BLITZKRIEGER KENNEL
                    Solid Gold Genotype / Phenotype for Working and Health

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Dobermann from Germany's finest working (Schutzhund/Police) lines



 
 


 
About the Blitzkrieger Kennel:
Located in beautiful British Columbia  (Delta but moving soon to White Rock) Canada, just a short distance from the city of Vancouver and the United States border.  A visit to Blitzkrieger "kennel" will bring you to my home.  My dobermann are well loved members of my family and live in my home.  This is not a commercial kennel!  This is not a business!  These dobermann are my hobby and my passion!
"Dogs are not our whole life but they make our life whole" - Roger Caras
About the Breeder: Deanna Anslow
My history with the Dobermann breed:
I have owned doberman (and GSD's) throughout my life.  I fell in love with the doberman breed many years earlier but it was not until the 1980's that I entered the sport of schutzhund.  My first schutzhund doberman (Sundance) was from North American lines.  When Sundance was 3 months old, we showed up at Lower Mainland German Shepherd (Schutzhund) Club.   Doberman were not regarded as being able to do schutzhund but I recognized Sundance possessed good temperament and we proved it when Sundance became the first doberman to get a schutzhund title in Canada.  (since 1976 when the first doberman in North America received this title!).   We placed first in that trial and earned second highest Schutzhund score for that year, within our club (Lower Mainland)!
Thanks to some members at LowerMainland, (whose membership included 3 Cdn.-2 SV schutzhund judges at that time) and some excellent helpers (such as Frank Mensing, SV/Cdn. schutzhund judge & Wolfgang Gross who did the helper work on Derry v.Berblick - 3rd in the WUSV World competition in 1990), I learned, hands on, about the sport and what a strong dog/performance looked like.  I felt Sundance lacked qualities for a truly strong schutzhund performance. ...qualities I found even more lacking in the majority of North American doberman....so, although Sundance was a good doberman (high in trial with the local GSD's), I never advertised or bred him.

Finding my breeding lines: 
While training Sundance and watching many litters of excellent "working" and "show" line GSD's train for schutzhund, I also attended many schutzhund seminars and travelled to doberman schutzhund events throughout North America.  In 1988 I attended the last DPCA schutzhund event in Santa Rosa, California and later (1990?) I entered the helper seminar at  the UDC Nationals in Florida.  I also collected many German National Dobermann Schutzhund competition (D.V.Meisterschaft) videos and German Dobermann Koerung (highest level test for conformation and character) videos.  Whenever I saw an exceptionally strong doberman, I made a pedigree from my Zucht und Leistungsbuch (German breedbooks).   Certain lines/combinations repeatedly stood out in terms of strength.   I had not planned to become a breeder but visual PROOF led me to investigate these lines in Germany. 
Armed with some years of hands-on experience and having studied so many of these dobermann on video, I made my first  trip to Germany to meet those working dogs/people.  There (first in 1991) I found what I was searching for (a rarity even in Germany)- strong dobermann being worked by people who had studied their breed/line and devised training methods to bring out the best in them. 
I stayed with Mr. and Mrs. Steinberg (Worringer Bruch kennel) and also spent a good amount of time with Norbert and Monika Schmitz (Weyermuhle Kennel).  I also visited with Mr. & Mrs. Pabst, Warringhof Kennel and the Klingenstadt Kennel,  (to name a few) plus attended a schutzhund trial in Nordrhein. 
After seeing many dogs from these lines - generations of siblings and relatives - working, I brought back Chauka vom Warrringhof (8wks. of age). This combination (that produced Chauka) had been made two times previously with outstanding results (the progeny being rated highest possible for both working ability and conformation and I was able to see them working). Equally important, Chauka's combination (pedigree) was ideal for my plans to breed back to the best, proven males from Weyermuhle lines. (ie: Gero and Ilo v.d. Weyermuhle, Gero v.d. Mooreiche and later Bronco v.d. Doberwache). 
During subsequent visits, I was able to spend time with Mr. & Mrs. Kolbl (Mooreiche Kennel) and revisit the Schmitz and the Pabst family.   Later I was able to bring Allee v. Blitzkrieger to breed with Gero v.d. Weyermuhle and visit Norbert and Monika and Hannele and Achim Mueller (Doberwache Kennel) and many more.

Schutzhund & breeding:
Chauka and I began training together at Lower Mainland.  Although I alone had trained Sundance from the time he was a puppy until his SchH1 (HIT),  with Chauka I elicited the help of an experienced trainer/competitor to improve my skills in all three phases of schutzhund.  In 1994 we passed our B under S.V Judge, Frank Mensing and Chauka was also ready to pass the tests for attendance at the German Koerung.   D.V. rules stated that Chauka had to pass her B and SchH.1 in Germany (and also redo her OFA rating (good) in Germany (Hd1)).    Chauka also attended a CKC show in Canada and gained points towards (show) Championship.   Early in 1995 I sent Chauka to her breeder in Germany for the long process of attending the many shows and trails necessary.  Within a couple of months, Chauka V'd in her SchH1 and passed the ZTP (V rating & highest rating for working drives) under Ottmar Vogel but the koerung was cancelled that year so Chauka was bred and returned home.

That year (1995 - after more than seven years researching these lines and involvment in schutzhund), I bred my first litters (A and B litters), both times taking Chauka to stud dogs that represented "the best of" Germany's finest working kennels.
(Gero v.d. MOOREICHEand Ilo v.d. WEYERMUHLE).   Later (1997) I took Allee (from my "A" litter) to Germany for breeding (toGero v.d. Weyermuhle) and in 1999, toBronco v.d. Doberwache.    Throughout these years I worked my dogs (2-4 adults plus pups) in schutzhund.   I trained 2 or 3 times a week at Lower Mainland plus often travelled to Vancouver Island to do (KNPV) bite suit work with Chauka. 

The excellent local SV/GSD helpers/trainers studied their (GSD) lines and worked with the original German breeders/trainers to implement training/bitework theories to bring out the best in their lines ...but implementing the excellent doberman helper's/trainer's theories from Germany was not of interest to them.  After approx. 10 years,  I decided I could no longer support a GSD club that would not allow other talented doberman to join due to their "alternate breed quota".   I wanted to belong to a club where one could have voting rights to bring in tests (ztp, koerung, etc..even sieger shows) for the doberman instead of the only, breed specific (GSD) events available.
Starting a D.V. (German Dobermann Kennel Club) affiliated schutzhund club was not possible so, in 1997, I started a DVG Schuthzund club and also joined the Richmond German Shepherd (Schutzhund) Club.  Finding, training and keeping helpers (and, therefore,dedicated members) proved to be a serious, ongoing problem.   The DVG Club was not to survive and even the SV Richmond club stopped training (in 1998 and again in 2000) because they did not have a helper and/or members refused to work with "green" helpers. 
Inbetween schutzhund clubs, I worked and tested my dogs with various local protection people (civil work) and various helpers (including some ring sport helpers and a police dog trainer).  I am extremely grateful for the many years spent working my various puppies and adults in schutzhund and for the priceless (hands on) experience in determining what these lines produce on the field and what early characteristics develop into.

Breeding (See: General Information):
On average, I have bred approximately one litter per year.  IMO "quantity" does not often represent "quality".  Each Blitzkrieger combination represents my ongoing effort to produce excellence from these lines. (rather than puppies for sale).  Experiencing the results (natural working ability) of each combination (including comparable ones made in Germany)  is my foundation for deciding future combinations.   I did not find these lines as a result of advertising.   I found these lines because they demonstrated generations of strength in working character and rare natural ability (litters of pups confidently wanting to engage a helper from 9 weeks of age).  It is my belief that (given the opportunity) my combinations from these lines have a truly valuable contribution to make to the doberman gene pool.                         That is why I am "a Breeder". 
Click Here for List of Blitzkrieger Combinations 

   Photos from the archives:

Chauka's "B"1994 (3rd from right)
Lower Mainland GS Club
Photo from Shepherd Sports
Sundance, SchH.1 -waiting for results 1991
Lower Mainland GS Club, Surrey, Canada
(Above far Rt) Lance Collins Tracking Seminar 
1980's Sundance bite training at 
Richmond GS Club
   1980's  Photo from Shepherd Sports 
               (helper: Nick Doktor)

 
Recommended BOOKS & VIDEOS:
SchutzhundThere are not a lot of good schutzhund books available and most are GSD oriented.  The best I have found are:  Books:
Schutzhund Protection Trainingby Gary Patterson
Advanced Schutzhund by Ivan Balabanov & Karen Duet
Tracking, From the Beginning by Gary Patterson
Schutzhund Obedience training in drivewith Gottfried Dildei by Sheila Booth
Der Schutzhund (The Protection Dog) by Helmut Raiser (Armin Winkler translation of old but good book)
Zucht und Sport mit dem Dobermann by Ottmar Vogel - excellent reference for European dobermann and one of the few books (even in Germany) that includes a lot of references to working titles and working dobermann.  Unfortunately not available in English to date.  (See: Blitzkrieger Breeding Program/History for Mini translation)

VIDEOS:  Schutzhund 
Tracking Protection and Obedience by Denis Steurs.  3 training videos (protection, tracking & obedience) of DOBERMAN.   These are the only schutzhund videos I have found dedicated to the dobermann and are well worth owning.    Denis Steurs videos: www.Dethyse.com

Joanne Flemming-Plumb's training tapes & videos:  Joanne's motivational approach in training will help your dog to become a confident, calm and reliable tracker and will help him to learn how to solve problems independently. Her motivational approach to obedience will help you learn how to build and focus your dog's drives and to develop eagerness and attention.Tracking & Obedience: Each 2 x 60 min.VHS or DVD -$54.95 US each (4 for $199.95 shipping included)

Agitation Mood & Bite Problems by Gottfried Dildei (Note: Other Schutzhund videos also available by G.Dildei)

Ed Frawley/ Leeburg Video Production has produced many. (Older examples I have on hand include: Training a competition Tracking Dog, / Solving Problems in Training a Tracking Dog,/ Reinhard Lindner Forced Tracking Seminar, /Protection Training, the Beginning,/ Schutzhund 1 Handler Training and many more.). 

German Dobermann Koerung and Meisterschaft Videos
These are wonderful educational material in terms of familiarizing oneself with dogs/lines/combinations but sources vary since Maessen Video Productions (Nederlands) & Juergen Ritzi (Germany) stopped making them. 

Dobermann Breed Books
The Dobermann Pinscher by Philipp Gruenig - a history and development of the breed written by founding judge and breeder (out of print but well worth finding)
In the beginning...A history of the Dobermann by J.M v.d.Zwan - Many photos (Not "working" oriented)
*Zucht und Sport mit dem Dobermann by Ottmar Vogel - excellent reference for European dobermann and one of the few books (even in Germany) that includes numerous references to working titles and working dobermann.  Unfortunately not available in English to date.  See: *Blitzkrieger Breeding Program/History for Mini translation
Zucht-und Leistungsbuch - Each year these books are published by the Dobermann-Verein e.v.  They document registration of every German breeding & trial result for that year (Excellent source for making pedigrees!) 
Genetics/Breeding
The New Art of Breeding Better Dogs by Kyle Onstott (web link)
Genetics of the Dog by Malcolm B.Willis
Control of Canine Genetic Diseases by George A.Padgett,DVM
Canine Reproduction/A breeder's Guide by Phyllis a Holst,MS,DVM
Book of the Bitch by J.M.Evans & Kay WhiteHome Medical Care

Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook by Delbert G.Carlson,DVM & James M.Giffin, MD (Excellent home reference book for all dog owners)
The Dog Repair Book by Ruth B. James, DVM

Web Sources for books:  Amazon website: www.amazon.com
4M Enterprises  Website: www.4mdogbooks.com 

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Member:German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada (1988 - 1998)
Lower Mainland German Shepherd (Schutzhund) Club (Surrey,Canada) (1988-1998)
 United Doberman Club, USA (1988-1998)
President (1997) Pacific Coast Schutzhund (DVG) Club.
Richmond German Shepherd (Schutzhund) Club (Canada) (1998 - 2000)
Training Director (2002) Pacific Coast Schutzhund (DVG) Club.

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