog, but he
rarely produced anything of equal or greater to himself. Ablan
vom Klammle is also found in many pedigrees, although he did
not produce as well as his litter mate, Argus. Line breeding
(4-4) Argus - Ablan is found in the better bred dogs.
The fourth line comes by way of the 1989 Sieger, Kanto v.
Arminius. The most important of offspring was Sonny v. Badener
Land who sired the Siegerin Tina vom Groben Sand and V-1 Tell
v. Groben Sand. Tell sired the 1990 and 1991 double Sieger
Fanto von Hirschel. Fanto is currently being used on Quando
and Uran daughters and those related to Reza Haus Beck.
Mutz v. der Peltzierfarm was a medium to large dog that produced
very well. His strong points were correct body proportions,
pronounced wiether and a strong back. His progeny's were spirited
movers, tough and resilient. His limitations were in the croup,
upper arm and cleanness of front. Other significant producers
of this line are VA Putz v. Arjakjo and Cello v. d. Romerau.
Cello is a top producer of this line. He sired to VA females
at the 1990 Siegerschau. Cello is out of Quana v. Arminius,
litter mate of Quando and his provides another cross to Palme
v. Wildsteiger Land. Palme will go down in German shepherd
history as one of the most influential females. Because she
is a large bitch, intense (2-3) on Palme can produce oversize.
It's recommended that line breeding not be any closer than
A fourth line that appears in many pedigrees is through the
Sieger Marco v. Celler Land. Marco was an excellent dog and
produced many good sons that were dominant on producing good
hips. On the down side, Marco's sons produced a divergence
of type. Marco also carried the black recessive gene. Most
black GSD's trace lineage through Marco.
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