|Barked: Fri Jan 25, '13 3:07pm PST |
|Same with you on the Dobies, but no. Really hard to find one who hits all the angles.
NO-MARS is the place I am talking about. In my obsession I found lots referring to them....not a bad word. The dogs are amazingly gorgeous! ETA: Onyx beat me to it, but here is my babble
Has imported some nice dogs. One of the things I liked about his premise, a little in line with some superb working GSD breeders so you may have some familiarity, is that he always has started and finished dogs available from his litters, and they do command a pretty penny. So there is no absolute for him selling puppies. More than happy to hold onto what he's got and start them. To me, that's a sign I always like. I just trust breeders more as they have no compelling reason to sell me a puppy. They price down their pets, and if no one shows up for the strong natural ability prospects as pups, it's really no skin off their nose. You'll be paying more for them later
He's very into NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association....which I had not heard of (hunting is not my thing, lol, Cocker Spaniels or no - I am an embarrassment )....but it is like a purer form of the original Schutzhund concept, "purer" because Schutzhund activities take training, whereas testing natural abilities in the field is easier to do than natural abilities for OB/Tracking/Protection. Nose, search, tracking, water, pointing, desire, cooperation. Linky to that site.
I found the whole thing von Stephanitz-ian ....something Max would approve of. By placement age, all his puppies have been tested on live prey and evaluated, gun tested, field tested, conformationally evaluated. He actually "points them"...meaning there is an ideal between conformation, nerves, natural ability, all considered in a rounded eval. He'll put a NAVHDA title on before he shows them in conformation.
He's very insistent, by the way, that the correct GSP gets along with all dogs. It's what he breeds for and when he doesn't get it considers that a failed breeding. So that's just another reason to keep him in mind. Dog social, well balanced dogs. I found on a gundog forum someone who visited there and was very impressed by the premises and how level, well adjusted, quiet and social all the dogs there seemed to be.
By no means cheap, but with some study I learned that NAVHDA dogs are considered the elite line, tend to command a far higher price and I know that for him he has an SV-like focus on the integrity of that titling. And does put a lot of effort into importing and also bringing fresh blood to his lines. He has an impressive German import male on the page I put up, International Ch in conformation, got his upper NAVHDA titling and then his MH.
And a very nice person to deal with....just a straight shooter, no hyper sell or elitism. Very confident in what he produces, as he should be, and determined that you will be thrilled with what he picks for you.
Edited by author Fri Jan 25, '13 3:09pm PST
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