My adventure began with the whelping of my pup on September 9th, 2009.
This photo is of his Dam “Omorrows Black Cinder” and his 6 littermates. This was Cinders very first litter, and she proved to be a very good mother, even with her lack of experience. Cinder has a pedigree that is recorded all the way back to 1899, and the origin of the German Shepherd dog.
She was just about 2 years old at the time of her first breeding. Cinder has the attributes of the Old World German Shepherd, a strong, straight back, good hip structure, and a beautiful temperament. But she is a born and bred “Working” dog, and passes her traits on very nicely. Captain Von Stephanitz would be very proud. She resembles an ancestor of hers very closely…
Roland von Starkenburg was a German Seiger Champion in the early 20th century and passed along his considerable beauty to several bloodlines of German Shepherds. The photo at right is one of my very favorites…He would be Cinders Great Grandsire x 26 or 27. Interesting that solid black was very common in those original days.
The next photo is of “Octume vom Blitzkrieg”. This handsome dog is Hans’ Sire. Blitz was bred from Hungarian stock, and his sire and dam were from that country. Names on his pedigree reflect the origin. “Arany Patak Menti-Dago”, is just one example. His line too, is filled with Seiger Champions, Schutzhund III’s, Trackers, military working dogs, and the like.