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The Journal of the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America



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Pictured winning the Sporting Group under judge Mr. Jerry M. Watson After a slow start in '96, Gunnar is in the top 10 Group and Breed standings. Gunnar will also be finishing his Junior Hunter title this fall. Watch for Gunnar and his best friend Cindy at shows this fall


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1993, 1994 & 1995

YEARBOOKS are here! Thanks to the hard work of Yearbook editor Karen Nelsen the yearbooks are finished and available. Over 70 GWP's grace the pages of this beautiful book, which is chock full of information for the GWP fancier. Large photos, indivudual pedigrees, lists of accomplishments, breeders, owners names, addresses and phone numbers. appear on each page. The sections include Field Champions/Amateur Field Champions, Dual Champions, Champions, Hunting Test Titlists, Obedience Titleists, Stud Dogs, Brood Bitches, NA VHDA Titleists and past Nationals winners. Also included in this yearbook is an up to date listing of every German Wirehaired Pointer who has ever received an OFA number. These pages come complete with a handsome hunter green binder embossed with the GWPCA logo. This binder was designed to hold 10 years worth of yearbooks, so each subsequent yearbook will cost you less. It will also allow us to update the book yearly, at considerable savings to you.

To order your copy of the GWPCA Yearbook fill out the form below and mail with a check or money order to: Nancy Mason 826 Cinebar Road Cinebar, WA 98533



I Nancy; Please rush me a copy of the 1993-1995 GWPCA Yearbook. I have enclosed my I check for $30 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

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SECRETARIES DELAWARE VALLEY GWP CLUB Judy Cheshire 46 Southridge Dr., Glen Cove, NY 11542 (516) 671-3564 FORT DETROIT GWP CLUB Gail Richardson 1232 Brocker Rd.,Metamora, MI (810) 678-2529 GWP CLUB OF NORTH OHIO Jean Renner Rt 7 Box 332, Georgetown, SC 29440 (803) 546-3495 TWIN CITIES GWP CLUB Liz Barrett N7815 County Rd.. N Spring Valley, WI 54767 (715) 778-4675 GWP CLUB OF ILLINOIS Sandra Hoesel 425 N. School St., Braidwood, IL 60408 (815) 458-0116 I

GWP CLUB OF WISCONSIN Sue Clemons 1031 Amy Belle Road, Germantown, WI 5302 (414) 628-3452 GWP OF EASTERN NEBRASKA Derek Jackson 5110 So. 163rd St., Omaha, NE 68135 (402) 896-2655 GWP OF CENTRAL IOWA Dennis Brown 2412 Athlone Court- RR2, Ames, IA 50010 (515) 233-2710 GWP OF ARIZONA Marilyn Powell 1150E. Roberts Road, Phoenix, AZ 85002 (602) 993-9702 CROSS TIMBERS GWP Kandy Scaramuzzo 4714 Lester Drive, RR#7, Arlington, TX 7601 (817) 429-8469 GWP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Nikki Litwin 819 #C Camino Real, Arcadia, CA 91007 (818) 574-5556 GWP OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Silke Alberts 901 Alameda Street, Vallejo, CA 94590 (707) 644-8068 OREGON GWP CLUB Ann Duffin 64155 N. Hwy 97, Bend, OPR 97701 (503) 388-3739 SEATTLE-TACOMA GWP Heidi Hill 4602 Bridget Ave. SE, Auburn, WA 98002 (206) 735-3570



If you are mOVing you must send your change of address to the Treasurer. If we do not receive your change of address we will only remail your issue with a $2.00 First Class charge to you. The Wire News is mailed Bulk Rate and can take up to three weeks to arrive. If you would like your Wire News mailed First Class, please send $10.00 to the Editor and you will be placed on the First Class mailing list. (This is to cover the postage) Make this check payable to GWPCA Wire News. The Wire News will be published in the following months: January, March, May, July, September and November. Deadlines for advertising is the 1st of the preceeding publishing month, ie @ December 1st for the January issue. If you have an article that you think would interest members of the GWPCA please send it to the Editor. If this article is a re-print, please get re-print approval before you send it in. Clubs are encouraged to send Specialty reports, field trial reports and hunting test reports. Pictures will be included if space permits.

The Wire New.lStaff Editor & Production Bernee Brawn 1408 Pineville Rd., New Hope, PA 18938 (215) 598-3990 Fax (215) 598-7459 Show News & Top Ten- Jerry Clark 157 Rt. 526, Allentown NJ 08501 (609) 259-7579 Field News & Top Ten- Maureen Tait 31 Nippins Ave., Mt Holly, NJ 08060 (609) 261-3271 NAVHDA & OFA- Bobby Applegate 218 N. Lincoln Ln., Arlington Heights, IL 60004 (708) 394-5188 Health & Genetics- Regina Schwabe, DVM 18 Call Hollow Rd., Pomona, NY 10970 (914) 362-8476 Rescue -Linda Strothman 663 S, Main St. Athol, MA 01331 (508) 249-8360 or Mary Spies 414 Virginia, Salisbury, MD (410) 219-5209 Local Barks- Karen Nelsen 25821 Lucille Ave., Lomita, CA 90717 (310) 530-3264 Obedience -Renee Napier 3107 Lancer Place, Hyattsville, MD 20782 (301) 559-2138 Staff Artist S.Gail Richardson, 1232 Brocker Rd., Metamora, MI 48455 (810) 678-2529

GWPCA Officers and Directors President:: Bill Richardson 1232 Brocker Rd., Metamora, MI 48455 (810) 678-2529 Vice President: Penny Ljungren 28124-199th Ave. SE, Kent, WA 98042 (206) 631-6232 Secretary: Karen Nelsen 25921 Lucille Ave., Lomita, CA 90717 (310) 530-3264 Treasurer: Linda Michaelis PO Box127, Monticello, MN 55362 (612) 878-1685 Eastern Director: Malcolm Decker Box 210, Red Hill, PA 18076 (215) 679-4034 Mid West Director: Elizabeth Barrett, N7815 County Rd N Spring Valley, W154767 (715) 778-4675 Western Director: Dr. Aloysia Hard, PO Box 4614, Bremerton, WA 98312-0406 (360) 697-7157

The GWPCA Wire News is published by the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America, Inc. The GWPCA is a non-profit Illinois corporation which was founded in 1959 to promote and develop the German Wirehaired Pointer. Since 1959, the GWPCA has been recognized by the American Kennel Club as the member club responsible for the developement of the GWP in the United States. The GWPCA Wire News is published for the members of the GWPCA and is a benefit of membership in this club. The Editors of the GWPCA Wire News wish to encourage everyone to send articles of information of interest to our members. The Editors of the GWPCA Wire News reserve the right to edit or refuse to print any letters or articles sent into the GWPCA Wire News. Articles or letters appearing in the Wire News do NOT necessarily reflect the views of the GWPCA, the GWPCA Wire News or it's Staff. Individuals interested in membership in the GWPCA should contact the club Treasurer.







FROM THE STENO PAD: Hope all of you had the opportunity to see the article about Wirehairs in the August/September issue of Gun Dog magazine. Not only did a whisker-face adorn the cover, but several photos of other famous Wirehairs were featured. It would be interesting to hear from you folks out there who use the "quality of the coat to age at which the puppy has teeth" theory. (For those of you who do not get the magazine, it seems that there is an interesting theory about evaluating the coat of young wirehairs. At three weeks of age, examine the the puppy's teeth ...if it already has a full set of teeth the chances are good that the mature dog will be smooth-coated, with almost no eyebrows and beard. If the teeth are just beginning to show through the gums, it will have a good coat. If no teeth are present at three weeks, the dog will have a fuzzy coat when mature.) I wonder how many of us will check this out with our next litter? The article, by the way, resulted in at least a dozen calls regarding membership in the GWPCA, where to get puppies, general breed information, and local club questions. The July issue of the AKC Gazette also generated several inquiries. Everyone who called was sent an issue of theWire-News along with some semblance of info on breeders in their area. It's interesting to note that most calls came from the Deep South (Arkansas, North Carolina, Georgia), an area where there are no local clubs. How about someone starting something down there?

Hope everyone has made their reservations for the Nationals ...the Twin Cities folks have planned a lot of fun and exciting things for us, and are looking forward to showing off their neck of the woods. See you there .

YEARBOOK UPDATE By Kareen Nelsen Hip, Hip, Hooray ....the yearbook covering the years 1993-1995 is finished, done, completed (you get the idea) and is now available for sale. Those who submitted their wonderful woofies for inclusion in the yearbook have already received theirs. And we hope they like what they have. r was sent this little 01' Mac SE to format the book on ....everything went well for a time, but then the computer had cardiac arrest, died, and took with it to the grave all that had been worked on (close to half). So, we went out and got a new state-of-the-art Mac, one of those Performa models. This thing does everything but point birds! After a lot of help from Bemee Brawn (the computer whiz), we were up and running again. So there was a six week delay from what I promised you and what was actually delivered. I hope you can live with it. The plan is to update the book on a yearly basis. This will reduce the cost, not only to you, but to the club. And more importantly, you will have the 1996 entries by mid-May of 1997. The OFA and NA VHDA information will also be updated annually.

Speaking of NA VHDA, I wasn't expecting a listing of the Wirehairs tested during 1995 from Bobbie Applegate, so there was not a "tab" made for this information. Until next year, when one will be made up, you can find the NA VHDA results at the end of the OFA section. One thing about the pedigrees ...when entering all the information, I noticed discrepancies in the spellings of several dogs' names. Not knowing which was correct I went by whatever the pedigree said. For example, is it "HAY WINDY" or "HEY WINDY"? Is it "YOLANDA" or "YOLANDE"? Also, you all may want to update your pedigrees with current titles, NA VHDA prizes and so forth. If you are planning to put you dog in for next year, go the extra step and get a really good picture done. Indoor show photos don't work well. Some outdoor show photos have really busy backgrounds ...the dogs get lost! Black and white work best. Many thanks to Karla Weber for her input, to LindaErcoli for helping to proof-read it all, and to my dear friend, Sheryl Steckel, for her input regarding lay-out and format. There is an order form elsewhere in this issue of the Wire-News, and the books will also be available at the Nationals. I do hope you like the new look, the larger pictures, the pedigrees on the same page as the photo, and especially the "brag" section. /::a;m

Did you know .....

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that the majority of people involved in purebred dogs only stay seriously involved for 5 years? Many will show one dog to a bench championship or put a Junior Hunter title on, but most do not go any further than this. In any breed, finding people that have been around for 15 to 20 years can be a futile search. By checking the yearbooks all the way back to the beginning of the GWPCA I found many Wirehair owners and breeders who have been involved with the breed for this amount of time, some longer. I thought it would be interesting to see how they became interested in the breed, why they stayed interested and what they thought of the breed today. Their answers varied from one word, to long essays.! would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for taking the time to participate in this article. More interviews will appear in upcoming issues of The Wire News. Each person was asked the same questions; 1. When and from who did you get your first German Wirehaired Pointer?

2. What made you decide on this breed in particular? 3. What has kept you in this breed for all ofthis time? 4. Do you have any great concerns about the future of

5. In the

beginning, involvement?

6. What


I. 1957. DCH Haar Baron's Hans Louise Faestel had sold Hans to Edward Arkema. Ed's daughter had just delivered Hans to a hunt club where she was killed in an auto accident. Ed then gave Hans to me. Cliff and Louise Faestel then took him on to his Dual. However, he lived with me and convinced me that there was no other breed worth having. 2. After hunting over Hans and having him as a constant companion I realized that this breed had everything I wanted. Ability to hunt both land and water, intelligence, human (and they sure have it) love, protection, willing to do anything to please and on and on. 3. All the above out standing qualities have been proven in each Wire I have owned. And there has never been another breed I was interested in.

4. I feel there continues to be a split between field and show. We have a dual purpose dog. Both field and show people should work toward furthering their abilities inherent in our breed. The field dog should meet standards for overall conformation and the show dog should have to show hunting abilities. 1m also, very much concerned about the introduction of black into our standards. 5. Cliff and Louise Faestel took me by the hand and led me thru the steps one by one. John Russel was and is, always ready to help me with any problems I run into. They have spent hours with me, forgiving my mistakes and praising my good. 6. Each dog have given me "memorable moments", some good, some bad. The time a man shot Hans twice in a gun dog stake and I though he had killed him. When at the age of 10 he won his field points all over again. Having a dog stretched out in the bed with his head on the pillow as we both go to sleep.

our breed? Who made the most influence

in your

was your most memorable moment with your GWP? is your kennel name and how did you come up with it?

7. What

Genevieve Capstaff

did you have any mentors?



7. Haar Baron Kennels. This was Cliff and Louises kennel name. It was a take off on hair bearing. Louise said if she had know she would breed such a long line of Haar Baron's she would have thought of something else. When Louise passed away, Cliffsai he was through breeding dogs and passed the kennel name to me. I know I can never equal Louise' record in breeding and have her great knowledge of wires, but I would like to continue the Haar Baron line as a memorial to her.


& AI Gallagher

5. Probably Kai Hansen (Illinois) We admired his bred female imported from Denmark and purchased a pup from her litter, most likely about 1950. This was Herr Schmart v Fox River, a truly wonderful hunter and field trial dog. 6. When my husband made our Herr Schmardt' s Boy Yancey a Dual Champion in 1967 He was out of FCh Haar Baron's Mike and Gander Mountain Asta; whelped 1/11/64 Our latest (and final) Wirehair was imported from Denmark (same breeder as answer #5. SV. Jensen. Named Herr Schmart's Boy Jake. He became extremely devoted to me after Al died. And when I moved to Phoenix to live with my sister; Jake came with me of course. He passed away in January '93 after an operation to remove a cancerous spleen that also had gone into the

Herr Schmart

1. 1945 2. My husband, AI Gallagher, returning from a hunting trip, saw a sign for GWP puppies for sale. We knew there was GSP in her 3rd generation. So we did not breed her 3. The intelligence, responsiveness and the lovability 4. I really don't know. AI passed away n 1990 and because of both age and health we didn't do any hunting, showing, etc some 8 year previous to his death.

Mildred Revell



1969 from John Hassold 2. After 20 years of GSP's, I fell in love with Wirehair whiskers. I had no idea of their temperment but was delighted with their intelligence. 3. Challenge! It took fifteen years to breed a litter that all of the pups appeared as Wirehairs. The first years a litter would be about ently divided

with shorthaired, wirehairs and poodles appearing about 1/3 each. Later on the challenge was dark eyes and dark coat pigment. I decided no dark pigment- goodbye! Pigment became much more predictable after the inclusion of the Dutch import- Nico vd Bemmeraue. I have linebred heavily on Nico andhave had great results. Fotrunately Nico's faults- long body and heavy shoulders did not carry past most of the Weidenhugel bitches. However, superb tempermant did carry on thru the generations that have followed. 4. Temperment must be watched. For years I've heard complaints about crazy, nervous, hi strung shorthairs, we must not let this happen to Wirehairs. In the beginning 1930's- 1950-60's our Shorthairs were great family dogs too. Today our GSP rescue cannot keep up with the shorthairs in the dog pounds. To me these are throwaway dogs. I certainly do not recommend selling a Wirehair to a first time dog owner. Many people cannot cope with the extreme intellingence of any Wires. Of course it goes without saying the mean (people aggessive ones ) should be eliminated from breeding stock. S. I must give credit to two Wire breeders for starting me on the "straight and narrow" Betty Stroh advised me on breeding, and over the years I've followed her advice. Joanne Burns/Steffes showed me how to groom my first really problem coated dog. When I felt like throwing my hands up and weeping- Joanne took over. Five hours later I had a lovely Wirehair. He finished 6. One incident comes to mind. We drove to Fresno to a show and found the great Cheesecake in the catalogue. Wow! Our entry was Ch Weidenhugel Aramis v Beau. Our first homebred male champion. To our delight the BOB was Cheesecake- Aramis, her half brother, was BOS 7. I married in 1968 to Norm Revell. He had raised and registered Shorthars under the prefix Brunnernhugel, I had registered my kennel name "Weidenbach". My first Wirehair was a first anniversary gift and we combined Weiden & Hugel to name her. It was fortunate since naming two breeds under one name would be a nightmare in the record keeping

Doug Ljungren

Sure Shot


1. I purchased my first GWP in 197from Dick and Bonnie Larson. At that time I knew nothing about field trails, shows or obedience matches. This puppy grew up to become Am. & Can. DC and AFC Nordwest's Griff Von Dem Feld, CD. Can't get much luckier than that. 2. I do a lot of bird hunting. I had heard that Wirehairs were a versatile breed. That sounded like what I needed. 3. I still do a lot of hunting under a variety of conditions and Wirehairs do the job. Most Wirehairs apply themselves to the hunt in a very practical manner,' moving out pretty good when

in open cover, yet usually digging in when the cover is heavy. I also should add that Griff had a big hand in keeping me in GWPs. Griff was a tough dog that bounced back from all my training/handling mistakes. Ifhe hadn't accomplished as much as he did, I might have tried another breed. 4 I feel Wirehairs should be practical hunting dogs above all else. The logic behind showing is that an animal must be conformed properly to perform properly. Showing is a means to an end, the end being the ability to hunt. When I see a four or five-generation pedigree with all show champions and no field testing of any kind, I wonder what is the purpose. The truth is that showing has become a sport unto itself. Many breeders are producing show dogs, not hunting dogs that can be shown. This may sound like I'm accusing show people of dividing the breed, but I don't believe the field people are any better, they just aren't as far along in the process. Most field people I know still worry about conformation, but I feel that allbreed field trial competition will eventually force compromises to be made. The way AKC has structured its breed testing programs, with no direct linkage between performance and conformation, it is natural for people to maximize their success in one event by forgetting the need for the other event. While the purist in me says the

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intensity, and she was easy to handle and as cooperative as you could hope for. A year later Ron repeated this breeding, so I bought one, which I named Halb's Miss Chief. These two sisters kept me winning at field trials for many years. 6. As far as competition goes, I would say my most memorable moment was in 1984 when Halb's Sure Shot won both the National and Amateur National Championship in good competition at Killdeer Plains, Ohio. However, I have to say that I' ve learned not to gettoo excited, or too down, about the results of competition. After you have been around a while, you know what your dog can do and you know how well you did that day. The fact that someone else is judging your performance isn't that important. My most memorable moments have come while I've been hunting. One I remember occurred while I was chukar hunting in Eastern Washington. My hunting partner was Sure Shot's Cascade Miss Tique. We hadn't seen a bird in almost two hours. As I headed back to the truck, the sun was setting and the temperature was dropping fast. Tique was staying a nice distance in front of me, hunting back and forth through the sage. I was only a couple hundred yards from the truck when Tique started to make a move up a big ridge to the right. I stopped to watch her climb. She kept going up and up, working her way through the cover and around the rock outcroppings. The sun only lit the top of the ridge. I couldn't believe she was going up this steep slope after the discouraging last two hours. She finally reached the ridge top, then turned and ran along the edge to the highest point. Here she stopped to look for me in what was now only a point of sunlight. We both just stood there. Then suddenly the sunlight was gone. There was something there that is hard to describe. I'd guess I'd call it spirit. Watching a dog demonstrate its intelligence, determination and spirit is what really makes hunting enjoyable. 7. The kennel name is Sure Shot, which evolved from the two sisters I mentioned earlier named Halb's Sure Shot and Halb's Miss Chief. The Sure Shot line is working on the fifth generation of field champion caliber dogs.

breed should never be di vided, I also wonder why not? Both showing and field trialing are enjoyable sports and their followers should breed the best animals possible to pursue their interests. But how far do you go? 5. I've always been an "independent" trainer, never hooked up with a pro. Field trialing has al ways been my biggest area of interest. I learned the game by watching and listening to other field trialers. A field trialer that did have a big influence on the line of Wirehairs that I work with was Ron Marquart. Ron had a dog named Halb Von Pommoregon. Halb was a full brother to Imp Von Pommoregon, who did well in field trials in the Midwest. Ron, apparently seeing my determination with Griff, gave me a puppy out ofHalb, which I named Halb's Sure Shot. Right from the start it seemed to me that Sure Shot knew what to do. She knew where to hunt. She had style and



ALL THE POOP THAT'S FIT TO PRINT FROM FORT DETROIT ... THE "BARBED WIRE" ... Lori and Mark Sargent The Club held its annual Triple Header on July 14. This event is not only social, but club members also learn about their Wirehairs. Several "seminars" are taught by club members that enable the members to further their experience in many areas. The Grooming seminar was conducted by Carol Orzechowski. Walter Furesz and Jim Yates helped those who were interested in field training. Conformation classes were taught by Lori Sargent and Sue Owen. While Barb Skurya and Terri Brooks showed everyone the ropes in the obedience ring. Beverly Blanchard oversaw the Agility session. You can see there was something for everyone! In addition, Mark Sargent and Ross VanDerBos conducted a seminar on gunning at Hunt Tests and Field Trials. Dolores Furesz coordinated the Pot Luck luncheon and we hear there was plenty offood to go around. Sounds like a great time! The Club's Specialty will be held on August 18 at the Pontiac KC Show, and there will be a Fun Hunt Test on August 25 to polish up the skills of the woofies in time for the upcoming field season. Just in time for their "real" Hunt Test on September 7. How 'bout this one ...Bob Little's Dexter V Orchard Grove finished his SH title in four straight test,s AND in just 23 days. Dexter is trained and handled by Walter Furesz. And Mark Sargent's Schnellberg's In the Rough (Taylor) finished her JH title. And completing his MH title is Ch Fairoaks Timebomb Yom Wiesen, SH. Tucker is also trained and handled by Walter and is owned by Sue Owen. And coming out of her hormonal fog to finish her MH title is Ross VanDerBos' SevernRun'sChatelaine,SH. Congratulations to all!

Schnellberg's Jake, CDX, CGC (Jake) - O/H Owen Winhawk's Holdn it Together (Zipper) - 0/ H Schmidt An all-walking Field Trial was held on May 25, and everyone was happy that the temperature didn't get over 65. Along with an entry of 43 dogs, they also had some new handlers who had never attended one oftheir famous field trials -- from Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio and Northern Michigan (I thought No. Mi. was called Canada!) Club member placements were as follows: Amateur Limited Gun Dog: Third Place: Dutchman's Wildfowler Maggie MH - O/H VanDerBos Puppy Stake: First: Oakhyll Black Ice's Cinder (Cinder) - VanDerBos Second: Speedway's Sneaky Pete (Pete)Braddock Third: Cappy - Darling Fourth: Oakhyll's Black Jewel (Onyx) Tucker The Club has started a Library, with items available to all club members. The idea is to make training and general dog information avaialable to its members. Donations are eagerly being accepted, with some items to be purchased later on. Right now, they're stocked with three field training videos, thanks to Dick Uhnavy.

FROM TWIN CITIES ... "Quarterly News Wire" .. .Liz Barrett There have been vicious rumors flying around the Twin Cities area ...and they are absolutely true ...Greg Dixon and Liz Barrett got married in April...a small family affair... the BIG party will be at the Nationals. Congratulations and Best Wishes to you both.

At their Hunt Test held in late April, the following Wirehairs had qualifying scores: Master: Severn Run's Chatelaine, SH (Sadie) - O/VanDerBos H/Furesz Ch Fairoaks Timebomb Vom Wiesen (Tucker) - O/Owen H/Furesz NFC/NAFC Marie Laveau Von Steuben (Marie) - O/H Schoonover Senior: Dexter V Orchard Grove (Dexter) O/Little H/Furesz Junior: Am/Can Ch Afterhours Luomas Dream, CGC, TDI (Ruff) - O/H Luoma Speedway's Shooting Star (Star) - om Braddock

in May ...complete with heat, thunderstorms, wind and a tornado thrown in for good measure. And of course, during the worst part of it, Liz and Greg's Jaymar' s Blake's Blue Angel (Zip) found time to whelp six puppies! Talk about timing. Placements for club members dogs are as follows: Open Gun Dog: First: St. Croix's Rawhide Ruby - Sue & Bruce Mueller Open Derby: First: Calls for a Shot of Bailey's - Todd & Ellen Manns Fourth: Ida Hill's Madame Von Duffin John & Linda Michaelis

Schnellberg's H Byers

Amateur Gun Dog: First: Breezin' Britta Von Kinni - Todd & Ellen Manns

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The Club even found time for a Field Trial

Breezin' Britta Yon Kinni finished her AFC in March at the GSP of MN Trial. And she finished as a FC at the St. Croix Brittany Trial in May. Way to go Britta! Ch Liebenwaid's Heartbreaker (Eli) finished his JH title in April! St. Croix's Rawhide Ruby finished her FC title at the Twin Cities Ff in May! Ruby is now a FC and an AFC in addition to being the National Winner! Louie, owned by the Michaelis,' Prize I in NA VHDA Natural Ability.


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"The Inquisitive Wire" . Sandy Hoesel Can't believe I neglected to get this awesome info in the last issue, but better late than you-know-when ...Guy Rezzardi's Navaho Sidekick MH got a five-point major for taking First Place in Open Gun Dog at the club's Field Trial in March. This was Badger's first winning placement, and she's already halfway to her FC title. Too Cool! The weekend of the field trial the weather was brutally cold and windy, and they ran 30 braces among OGD, AGD, OD and Open Puppy. Other Wirehair placements were as follows: Puppy Stake: First: Dynamo Yom Treborwold - Steve Lichay Second: Shortwire's Chukar Hill Mufasa - Chris Bates Third: Shortwire's Eagle Jake - Ed Rygasievicz Fourth: Shortwire's Hunt Warrior - Baltimore Ortega Amateur Gun Dog: First: Navaho Sidekick MH - Guy Rezzardi Thanks to the help and participation of many club members, the event was a total success. Carol Maynard put a SH on her dog, Pepper. Baltimore Ortega finished Krieger with a JH. Update, update ....Krieger is now a SH. Kosta Sunda finished Aga on the bench. New officers for the year are: President, Gil Maynard; Vice President, Baltimore Ortega: Treasurer, Genevieve Cap staff; Secretary, Sandy Hoese!. Board members are: Bill Lehman, Dan Sullivan and Kosta Sunda. The Club's Annual Awards Banquet was held in April, with Gil Maynard in charge of the event. Recognized for their accomplishments

during 1995 were the following: Champions: CH Feldschau's Fiesty Fraulein - Gil & Carol Maynard CH Kaese Kuchen - Bill Lehman Master Hunter: Navaho Sidekick MH Guy Rezzardi Junior Hunter: Flatlander's

Boise JH -

Sandy Hoesel Brinka II JH - John & Pat Dunleavy Haar Baron's Tina's Legacy JH Genevieve Capstaff It's interesting to note that the three JH' s are littermates sired by Haar Baron's Casey. The Club is planning a picnic at a Hunt Club in July or August, where everyone will not only chow down, but do water work and sporting clays with all the "wire'y" friends. It's a Big Dog party!

FROM OREGON ... "Ore-Gun

way, both of the "guys" are back at "Field Camp" getting ready for the upcoming season. The Club is getting ready for the upcoming field season ...the first hunt test is scheduled for the end of September, with a field trial to follow in November. The Spring events are also already on the books. The All-Walking GWP only field trial is at the end of August.

FROM DEL VAL. .. "The Versatile Wire" ... Jan Fast The Del Val club held their annual picnic and awards presentations in June. Held at Bernee Brawns home, the event was attended by over 50 GWP owners and hope to be owners. A puppy match started off the day with lots of baby fuzzies. It was fun to watch the owners

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The Club held its annual meeting in February. Chowing down and pizza and beer, they managed to conduct a little actual business, before having fun again. New officers are: Mary Howard, President; Joe DeMaura, Vice-President; Mary Hanson, Secretary and Newsletter; Lynn Calkins, Treasurer. Their Field Trial will be held

Hope to hear more what this group is up to


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ... "The Hot Wire" .. Karen Nelsen Unfortunately, our Fun Day scheduled for June 23 had to be cancelled on account of the heat....we're not just talkin' hot, we're talkin' 105 hot! It seems like the weather gods are standing on their heads, as thenorms are totally outtakilter. The temps at our Specialty the first weekend in June were just as bad, if not worse, as there was more humidity. Recently putting bench titles on their dogs were: Fran and Jim Kidder - Ch Jaymar's AB's Lt. Warf (Max) - and Karen Nelsen - Ch SGR Witch Hunt MH (Dealer). Both of these guys were on summer vacation from field trials, and putting them in the shows gave them something to do. Dealer's last points resulted in one fourpoint major, and three three-point majors! By the

Speis- Junior Hunter & CD Schnellbergs Ramblin Rose- Mal DeckerJunior Hunter Hellbenders Jake- Charles Kissinger- Junior hunter,NA VDA NA Walnum Berg's Upland Thunder - Tom Jarnich- Junior Hunter, NA VHDA NA Liebechen's Fiery Skipper- Jeff & Carol Anderson- NA VHDA NA Liebchen's Field Skipper- Jeff& Carol Anderson- NA VHDA NA Shadra's Eighteen Wheeler- Leslie Clark-

CD Ch Oakhylls' Charm O'Blairsdale CDX,Can CD TDI- Janet Blair- AKC & UKC CDX & TDI DC AFC Schnell bergs Gretta MH- Walt & Maureen Tait- AFCIFCI DC,MH

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August 10, with Ray Calkins filling the secretary's shoes. A sad note- Ore-Guns Cascade Cody lost his battle with cancer. Cody was very close to finishing his FC with just the water test to go. You will rembember hearing about how well Cody performed at the AKC Gun Dog Championship held this spring with him being the only GWP to be called back for the second series. Cody was owned by Stuart Milbrad and Pat Roesell.

Plaques are also awarded to those owners and dogs who finished titles in 1995. They were Weidenhugel Rue V Gemstone-Patty Roberts & Mildred Revell -Champion Weidenhugel Thunder Road- Stacy Maiscalco & Patti Roberts-Champion Ch Hellbenders Hollotta Hussie- Marie

Del Vals next event will be their Specialty show held with the Berks County KC in September. Following the Nationals they will hold their fall field trial at the English Setter Club in November. Del Val members have had a

"[ think [can" Snuff owned by Serena Pollack and breeders trying to bribe these little ones into taking a couple of steps.Dr. Regina Schwabe brought some of her Agility equipment and put on a dandy demonstration of this relatively new sport. Many members and their dogs gave it a try. It was hard to know who was having more fun, the dogs or the people. Traditionally the club holds an auction to' benifit the rescue program. This year was no exception and we raised over $300. Many, many thanks have to go to ourgenerous members. Gail Richardson donated her talents in the form of a painting of the winning raffle tickets holders dog. Bernee Brawn was the winner. Oak plaques are awarded to the top dogs of the year. they were Show Dog Ch Windhavens Frost Fire owners Bob & Dorothy Furlong Senior Field Dog-DC AFC Schnellbergs Greta MH, owners Maureen & Walt Tait Junior Field Dog-Ruff Cuts Justa Southwind JH,owner Bernee Brawn Top Obedience Dog- Fox Hill's Mr Badger UDX, JH, Can CD, owned by Stephanie & Jeffrey Shafer.

busy summer. Judy Chesire attended a week long judges conference held in New England. She comments that she learned a lot and that this event gave her a whole new perspective into the show judges mind. Fran Sakiey recently toured Hungary and more of the eastern European countries. He and wife Liz, spent the month of July seeing the sights. I am sure he will have some great stories to tell. Mary Spies is recovering from her second round of back surgery to correct a herniated disk. With all of the excitement at Mary's house it is a wonder she didn't book a month into the hospital for recuperation.(Remember Spider, Wires and Kids?) Maureen and Walt Tait were honored at the New Jersey Association of Field Trial Clubs Annual A wards Dinner. Their DC AFC Schnellbergs Greta MH was named the Open Shooting Dog ofthe Year and the Amateur Shooting Dog of the Year. Greta is only the second GWP to receive this award. A beautiful painting of Greta now hangs on their wall. Congratulations. Many members are making plans to travel to Wisconsin for the upcoming Nationals Events. And they are beginning to make plans for their turn to host the Nationals in 1998. Field Trial and show sites are being looked at, hospitality is being discussed and everyone is stocking up on their supply of aspirin.


To the Editor; I felt the need to comment on some important issues happening in our breed, I hope you will print this in the next issue of the Wire News. First let me just commend those in our breed who are expanding the areas of competition for our very versatile dogs. In these times it would be in the best interest of all, to show the world that these dogs are more than just "hunting dogs." Agility, Fly Ball and Therapy work are just a few areas wires are exploring and doing quite well, I might add. We as a breed are very fortunate. Several breeds have had to find new niches, to exist in a modem society that had outgrown their original use. You would be hard pressed to find a trial for Rhodesian Ridgebacks, where a lion had to be cornered and held at bay. How about a competition for English Mastiffs, in which they brought down a would be thief. Yes, we are lucky, but for how long? With animal activists pounding on every door, and land becoming scarce, it may be sooner than everyone thinks. Now on to the reason for this letter. This is written in response to a letter in the last Wire News. The word, "Any comments?" were attached to the bottom of the letter, so here are mine. First the grooming issue. Out of all the subjects in our standard that call for a severe penalty, this is the only one that is subject to interpretation. What is excessive grooming? To some, it could be more than bathing the dogs the night before the show. What is called excessive to some is merely called "Ring Presentation" to others. When you are seriously competing with a "special", the grooming becomes more involved that whenjust finishing a dog in the classes. There are many wire exhibitors, seriously campaigning a dog and I can't think of one, that isn't what some could deem excessively groomed. Grooming is not genetic. It will never harm the breed. 10 years from now this same argument will be going on, the way it has for years. Why not spend our energy focusing on some of the issues that are posing a serious threat to the welfare of the breed? There was mention that the grooming will hide flaws. Grooming cannot hide genetic problems, such as bites, eyes, movement, or the biggie, temperament. Its just hair folks, lets not give it supernatural power. I am not lobbying for us to change the standard regarding grooming. Just, let's put it into perspective. The grooming issue seems to be cropping up alot, Why? Because some are lumping it together with the issue of allowing Black wires in the show ring. The reason being, if both are severely penalized in our standard, why favor one over the other. This is taking things out of context.

The allowance of Black wires in the show ring, will have a large impact on the breed and it's gene pool for years to come. How someone grooms their dog today, will be forgotten tomorrow. Our standard calls for severe penalization on several items, if you are going to use one for your favor, use them all. No one is throwing up the issue of soft woolly coats, or coats lacking in length, and both of these genetic faults are seen often in the ring. More so in fact, than I have seen excessively groomed dogs. The issue of size was also brought up, the concern about undersized dogs and the thought of disqualifying for size. Well, in my many years of showing, I have seem many more that would disqualify for being over, rather then under. Everyone tries to maintain proper size, but variations do occur, it can't be helped. Would you penalize an absolutely perfect example of the breed, due to being a half inch under standard? I have seen top competitors in the ring and the field, on both ends of the scale. If the dog is balanced, and built correctly, the size was not a hindrance. My first wire was a solid liver so I feel competent to answer on the subject about length of coat. I have seen several solid livers with the correct length of coat. They do exist. Look at some of the foundation dogs in our breed, there were a lot of dogs with either mostly liver, or solid liver coats, all with correct length. Our standard states that in a ticked dog, the liver patches, the hair is shorter, it doesn't say smooth. Several breeders are maintaining correct liver coats, so the gene is still with us. It may be harder to find, but it's there. We don't need to change the standard, regarding coat length on livers. We just need to be more selective in our breeding, so as to maintain the coat length the standard calls for. And last, on the issue of needing a hunting title for a bench championship. Lets go one better. Lets do like they do in the old country. Germany. If your dog doesn't pass all the required tests, it never gets bred. That would sure cut down on breeding! Seriously, are we ready to withhold field titles on a dog that can't finish in the ring? Well the door would have to swing both ways. There are many more dogs with field titles, not finished in the ring, than vice versa. I personally don't want to take away the glory of a dog that has earned his place as a field champion, just because he can't finish in the ring due to a field injury. A great dog is a great dog, regardless of the titles aftertheir name. You don't (or I hope you don't) breed to a dog due to the titles after their name. I think maybe we need to focus on the important issues. Lets worry about genetics, and where the breed is going, and what shape it will be in when it gets there. With our breeds limited gene pool, this is in my mind, a little more concerning, than how someone trims their dogs eyebrows. I have voiced my concerns and opinions, and will now step down from my soapbox. Respectfully Lisa Jaffe Fairoak Wires

To the Editor, My eyes rolled back in my head when I read the letter from Ann Duffin. One cannot equate grooming with conformation and color. Grooming is simply presentation. Conformation, color and (to a large extent) temperament are genetic. Judging as it relates to the term "excessive grooming" is subjective. It does not and cannot hide or alter size, bad fronts, bad rears, light eyes, straight shoulders, improper balance, gait, bite and or temperament. Judging of structure, color, temperament and movement is objective. There simply is no comparison. Wire people should be much more concerned with the above -mentioned genetic factors than spinning your wheels over how a Wire is presented. It would appear that the real issue is not grooming, but rather disgruntlement from exhibitors of Wires being properly "severely penalized" for exhibiting dogs with black n the coat. Fingers then childishly pointed saying that if "we" get penalized for having black in the coat, then so should "they." "They" are winning because "they" are proper representatives of the breed, are groomed for presentation in stiff allbreed competition which requires that "they" be a showman and "stand out" from the crowd ..1 know for a fact that judges will and have "penalized dogs because the dogs, in their subjective opinion, crossed the line of that judge's interpretation of "excessive" grooming. Let's not lose sight of the forest because of the trees! I also do not understand the problem in comprehending the standard as it pertains to coat length. The coat length for a solid liver is the same as for any other color. The standard makes a clarification only insofar as the liver patches in a liver and white dog may be shorter than the white hairs. This is quite sensical. The notion of multiple titles being required for an American championship is not only unrealistic, AKC would not approve it. This also smacks of the archaic theory that Wires should only be owned by those who will hunt them. (Attended any lion or poacher trials lately?) We are blessed with the keeping of a breed that is versatile and this versatility enables a number of different types of people with different ambitions, principals and ideals to won and enjoy this breed. Not everyone is interested in killing wildlife for sport. I certainly am not; and I and other non-hunters can enjoy the other equally wonderful aspects of this unique breed in conformation, obedience, tracking, agility, and just personal interaction as part of a family. . Any good breeder will tell you that titles don't make the dog, especially in the show ring, and in the field as well. Almost anyone can obtain almost any title on any dog if they invest enough money, travel to the right parts of the country, know the right judges, etc. (Yes, even in the field!) Good breeders don't breed titles-they breed genetics looking at the overall picture and history. A little too big, a little too small-these animals will disqualify themselves in the long run. Just because they exhibited (in any event)

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doesn't mean one has to breed to them, buy a puppy from them, or otherwise promote that line. That is YOUR choice. They have a right to show their AKC registered GWP and the judge has an obligation to judge that dog to the best of his ability, subjective and objective. No matter how you look at it, it's all a crap shoot. So, put things in proper perspective. If Wire people are truly concerned about the welfare of this breed, don't point fingers at what you subjectively perceive as "excessive grooming," but look to what is being produced and see if it contains genetic quality or inferiority in meeting the standard of the breed, both in mind and body. Breed QUALITY not QUANTITY. Marilyn Powell To the Editor; In comment to Suzette Woods' letter to the editor, I agree with her wholeheartedly. I attempted to have presented to the membership, through the Board the last year of my term as president, a comprehensi ve Code of Ethics. However, the majority of the Board was not interested in anything that put any type of restraint on, among other things, the numbers of litters, responsibility for get produced by sire/dam, etc. Until the club takes a stand on the welfare of the breed being PARAMOUNT as opposed to the blatant "puppy milling" and the "business" of producing GWP' s for sale, the few will continue to try to save the castaways of the many who believe they have the right to produce thousands of puppies each year, the vast majority of which get continue the cycle of being bred ad infinitum, with no thought to the welfare of the animals produced in the long run. The National Club has an obligation to educate and take a stand on overpopulation of this breed. Neither a blue slip nor a title is a license, requirement or directive to breed. Marilyn Powell

To the Editor, I would like to respond to Suzette Wood's letter to the Editor in the last issue (June/July) of the newsletter. I am very familiar with the particulars of Ms. Wood's rescue. The photo of the old GWP and his tattoo number told me that he was bred by James Mergler (now deceased) Jagdschloss Kennels K litter whelped probably in 1982. Efforts to find the late Mr. Mergler's records were unsuccessful. Bunny Pease in the meantime had called the Canadian KC and all the tattoo registries trying to find an owner. Despite repeated efforts to contact Ms. Wood by phone and correspondence (by myself, Bunny Pease and Mary Spies) no contact has ever been made. GWP rescue is always willing to help but we have to be contacted in order to help. An offer to Linda Gagnon of WPC (Wirehaired Pointing Griffon) rescue has been made to reimburse for the medical expensed incurred by Ms. Wood's GWP rescue. We are waiting for receipts or bills. Ms. Wood has been misinformed about the relationship between GWP and WPG rescues. Because of similarities in the breeds we would not refuse a suspect GWP or WPG. The GWP rescue has never refused an offer to help WPG's or other rescues. I personally along with Mary Spies and many others, have rescued GWP' sand other dogs we felt were most likely WPG's long before there were organized rescues in either club. And we continue to do so. The WPG Rescue Coordinator and I have met to discuss some of our look alikes. Linda and I have known each other for many years. GWP rescue and GWP members work very hard to take care of our breed and in the process have mostly likely taken care ofWPG's as well. GWP rescue and members have donated items for auctions, raffles, and sales to raise funds. GWP members are also making generous cash donations and the GWPCA has also put funds into the rescue account. GSP rescue has helped with GWP rescue rescues and we would not hesitate to help a GSP rescue either. I don't know where Ms. Wood has gotten her information, but she has been misinfomed. Linda Strothman GWP Breed Rescue Coordinator

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To The Editor, I'm writing in response to the letter written by Ann Duffins printed in the June July 1996 edition of the Wire News. As the fellow owner of a liver Wire, I understand 100% her complaint about our standard. To me since it states "The Iiver patches of a liver and white dog may be shorter than the white hairs" it would stand to reason a solid liver dog will have shorter hair than a liver and white or ticked. Only some of our judges seem to need it spelled out in the standard before they will see it this way. Now besides the fact that our boy is liver, he is also in the field on a daily basis which doesn't help his already shorter and thinner coat. (To me the hair lost by briars and burrs doesn't seem to be as noticeable on the thicker denser coats with white hairs.) Now the standard only states "The outer coat is long enough to protect against the punishment of rough cover, but no so long as to hide the outline of a dog". The statement "long enough" doesn't sound like these dogs should have all of these long furnishings hanging to me, but in many judges eyes this doesn't look as nice as the dog who's never seen uncut grass and soaks in a cholesterol bath all day. I'm also going to agree with her complaint of the hour long groom from before the ring. How can you compare the extreme harshness and beautiful color of hair spray and chalk to a natural coat? As my final thought I will say, I can't wait until the day when in order to say your dog is a champion- he or she must conform to every aspect of the standard-especially the one stating 'The German Wirehaired Pointer is a VERSATILE HUNTER built for agility and endurance in the FIELD! Sincerely, Heather Box

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Rescues Available Contacts; Linda Strothman (508) 249-8360 Mary Spies (410) 219-5209 (Mary's phone # is incorrectly listed in the membership directory. Please change to this number) Maribeth Harris (801) 621路5559. These dogs need your help. Many times breeders receive calls from people looking for a puppy and after spending time talking with them you realize due to different situations, they may not be the best candidate for a puppy. But, they may be just the perfect family for an older dog. Rescue has many older, housebroken, trained dogs just begging for the right homes. When speaking with prospective GWP puppy buyers, mention our Rescue program, tell them that these dogs are available. Let them know that just because the dog is not a cute little puppy, they can and usually make wonderful pets and companions. By taking an older dog, they will know how big the dog will be, what type of coat they will have to maintain and what kind of personality the dog has. Older dogs fit into new lifestyles rather easily and really appear to appreciate their new chance at life. Be generous, talk about Rescue! Houston. TX Fred- Neutered maleSweet responsive, housebroken, very clean Fred has a soft temperament, good with children and Fred hunts. Now with GSP rescue and looking for a loving family

Austin. TX Male- approx. 3 yrs ..... oldCurrently living in a Veterinarians kennel. He was injured and the owner no longer wanted him. One knee joint is fused. He is a very active dog that loves to hunt and still can go hunting. Friendly, housebroken and loving. He will not tolerate cats. Washington State Neutered male Friendly, sweet and loving. Brought to Vet to be put down because while the owners are at work he was tied out and barked. He hunts and knows some basic obedience. Oregon Female- 2-3 yrs old. Sweet, friendly, rowdy. Found wandeing 3 months ago. All was fine until they separated then they felt she should have a new family. They are keeping her until a suitable home can be found. She is very birdy, on the smaller side and has had all her shots. Maine 2 Females- 2 yrs & 3 yrs old Breeder owner must cut back due to illness in family and would like to find good loving homes. Both are sweet, loving and very birdy Ogden Utah A new volunteer to foster rescue dogs. Maribeth Harris at (801) 6215559. Maribeth has oneGWP and is willing to help. She has a fenced yard and is interested in obedience and NA VHDA. Many thanks to all of our volunteers who rescue, foster, transport and spend endless hours on the telephone to make arrangements for our needy GWP's. As always the rescue needs more foster homes, more help finding homes, and more funds for emergencies and medical expenses, etc. Please volunteer and be generous. The dog we save could be one of yours someday.

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Genetics: Dominance vs Recessive Genes in Coat Color Sharon Jahn GWPCofNC Genetics can attempt to answer many difficult questions but it is a complex science that has some basic concepts. Roy Robinson wrote a very clear section on "Simple Inheritance" within the second edition of ELEMENTS OF HEREDITY, published by Pergamon Press, 1990. He uses coat color as an example of the principles of heredity, but cautions the reader that coat color is but one example in the study of genetics. One must remember that when selecting for certain desirable traits, undesirable traits may also be passed on because they may be linked or carried together or both sire and dam may have a recessive gene not expressed in an individual but when mated the two pass on the undesirable trait. Robinson states that "the simplest form of heredity is that of the transmission of a pair of contrasting characters. Black as opposed to chocolate (liver) pigmentation is a good example of characters which are inherited as alternatives. That is, the coat is either black or chocolate; never black/chocolate mosaic or striped. Even a black coat faded by the sun to a brownish black is not likely to be mistaken for a chocolate." Therefore, a breeder should not be misled to believe that a black pigmented dog can be used to darken coat on offspring when crossed with a light liver dog.

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It is difficult to discuss genetics without defining a few terms. Genes are the units of heredity. Symbols are used to represents genes, with property of pairs of genes being expressed outwardly. The actual outward appearance of an animal is referred to as the "phenotype" while the genetic constitution is known as the "genotype". A capital letter signifies a dominant gene and a lower case letter signifies a recessive gene. Black is a dominant color and liver a recessive color. Black will mask any effects of the recessive liver color. Therefore, the symbol for black pigmentation is "B" and "b" for liver. The individual formed from the union of two germ cells is a "zygote". There are two types of zygotes: "homozygote, when the two genes of the individual are identical (BB or bb), and "heterozygote", when the two genes are not identical (Bb). Therefore, it is possible to have a "homozygous dominant" (BB) and a "homozygous recessive" (bb). Robinson goes on to state that" the pups from a mating of black to chocolate (liver) will be expected to be black and if these are subsequently mated together a ratio of 3 black to 1 liver will occur in the second generation." The black dog that is homozygous for the black gene, will be represented by a "BB" and the liver dog, homozygous for the liver gene, will be represented by "bb". Breeding black to black would produce black (BB) offspring (fig la) and liver to liver would produce liver (bb) offspring (fig Ib). As a pure breeding, this is to be expected because the parents are homozygous. The parents have two similar genes (BB or bb), the germ cells will be of one sort entirely (B orb).




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However, if you breed a black(BB) to a liver (bb), the first cross (also known as Fl) will produce 100% Bb or all black dogs because B is dominant or the gene b is recessive to B. In other words, in the combination Bb, the effect ofB will take precedence over b. (fig. 2)




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fig. 2 According to the literature, the expected and observed numbers of black and liver puppies actually do agree quite closely. Therefore, if you mate offspring from the first cross (Fl), each parent will contribute 50%. An Fl cross to produce the next generation F2, begins to sort out the genes. The germ cells will be of two sorts, Band b, in equal numbers in that each parent contributes one B and one b. Three 1짜J>eSof offspring are likely as a result of this cross: 1 BB (black), 2 Bb (black) and 1 bb (liver). (fig. 3)




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fig. 5 Mr. Robinson emphasizes that the phenomenon of dominance heralds an important distinction. The two blacks BB and Bb are of identical appearance but of different genetic constitution. Homozygous and heterozygous blacks have an identical phenotype. However, they will breed very differently, such that the genotype of a given individual may not always be that implied by the phenotype. Since genotypes can be ambiguous, a dog with a dominant coat color such as black is denoted by inserting a dash sign (-) in the genotype. Therefore, B- is used to indicate that the actual genotype may be either BB or Bb. In conclusion, it cannot be emphasized enough, the inheritance of black vs. liver is straight forward. Neither the B nor the b gene will contaminate each other, nor will the black(B) nor liver (b) phenotypes display a blend of characters. (Note: Dr. Regina Schwab will present a more detailed article on genetics in a future National Wire Newsletter)

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R~~.R_ ~~~W: For the first time, the GWPCA is putting together a separate breeders directory. This directory will be mailed to anyone interested in purchasing a German Wirehaired Pointer. The directory will include the breed standard, a history of the breed and will be updated every two years.

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Congratulations to our new Hunting Test Title Holders June AKC AwardsSenior

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By Afterhours Bolt Action JH x Ch Creagan's How Sweet It Is B: C Schossow-Chism.C Whitmore 0: Mark P Luoma

RADAR'S CRICKETT OF QUAIL (B) By HOUff x Cadenberg Quail V Rogue B: M Sulsos 0: K&S Rader





WHITETAILS ANSGAR JH (D) Whitetails Kraut x Whitetails Greta Sue B: W Darby 0: T Duncan



MAESTRO JUSTA RENEGADE (D) By DC AFC Dunkees Justa Hole N One CD MH x Ch Ripsnorters Die Zauberflote B: P Ranker & H George 0: Johm Holmes & Sue & Gary Martin

DC/AFC Dunkees Justa Top Flite JH x Valhallas Samantha Sue B: ROsenbach 0: Ken Righter

House Down B/O: L Krepak SHORTWIRE'S HUNT WARRIOR (D) By SGR Dirty Laundry x Ch Alison's Drahted Brunhilda MH B: D Sullivan 0: B &L Ortega WEIDENHUGEL UKIA V RAP (D) By Weidenhugel Rap V Gemstone x Ch Weidenhugel Quincy B/O: Mildred Revell CH WHITETAIL'S BERENGER (D) by Hanover vom Treborwolf x Whitetail's Darby Jr 0: Jack Watson Jf.

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TWIN CITIES 1996 SPRING FIELD TRIAL BY LIZ BARRETT Our club seems to have been plagued over the years with eventful events! This spring trial was no different. We limited the entries this year, so we weren't working from dawn to dusk trying to get 50 dogs a day run. That part worked great! Friday morning started with torrential rains. I'm glad I missed that part! When I got to the trial the sun was out and it was quite a nice day. Friday went pretty well after the the rains stopped. Saturday was blistering - the first day of heat just about anyone had seen. It definitely affected a lot of the dogs runing. Of course, whenever you get hot weather, thunderstorms usually follow. This Saturday night was no exception. There was quite a display of lightning coming from the west as the sun was setting. Some of us actually got to sleep on Saturday night/Sunday morning - others of us worried about the weather. The wind was howling, thunder and lightning constantly and rain intermittently. I slept until I heard a tornado siren blowing in the distance, looked up to see red flashing lights bouncing off the big barn at the camp site. I could hear a bullhorn - but could not make out what was being yelled. Greg got the campertopdropped and we were sitting inside ...drenched, wondering what to do when Ron Kosman came pounding on our door. "There's a tornado -- we've got to get out now!" We gathered up Zip (very pregnant) and some clothes - Greg without shoes - and headed to the barn.

There was a park employee there that said we had to evacuate to their maintenance building. There were a number of us in different states of undress (nice 'wear, Jake) and we were packed into different vehicles and off we went to the maintenance building. It just happened to be a pole building -- now that's where I want to be in a tornado! Anyway, we listened to the weather reports - the storm had moved quickly south and east -- and we were finally told we could go back to our campers. We had been sitting there trying to make sure everyone was there. Someone asked abut Wayne - I didn't even know he had stayed - and sure enough, he was still in his camper. George Newcomb also slept (?) through the event. It continued to rain and thunder through the night. The next day, the horses looked like they had been power washed. But we had all survi ved. It was at least sunny and cool. We were out running the derby when I was flagged down and told that Zip was whelping - I had to come right away. I spent the day in the camper with Zip having babies. She ended up having six puppies - 4 bitches and 2 dogs. A nice litter. I missed the running of the All Age and the Amateur. After all the excitement, Sunday was beautiful!

Top Dogs 1996

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Compiled by Maureen Tait

How Top Ten Points are Figured Wins & Placements are taken from the "AKC Awards" magazine as the trials are published. 4-17 starters= 1 pt 1st- 4 x the stake points 8-12 starters=2pt 2nd - 3 x the stake points 13-17 starters=3pt 3rd - 2 x the stake points 18-24 starters=4pt 4th - 1 x the stake points 25 or more starters=5pt Now, if you won a 1st place in a 3 point stake,you would multiply 4x3=12. Second in a 2 pt. stake multiply 3x2 =6, and so. Standings reflect placements from January 1 - April 15, 1996 trials as recorded through the June 1996 AKC Awards. Dogs GWPCA Defeated Points SENIOR DOGS (GUN DOGS) 218 134 1. DC/AFC Schnellbergs Gretta MH Tait, NJ 77 52 2. Ore-Guns Cascade Cody JH Roesell/Milbrad 98 46 3. NFC/FC/AFC Cascade Ike MH Calkins, OR 68 41 4. Breezin Britta Von KinniManns,MN 48 31 5. DC Uodibars Fanny PaltaniShelley; Tx 6. Flintlocks Hawkeye 7. Navaho Sidekick MHRezzardi,IL

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Breed Competition These rankings are based on only the number of Wires beaten in BOB competition during the period January5- May 4,1996 as reported in AKC AWARDS thru Vol 16 No.7, July 1996 187 1. Ch. Ripsnorter's Thunderhart (D) Joe &Tootie Longo/Lisa George-Clipse 112 2. Ch Thormnwood's It Had To Be You (D) Patty & Barry Diehl DVM . 83 Franz Neuwirth 3. Ch Neudorfs Struttng Sam (D) Lisa JaffeelM McMillan 64 4. Ch Fair Oak's No Doubt About It (B) 44 K&TMosing 5. Ch Afterhour's Heywire Obsession (B) 21 6. Ch Windhaven's Frost Fire (D) Robert & Dorothy Furlong 24 R Kaiser/S Miller/S Shy1en 7. Ch Ripsnorter's show Off (D) 22 8. Ch J&J West Coast Connection (D) N Vampotic 21 T Magness/C Kelly/G Persinger 9. Ch Ebbtide's Summer Heat (D) 17 10. Ch ADPG Suthrn Breeze JH (B) Jean Griggs/Danielle McCallum! Judy Cheshire

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Many thanks to Lori Sargent who volunteered to keep track of all new titles. Lori will supply me with the names of all GWP's appearing in the A wards books and these will be printed in the Wire News as they are published. Remember, titles will not generally appear in the AKC awards until approx. 2-3 months after the title is earned. This is why you may not see your dogs name listd as soon as you think. If after a couple of months, you do not see your name listed, contact AKC and make sure they have all of their records in order.

Several pieces of correspondence were received by club Secretary Karen Nelsen from AKC. #1- AKC wants to remind everyone that parent club permission must be obtained before a specialty club may be approved to hold a licensed event. This includes Specialty Shows and Field Trials. In order for the GWPCA to grant permission for a local club to hold an event they must be advised of the date, and location. Please take the time and send this information to Karen as far in advance as possible. #2- The American

Kennel Club Event

Plans Department has received a number of inquiries from clubs concerning participation with non-AKC activities. This includes various types of competition. To avoid confusion that these competitions are in any way sanctioned by or connected with the Amercan Kennel Club and to prevent misappropriation of AKC' s name and reputation, when holding a show approved under the Rules and Regulation of the American Kennel Club, the show giving club is not expected to actively participate with any other organization that credits wins towards a non AKC title. Non-AKC awards should not be given at a show held under AKC Rules and Regulations, nor should such awards be listed or advertised in the premium list or catalog of such an AKC sanctioned show. A show giving club should not list its American Kennel Club events in any type of advertising in conjunction with non AKC organizations, without having cleared such participation in writhing with the AKC in advance., It is expected that all AKC clubs will comply with the above policy. Any questions concerning it may be directed to my attention. Dennis B Sprung Vice Pres. Show Events (212) 696-8327 #3-At the June Board of Directors meetings, the following policy was established and in July the Board clarified it's intent concerning an Advanced Life support Ambulance. The policy in its entirety is stated below and is effective for all licensed and member events held on or after January I, 1997 *Each club must develop and "Emergency Plan" for it's event. it would bean action plan that indicates how the club would deal with emergencies that might occur. *A first aid kit must be available at every event

*Clubs must advise local authorities (Police, Fire Department, Medical Services, etc.) of their events including the exact location, ingress, egress and duration. It is suggested that this be done within thirty days prior to the event. *AKC strongly encourages all clubs to have a qualified emergency medical technician( CPR Certified) in attendance at their events. *It is a requirement that all Group and All Breed clubs have an advanced Life Support Ambulance present during the hours of their licensed or member shows. The exceptions being when the Advanced Life Support ambulance is unavailable to be at the show site and this unavailability is documented or when the required medical services are provided in accordance with the local emergency care standards and are documents. For information purposes, an advanced Life Support Ambulance is defined as a type of ambulance operated by a certified paramedic capable of administering intravenous and intracardiac drugs, who can intubate a patient. The ambulance is equipped with a heart monitor and defibrillator. Should you require additional information please contact me Dennis Sprung

June Delegates Meeting At the June 11. 1996 AKC Delegates' Meeting in New York City the following items were voted on: (I) a proposed amendment to Chapter 3 of Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline which would establish a restricted non-breeding registration based upon colors designated by Parent Clubs was defeated. This had been brought before the Delegate body by the Doberman Pinscher Club of America based on their concern that "albino" dobermans were being registered and bred. (2) a proposed amendment was passed that will require the inclusion of agent's names in show catalogs. (3) an amendment to retriever field rules standardizing methods of determining the starting dog in all stakes was passed. In September, the following items will be voted on: (I) an amendment eliminating the requirement that member clubs be elected by ballot (2) amendment to Rules Applying to Dog

Shows and other performance events which would enable residents of countries with registries whose pedigrees are acceptable for AKC registration to exhibit for 30 days under the foreign registration number. (3) proposed amendment permitting dogs whelped outside the U.S. to compete in the Novice Class and, if registered with AKC, to compete in the Bred-by-Exhibitor Class. (4) proposed amendment permitting the American Pointer Club to hold National Open and Amateur Championship stakes.

Field Interests The Pointing Breed Field Trial Advisory Committee and the Delegates Standing Field Trial Committee's recommend- ations to the AKC will be taking effect in that after July I, 1996 all new judges will be required to pass a self-administered field trial rules test. And - the new AKC Affirmation form developed by the Delegates Standing Field Trial Committee will be required to be filled out by all judges for every assignment they judge. This committee also expressed their concern to the AKC over mis-conduct procedures and the need for more detailed clarification of the process for holding a misconduct hearing. At the April 9, 1996 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors meeting it was voted to fully investigate the registration procedures of American Field (which now registers all breeds) before consideration is given to increasing the number of breeds for which AKC would accept pedigrees for its registry from American Field.

Obedience News An amendment to Chapter 6, Section 2 of the "Obedience Regulations" was approved which will, effective immediately, allow the three first places required for an OTCH to be won at breed specialties as well as at all-breed obedience trials. The CGC (Canine Good Citizen) program will now be under the direction of the department of Obedience Events. Two proposed amendments to the Obedience Regulations were discussed. These would revise Ch. 5, Sec. 7 to provide an alternate method of sending the dog in the Scent Discrimination exercise in Utility and Ch. 5, Sec. 14 to require a non-qualifying penalty for additional commands or signals. Also - a proposal to lower the jump heights for several breeds to 3/ 4 of the height at the withers will be forwarded to the Delegate Obedience and Parent Club Committees for review and input prior to Board con-

sideration. The Board voted to release $70,000 from the Promotional Video Reserve account for the production of a video to stimulate Obedience training and competition.

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OFAandCERF At the May 14, 1996 Directors' meeting a proposal was adopted to require Positive Identification (microchip or tattoo) for imported dogs. This requirement will take effect on January 1, 1997. Also, after January 1, 1997, AKC will only publish OF A and CERF information on dogs that are positively and permanently identified at the time oftesting.

DNA Testing, Breeding Dr. James Edwards reported on the Pilot Program on DNA and the Registry. A working document defining the possible collaboration on establishment of the AKC health database is being prepared and will be reviewed by AKC Counsel. Also discussed at this meeting was a

proposal from the Delegate Committee on Canine Population which recommended changes in the minimum ages of breeding stock and the number of litters - and their time span - allowed for one bitch. The committee felt that Parent Clubs should be consulted concerning the number of litters a bitch should be allowed to carry in her lifetime. A detailed report on these recommendations will be revi wed by the Board in June. At the June 10, 1996 Board Meeting, the issue of breeding restrictions was again addressed. Since AKC Management and the Board felt that the proposal provided little or no flexibility among breeds, no changes were recommended at this time. Changes will be considered upon specific recommendations from Parent Breed Clubs and as a result of the establishment of the Information and Health Database which would permit all breeding issues to be advanced.

At Last, We Own the Standard

cialty Club shall own its standard and The American Kennel Club shall have full use of the approved standard."

Breed Genocide? An interesting article appearing in the AKC Delegates' newsletter Perspectives discussed breed genocide in Europe. Authored by E. M. Gilbert, Jr., Channel City Kennel Club, and resulting from a meeting of a group called the Council of Europe, Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, it suggests that a successful attempt has been made to eliminate breeds. Mr. Gilbert advises all parent breed clubs to monitor what is happening in their breed's country of origin standards. If the standards are debased, writes Mr. Gilbert, then there should be an AKC policy to forbid dogs of those degenerated breeds from entry into the AKC registry. The waming here is to watch international legislation involving breeds of foreign origin.

It was voted unanimously to accept the amendment of Article IV, Sec. 5 of the AKC Bylaws that states: "The Parent Member Spe-

GWP CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA "SPECIAL IT" Unlike last year when the weather was overcast and dreary, the temperatures were hovering the 100 degree mark, the humidity was way high, and it was just too blamed HOT! Wet towels were placed over and under the dogs to keep them as comfortable as possible ...there went the grooming ...the handlers and judges were in the same pickle. No matter which way you looked at it, the heat was really uncomfortable. Making the most of a bad situation, Sweepstakes Judge Billie Hayes (all the way from cooler Arizona climes) picked Jaymar's Irish Blarney Stone as Best in Sweepstakes, just edging out his litter brother, Jaymar's Blutar's Irish Whiskey. (It seems these two are going to go head to head for some time in the ring). Although she came a long way to judge just two entries, Billie enjoyed meeting our club members and we learned about what she looks for in judging the breed. The regular classes were judged by Dr. Maurice Ferguson, who again placed Stoney and Whiskey first and second respectively in their class. After consulting with his breed standard, Dr. Ferguson gave second and third in Open Dog to Karen Nelsen' sSGR Witch HuntMH and Joan Payton's Fair-Oaks Smoking Gun JH, respectively. "Dealer" went on to take the Reserve ribbon. Applause erupted from the gallery, as well as from the judge, when Karla Weber brought 14-year old CH Von Vaber's Magic Masked Madame into the ring. Known to all as Miss

Piggy or Pig-Ann, her participation brought a damp eye to everyone there. For those who have not been around the World of Wirehairs for very long, this fabulous bitch went Best Opposite not once, but twice, at the GWPCA Nationals. And, of course, she was awarded "Veteran Bitch". Entered in the Field Trial Bitch and Hunting Bitch classes were Karla Weber's other cham- â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ pions, CHI AFC Jaymar' s Marsu' s Katie MH and CH Harlequen's Marsu Mage von Vaber JH. And each took home the class ribbon. Going Best of Breed for the second straight year was Lisa Jaffe and Lisa McMillan's lovely bitch CH Fair-Oaks No Doubt About It JH. Reba and her handler, Andy Linton, didn't wilt under the heat. Many thanks to Show Chairman Joan Payton (even thought she was unable to attend owing to a death in her family), with a lot of help from the better half, Andy, for the beautiful trophies. And to Peggy Palmer for the handcrafted Wirehair pins.To Karen Nelsen, a big thanks for getting the lunch and settingit all up. To Rich Estes forhelping to get the goodies to ringside, and to Jim Kidder who helped with the reverse trip. And a special thanks to all our very generous members for sponsoring the trophies!

"Tug-O-War" Putter & Weasie owner Bernee Brawn

New Obedience Titles July AKC Awards Companion Dog (CD) CH HELLBENDERS RENEGADE THUNDER (D) Birch's Make a Wish x Hellbenders Desert Storm JH B: M Spies 0: Renee Nappier/Candace Spies

Kane & Mary

NEEKOHOUS SPICY THISTLE JH (B) Ch Windrivers Sage x Wildwings Cascade Rosie B: J Langlois 0: Helena Madsen SCHNELLBERGS


Ch Schnell bergs Sydney CD MH x Schnell bergs Anneliese B: S Owen 0: Stahl & Sue Owen Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) CH SGR WHISPERING WINDS CD JH (B) DC SGR Silent Running CD MH x Ch Klondike Miss Emily JH B: Gail Richardson 0: Mike Brooks

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More Wires and More Critters Mary Spies

My husband Tim is in the Navy Reserves and in addition to his monthly drill, he spends 2 weeks every year on active duty. He frequently goes to some pretty neat places, New Orleans, Panama( but that was only a 4 star hotel instead of a 5 star. They do have to rough it sometimes.) Well this year he went to some military base in Oklahoma, where he continued with the time honored tradition of keeping our country safe and spending our hard earned tax dollars. They had some kind of seriously rugged drill this time out in a desert, staying in tents eating those freeze dried rations, the whole bit. He often comes home with interesting tales, and this duty tour was no different. They had a tornado hit the camp, it tore up some tents and knocked around some jeeps, but fortunately no one was seriously hurt. They had 3 guys hit by lightning, all survived with fairly minor effects and only one officer had to be hospitalized for a few days. The fourth casualty was caused by Tim (I'm blaming it on heat stroke.) He brought home some special critters for Louis, our 10 year old son. Louis, if you will recall has an affinity for large spiders and scorpions, and apparently there ,a r e tarantuals and scorpions in abundance in Oklahoma. I guess it was ok, better than Louis paying top dollar for the things as the local pet store. Of couse I getto go out and buy them critter cages and the rest ofthe gear. Now Louis's personal menagerie consists of 2 tarantulas and and a pet scorpion. The scorpion is actually kind of cute, but rather small, and unfortunately agile. This is a usually a bad thing when you have Wires, but so far it all is going fine. Emily our daughter used to have tree frogs, now they were a real problem. The tree frogs would hop from one side of the terrarium to the other sticking to the glass with really enticing sucking sounds that drove Barbie, (one of our Wires) crazy. Sometimes she would lick the glsss and whine at the frogs and sometimes she would lock up on point. That was okay, you could at least watch television. But you couldn't go to the kitchen for a snack during commercials. (I.didn't trust herthat much) The frogs didn't live past 6 months, thank God. Hey, I'm sorry, but I was getting really tired of riding shotgun on them. Until you have had a child wailing at you about some kind of consumed pet, and a husband bitching about what your @$&*!!! dogs have done now, you just can't cast stones in my book. As long as the dogs eat something while the kids are away, I can usually cover up with some kind of intovative excuse. But its when the dogs get 'em while the family is all home and together watching television, that's when things can get pretty ugly. There is nothing quite like one of those good old huntin' dawgs racing into the family room and retrieving to hand a soggy gerbil or eating it in front of everyone. It can get pretty expensi ve replacing them after a while, not to mention calling and driving around a three county area looking for a black gerbil that looks just like old Nibbles did. Black gerbils are just not as common as you might think. I think the worst incident happened about 5 years ago. A freind had given Louis, who was 5 at the time, a nice little Rhode Island Red hen. I can't remember what Louis called it, but boy did he love that chicken. It was really tame and it would follow him around and he could walk up to it and pick it up any time he want to , which was most of the time. I'm amazed that the dang thing even knew how to walk. Louis

would tuck it under his left arm and go grasshopper hunting for the chickens lunch. And they would share Louis's lunch, cookies, bologna whatever. He would have slept with it if! had let him. It was getting to be late summer and Louis wanted to enter it in the county fair. No problem,just a quick trip to the state vet for a blood test to verify it was pullorum and mycoplasm negative. All that checked out okay. Louis "groomed" it the night before the big event and he was realy pumped up. Getting him to bed that night was not an easy job. Meanwhile, I had been training Loretta, my best obedience Wire and I had left her outside on a stake out to go say goodnight to the kids. Well, Louis had decided to leave his little red hen out loose so she could get some air, I guess. And wouldn't you know it, in those few short minutes that I spent tucking the kids in, both of them all aglow with the excitement of the fair, that stupid chicken walked straght into the jaws of death. Say what you will ,bout a really hard mouth in this case, but I walked back outside to the sounds of Loretta crunching on bone and the sight of fluttering feathers. When things like this happen, Tim generally goes the honesty route, but look, Ijust ain't that dumb. I called my friend begging for another of her chickens. Thank goodness she has a good sense of humor and also owns German Shorthairs. Since it takes roughly an hour to dri ve to her place, and the kids are early risers, I'm off before the crack of dawn to find the tamest red chicken I can. Remember it also had to look like the dearly departed. This saga ended on a happy note, the bird amazingly enough turns out by some act of God to be just as tame as the last and Louis didn't even notice the difference. He wound up with a ribbon at the fair. I will rember to my dying day Louis's proud little face as he inspected his red ribbon hung on the cage of his chicken. Whew! I got off easy on that one! Louis's new scorpion turns out to be female, we can tell because she has a bunch of babies clinging to her back, ain't nature grand? Emily's new hamster also appears to be knocked up. Robin, Barbie's son has finally figured out that we own a parakeet, (that boy can be slow) and I am now strategically placing mouse traps around the parakeet cage to keep him away. He isjust dumb enough that I don't know if this tactic will work.! had to take a few days off to be hospitalized, no it was for surgery not a mental breakdown. I had to leave the whole crew in the capable (?) hands of Tim and the kids. Nothing was maimed or killed and no major peice of furniture broken.


CODE OF ETHICS The members of the GWPCA are devoted to the continued preservation, protection and improvement of the German Wirehaired Pointer. This Code provides guidelines for ethical practices and care, and seeks to promote good sportsmanship.

RECORDS: GWPCA members will maintain complete and accurate records for each dog and litter.

BREEDING: GWPCA members will evaluate any dog or bitch used for breeding, using the criteria set forth by the breed standard. Only those dogs free of recognized genetic defects shall be used in a breeding program. Breeders will be selective with respect to the physical and mental soundness, health, temperament, and natural hunting ability of the dog or bitch.

CARE AND TRANSFER OF DOGS: No puppies or adult dogs shall be bred, sold or consigned to pet shops or other commercial enterprises. Proper care shall be provided for bitch and puppies. Puppies shall be kept until seven weeks of age. All prospecti ve buyers should be carefully screened to assure that puppies have a safe, loving and stimulating home. An honest evaluation of the quality of the puppy will be made. Purchasers are to be encourage to spay or neuter all dogs that will not be used for breeding. New owners 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

will receive the following documentation: Written sales contract or co-ownership agreement Copy of the AKC registration Feeding instructions ~edical records Three-generation pedigree Training recommendations Copy of this Code of Ethics

GWPCA members are prepared to assist puppy buyers when questions or problems arise for the life of the dog. New owners are encouraged to become involved in GWPCA activities, regional GWP Clubs, dog training, and/or dog performance events.

SPORTSMANSHIP: GWPCA members shall always conduct themselves in a manner which will reflect credit upon themselves, their dogs, and the sport of dogs, regardless of location or circumstance.


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