Biggest Legends of the breed, by Gerrit Nagel
Throughout the years, from the
beginning around 1890 there has been an enormous evolution in the conformation
of the breed. One could say that under the influence of several facts the
conformation has been polished to where it is today. I am
predominantly discussing the dogs who are considered Show-lines as in judged in
the Bundes Sieger Zucht Schau. (The nationals in Germany and considered the
World Champion Ships by many) In working lines one sees much more
variation in color and conformation. These dogs, of course, still fall
within the German Shepherd standard. However, there is more
conformity in the dogs of the BSZS.
The breeding of a top dog is
always, aside of the studies the breeder does about which bloodlines to use, in
need of plain luck. It will almost always remain a mystery why a
certain dog is able to stamp his excellent points to his progeny, and why
another champion doesn't. Through which his breeding worthiness diminishes
over time without bringing forth another excellent son, who in turn will
continue the bloodline.
It is, of course, not fair to only
look at the Sires. Because, throughout history, there have been
excellent Dam's, some of which have produced two VA dogs with different Sires.
The use of the males through analyses, is simply because of them being able to
have more progeny, for which quality the Sire is judged in the shows.
The female can only have 2 litters per year, for a few years.
the German SV has imposed breeding restrictions since the time of this writing.
2 litters in a row, then skip one cycle, only 8 pups per Dam can be registered.)
Another disadvantage of looking at
the Sire's line is that it will not tell us anything about the Sire's line of
the Mother and that of the grandmothers. This is, of course, important
because the crossing of different lines leads to successful dogs.
Then, taking into consideration of this, that an analyses is too detailed and hard
to get clarity. To review only the Sire's line, delivers generally
good facts, but, has its limitations.
footnote: If interested
review my line breeding
If you look at the entire history,
and you use the BSZS as a reference, then there are only a few dogs which really
are determining the totality of the breed. In other words, those who
produce sons, and grandsons, and great grandsons, which all put forth positive
aspects of the foundation male and are still able to produce progeny with those
Aside from these positive traits
of the say "foundation male", they also put forth their limitations.
This is up to the breeder to identify, to find a breeding partner who does not
possess this trait to attain the desired result. This is for all traits,
conformation, character and the workability of the dog.
In the literature and opinions of
several magazines, the following dogs are considered most valuable to the breed:
QUANTO von der WIENERAU
CANTO von der WIENERAU
MUTZ von der PELZTIERFARM
The value of these three has been
proven. I will return to them individually later on . After
all, it is a fact that in the year 2000 (at the time of this writing) these
forefathers are present, but, that they are far away in the pedigrees. And,
it is necessary therefore, to take into account the various foundation males.
And, to those who in turn will follow in the fame and importance of those
foundation forefathers. And, who will be named the new(er) generation of
Out of the QUANTO line I think of :
LASSO VAL SOLE
QUANDO vom ARMINIUS
and his son:
ODIN von der TANNENMEISE.
and via a different branch out of Quanto
URAN vom WILDSTEIGERLAND
From the CANTO branch:
TELL vom GROSSEN SAND
FEDOR vom ARMINIUS
and his son
MARK vom HAUS BECK
From the Mutz branch:
JOHNNY RHEINHALLE and through him
CELLO RÖMERAU & FANDO SÜDBLICK
Quanto von der Wienerau
Odin Tannenmeise Palme Wildsteiger Land
QUANTO descents directly from
Rolf vom Osnabruckerland. Rolf was VA in 1950 and 1951. He was a dog
with nice pigmentation, heavy bones, strong head, great temperament, but ,a
somewhat short croupe and somewhat lesser hocks.
Quanto was the type of Rolf, in
other words, that Quanto too had the short croupe and weak pasterns.
He stamped much type on his progeny and much uniformity. Good upper
arms. Proportionally well sized and strong dogs. The danger
that he would stamp his weak pasterns has not been proven.
The most important son of
Quanto was Lasso di Val Sole. He was regularly found in the VA groups.
Lasso was a dog of incredibly type, color and temperament. He was line
bred on Dago Schloss Dalhausen, (footnote: only his mother's side -
3,3 meaning Dago was Lasso's Great Grandfather 2x on Lasso's
Dam's side only) and therefore they had to keep in mind Dago's
short upper arm, and his breeding partners needed to have very
good hocks. Dago's hocks were borderline acceptable.
Progeny of Lasso who were more of the DAGO type, could not equal
the quality of their sire, Lasso.
Lasso was the Sire of the now
Famous "X" litter of Arminius, with the Dam the legendary Palme vom Wildsteiger
Land. The son Xavier, a beautiful dog, but also known for his
over-assertiveness, sired the Top "Q" litter of Arminius.
Palme was also the Dam of Uran
vom Wildsteiger Land, and Palme was a descendant of Nick Wienerau. This
male came out of the Mutz line. This is why PALME became the most
indicative females in the history of the GSD. Her sister Perle was
In the "Q" litter of Arminius,
one was QUANDO. This male was World Champion in '86 and '87. This
was a dog of perfect size, very muscular, with a perfect croupe in length and
position. Worth mentioning is his sister Quina who is the Dam of Mark vom
Haus Beck and Yago vom WildSteiger Land. I will discuss these males
Quando produced a large amount
of good progeny. But, the absolute most outstanding male was the bred in
Holland Odin von der Tannenmeise. His Dam was Hasel von der
Tannenmeise, who's blood leads back to Mutz. Odin went VA in 87 and
88. His 'joyous gaiting during the show' presented a critical problem during the
shows. The fear of his obvious joy ( - a shortcoming in shows - ) was that
he would lose the VA placements. However, the decision by Hermann
Martin to still extend him the VA rating, proves, in retrospect justified, based
on the role which Odin now plays in the bloodlines. A role which may
likely equal the importance of the "Three great Legends".
Odin has in turn produced 2
sons who produced superb progeny, and who's names are now getting closer in all
dogs' pedigrees. First, Jeck von Noricum, the 1993 World Champion.
Jeck is known for his form and character, his great upper arm and the length and
positioning of his croupe. There is some critique for his front.
As well as the size and firmness of his ears, and his somewhat light pigment.
He was "Still allowed" or a3 for hip rating, which is also an important
fact to keep in mind.
The second son of Odin is Zamb
von der Wienerau, the World Champion of 1992. Zamb is seen as the
typical representative of the QUANTO line. Some critique on the hocks.
Yago Wildsteigerland Fedor Arminius Max Loggia del Mercanto
There is, however, another
noteworthy QUANTO WIENERAU branch. Namely the URAN vom WILDSTEIGERLAND
branch. Uran was Sieger in 1974 and 1975. His Dam PALME
vom Wildsteigerland was discussed earlier. The Sire of Uran was IRK
ARMINIUS. A very well proportioned dog who had already produced four
VA dogs, but, not comparable to URAN however...
Uran produced great progeny,
with croupes better than his, and with extreme uniformity. One recognized
an Uran child quickly. Shortcomings he stamped on his progeny:
lack of strong head in the males, and lack of pigment. Uran's most
important son was Eiko KIRSCHENTAL, Sieger in 1988, with a note worthy point
that his Dam was HGH certified, (sheepherding titled) which inserted working
ability in his blood.
Eiko himself could have had a
bit stronger head, and more masculinity overall. To compensate for this,
the breeder, Hermann Martin of Arminius, used a female out of the formerly
mentioned "Q" litter. Namely Quina, and together Eiko and Quina
produced Yago vom WildsteigerLand. Yago was VA in 1990 and 1991.
He was criticized for his "Joyeus/playful" gaiting, but usually didn't stamp this on
his progeny, contrary to his son ULK von Arlett, Champion in 1995 and Yago's
daughter Palie vom Trienzbachtal, Champion in 1993...
sons who continued the URAN
bloodline, are :
Ulk vom Arlett & his son
Sieger 1999, Rikkor vom Bad-Boll & Vando vom
Flick vom Arlett
Gildo vom Wildsteigerland
Nicco vom Arlett
Odin Liebenauer Schloss
Time will tell, of
As the last Quanto branch,
there is another one which is less successful than the previous two. But,
certainly worth mentioning. This branch begins with Sieger of 1963 Dick
vom Adeloga, which over several male progenies leads to Jack vom Trienzbachtal.
His most important son is Cash vom Wildsteigerland which was VA in 1997.
Cash would be the one to propel the Adeloga branch. However, no VA
has been produced through this branch.
To conclude the chapter of
Quanto von der Wienerau, something about the importance of the Dam's.
Palme vom WildsteigerLand has already been covered. But, there are
still some additionally exceptional females. First, ICA von der WIENERAU.
Daughter of the Champion of 1980 Lasso, son of Axel von Hainsterbach.
Ica is the Dam of Zamb Wienerau, as well as the Dam of the important "L" litter
with Mark vom Haus Beck. With Vice Siegerin (Siegerin =Female Champion) 1991 Lana vom Haus Beck, and the very well producing LORD vom Haus Beck.
Lastly, ICA von Haus Reiterland.
Ica was the daughter of the Champion Reza vom Haus Beck. A gorgeous male
whose name diminished because he didn't produce well. ICA was also
the Dam of VA Nero vom Hirschel, as well as for many, the most gorgeous
German Shepherd of all times: FANTO VOM HIRSCHEL. Sieger in 1990 and
1991. Fanto descents from the CANTO WIENERAU line.
Fanto vom Hirschel
CANTO WIENERAU BLOODLINE
the list of dogs in order of influence of the development of