Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Reason for Not Blogging I

I am very busy lately with our gundog training and the dogs generally.

From July 3rd to July 7th I had been away, first to the Parson Russell Terrier breed licensing show near Munich and second to look at young pointer dogs for sale on the way to and home from Munich.

Now to the outcome. This is the latest addition to our family:

Isn't he butt-ugly? (I am trying to be cool, of course!)

Byörn vom Moosbach is a four-month-old German Shorthaired Pointer (Deutsch Kurzhaar) of immaculate parentage.

Björni belongs to the heavier side of this elegant breed and is, for a German Shorthaired Pointer, on the quiet side. He and Jack are going on famously now, although it took some days for Jack to warm to him.

One day, hopefully, they will be hunting in pairs.

Jill still switches on the chain saw when Björni comes too close for her liking, but has her occasional kind moments.

At four months, the little dog is house-trained and has got a first whiff of obedience, but his destructiveness is at an all-time high right now. I am trying to limit his bibliophilia to DIY-place catalogues, but I have to be on watch all the time to prevent further damage.

The German Shorthaired Pointers have a very involved and high-standard performance test system and the fact that the breeder has offered his help was a strong argument to get this very dog.

Those who have come here by way of a search engine and wish to see the pedigree of Byörn vom Moosbach can click here to see it.

And now to the less pedigree-ed faction of the family:

Jack got his breeding licence. He is now a graded stud dog.

He got a G, which is the lowest mark for getting the breeding license. Accepted marks are V = vorzüglich = excellent, SG = sehr gut = very good and G = gut = good. No dog got a V at that show. As Jack is a "phenotype dog" (no FCI-recognized breeding) to boot, bitches won't be exactly queueing now to be serviced by him, but it was great fun for both of us. The little dog loves attention, even the a bit rough handling by the judge (Hell, he even loves the vet!) and was much admired, in spite of his deficient parentage and sub-optimum marks.

In autumn, we are hoping to pass the general gun dog performance test for the State of Saxony, which is quite a tough thing for a terrier.

Wish us luck for everything!

Pictures of Byörn vom Moosbach by www.venusmond.de.

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