The possibility of selecting a subject with excellent morphological
attributes (structure and form) coexisting with an equally high
quality of character, is presented these days as not attainable. The
dichotomy between the various (genetic) selection pressures seems to
generate a more and more obvious division between the developing
types in regard to selection for training and/or anatomy.
Many of the big powerful
trotters in the show ring, with their ample length of stride and
notable size, seem less suitable for producing strong nerves,
“middle tonicity” (body firmness/dryness), unexaggerated form, and
the ability to be outstanding in training. In some of these dogs,
their character attributes do not sufficiently satisfy the
expectations of training enthusiasts. On the other hand, rarely does
a “champion of training” display the anatomical traits necessary to
attract the breeders' attention.
By the way, it is opportune
here to remember that the one and only prerequisite to take part in
the tests of training [SchH, IPO, Agility, Herding, etc.] in Germany
is the possession of a certificate of origin (pedigree statement)
recognized by the FCI without another limitation. It is a concept
that, certainly, does not favor the possibility to develop and
expand breeding lines in a useful sense (except through the good
intentions of individual breeders). An absurd case we can give could
be that of a BSP Sieger that is not usable in breeding. [For the
novice reader, the BSP is the German National Schutzhund
Championship event, and the BSZS is the conformation “Sieger
Is this an inevitable and
irreversible tendency? Or is it not perhaps that in the quest for
the extremes, (as much in one camp as the other), the breed
degenerates into “hyper” or “hypo” types (too much or too little of
specific traits) whether they be morphologic (body style) or
The Standard, the chosen
instrument for the selection of the breed and its expression, if it
is correctly applied, resolves a great part of the problems in such
A deep culture of canine
science and clear objectives must be required of those who must
apply the standards of such selection, and the great teachers have
demonstrated to what level the breed can arrive if it is well
managed. A brief excursion into the split during the 1960s set down
is clear proof that, in the face of very demanding requests on the
part of those responsible for verification (judging), the breeders
and the breed know how to respond and make it happen. Medium size,
solid character, pigment, variety of bloodlines were obtained and
rewarded in abundance.
An analysis, although
superficial, of the most recent BSP bloodlines shows
how great an influence
of the [early] Bundessiegerhauptzuchtschau (Sieger Shows)
are in the
foundations of the working lines.
Note the case of
VA2 Mutz Pelztierfarm
(much used in the Vello
Sieben Faulen line), and of Nico von Haus Beck.
Vello's children 1967
Sieger Bodo Lierberg and his brother VA3 Bernd Lierberg (also in
1967) and other brothers have very positively influenced GSD
breeding as a whole. In the VA (excellent select) classification,
the two brothers presented the following parameters: Bodo 63 cms, 41
kgs (90lbs); Bernd was 64 cms, and 43 kgs (95 lbs). In the
critique of Bernd by the judge Dr. Funk, we read: “....although I
see a little defect in him: with some centimeter less he would look
better”. This line notably through Erich Orschler's Boss Amalienhof,
has given the gray (sable) Wanko Maaraue (VA, 1981), whose bloodline
is present at the BSP of 2003.
Sieger, 1972’s Marko
son of the exemplary HGH dog Kondor Golmkauer Krug, has been used
amply in BSP lines, and is still present, as well as the black VA
Frei Gugge (63 cms, 39 kgs/86 lbs), whose attack work in the 1969
BSZS the public applauded with a standing ovation. Both specimens
came from Erwin Bork's property. Frei, “the black devil”, as he was
described by Piero Alquati, has given, among many interesting
participants in the BSZS, the female Freia Steinbockfelsen on whom
it is possible to bestow or ascribe present-day genealogical
relevance. Furthermore, a son of his, the BSP Sieger Enno Antrefftal,
was also the father of Roland Wohrabrücke (1979, 63.5 cms, 34 kgs/75
lbs), and of the BSP Sieger Drigon Fuhrmannshof.
VA2 (1971) Quanto
also has generated lines utilized in BSP examples such as the 2003
BSP Sieger Attaque Adelegg.
Another Quanto W. son, Ali
Katzenbuckel, has given good specimens used in training, and through
the daughter Otti Trienzbachtal, he has characterized the products
of Leopold Bucher's breeding program.
Kennels such as
of Alfred Hahn, and
of Karl Fuller, still
active, have demonstrated how it is possible to combine working
abilities and morphologic (beauty) traits on a high level. [Fred’s
added note: Hahn is no longer. The kennel name is owned by someone
who bought the business.]
winner of Sieger Show Kennel Groups and having several in the VA
group, has influenced many lines with both factors, overall through
the descendants of the brothers 1966 JHKL Sieger Sirk and VA Seffe
Busecker Schloss, both having sired litters of 12 pups.
Seffe were sons of VA Bernd Lierberg.
well-known for the 1988 BSZS Sieger Eiko Kirschental (63.5 cms,
lbs) through the years has attained the highest prestige from such
offspring as: 1967 VA2 Senta, 1967 VA3 Perle, 1974 VA Xanta, 1976 VA
Nanni, and 1981 VA Xitta HGH.
Memorable is the N-litter
Kirschental of 11 pups of Asslan Klämmle x Isa Kirschental, a
daughter of Eros Busecker-Schloss (Mike Bungalow x Seffe
Busecker-Schloss), where in addition to the above-cited VA Nanni,
there were five other VA dogs, such as Nimi, mother of Lasso di val
Sole, from the VA Xitta who was, in turn, mother of the Sieger Uran
Wildsteiger Land son, Sieger Eiko Kirschental.
Another brother, Negus
Kirschental has sired numerous notable progeny, among which is the
famous producer Zello Blue Iris, born of the mother of the Adeloga
line x Freia Steinbockenfelsen (Frei Gugge daughter). 1979 JHKL
Sieger Zello, (V5 in 1980) is a fusion of the prestigious Canto-Quanto
line and bearer of the maternal lines of Busecker Schloss,
Kirschental, and Frei Gugge.
Naturally, many other
breeders have successfully persisted in such a fusion of show and
working lines. The
1976 VA Herzog Adeloga
(63.5 cms, 33.5 kgs/74 lbs)
joined the line of Sieger Dick Adeloga with a maternal line based on
Mike Stahlhammer (another nursery with successes in both fields) and
Valet Busecker Schloss, accomplishing a quality cross, next
transmitted to the Arminius (Fedor) line through Fee Weiherturchen.
[You can see Fred pictured with Herzog in the book “The Total GSD” —
1980 Sieger Axel
an example of class, type, movement, was born of Lasso di Val Sole x
Paet Blue Iris (a Bodo Lierberg daughter descended from Frei Gugge
through the above-cited Freia Steinbockfelsen). Axel, who arrived at
the title unexpectedly when almost 4 years of age and likewise
disappeared very quickly,
least one offspring of great worth in the daughter VA Ica Wienerau,
who descends along her maternal line from Mutz, Lido, Jalk, Fello,
Mutz, Sirk Busecker Schloss, and Bernd Lierberg.
Ica is Sieger Zamb Wienerau's
pedigree is an authentic work of art, combining lines carrying
heterogeneous quality percolating through the generations until
resulting in a specimen of great effect, materialized in Zamb as the
final result; this shows that not only through the males is it
possible to progress, to conduct positive action of far-reaching
One of the mother-lines
sustaining the modern bloodlines in the breed is
She was mother of Xando and Xaver Arminius, and of Yanka and Flora
Koeingsbruch, arising in paternal line from Bodo Lierberg and in
maternal line from Valet Busecker Schloss. The [incomparable]
Q-litter Arminius is along the same bloodlines as Wilma. The return
to the line Wilma made through Natz Hasenborn – Dax Wienerau (Jupp
Haller Farm from the lines of Mutz and Bodo Lierberg) through Flora
(Canto x Wilma) has produced, with Quana Arminius, the great
producer Cello Romerau, a good transmitter of valuable
characteristics. [FL note: there is more to Cello from the
Q-litter and less (if any at all) from what the pedigree shows as
The combining of Zamb and
Cello in the lines is last of these examples, but still today it
validates the alchemy of breeding practiced by Walter Martin; this
formula was also repeated by Erich Orschler in producing Verena Batu,
mother of Sieger Ursus.
Among the best kennels,
Martin Göbl (WilsteigerLand) considered it necessary to introduce at
a certain moment of his work, a female of alternative lines, capable
of contributing benefits in structure and character:
To Gina was born Dando
Nordrheinland (a strong, well-pigmented, very vigorous relative of
Dingo Haus Gero, carrying very similar bloodlines as that of Bodo
and Bernd Lierberg), by a female linebred on Marko Cellerland with
Dolf Lierberg blood.
The excellent result of this included the
great producer Marit and the VA Xena Wildsteiger Land.
This subject cannot be
exhausted in a brief article that can, at the most, merely approach
the revelation of some very interesting genealogical sketches.
complete genealogical investigation is complex and also of difficult
interpretation, by the relevance that sometimes we desire to give
consideration to "the reproducer", a dog that is presumed to be
equipped with the metaphysical power to make princes out of toads.
Reality is difficult and
very complex, and only careful studies and attentive validations can
try to shed light on the value of planned crosses and on variables
that have proven to be successful.
We must pay homage to those
who have made possible the evaluation and quality of the breed to a
high level. I think about those who have bred and judged; they have
been underestimated and opposed. The name of
Dr. Rummel certainly must be
included with those who, with this task, have conferred splendor and
energy to the breed. Many
bear in mind the work of his successor
behalf of the German Shepherd.
has been less understood, but his work
followed the furrow plowed by Rummel — a tradition of a quest for
subjects that show all of the possible variables of the many-faceted
abilities of the breed. Among his “alternative views”, it is
possible to cite the 2001
Timo Berrekasten, son
of Wanko Lippischen Norden (Enzo Burg Aliso by
a maternal line going back to Dax Wienerau, Dax Kesmarker Tranke,
BSP Sieger Racker Itzal, and Rocco and Seffe Busecker Schloss) to
whom only the hostile environment of certain breeders has denied the
maximum laurel of the Sieger title.
As well as the VA
who still arises from secondary show lines, by means of repeated
uses of the line of Wilma, Herzog, Mutz, and Vello, he represents an
ideal type of the modern German Shepherd of splendid anatomy and
optimum character. Concluding with Frei Gugge, he is behind several
show dogs such as
whose complex line-breeding illustrates much of what I have exposed
in this article.
Joining Timo, Quartz and
Ghandi? It is possible, and has good promise of success. Type,
pigment, dynamic energy, nerves, and reaction should emerge in the
descendants. Certain types are not exclusively in the past; on the
contrary, current selection has permitted us to fine-tune and enrich
the quality of the dogs. Surely it is not a matter of a kind of
“fad” or “political” combination, but in my search I have not found
these definitions of connection in the Breed Standard.
..........And right now I
have accomplished the union.
Copyright - Alarico
Alarico is owner of Kennel Fossombrone,
This is the translation from Spanish, as I am not conversant or
literate in Italian. His brother, Dario Sgroi, is the webmaster of
the Forum Italiano del Pastore Tedesco:
and I was asked to translate into English, because they and their
South American friends think we have a similar vision about this
topic. They flatter me by calling me “a very important person in the
GSD world”. (“Outspoken and experienced” might be more accurate!)
The Italian version of the article is at:
The translation and added notes © Fred
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