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Yesterday Hoss v Bullinger was awarded his Breed Survey for Life!

“The breed survey is the ultimate instrument used as the selection method for the German Shepherd Dog Breed. It is absolutely necessary for the preservation and advancement of this breed. Originally developed in Germany for their domestic stock, in 1922 the breed survey also became the tool used as a resource for breeding the German Shepherd Dog.  Simply explained, German Shepherd Dogs need a certificate for reproduction.

This certificate is issued by our organization which follows a special procedure where the breed survey judge evaluates the dog’s temperament in different stimulus situations. The dog must always demonstrate a friendly and self-confident character and in any situation, must show control even when in confrontation with its own natural instincts.

For more information on What a Breed Survey means and why they are important please visit the United Schutzhund Clubs of America’s site.

Today Emster v Bullinger and Hoss both passed their bitework portion and will show later today. We are so proud of our dogs and grateful for all the help and assistance we’ve received from trainers, helpers, and friends.


Black Forest Donation

Due to the hits on the website, phone calls or messages on our Facebook page we’ve decided to speak a little more on our recent donation to a victim of the Black Forest Fires.

Black Forest Animal Sanctuary contacted us last week about possibly donating a dog to the Fortner family at the request of Chief Warrant Officer II Brennan Avants from Fort Carson and his soldiers. As soon as we were asked we knew what we had to do. Having to prep our own family (people and animals) for possible evacuation during both the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires, we knew a small part of the terror that was being felt throughout our community and within this family. The Fortners lost all their pets, their family, and their home in the fire. To reach out and provide a link in the chain of healing to our community is an honor.

Thank you so much for the responses of love and support that we’ve received for donating Basil to a Black Forest Family. This was a small thing we could do. We would like to say “Thank You” to the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary & Romero Wildlife for allowing us to bring some small measure of peace to this particular family.

We would like to remind all our friends and Dortmunder Family that there are many families that still need help. If you can, please donate pet supplies, food, beds,time or money. Please visit their site here and give what you can. The Animal Rescues and Sanctuary’s in the Colorado Springs Area are doing wonderful work and we are proud to work beside them to help bring our community closer and aid in healing after these horrible fires.

Below is the story in the Gazette this morning. Please go Here to see the video coverage by KRDO.
NOTE:  It’s been removed.

Darrell Fortner, left , hugs Basil, a 11-month old German shepherd who is donated by Linda Smith, owner of Vom Dortmunder German Shepherds, near the Red Cross tent in Black Forest, Saturday, June 29, 2013. Photo by Junfu Han. The Gazette.Story by Garrison Wells of the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Darrell Fortner lost his dogs to the Black Forest fire. On Saturday, he got one back.

A group of soldiers led by Chief Warrant Officer II Brennan Avants from Fort Carson, The American Red Cross and Black Forest Animal Sanctuary joined forces to find a German shepherd to help replace the dogs buried by Denver firefighters who were battling the wildfire. The Black Forest fire destroyed more than 500 structures and consumed 14,280 acres.

Reminders of the recovery were everywhere Saturday. Trucks hauling heavy machinery trundled through the intersection of Shoup and Black Forest roads about 2 p.m.

Pickups pulling trailers loaded with branches filled up at the Phillips 66. At the American Red Cross tent on one corner, a presentation took place when Linda Smith, owner of Vom Dortmunder German Shepherds in Florissant, unloaded the four-legged gift.

The 11-month-old purebred German shepherd named Basil was presented to Fortner. Fortner hugged Smith, who broke down during the presentation.

“It’s really an honor,” Smith said. “I could not imagine losing my dogs like that. They are my family.”After hugging Avants, Fortner said simply: “Look at her. She’s beautiful.”

Avants got the idea to help Fortner after he and 13 other soldiers from Fort Carson volunteered to distribute bulk goods to fire survivors from the Red Cross tent. Fortner was among those who stopped in. He’d lost the dogs, his home and belongings.

“I was already familiar with the story,” Avants said. “Darrell ended up being a frequent presence at our site and we wanted to do something for him. We got the idea of getting him a German shepherd to replace his loss and help in his recovery process.” There was a personal element to the mission. Avants’ family has two dogs.

“That plays into the emotional aspect of it,” he said. “They are definitely members of the family.” Avants learned about the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary and asked them for help. They found Smith, who was happy to donate Basil. “It’s a very touching story, it really is,” Avants said. “It shows how the Fort Carson and military presence in the area is huge and it’s one of those things where we can help and give back to the community.”

Germany trip 2012

Linda has returned from Germany! She had a great time and was very busy! We’ve acquired a new female by  VA9 Lennox von Regina Pacis .She is 12 weeks old and her father is pictured below. His survey said this about him:

“… Very, big, strong and full-bodied, dry, firm, very well pigmented, built in very good proportion. Very strong head, expressive mask, dark eyes and ears fixed. High and long withers, very harmonious top and bottom line, very good location and length of the croup. Very good angulations in front and rear, balanced chest proportions, straight front. Front and back stepping, he shows with correct step…very liquid and solid hocks, ground covering gait, powerful supply and free precedence. Very safe being, TBS pronounced…”

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2012 UScA Sieger show

** HERE are the official 2012 UScA Sieger show results**
So roughly 1,000 miles and an all night drive finds us in Indiana at the Sieger show! It doesn’t seem like the dogs really noticed, which is great.

The German Park in southern Indianapolis is hosting the Sieger show this year. Generally it hosts soccer teams and a small German restaurant but now it’s green fields are covered with great examples of the West German showline’s  dogs of all ages.

Nobody really got much sleep on the VDGS team (except the dogs) but we got to work right away when we arrived at the field around 7 a.m. We have done some catching up and visiting with friends from across the world but practice was forefront on our minds.We had a late night preparing for the show today with an evening bathing of Errol and good raw meal for all the dogs.


An early morning found the VDGS team at the field watching the opening ceremony and the classes ahead of ours. Errol had the first class around 10 am. We did as well as we could and got some very nice compliments from judges and other competitors about what a nice dog Errol is but fate ended us in 5th place. We learned a lot.

Everyone had a fantastic time and being able to see the other dogs succeed was a great education for everyone. We love our dogs and the great attitudes they have.

More about Sieger show guidelines

The USA Sieger Show is a three-day event. Entry is limited to German Shepherd Dog’s listed in the USA Breed Registry or other FCI recognized breed registries. All dogs shown in classes 12 months and older must be registered with USA when owned by a resident of the United States. A Breed Survey is not provided.

These Sieger Show rules are based on USA’s breed show regulations, which are also binding unless otherwise stated here. Entrants are advised that they must submit the original, proper pedigree and registration papers of the dog during check-in, as well as proof of training titles, breed survey papers, and hip certification, if applicable or awarded. Acceptable training titles are SchH, IP, DPO, HGH, and others deemed acceptable by the Breed Advisory Committee. Dogs brought to the show must provide proof of proper vaccinations required by law. Not acceptable are dogs that seem to be not healthy or have an unhealthy appearance. Dogs who are not entered in the show cannot be brought to the show grounds.

Immediately after the performance test all dogs that receive the evaluation pronounced will then be judged in the standing examination. Judging will continue on the third day of the event after the judging of the Progeny Groups and Kennel Groups.

The judging in each class starts with the stand exam. The judge carefully studies the anatomy, structure, and character of the dogs. Also, the character of the dog is tested and the judge will always observe the dog in this respect. There will be a test for Gun sensitivity steadiness in the rings. Puppy Classes are excluded from this test. Once this judging has been completed, the dogs will be required to start gaiting. The function of the bones and muscles, firmness of the ligaments and joints, rhythm of movement, strength and endurance, as well as liveliness are now very carefully evaluated.

To qualify for a V-Select rating, dogs must have currently a breed survey ranking of Class 1, have complete and faultless dentition or must have a dental notation as established by the breed book office, the “a” Stamp or OFA Certification and must have at least a SchH 2 title or equivalent. They must come from a survey and performance breeding dogs competing for the V-Select rating a second time must have a SchH 3 title.

To be eligible for the rating of Excellent, dogs must possess the “a” Stamp or OFA Certification and when over three and one-half years of age, must be currently Breed Surveyed

The age of the dog for determining the proper class and other requirements shall be its age on the day prior to the first day of the show.

Each Kennel Group must have no more and no less than (5) five dogs that possess the name of the kennel. These dogs must come from at least two different mothers and two different fathers. Dogs entered in the kennel group must also be entered and shown in a regular class. The most possible uniformity, the most possible combinations of parents, and the quality of the individual dogs in each group are the basis for the judging of the Kennel Groups.

Each Progeny Group requires a minimum of at least six (6) dogs. Dogs exhibited in the Progeny Class must also be entered and shown in a regular class. There is no entry fee for this class. The judging of the Progeny Groups shows the quality of the progeny produced by the often-used stud dogs. It also shows which positive and negative factors may have been inherited by their offspring and what to look for in the future breedings of these dogs. Therefore, it is required to show all dogs belonging to the Progeny Group. It is not necessary that the stud dog be shown in the class. The Kennel Groups and Progeny Groups will be judged before the judging of the gaiting of the Working Dog Classes.


All dogs of the Working Dog Classes must participate in the Sieger Show Performance Test. There will be two (2) helpers; one for the “attack on handler” and one for the “pursuit and courage test”.

The dog has three (3) tries to perform the free heeling exercise to the attack on handler and must reach a predetermined distance from the blind (20 feet) to pass. The actual attack will commence when the dog is between 10 to 15 feet from the blind. The distance from the starting point of heeling to the blind will be 60 feet.

The judge will evaluate the gripwork as it is described in USA’s Schutzhund Rule Book, “The dog should counter the attack securely and energetically in stopping the attack by the helper.” A lack of self-confidence in the gripwork shall be evaluated as “sufficient” in courage.

The “out” should show the dog clearly off the sleeve and in the guarding phase. The only command permitted is one word for the out such as: out, aus, or any other single command of out. The commands of sit or down to affect the out are not permitted here. The dog, however, may sit, down or stand upon the out command, but may not bother the helper. The sit or down may be reinforced at a distance of 10 (ten) feet, if necessary as the handler approaches the dog.

The handler should, after the attack, leash their dog without physical restraint (such as, grabbing the dog to prevent re-grip). The dog may receive an extra command to out to put the leash on the dog with no penalty; however, the dog that must be physically restrained or taken off of the sleeve physically will be disqualified. Once the dog is secured on lead, this exercise is over.

On the pursuit or the long grip, the dog may be held by the collar but not verbally or physically encouraged. The dog should be at the basic position to initiate the release as the helper proceeds to the middle of the field to start the exercise. The handler will release the dog upon a signal from the judge. The gripwork and the out will be evaluated the same as in the attack on handler.

Evaluation of the Performance Test

  1. Dogs that do not demonstrate a correct performance test cannot receive the rating of Excellent-Select (VA).
  2. Dogs that continue to bump or re-grip after the “out” will be placed at the end of whatever conformation rating they would achieve.
  3. Dogs that do not perform the free heeling exercise within three (3) attempts, or dogs that do not perform the “out” exercise, or dogs that receive the evaluation of “sufficient” or “insufficient” cannot continue in the competition of the show. No rating is given.

Names and Titles 101

Ever wonder why  the registered name of a dog is so long? or what the letter combinations mean before and after their names? Let us break down V Hoss v Bullinger SchH3 Kkl 1  a.k.a “Hoss” for an example:

V= Vorzuglich -Excellent show or performance rating – dog must minimally have a SchH 1 title

Hoss=This is his given name. The one given to him by the breeder and his registered name. How do we decide what to name them? We just assign each breeding a letter of the alphabet and all the puppies from that litter will have a name that starts with that letter. 

v Bullinger= the breeding program from which the dog came. All our dogs that were born here will have  “Vom Dortmunder” after their registered name

SchH3= SchH I, II, III  Schutzhund  Obedience, tracking, and protection titles. Sch III is the highest rank a dog can receive and this achievement can be repeated. 

Kkl 1= Koerklasse I-  Especially recommended for breeding.

a.k.a= Also Known As- Whatever name follows this acronym is their ‘house’ name. It’s what we call them at home!


Here are some more German Titles and ratings that you will see in our dogs.

The VA titles are earned  Seiger shows and V ratings are earned at local Schutzhund club shows. If you’d like to know more about this show, follow this link. The Sch titles are earned at Shutzhund trials. If you’d like to know more about these trials, follow this link The KKL titles are earned at Breed Survey. If you’d like to know more about this survey, follow this link

SG -Sehr Gut -Very Good show or performance rating; The maximum rating any dog can have without a Schutzhund title;  highest rating obtainable by dogs under 2 years old or at USA SchH shows

KKL I- Koerklasse I -Especially recommended for breeding

KKL II-  Koerklasse II -Suitable for breeding

V  -Vorzuglich -Excellent show or performance rating – dog must minimally have a SchH 1 title

VA – Vorzuglich-Auslese -Excellent Select show rating at Sieger show; highest award obtainable by a German show dog;  can only be awarded to an outstanding conformation dog with at least a SchH 2 title; typically awarded to 12-15 dogs and bitches each year

Want to see more titles? Go here. Also VDGS will be at the 2012 Sieger show. Will you?!


Naming the “Q” litter

Sometimes naming litters is not all fun and games. It seems English lacks several Q words that aren’t related to math and make decent puppy names. So we turned to J.K Rowling’s Wizarding world of Harry Potter for our “Q” puppy names.

For the boys we have

  • Quidditch
  • Quirell
  • Quibbler

For the girl we have:(not from HP but hey)

  • Quintessa
  • Quinatina