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The Journal of the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America

June/July 1997



Fe Navaho's SideKick MH DOB 11/17/93

Sire: Ch Navaho's Trailblazer, JH x Ch Maestro Wind Song of Navaho JH Bred by: Gary and Susan Martin

The Puppy that could


Master Hunter

17 months of age

Bench Pointed Water Certified

10 months of age 2 yrs of age (GWPCA

(youngest female Master Hunter)

Nationals 1995)

Field Champion 3 yrs of age Amateur Field Champion -1 point to go

The Novice Owner/Handler



"Badger" proved herself biddable at 8 weeks old, running the field with master dogs who most times left her in the dust. But her determination to play in the big league prevailed and soon she left them in her dust. With 1 point to go on her AFC title and summer closing in, "Badger" will soon be back on the Bench and in her free time showing off in the obedience ring.


Owned by: Guy and Sandi Rezzardi (and handled by Guy) P.S Hopefully, one day she might just slow down enough to have

a litter??


Can/Am Ch Aipsnorter's It's Showtime "Shultz" Breeder - Helen George (& Co-Owner) Owner/Handler- John Glover Shultz came to Canada as part of an agreement made with Helen in 1980. From the tender age of three months we knew we had a very special dog. As a puppy, Shultz won several puppy awards, finished his Canadian Championship and went off to the '91 American National to complete his American Championship by going Best of Winners. A decision was made to hold off campaigning until we felt he was ready, so Shultz stayed home until 1995. A truly remarkable year - 38 Group 1's- 5 All Breed BIS, #2 Sporting Dog and #7 All Breeds. 1996 did not start out to be a campaign, but the dog had generated so much interest we decided to show him to judges who had never judged him. The first 20 shows for '96 produced 19 Group 1's and 8 Best In Shows. A side trip to the Garden gave us BOB under Mr. Robert Moore. So we decided to run him for the rest of the year. The final tally for 1996 was: 27 All Breed Best In Shows 78- Group 1's 24 -Group 2's 7 - Group 3's 7 - Group 4's 117 BOB's BOB - Westminster KC #1 GWP #1 Sporting #1 All Breeds # 1 Owner Handled Dog My sincerest thanks to Helen for breeding and allowing me to own Shultz, to all of the judges who made 1996 so rewarding, and to all of you for keeping such a wonderful breed in the public eye. John Glover

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Judy Cheshire 46 Southridge Dr., Glen Cove, NY 11542 (516) 671-3564 FORT DETROIT GWP CLUB Barbara Hein 838 Davison Lake Rd, Ortonville, MI 48462 (810) 627-3566 GWP CLUB OF NORTH OHIO Jean Renner Rt 7 Box 332, Georgetown, (803) 546-3495

SC 29440

TWIN CITIES GWP CLUB Liz Dixon 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 GWP CLUB OF WISCONSIN Sue Clemons 1031 Amy Belle Road, Germantown, 53022


(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


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 Treasurer 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: February,April,June, August,October and December. Deadlines for advertising is the 1st of the preceeding publishing month, ie @November 1st for the December 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 News Staff CROSS TIMBERS


Kandy Scaramuzzo 4714 Lester Drive, RR#7, Arlington, TX 76010 (817) 429-8469

GWP OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Sharon Jahn 1360 Estates Dr., Dixon, CA 95620 (916) 678-2289

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-Help Wanted 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 Local Barks- Karen Nelsen 25821 Lucille Ave., Lomita, CA 90717 ( 310) 530-3264 Obedience Top Ten & New Titles - Lorie Sargent, 10382 Fenner Rd., Perry, MI48872 (517) 675-5876 Staff Artist S.Gail Richardson, 1232 Brocker Rd., Metamora, MI48455 (810) 678-2529


GWPCA Officers and Directors

819 #C Camino Real, Arcadia, CA 91007 (818) 574-5556 OREGON GWP CLUB Mary Hanson 17941 SW Sandra Lane, Aloha, OR 97006 (503) 848-6845 SEATTLE-TACOMA Dave Shelden


3250 164th, Sea-Tac, WA 98188 (206) 244-1234

President: Vice

Bill Richardson


Secretary: Treasurer: Eastern Mid West Western







Director: Director: Director:

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13224 Hillside Rd., St. Ignatiuis,


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WI 5476

(715) 778-4675

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,IRE路路~ ..NE\VS The GWPCAWire 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 GWPCAhas been recognized by the American Kennel Club as the member club responsible for the developement of the GWP in the United States. The GWPCAWire News is published for the members ofthe GWPCAand 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 GWPCAWire News reserve the right to edit or refuse to print any letters or articles sent into the GWPCAWire News. Articles or letters appearing in the Wire News do NOT necessarily reflect the views of the GWPCA,the GWPCAWire News or it's Staff. Individuals interested in membership in the GWPCA should contact the club Treasurer. [

Secretary路s Notes Karen Nelsen

Just when you think you've gotten a handle on things, all youknow-what breaks loose! I don't think any of us had any idea of the great response we'd be getting to the ads which appeared in Gun Dog and Versatile Hunting Dog magazines, not to mention our web-site! Almost 100 letters and phone calls have been received from as far as Saudi Arabia, Canada, the East and West Coasts, and just about everyplace in between. The inquiries have been, and are still being answered in between Field Trials and Shows, getting the Nationals paperwork done, doing the yearbook, writing the AKC Gazette Breed Column, the Southern California Club's newsletter, not to mention my horse club's newsletter. ..what I'm trying to say, is that I've been one very busy "puppy". In fact, we're into our second printing of our breed booklet...Nancy Mason had a little set-"back" (pardon the pun really was her back!) in getting the Breeder's Directory going ...and now that she's up and going, the Directory is too. By the time you read this, the 1996 Yearbook should be in your hands. Sheri Graner is doing a great job "mastering" the web-site ( And the letter from Judges Education Chair Judy Cheshire, pertaining to standard awareness, has been sent to all AKC licensed and provi-

AKC has a great new brochure out. Entitled: Pointsional judges, along with a copy of the Breed Standard. This letter has also been sent to all judges who will be handling assignments for the Nationals this year.

ing Breed Field Trial/Hunting Test Procedure Manual: How to Plan and Run a Field Trial or Hunting Test. It's $3.50 per copy and well worth it. Contact the North Carolina location.

To those of you who sent in your selections for judges for the 1998 Nationals, we thank you for your time. We received ballots from 38 club members. The tally has been taken and the selection has been made. The Del Val Club wastes no time ..

Get well wishes to Jim Yates who's recover-

In this issue is your official notification of the Annual Meeting, as well as the slate of officers presented by the Nominating Committee, which was chaired by Rocky Gilleard. On Rocky's commitee were Carol Stuart, Regina Schwabe, Ray Calkins and Barb Hein. Those named on the slate have accepted the nominations and have agreed to serve in their respective capacity. Thanks to Bernee for summarizing the article she titled "Fancier or Puppy Mill?". The brochure I sent her from the International Golden Retriever Alliance was quite lengthy and detailed. It also contained the story of "Jackson", the GR who started it all. If you would like one of the brochures, please call or drop me a line, and I'll send one to you.

ing from a bruised kidney suffered in a fall at a Field Trial (that'll teach you to run Shorthairs!). And to Ann Duffin who has suffered one too many broken hearts, and is recuperating from heart surgery to repair a hole in her heart...(you all may remember her suffering a stroke not too long ago that was the result of a blood clot shooting out of the hole and landing on the part of her brain that controls speech). Seriously now, hope the two of you are on the mend and get well soon! The Sea- Tac Club is busily at work on the 1997 Nationals, the Del Val Club has already begun to line things up for the year 1998. The 1999 Nationals are scheduled to be held in the Mid-West, so if any of the clubs in that Region are desirous of holding the Nationals, please get a letter with all your juicy details to me. And the next millenium is not that far away ...after the Mid-West holds the big event, it goes back to the West Coast...any club there interested? Let me know ....


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LOCAL BARKS By: Karen Nelsen



Southern California Club ...Karen Nelsen Upcoming club events include the Annual Awards Bar-B-Que at which incoming officers are announced and club member's dogs who have earned titles during the previous year are honored. In addition, the Top Dog Awards are presented to Top Show Dog/ Bitch, Top Field Dog and Top Obedience Dog. The Spring Field Trial is now history, and a separate report has been sent to The Wire-News. In the Obedience Ring, Cindy Heiller, DVM finished Weidenhugel Ukiah V Rap, JH as a Companion Dog. In the Show Ring, Mildred Revell finished Weidenhugel Einer V Pilot as a Bench Champion. Congratulations to everyone! Cindy has been showing her two girls Weidenhugel Garbo V Merlin and Weigenhugel Gabby V Merlin in both the show ring and at hunting tests. Both are pointed and each has two legs toward their JH titles. Cindy believes in having all around Wires! Lisa Jaffe's and Nikki Litwin's "specials" have been swapping placements at shows will go BOB, the other BOS one day and then switch placements the next day. We're talking about Ch Fairoaks No Doubt About It, JH (Lisa's) and Am/Mex/Mex Intl/ SKC Intl Ch J & J's Westcoast Connection (Nikki's). Linda Ercoli' s Ch Weidenhugel Merlin V Nico, MH, CD went BOS at the Chief Solano KC Friday Show and at the Sir Francis Drake KC Show on Sunday. He took the Veteran Class at the GWP Club of Northern California Specialty and went on to go BOB! You should have seen the look on Linda's face ...what a great surprise! Way to go Dallas and Linda! More from the Sir Francis Drake Show: Lisa Jaffe' s Ch Ripsnorther' s Fraulein Heidi went BOB and then went on to a Group I! The long drive home went by very quickly ...Lisa was flying low down the 5!!!

FROM EASTERN NEBRASKA ... Art Armbrust The Club had a total of 62 dogs entered in their Field Trial on February 22. Five of the entries were GWP's, which was a significant increase from years past. The very next day, the Club held a Hunting Test and had a total of 36 entries, with the same five Wirehairs entered in this event. We are really glad to see the growing number of Wirehairs being entered. Congratulations to both the Field Trial and Hunt Test Committees on jobs well done. Both days went smoothly and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

GWP Qualifiers in the Hunting Test were: Junior Hunter: Majestic Miss Matilda (O/H Mike Gunderson) Carter Lakes Ramblin Mildred (O/H Ron Wulf) Armbrust's Cascade Misty (O/H Art Armbrust) Pfeffer Von Rot Scheune (O/H Beth Donahue) Sagamore August Yon Yeager (O/H Margo Bailey) FROM THE


FORT DETROIT- By Lori Sargent Here's some exciting news! Jim and Kathleen Yates' JimKath's Allure became aField Champion. And, the Club has another Master Hunter. ..Frank and Elaine Couture's Sniffen Griffen finished his MH title in October under the guiding hand of Walter Furesz. And Lori Sargent finished Schnellberg's In the Rough, JH on the bench. It was Lori's first time handling a dog to a bench title. And in Taylor's first show in Canada, she won a Group First! Way to go Lori and Taylor. In other shows, Ross VanDerBos' Oakhyll's Dutchman (Gabe) went WD for a four-point major! Linda and Jamie Thompson's Hellbender's Dinah got a five-point major for going WB, with Dick and Pat Uhnavy's SGR Broken Silent (Abby) taking the Reserve ribbon. Barb Tucker's Jed's Bewitched (Sammy to the rest of the world) went WB at the Livingston KC Show and BOB went to Sue Owen's Schnellberg's Renaissance Man. Ross VanDerBos' Severn Run's Chatelaine, MH went WB and BOW for her first major! Nice going Ross and Sadie ...OK to Sue Owen too for handling honors! Speaking of Sue ...her Schnellberg's Jake CDX, JH got a leg toward his UD, and was awarded Second Place out of 38 dogs. And she cleaned house at the KentKC Show in Canada. HerCh Schnellberg' s Ruffwire Zoe, SH finished her Canadian championship. Going WD two out of the three days was Schnellberg' s Sneak Preview (Sneakers), with Schnellberg's Black Tie Affair (Tux) going WD the third day. Tux also went BOB one day. Not to be outdone by the boys, Schnellberg's Some Like It Hot (Cajun) went WB one of the days, with Lori Sargent's Taylor (Ch Schnellberg's In The Rough, JH) getting a WB ribbon. In the Field, Gail and Bill Richardson's SGR Dirty Laundry (Zack) took First Place for a four point major in an OLGD stake, and he got a second in OGD (there were 33 starters). And SGR Laundry Daze (Patty) got five points in an OP stake. And in a recent Hunting Test, Bill Schmidt's Winhawk's Holdin' It Together (Zipper) got a leg toward his SH title! In the Obedience Ring, Terry Brooks and Ch SGR Whispering Winds, CDX, JH (Keelee) keep having one success after another. Keelee placed in the top 15 at the "Pupperoni" Dog Obedience Chamapionships in Pennsylvania.

The Club's Annual Awards Banquet was held March 15th. Top Awards went to:

Ortega, Bob Aardema and Ed Rygasiewicz.

Top Field Trial Puppy/Derby - Jimkath's OKK Temptress (Yates) Top Field Trial Gun Dog - FC JimKath's Allure (Yates) Top Show Bitch - Ch Ripsnorter's Crimson-N-Clover(Barb Skurya) Top Open Obedience GWP - Ch U-CDX SGR Whispering Winds Am/Can CDX, SKC-CD, JH (Mike & Terrie Brooks) Top Utility Obedience GWP - Can OTChIU-CDX Schnellberg's Reba Jean, UD, JH, SKC-CD (Barb Skurya) Top Sire - Am/Can Ch Schnellberg's Sydney, CD, MH (Sue Owen) Top Dam - Schnellberg's Anneliese (Sue Owen)

Apparently their Field Trial was very successful and they were hoping for good weather for their Spring Hunting Test.

The prestigious Carl Schnell Memorial Trophy was awarded to Ross VanDerBos' Dutchman's Wildfowler Magie, MH. Club members woofies were also honored for titles earned during the previous year. Three Bench Champion, one Canadian Champion, one Field Champion, six Junior Hunters, two Senior Hunters, five Master Hunters, one Companion Dog, one Utility Dog, one Champion & Junior Hunter, one Champion & Master Hunter, and one AKC,CKC, UKC CDX Dog! WOW ...all the awards presented must have taken all night! Barb Berta, along with sons Jonathan and Jim, took Cody, Rerun, Cinder, Mollly, Tide and Kela to visit with the residents of the Courtyard Manor Nursing Home in Wixom. They, along with Geoff, Sarah and Pam represented the Oakland County 4-H Club. The residents loved the dogs ...I bet you could even teach a GWP to push or pull a wheelchair... Jim Yates tried out for the rodeo at a recent field trial (we don't know if it was for bronc riding or as a clown), but he didn't last the necessary eight seconds! He and his horse tried to trade places - Jim landed down and the horse up. The result was a weeks stay in the hospital with a bruised kidney and then pneumonia. Jim is suppopsed to stay in bed for a month, but the doctor's don't know that he doesn't "ground tie". He'll be up and on a horse before you know it! Paul and Susan Kelley produced a litter of one on March 25. Baby boy Brendan Patrick Kelley weighed in a 8 pounds-6 ounces. Even his older sister, Megan is excited, although she wanted a sister named Kate (just like Arthur, the PBS cartoon character)! It is with a great deal of sorrow that we learned that Richard Hirneisen's SGR Brown Bomber, JH was accidentally killed while pheasant hunting. George, as he was know to everyone, has had his photo gracing the pages of Gun Dog magazine, and he was featured along with his mom as one of the Three Wise Dogs in the 1997 Animal Crackers calendar. He was a special part of the Hirneisen family and he will be greatly missed.



GWP of Illinois ... by Sandy Hoesel Sandy described the last newsletter as "quick and dirty" was really short and sweet' Officers for the new year are: President Genevieve Capstaff; Vice President Pat Dunleavy; Secretary Sandy Hoesel; Treasurer Al Brady; and Board of Directors Baltimore

Their annual Awards Banquet was held on April 25 ...don't have any news on who won what! And Kim Harris and Charles Moreman had a really spectacular weekend at the shows in Fond Du Lac ...Their RU-WYRD MVP Shortstop Ivan went WD and BOW for two three-point majors, and Maestro's Gretchen went WB for her two three-point majors. They followed it up again the following weekend when Ivan went WD one day, and Gretchen went BOW both days. Way to go! FROM THE

ORE*GUN WIRE NEWS ..• By Mary Hanson

The Club held its annual meeting in January and the following folks were elected: President is Ray Calkins; Secretary is Mary Hanson (Editor too of their newsletter); Treasurer is Lynn Calkins; and Mel Lee is Ff Chairman. Board Members are Mel Lee, Peter Nelson and Dan Larson. Several members volunteered to serve in the Club's booth at the Sportsmen's Show. Thanks to Mike and Denise Barr, Charles and Sheri Cansler, Jim Greybill, Charlie Forth, Bob and Mary Howard, Peter Nelson, Dan Larson, Mel Lee and Ray Calkins for answering questions about the GWP's. Several inquiries about club membership were received. A Hunting Test is on the books for the weekend of June 21. And a Huntingrrraining Day is scheduled for May 10. Von Duffin's Tornado, owned by Ann and Terry Duffin, took WB at the GWP Club of Northern California Specialty. It was worth a four-point major! Way to go ..Tori needs one more point to finish ....And Ann is recovering from whelping not one but two litters, and also from recent heart surgery.




Twin Cities GWP Club ...Liz Barrett-Dixon Now that Spring has finally arrived, the snow shoes have been put away for another season, the water-wings have been laid to rest, its time for field events to start, and everyone is saying "Thank Heavens". Since they couldn't be outdoors, most club members have been showing their dogs indoors, and in return have a lot to "show" for it. Especially Bob Strassman. His Blauermond's The Accomplice (Spotty) took a couple of BOBs at the Minneapolis KC Show. At the GWP Club of Illinois Specialty, his Afterhours Sargeant Major took Best in Sweepstakes, and BOS to BIS was Afterhours KS Tzarr Elga (Maggie). And Reserve Winners Dog was his B1auermond's The Highjacker. Spotty also took a three-point major and Maggie went

WB and BOW at another couple of shows in February. More on Bob Strassman - his Liebenwaid's High Flyin' Hilde took First Place in the Amateur Pointer D~vision of the Big Rock Pheasant Hunting Championship 800 points no less! In early January, Backwoods Flexible Flyer, owned by Greg Dixon, went Winners Dog. The next day Rhonda and Brian Amundson's Willy Point Roosters went WD for a 3-point major! And WB went to Linda Michaelis' Ida Hill's Sadie Lady. This finished Sadie's bench title! Congrats to all. The club held a "Spring Training Day" at the Backwoods Kennels at the end of March. Greg was off on his Texas Training Trip, so Liz and a lot of others got to help beginners with the young puppies. A Pot Luck Lunch was also part of the day!



Delaware Valley GWP ...By Ian Fast Joy Brewster finished a couple of kids from her "infamous" litter of 14...Ch Cassio's Benjamin Jack finished with BOB winds over Specials from the 9-12 or 12-18 month classes. On the way to his title he also granered seven Group placements. Not to be outdone, litter brother, Ch Cassio' s Blitz Attack finished his title undefeated from the classes. Audrey Meinke's Carmel's Blazing Star is an up- n-coming "star" he took a BOB out ofthe puppy class and BOW at another show. His half brother from Canada, Follyhill' s The Show Must Go On went BOW in his US Show debut. Back in Canada, he took a Group III and a puppy Group I!

GWP CLUB OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ... By Susan Cutter & Lynn Sandor Lynn Sandor has volunteered to compile the club's "Brag" reports, and in their current new letter, she left no doubt about which dog won/placed or passed in any event...on the bench or in the field or obedience ring. It may be old news but Lynn's Wildwings Party Girl, JH (T) finished her Bench Title. And Ed & Sarah Sangster's Wildwings Camden, JH has been picking up the points at shows. In fact, his win at the Specialty finished his bench title too! And taking it one more level, both dogs finished their JH titles in four straight hunting tests! At the Club's Hunting Test in February, several club members put legs on their Wires: In MH, Silke Alberts' DCIAFC Cadenburg Magie V Rogue, CDX got two legs (Randy Berry was doing the handling) and Ken Rader's Rader's Crickett of Quail got one leg. In SH, Gary Bonini's Weidenhugel Highwayman (Willie) got two legs. And in JH, Archie Smith's Weidenhugel Blitz V Simon got two legs; Robert Rittenhouse's Cadenburg Ursus V Trey (Fritz) got two legs; the above mentioned Camden got his final two legs; Ken Rader's Rader's One Over Par (Bogie) and Bob Zanolini's Weidenhugel Gretch V Merlin (Sadie) each got one leg. In the Obedience Ring, Cindy Heiller' s Weidenhugel Ukiah V Rap, JH put another title after his name by earning his Companion Dog title. And Helena Madsen's Neekohaus' Spicy Thistle (Spice) got a qualifying score in Open A.

Other Bench honors went to Patti Roberts who finished Weidenhugel Glory Days, and Jerry & Leslie Clark finished Side by Side's Bee O'Shadra. Showing that she's not just another pretty face, Bee scored a perfect 112 in NA VHDA Natural Ability. She was the youngest dog of any breed to be awarded a perfect score in the fall testing series. (There were 123 NA Prize I, II and III's awarded!) Tom Jarnich's Walnubberg's Upland Thunder, JH got a Fourth Place in Novice A. He was tied for Third, but lost in a run-off. Who says field dogs shouldn't do obedience? At the Club's recent Field Trial, the results of Wirehair placements are as follows: Amateur Gun Dog: Second - Bounty's Justa Margarita (Sakiey) Amateur Limited Gun Dog: Second: DCI AFC Schnellberg' s Gretta MH (Tait) Third - Hellbender's Laser Two (Koeber) Open Derby: Third - Cadenberg's Wicked One V Ike (Tait) Open Puppy: Fourth - Cadenberg's Wicked One V Ike (Tait) Amateur Walking Puppy: First: Cadenberg's Wicked One V Ike (Tait) Second: Hellbender's Pennysaver (Hinchman) Third: Schnellberg's Black Tie Affair (Owen) Fourth: Schnellberg's Sneak Preview (Owen) Everyone is putting their heads together with plans for the 1998 Nationals. All the ground work is being laid now, so that the pieces will all fall into place smoothly when the time comes. That covers all the bases for now


As guest columnist in the latest issue of the newsletter, Helena shared many of her obedience training techniques ...she stresses that she makes learning a game (a serious one she says) that Wirehairs will think is FUN ...and we know what they do when they think its for fun ....Helena has put 4 CDs, 5 CDXs, 1 UD, 2 JHs, I SH and 1 TD on a Dobe, an English Setter, an Aussie, a GSP and on her two GWPs. Her two GWPs were the easiest to train! Taking over the reins from Mildred Revell as President is Randy Berry. Her feet may be smaller, but the shoes will still be hard to fill! Ann & Terry Duffin's Liscense Plate


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Treasurers Report First of all, I'd like to thank all of our members who have paid their 1997 dues. Several enthusiastic people actually paid twice! We currently have 357 paid memberships for 1997. Once again many of you chose to donate to our rescue fund. MANY THANKS!! The final figures on our 1996 National Events Week are in. The profit for the national club is $1,656.94. In addition, we collected $260.00 on auction items which were donated to the rescue fund making a total deposit of$I,916.94. GREAT JOB TWIN CITIES! ! Checking account balance on March 31, 1997 - $3,873.44 Savings account balance on March 31, 1997 - $12,491.39 Linda Michaelis/ Treasurer

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GWP CLUB OF EASTERN NEBRASKA (Submitted by Art Armbrust) The GWPC of Eastern Nebraska received a plaque from Bev Turner of the "Make A Wish" Foundation for donating proceeds from the Club's training seminar held last year. The donation totaled $1,000. The honor was bestowed at the club's picnic. Shown left to right in the photo are club members: Leland Green, Bruce Falk, Art Armbrust (President), Stan Po chop (Treasurer), Bill Perkins (VP), Ms. Turner, Bob Henserson and Derek Jackson (Secretary).

TO: GWPCA MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING APRIL 30, 1997 NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 1997 Annual Meeting of the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America will be held at 8:00PM PDST on Sunday September 28, 1997 at the Shilo Inn in Richland, Washington. Pursuant to Article III, Section 1, items to be placed on the agenda of the Annual Meeting must be received by the Secretary no less than thirty (30) days prior to the meeting. NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, after careful consideration, the Nominating Committee has submitted the following slate of nominees for the Board positions listed below for the two-year term commencing January 1, 1998. Vice- President: Secretary: Eastern Director:

Penny Ljungren (Incumbent) Karen Nelsen (Incumbent) Malcolm Decker (Incumbent)

(Washington) (California) (Pennsylvania)

Pursuant to Article V, Section 4(B): "Additional nominations may be made by written petition addressed to the Secretary and recei ved at her regular address no later than September 15 in each year, signed by five (5) members and accompanied by the written acceptance of each such additional nominee signifying his/her willingness to to a candidate." It would be greatly appreciated if any additional nominations were submitted as soon as possible. of the candidate's background and qualifications.

Please include a brief resume

REMINDER: Items for the Annual Meeting agenda must be received by me no later than August 28,1997. In accordance with the Constitution, additional subjects cannot be brought up from the floor at the meeting.

Karen Nelsen, Secretary 25821 Lucille Avenue, Lomita, CA 90717 (310) 530-3264



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Reactions to the letter of Jon Prescott: To The Editor Let me begin by establishing my perspective and stating certain specifics that are part of the baggage I bring to this discussion. My wife, Leslie, andI own (among other Wires) a one year old bitch bred by Jon and Margaret Prescott. We have been involved with Wires for almost 13 years, bred three litters, finished many dogs in the breed ring (our own and dogs for friends), campaigned several specials to national rankings, placed obedience titles on a number of our dogs (entirely my wife's efforts) and have several of our bred! owned dogs with various hunting titles including the Master Hunter. We are strong believers in and, to the extent we are able, practitioners of the dictum that Wires are truly happiest as the Versatile dog. we have participated in several of the GWPCA National Events, more than a dozen regional specialties, worked in various capacities at locally hosted field trials, secretaried Hunting Tests, done some breed judging and actively worked as a member of the Eastern PA Stewards Club for almost two years. The aforementioned is by way of perspective, not to establish any sort of credentials. My specific reactions to Jon's letter are as follows: 1. I agree entirely with Jon's overall premise that we as owners, but more so as breeders, are "the keepers of the breed." If we do not recognize that responsibility and act accordingly, the future ofthe dogs we profess to love so much is left to those who do not know what it is they view, nor often seem to care. 2. I would take issue with some of the emphasis Jon uses as justification for his findings; it seems to me that breed showing isjust as subject to the professional handler as trialing, but in equal fairness, I am convinced that both areas of activity are populated by a significant number of owner handlers who are every bit as talented and successful. Many of my "amateur" field friends are often invited to preside at trials and or hunting events based on the respect they command for knowledge and experience and do so with wonderful success. Note: In an early handling seminar I attended more than a decade ago, George Alston pointed out that the sport of dogs was one of the few activities where amateur and professional compete head to head with no regulations other than paying your money and following the same rules. To accept that fact was most important if you are going to compete - keep in mind, you do not have to compete in any program or at any level to happily own a Wire. Conversely, the pro spends more time in preparation, has greater opportunity to learn from the masters and has more experience in whatever are of dogs we are speaking about. That fact is a given - still, amateurs in large numbers do well. They finish Wires in every area we touch with our dogs. 3. I believe as Jon that education is paramount if we are to improve what we do. However, I would place equal emphasis on the breeder/owner as well as the judging community. Most novices do not know that much about what they are looking at, getting that knowledge is demanding, time consuming and often costly. Even with the use of the standard, basic dog anatomy and terminology are too often things about which folks know very little. Those in the breed whose interest is chiefly self-serving (and who often are not

that knowledgeable) can be seen extolling the virtues of an open coat, or a poorly angulated shoulder or an exhibit that is not balanced. self proclaimed experts with little actual knowledge to share are one ofthe most serious problems we face in protecting the breed. It is my understanding that Judy Cheshire, Educational Chair for the National Club, is working on an educational effort to be directed at AKC Breed judges - Bravo! I hope that there will be a spin off for the membership and those who develop interest in out Wires. Having presented several breed seminars to judge's groups, I've found those folks to be very receptive, to enjoy examining good dogs and being deeply appreciative of the exhibit that is not billed "as the 2nd coming." We must be honest in showing people, novice and veteran, what we should not tolerate in our dogs. Note: book "larnin" is not the be-all end-all in our sport any more so than others. However, two books recently recommended to me I found extremely informative and count as prizes in my canine library are Patricia Craige's BORN TO WIN (Doral) and K-9 STRUCTURE AND TERMINOLOGY (Howell) by E.M. Gilbert, Jr. & Thelma R. Brown. The first deals with breeding and related subjects while the second centers on structure and movement of pure bred dogs. Neither is GWP breed specific; both provide depth for "technically challenged" dog persons like me. 4. I hope that Jon's concern for trialers who do not hunt is not universal for all of us in the breed. Though I am not opposed to hunting, I have not done so since leaving the army 30 years ago, but love my wires deeply despite this personality flaw. I do enjoy watching dogs work and feel the hair on the back of neck stand up at a good point, back or retrieve. Summary- From the various perspective Jon used to discuss our treasures, it seems that we are blessed with a buffet of means through which to safeguard and enjoy our dogs, a veritable rainbow of choices of "what to do next" with this versatile breed. How blessed we are not to have selected a breed for which one activity is all they can handle. Jon and I end up at a similar destination having traveled by different roads. The GWPs would be better served if, as keepers of the breed, we put our human interests second to the welfare of the dogs, recover from various levels degrees of kennel blindness which has limited our vision and move things forward. I do have very little patience with and tolerance for those Wire people who are experienced and knowledgeable, yet, despite knowing that a specific dog or line has evidenced breeding defects not mentioned in our standard such as dysplasia, abnormal thyroid, hormonal problems, PRA, and most recently the potential problem of Von Willebrands s discussed in the FeblMarch Wire News, continue to use the animal as part of their breeding program. This selfish, unethical behavior and the potential damage it does to countless breeding programs it may eventually effect cannot be calculated. I assume that those who follow such policies must be compelled by some inner desire to make a mark in the breed, but the end result is the mark they put on the breed, not what they intend. It should be obvious that such individuals are already in violation of the GWPCA Code of Ethics.


is proud to present:

*Ch. Blauermonds

The Accomplice

3/28/96 (St. Croix's Breezin Boogaloo x Liebenwaids Hi Flying Hilde)

Weat Blauermonds are very proud of our first Champion. "Spotty" finished his championship April 5, 1997 in Wichita, Kansas at 1year and 8 days old with all majors, by going Winners Dog and Best of Winners. This was after being home only a week, after six weeks of hunting and training in Texas. Wewould like to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful peoplewho were helped us on this great adventure. Greg & Liz Dixon of Backwoods Kennels for all of their support and encouraging us to show "Spotty". Walt and Tina Whitmore of Afterhours Kennels who took us under their wing at Nationals and showed us the ropes. Patti Diehlof Thornwoods Kennels for all of her help and coaching in Chicago. And to Bruce and Sue Mueller for letting Boogie sire this wonderful litter. Last but not least to our daughter (and sister) Stephanie who handled "Spotty" like an expert through it all. **Watch for "Spotty's" littermate Blauermonds the High Jacker, "Jack". Jack went Best of Breed over 6 Specials from the 12-18 class in Wichita on Sunday, April 6th for a 5PT major.

Blauermond German Wirehairs Bob & Mary Strassman, Stacy Risler & Stephanie Strassman 3809 37th St, Elk Mound, WI 54739


(715) 874-5082


In conclusion I suggest we evaluate the dogs as they appear and not who owners or bred them. Are we capable of that? Ask yourself when next you shave or put on your make up. Morality, honesty and real objectivity cannot be legislated by any group unless the concepts are first understood and accepted by the membership. that journey is not an easy or short one, but one worth embarking on if we have the heart and stomach. Jerry Clark Allentown, NJ

A Road Trip In January amidst the winter weather, a decision was made to attend the Tar Heel Circuit in sunny warm North Carolina in' March. I agreed to fly into Detroit and drive south with my friend, Gail Richardson, to Raleigh, North Carolina. Perhaps I should back up and tell you the truth before you hear it from the grapevine. In July, 1995, I flew to Detroitto breed Halley to Levi. I no sooner had arrived when the weather went to pieces. A heat wave and tornado both hit- the Richardsons were without power, water, etc. for the duration of my visit. And then the day before I arrived on this visit, the worst ice storm in 20 years hit and created havoc. So I was given the name "Calamity Jane." We left Metamora, MI on Sunday, March 16 from the Richardsons, surrounded by the remains of the ICE STORM. It was a beautiful sight, but not one we were sorry to leave as we headed for the sunny south. The day turned out to be catastrophe free, thank goodness and we headed south after going west to see Ed and Barb Tucker's puppies. Cambridge, West Virginia, was our first home away from home. The weather was improving as we continued south. the next morning was crisp but clear. We drove most of the next day through beautiful country, more pleased all the while with the signs of spring. The entries for GWP' s were larger than we imagined, 4-6-11. for the first couple of days. The weather on Tuesday was beautiful, almost 70 and sunny, just what we had been seeking. Our show results weren't what we had hoped, and the weather was becoming dismal. On Wednesday it rained over an inch and a half. and this is what we came south for? We did go on a tour of AKC, it was very educational and informative. We now know actual people to contact with questions, problems, etc. Three floors of files, tapes, computers, machines, a very pleasant environment. We spent time with other owners of fuzzy face critters- Linda Thompson, Peggy Rich and Janet Herzberg (both of whom finished their bitches), Pat, Dick and Rich Uhnavy and Ann and George Harvey. some member of our group participated in a costume contest, going as a POODLE no less, and winning $100.00!! Thursday through Sunday brought us very nice weather, sunny skies, pleasant temperatures, low humidity, green grass and lots of blossoming flowers and trees. Neither of us returned home with new champions, but we had fun, relaxed and made new friends. What else could we ask for? Ann Duffin

Happy Endinns, thank noodness To the Editor, Ijust wanted to let everyone know what a fabulous asset Karen Nelson is for wirehair rescue! I have always been the rescuer and not the rescuee, you might say, even first getting into wirehairs by adopting two littermates from an area dog pound. We never in a million years ever thought that we would get one of my OWN dogs back through rescue but we have since learned anything can happen in the not-always-nice world of dogs. To make a long story short, we sold a bitch to a man in California about a year ago. We had MANY conversations prior to and after Lexie's departure from our house. Everything seemed great. Then,one night very recently, I got a call from Karen. Seems that Karen had Lexie at her home after taking possession of her from a near-by training kennel who evidently had not been paid for over a thousand dollars worth of board bills on her. Evidently, Lexie's new owner was inaccessible and the debt was adding up daily so the kennel decided to cut their losses and were responsible enough to contact Karen for GWP rescue. After some quick investigative work, Karen contacted us and we had Lexie back within a day or two! Thankfully, this rescue story has a happy ending in that Lexie was not the victim of abuse and, due completely to Karen's intervention, is back home just as happy as if she never left, complete with her "WOO WOO WOOOOOOOOOO" whenever we speak to her! I suppose somewhere in here I had two real points to make. The first and most obvious being to thank Karen for being there, taking the time, and making the efforts on behalf of wirehairs. Had it not been for her, there is no telling where Lexie may be now. The second is that don't ever think that you will never be in the need of the services of rescue. As conscientous as we felt we were in making the decision for her to go to this home both before and after, we would have never imagined Lexie ending up having to be rescued. It can and does happen! Sincerely, Jack and Temple Watson

New Club Dear Wire News Readers, I am writing on behalf of the new GWP Club of Utah. We held our first organizational meeting on April 5, 1997 in Elberta, Utah. We elected officers as follows: Hal Christensen - President Kay Craig - Vice President Linda Craig - Sec.rrreas. Board of Directors: Dawn Christensen Tom Dangerfield Robin Knold Anyone interested in information regarding our club please contact: Hal and Dawn Christensen 2560 W. Carson Ln., West Jordan, Utah 84084 (80l) 255-9391 or (801) 963-7824 Fax (801) 963-7824 Kay and Linda Craig 9166 S. Solena Way, Sandy, Utah 84093 (801) 943-9814 Hal Christensen

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Price: $600, started dog I've been holding on to this promising puppy in order to place him in a home where his full potential can be realized in hunt test and/or field trial competition. Like his maternal grandfather DC/AFC Cascade Ike, MH. he has immense drive, intensity and style. Like both his parents he is very trainable. happy and an excellent companion. He is crate- and housetrained, started in basic obedience. has been worked on birds and shot around. Call for additional information. pedigree. photos. etc.

The Scalia kel'\I'\el Laura Reeves 18129 19th Dr. SE Bothell. V,'i\ 98012 (206) 483-2920



WANTED Breed Education Liaisons .lob Description: Qualified applicants must be able to share breed knowledge (unbiased opinions, of course!) with those potentially interested in obtaining

AKC approval to judge

GWPs. Basic understanding

of breed history, original

purpose, coat and breed standard is essential. The ideal applicant will have a minimum of ten years involvement in our breed, have bred at least four litters and have produced several champions of record (show or field). Unconditional

love of fuzz faces is a must! Desire to

educate is preferred.



Education potential and licensed judges of our breed is the responsibility of the GWPCA and all of it's members. As Judges Education coordinator, I would like to ask your help in putting together a network of Breed Education Liaisons in different areas of the country. A Breed Education Liaison is someone who is knowledgeable about the breed and is willing to share information and answer questions about German Wirehaird Pointers. Members involved in Show and field events are equally important. anyone contacting me for information about the breed will be encouraged not only to observe a significant entry of GWP' s at a show, but to also attend a performance event (Field Trial or Hunting Test) and watch the dogs work. It would be an invaluable experience for a judge to have a "breed expert" available as a resource. Liaisons would be contacted on an "as needed" basis and time spent would be at their convenience. Volunteers are welcome to contact me for more information. Thanks! Judy Cheshire GWPCA Judges Education coordinator (516) 671-3564 Home (516) 674-7438 Work

Ed. Note; This is an article I picked up on the internet. Even though it does not discuss German Wirehaired Pointers in particular, it does discuss breeding habits in general. It contains much food for thought for breeders of all breeds. My thanks to the auathor and The Dog Zone for their permission to reprint it here. Please take note of the copyright message at the end of the article. Bernee

Eliminating Genetic Diseases in Dogs: A Buyer's Perspective By Gary Mason

Introduction This paper is the first product of an effort I have undertaken that was prompted by the discovery that our five month old Scottish Terrier suffered from Type III von Willebrand's Disease (vWD). The existence of this genetic bleeding disorder was unknown to us until he suffered a near fatal bleeding episode for no apparent reason. Subsequent treatment and testing revealed that he was affected with vWD. We were quite naive - as I suspect many people are - when we bought our dog. Both of his parents were AKC registered, which we assumed meant that he was a healthy dog from healthy stock. In fact, prior to discovering his affliction, he too was registered (though we could have registered him even after discovering his malady). We have learned the hard way that having papers means very little, if anything, about the genetic health of a purebred dog. This experience convinced us that dogs, and those who own them, should not have to live under the conditions dictated by genetic diseases. This is especially true since in the main they could be prevented. Our dog's disease has generated a lot of additional expense and worry which might have been avoided by a properly designed and managed breeding program. It has alsobecome clear to us that prospective buyers should be better educated about the world of dogs before they make an investment that could lead to considerable extra expense, and worse, the heartbreak of losing a beloved friend too early. This effort has no funding or sponsorship from any organization or other individuals. We neither breed nor show dogs, and have no plans to do so in the future. This is a personal attempt to contribute to the identification of, the development of tests for, and the progress of efforts toward the eradication of genetic diseases in dogs.

This article is intended to be an objective exposition on the subject of genetic diseases in domestic dogs. It is of the utmost importance that the information presented be as neutral as possible so as to encourage all interested parties to engage in productive dialog. No attempt will be made to attach any measure of goodness or acceptability to one view of an issue over another. It is hoped that this approach will enable synergies to be created by joint activity among and between parties interested in improving canine genetic health. While no one is intentionally being eliminated from the target audience, the specific constituencies being addressed are breeders, breed clubs, dog registration organizations, prospective dog purchasers, researchers, and veterinarians.

Goal of the Effort The goal of this effort is to provide assistance to any and all concerned parties in hopes of making progress toward the elimination of genetic diseases in dogs, and to generate additional interest in that effort. To that end, it is intended to: • Educate the audience on the subject of genetic diseases in dogs. • Present a brief summary of some of the research and other activities currently underway which are working toward the elimination of genetic diseases in dogs. • Suggest some options and approaches which can be examined with regard to their effectiveness in reaching this goal, in both the short term and the long term. • Foster open dialog and cooperation among and between all interested parties.

Scope of the Effort Although primarily terrier breeds are referenced here, this effort is not limited to any specific diseases or breeds. On the contrary, it is intended to encompass the widest range of both. It is hoped that in this way, the largest possible group of people will be induced to participate, and the broadest view of the subject will be developed. This document is a first step, and proposes to use Type III von Willebrand' s Disease in the Scottish Terrier as the example around which to build a framework for further efforts. The current level of knowledge about this disease is extensive, and indicates that this disease, in this breed, presents one of the simplest cases of genetic disease in the dog. Even if this proves to be true, vWD still offers a formidable set of challenges to the community committed to its eradication. But as a relatively simple example, it provides the opportunity to start small. The framework developed for attacking vWD could be used as the starting point for more elaborate requirements which would be dictated by more complex diseases.

Description of the Problem Many diseases in the domestic dog are genetic in origin. Examples are vWD, Collie Eye Anomaly, porto systemic shunt, hemophilia, Scottie Cramp, hip dysplasia, Legg/ Calve Perthes, medial patellar luxation, and craniomandibular osteopathy (CMO) - the list is very long. So far, over five hundred genetic diseases have been identified in purebred dogs, and over a hundred in mixed breeds. They can affect conformation, health (virtually all systems in the body are subject), and temperament. In Scotties alone there are 36 identified genetic diseases, with

similar numbers affecting each of several other terrier breeds. There is a great deal of scientific research being performed on the identification of the specific causes of genetic diseases. Because some of the diseases exhibited by dogs are also evident in humans (vWD is the most common human inherited blood disease) some benefit could derive from canine research which would be of use in pursuing the human form of the same, or related, diseases.

Technical Obstacles "There are no more easy problems." Anonymous The need for accurate definition of the mode of inheritance - The underlying causes of genetic diseases can be very complex. Efforts are underway to identify and isolate specific genes, and combinations of genes, related to various diseases. But it will probably be a very long time before most have been isolated. The research process is costly and very time consuming. Variation in the expression of the disease - Genetic diseases which appear to be identical across breeds may in fact be caused by different genetic conditions. For example, vWD is believed to exemplify one mode of inheritance in Scottish Terriers, and another in German Shorthaired Pointers. The absence of accurate tests - Some genetic characteristics can be determined by observation, but more frequently tests are necessary to identify specific genetic diseases. There are currentl y two tests for vWD, one more recent (and accurate) than the other. They test for the same constituent in the blood, but use different testing techniques. These tests are based upon measuring the quantity of a specific chemical in the blood, and while the test itself is very good, the results are subject to substantial variation based upon the collection and handling of the test samples. And there can be major variations in the amount of the chemical present in the animal due to its condition at the time of sample collection. Other genetic diseases depend upon other methods for their diagnosis. These include X-ray, physical manipulation, and other techniques. Testing for recognized genetic markers, or the genes themselves, will offer a virtually foolproof method for diagnosis. When a definitive testis developed for any disease, there should be no reason to ever produce a puppy adversely affected by that disease.

The Human Component Any attempt to address the genetic disease problem in dogs must take into account the human component. People breed dogs for many reasons. While there are exceptions to every rule, most breeders of pedigreed dogs do seem to have the animals' best interests at heart. In the main, the production of dogs with genetic diseases today is not done out of malice, but out of ignorance due to a of lack of historical genetic information. But there are other forces at work as well. Many dogs are shown at events sanctioned by various registration groups. Breeders of winning dogs earn the respect of their peers and others, and that respect can lead to enhanced benefits to the breeders. Within this environment, other benefits can also be accrued from breeding winning dogs. These include improving the breed; gaining personal satisfaction; and commanding higher prices for puppies bred from the winners bloodlines. For genetic diseases to be eliminated, they should be given at least as much weight as the other factors considered when breeding a dog - principally conformation and behavioral traits. For any plan to be successful would probably require that these benefits remain achievable at current rates or better. The incentives provided forthe breeding of dogs without genetic diseases should be at least as good - probably better - than exist today.

An Approach to the Problem Since genetic diseases are passed to subsequent generations by parents who contribute the causal factors contained within their own genetic makeup, one point regarding this problem is fundamental: The elimination of genetic diseases can only be accomplished through selective breeding The problems lie in determining how to identify the diseases' causal factors in dogs; in understanding when not to breed them; and in the implementationm of selective breeding programs based upo these factors. Some of the avenues to be investigated include:

Basic Education First and foremost in solving any problem is ensuring that everyone involved un-

derstands it. While genetics can be a very complex technical subject, the basic information required to make progress toward the elimination of genetic disease by developing an effective breeding program is within the reach and understanding of everyone concerned. Breeders should understand the implications of genetic diseases recognized as affecting their breeds, and take steps to breed only those dogs that will minimize the propagation of unwanted characteristics. Prospective buyers should be made aware of the genetic diseases related to the breed they are considering. And they should learn to ask that test results or genetic histories for the animals they are planning to purchase be explained to them. Veterinarians should be able to recognize genetic diseases, and inform owners, breeders, and prospective breeders of their presence in dogs they examine and treat. A general information publication on genetic diseases in all dogs could be prepared. A cooperative effort among many breed clubs and other interested organizations could reduce cost and gain maximum exposure for such a product. By crossing many breeds, a single publication could be offered to the public at many venues, including shows for single and multiple breeds, county and state fairs, and other events at which those interested in dogs might be expected to attend. There are many opportunities to spread the word.

Genetic Information Sharing Dog breeders should have access to at least the phenotypic history of dogs in the lines that produced the prospective mates. Having this information would help breeders to reduce the probability of the occurrence of diseases by enabling them to determine the statistical risks involved for propagating those diseases. The absence of this information means breeding with no possible way of predicting the outcome. It becomes a matter of pure chance. One way to make this essential information available to breeders is through an open registry, in which genetic diseases are recorded along with the information currently available in the pedigree. Today a stigma is often attached to a breeder and their breeding stock if this information is made known. Rather than sharing the information, this attitude leads to hiding it away.

KENNELS YON DUFFIN is pleased to announce the breeding of




Both of these GWP's show excellent hunting skills and delightful temperments. Several of Zack' s kids have alreadyplaced in field trials as puppy/derby dogs and are doing equally as well in the hunting test scene. Both Zack and Halley are working on their Master titles with Halley being over half way there.

Terry and Ann Duffin 64155 N. Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97701 (541) 388-3739

Open registries sponsored by bree d clubs could remove this obstacle, and facilitate improved breeding programs. While not perfect, it can certainly help to reduce the problem, and it is within the reach and capabilities of everyone today.

Preregistration Testing Testing of animals could be required before they are accepted by registration organizations. Ideally, registration would automatically enhance the database of genetic information available for use in breeding programs. Very few registration organizations do this today. Registration of litters could be withheld until test results, histories of the parents, or both were presented to and validated by the organizations. Registration could also c.arry with it the requirement to monitor the ongoing health of the dog, and to report the appearance of genetic diseases should they occur after registration.

Show Validation Participation in shows could be made dependent upon test results being furnished to, and being evaluated by, the sponsoring organizations. Once entered, judges could impose penalties on animals that were found to have visible characteristics related to genetic diseases, and forward that information to the appropriate registry.

Modification of Breed Standards All breed standards are, in effect, artificial. They have been developed by selectively breeding dogs over the years until they display a certain set of desired characteristics. Sanctioning bodies have procedures by which they can change the standards for VarIOUSreasons. Physical conformation should be secondary to the health and temperament of an animal. If genetic diseases are associated with conformance characteristics in an inseparable way, breed standards could be modified to eliminate the incentive for breeding to those characteristics once the underlying association has been identified. In England, through a cooperative effort between the UKC and veterinary organizations, standards that created a propensity for disease have been eliminated from all breeds. The Council of Europe has also enacted resolutions that address the elimination of genetic diseases in dogs.

Registration Organizations Several organizations throughout the world register purebred dogs. In general, their charters are similar, and they share the common goal of preserving the integrity of purebred dog breeds. There are clubs that sanction various forms of competition, and others that deal solely with medical issues. Some of the oldest, largest, and most familiar include: The American Kennel Club CAKe) - Founded in 1884, it is the oldest and most prestigious dog registration organization. The AKC includes in its mission: maintaining and preserving the integrity of a registry for purebred dogs; sanctioning of dog events that promote interest in, and sustain the process of, breeding for type and function of purebred dogs; and taking whatever actions are necessary to protect and assure the continuation of the sport of purebred dogs. These activities are undertaken with the objective of advancing the study, breeding, exhibiting, running, and maintenance of purebred dogs. The United Kennel Club CUKC) The UKC was formed in 1898, and today provides an alternative to the more widely known AKC in the United States. It performs many of the same functions: registry, shows, and stud books. The UKC recognizes 212 breeds, including some that the AKC does not. The UKC offers breed, obedience, agility, and hunting trials. The American Canine Association (ACA) - A canine registry with a major goal of tracking genetic health. They encourage breeders to perform genetic tests which then appear on their Registration Certificates, and strive to educate consumers to realize that terms "registration" and "champion" do not have the significance that we previously thought they had.

Health Related Organizations These are some of the organizations working on canine medical issues: Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals (GDC) - In an open registry such as the one maintained by GDC, owners, breeders, scientists, and veterinarians can trace the genetic history of any particular dog. In order to control the increasing pres-

ence of genetic diseases, we must know how prevalent such diseases are in the breed and in any particular dog's bloodlines. The information about each dog automatically becomes linked in the open registry with their relatives. An open registry offers this information for the selection of mates whose bloodlines indicate a reduced risk of producing genetic disease. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) - This organization specializes in examining and rating dogs with specific regard to hip dysplasia. The Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) - An organization dealing with canine diseases of the eyes. Other organizations have embarked upon research and education programs related to health and genetic diseases in specific breeds. Of all AKC registered breed clubs, nearly three quarters have committees to address health concerns in their breeds. Nearly half have a code of ethics that includes health issues. Many breed clubs have either formed or are investigating the formation of tax exempt foundations to pursue health issues within their breeds. Among the organizations implementing such health related programs are: The Scottish Terrier Club of America (S.T.C.A.) Health Trust Fund, which was founded in 1994 to detect and investigate health problems; monitor health in Scottish Terriers; participate in research to enhance the prevention of illness; develop and advocate sound breeding practices; foster safe and healthy environments; study and share information that promotes better health in all purebred dogs; and promote and encourage constructive attitudes toward health concerns. In addition, membership in the S.T.C.A. requires that a Code of Ethics be signed which supports the issue of genetic disease elimination in the breed. The Cairn Terrier Club of America (CTCA). Their Committee for Health Related Concerns surveyed club members in 1987 for the purpose of determining the presence and frequency of genetic diseases in the breed. They have subsequently carried out an intensive education program, engaged the Institute for Genetic Disease Control to provide their open registry, and produced an award winning reference manual on Cairn Terrier genetic diseases. The West Highland Anomaly Task Council, Inc. (WatcH), which was Formed in the late 1980s for the purpose of understanding and controlling genetic diseases in West Highland White Terriers. WatcH has


In The Field

Prepared and handled during the NAVHDA NA testing by breeder Jon Prescott, "Bee" scored a perfect 112 becoming the youngest NA Prize 1 Dog with a perfect score for all breeds tested during the 1996 NAVHDA testing series as reported in NAVHDA 1996 TEST RESULTS (JAN 97) at 7 months, 2 days of age. A week later she completed her AKC Water Retrieval Qualification and shortly thereafter placed 2nd in her only field trial outing to that time. Being hunted over for grouse the first time by her breeder, she successfully retrieved to hand a wounded grouse alive and unmarked. She is in pursuit of more field training.

Breeders Side By Side Kennels Jon & Margaret Prescott



BEE O'SHADRA, JH* al Ability Prize



On The Bench

Finished exclusively from the puppy class, "BEE"began at five months going Best Puppy and BIM over adults at the local Wire Club fun match. Continuing a roll as BPIM at Burlington County KC's "B"match, she was shown officially 2 weeks later for her 1st AKC point at Devon (BOB) followed by three majors (a Hat Trick) on successive days in November. In December at the Delaware Water Gap (DVGWPC Supported Entry) she was pointed Best Breed Puppy by Breeder Judge Eric Bergishagen and Group II in the Puppy Group. On February 2 "BEE" finished her AKC Championship (BCKC) by going BOB over a Special.

ation Pending

Proudly Owned and Presented By Shadra's Kennels Jerry & Leslie Clark

undertaken programs for education, information sharing, genetic counseling, and research. They have conducted health surveys among the WHWT population, and created a registry to track several genetic anomalies in Westies. The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America (JRTCA). Unlike other registries which register entire litters at birth, each JRT application for registration is judged on the individual terrier's own merits. Having registered parents does not automatically guarantee that a terrier can be registered. A terrier is not eligible for regist ration until it reaches one year of age and has attained its adult height, dentition, and other aspects considered necessary for full maturity. Each terrier's application for registration must be accompanied by several documents, including a veterinary certificate, a four generation pedigree, a stud service certificate, and color photographs which support the conformation of the dogs to the club standard. Many projects are underway around the world in the fight against geneti c diseases in dogs. The approach taken by organizations varies some are doing scientific research while others are providing education. Here is a sampling of some of these groups: The Dog Genome Project - The Dog Genome Project is attempting to map the entire genetic makeup of the domestic dog (there is a similar project underway for humans). The result will be a useful tool for the

entire scientific community for the purpose of isolating the genes causing inherited diseases. It is a collaborative study involving scientists at the University of California, the University of Oregon, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Dog Genome Project makes all research results available to the scientific community electronically on the W orld- Wide Web prior to traditional publication. Project TEACH of the Pet Health Initiative - Project TEACH (Training and Education in Animal Care and Health) was formed to educate about proper animal care and methods of genetic screening. Project TEACH is an accreditation program for individuals. All TEACH-accredited breeders, pet shops, rescue organizations, and humane societies will screen animals for potential problems before they are sold. AKC Canine Health Foundation路 Established by the AKC in 1995 with a millio dollar endowment. The Foundation is intended to raise money to support health research which will benefit dogs, and will identify areas forresearch and seek qualified individuals to do the research through its Scientific Advisory committee, concerned fanciers, the Delegate Committee on Health Research and Health Education, and others. Since the early 1980's, AKC has been a major funder of genetic research to benefit dogs. The AKC was the principal funder of the work of Dr. Donald Patterson at the University of Pennsylvania to develop the

Canine Genetic Disease Information System, a database for veterinarians. Better Companion Breeders Association (BCBA) - Formerly the Better Dog Breeders Association (B.D.B.A.). A public service agency devoted to the protection of the buying public. They provide their service free to the public, while providing members with special services to assist them in operating their business.

Conclusion A concerted effort is required by everyone involved with purebred dogs if genetic diseases are to be eliminated. Science is making progress, but the time and expense required for the research point toward this being a long term solution. In the short term, the situation must be addressed using thesse tools at hand. Open registries for purebred dogs, administered by their respective breed clubs or independent registry organizations, appear to be the easiest and fastest way to a short term solution. They could also provide valuable corroborative information to genetic disease researchers. Cooperation between dog breeders, researchers, prospective purchasers, and purebred dog organizations at all levels is essential if genetically healthy dogs are to become a reality. One thing is certain without the continued attention of many people, the situation can only get worse.

Selected References Clark, Ross D. and Joan R. Stainer, eds., "Medical and Genetic Aspects ofPurebred Dogs", Veterinary Medicine Publishing Co., Edwardsville, KA., 1983. ISBN 0-935078-24-X. Heshammer, A., and Olsson, S-E., et ai, "Study of heritability in 401 litters of German Shepherd Dogs"; J. AM Vet Med Assoc 174: 1012-1016, 1979. Hutt, F.B., "Genetic selection to reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia in dogs"; J Am Vet Med Assoc; 151: 1041-1048, 1967. Meyers, K., Wardrop, K.J., and Meinkoth, J., "Canine vWD: Pathobiology,diagnosis, and short-term treatment", Compendium on Continuing Education forthe Practicing Veterinarian, 1992, Vol 14(l), pp.13-23. Nicholas, F.W., "Veterinary Genetics", Oxford University Press, New York,NY, 1987. Shook, L., "The Puppy Report: How to Select a Healthy, Happy Dog",Ballantine Books, New York, 1992, ISBN: 1-55821-140-3. Stoko!, T. & Parry, B.W., "Canine von Willebrand Disease: a review", Aust.Vet. Practit. 23 (2), June, 1993. pp. 94 - 103. Willis, Malcolm B. "Practical Genetics for Dog Breeders", Howell Book House,NYC, 1992 and H. F. & G. Witherby Ltd., UK, 1992. Willis, Malcolm B. "The Genetics of the Dog", Howell Book House, NYC, 1989and H. F. & G. Witherby Ltd., UK, 1989. Copyright 1995 Gary F. Mason. All rights reserved. However, you are encouraged to copy and distribute this article fornon-commercial use with the following restrictions: You may not modify the article in any way. You must use the entire article, including the copyrightnotice. You may not charge any fee for use, copying, or distribution of the product except that Non-profit organizations may charge a nominal fee (notto exceed $5.00) until and unless notified by the author to the contrary. Questions or comments? e-mail us at: The Dog Zone


'1(IZ.1E' EIZ." received his Master Hunting title on 9/26/96, at 16 months of age. This is a hard working, playful wire that loves to hunt. He was trained and handled by his owner Baltimore Ortega

SGR Dirty Laundry

Shortwire's Hunt Warrior MH Ch Alisons Drahted Brunhilda MH

The breedinl: that produced "Kreil:er" has been repeated! Litter whelped 4/9197 Dam was a Master Hunter at 2 years old, and finished her Bench championship at 2 1/2 years. She is a personal hunting dog, close working, a great retreiver and loves the water! She is used on ducks and geese as well as upland game and she even has puppies that Turkey hunt!



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Presenting a brand new "Versatile" Champion

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"Brooke" shown here as BOW, for a 5-point major to finish her show Championship at the prestigious Louisville KC show on March 16, 1997!!

From the show ring .... to the field in less than 1 week, for her First Master Hunter Test

March 22, 1997 "Brooke" after receiving her first qualifying leg towards her Master Hunter title less than one week after her Louisville KC Club win!!

She is truly the definition of the word "Versatile" .. a GWP who can do it all!! She will be shown limitedly as a Special while continuing her quest for the Master Hunter title, and will seek her Dual Championship in field trials during the winter of 1997-98. Brooke will not turn 2 until July 20,1997. Thank you Walt & Tina Whitmore of Afterhours Kennel for breeding such an outstanding GWP, and allowing us to own and love her!

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OBEDIENCE STANDINGS 1997 Standings up to and including the April, 1997 Awards Book


Finally, obedience standings are here! I'm Lori Sargent and I volunteered to keep the obedience standings. I'm a member of the Fort Detroit GWP Club in Michigan. I thought this sounded like a fun job and I'm quite active in the obedience realm as well as other dog arena. The board voted to keep track of each level of AKC obedience separately - Novice, Open, Utility - unlike we have done in the past. That means there will be three separate obedience awards each year. I will be taking scores from the AKC Awards book each month. The two systems presented below are used by Front and Finish Magazine. I proposed the two systems by which to keep track of how our dogs are doing in obedience and they voted on the Delaney system. This system ranks dogs that place first through fourth in any obedience class. One point is earned for each dog defeated in the class competition. In a class of20 competing dogs the first place winner would receive 19 points. The second placing dog would receive 18 points, third place 17 points, etc. The First and Foremost system will be used as a tie-breaker or, in the event we have no dogs getting placements, as a means of ranking. The First and Foremost rating system ranks dogs who earned a qualifying score of 170 or more points (Firont and Finish Magazine does not rank Novice dogs with this system) by the following table: F&F Points 8 7 6 5

Score 200 199-199.5 195-198.5 190-194.5 185-189.5 180-184.5 175-179.5 170-174.5


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So, let the race begin! I look forward to getting to know those people that are active in obedience and hopefully, my own dogs will appear in the standings somewhere. I will have the current standings posted in each Wire News. Please keep track of your dog's points and let me know if there is adescrepancy. You may contact me by telephone at (517) 675- 5876 or e-mail: Isargent@dnr.state, or by mail: 10382 Fenner road, Perry, MI 48872

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UTILITY 1. Ch. Jerelin's Stix N Brix CDX, JH

New Obedience Titled GWP's

March & April AKC Awards

Companion Dog Hellbender's Jesse James JH (D) SN18347509 Owner: Dennis J. Dec

(1/18/97) by Hellbender's

Bum's Rush x Hellbenders Desert Storm JH; Breeder: Mary Spies;

Ch. ADPG EZ Come EZ Go JH (B) SN20947904 (2/2/97) by Ch. Ripsnorter's Thunderhart x Ch. Shurcan Potogold Sheza McRae CD JH; Breeder: Judy Cheshire & Danielle McCallum Owner: K Craggs Flatlander's Boisy JH (D) SN16801809 (12/13/96) by Ch. Haar Baron's Casey JH x Ch. Flatlander's Zebar JH; Breeder: Kevin McCauley; Owner: Sandra Hoesel Meise Vom Wilfenberg Geisler

(B) SN40921201

(5/12/96) by rngo Vom Dummersee x Terra V.D. Wupperaue;


Walter Meffle; Owner: Astrid

Companion Dog Excellent Wirehar Spring Chili CD (B) SN06715901 Patrick Masterson

(12/1/96) by Korskote Fyne N Noble x Wirehar Maiden Brook; Breeder:

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New GWP Hunting Test Title Holders


compiled by Lori Sargent



Ch. Jay-Mar's AB's Lieut Warf (D) SN20898501 (2/2/97) by Jay-Mar's Blusassy's Baron x Ch. Jay-Mar's Autumn Reign CD SH; Breeder: M. Jay Collins; Owner: Jam RU-WYRD MVP Triple Play (B) SN32872505 (2/1/97) by Ch. Rogue Isaac x Ch. Silent Storm A-Brewin' CD MH; Breeder/Owner: Karen Nelsen Weidenhugel Heidi V Donner (B) SN32818504 (2/15/97) by Ch. Weidenhugel Donner V Nico x Ch. Weidenhugel Mildred Revell; Owner: Steph

Schazi V Nico; Breeder:

Senior Hunter Ch. Jay-Mar's Blake's Blue Win (D) SN13799105 Dominic Milano Dutch Yon Ostrriesland Jake D. Underwood


JH (D) SNl8197908

(2/1/97) by Haag's Director TD SH x Rawhide's Flake; Breeder:

(1/25/97) by Luger Von Ost[riesland x Midge Von Ost[riesland;

M. Jay Collins; Owner:

Breeder: Jerry Jacobsen;



Ch. Fairoak's Timebomb V Wiesen SH (D) SM91987302 Rawn & Suz Rawn; Owner: Su

(6/2/96) by Ch . Jamars Oh Henry JH x Ch. Comtesse Vom Wiesen; Breeder:

Bucko, Blitzen & Brie Mary Hansen & Bill Hosford


GWP CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FIELD TRIAL - MARCH 22-23 By: Karen Nelsen We had a total of 108 dogs entered and ran close to that number over the two days and two courses of the trial. Thank heaven, Comet Hale-Bopp brought cooler temperatures for the they had been running in the 90's during the week. Unlike our Fall Trial, which ran very, very smoothly, things got off to a rocky start ...a couple of judges had car trouble, horse trouble, or both and it took us a while to get on track. But thanks to Chairman Dominic Milano and Co-Chairman Dominic III, things were soon running slick. The walky-talky's helped get the necessary items to each course more swiftly ...also thanks to Linda Ercoli, who looked like a little munchkin toodling around on Paul Doiron's 4-Track, getting birds planted, supplies to the judges, and water on course. Dominic had brought along a three-wheeler, so between the two "dune buggies", some things were handled without a hitch! To Bob Kellerhouse, who got the fire going for the dinner, cooked up the food and jumped in where he could, a big thanks to you. To Joan Payton and Fran Kidder who got the lunch going on Sunday ...muchas gracias, amigas!. To Karla Weber, who judged and helped prep the potatoes ...merci! To Jimmy and Linda Rice ...we hope you guys are feeling better...sorry you missed the party! Our judges were great, our gunners were terrific! The Happy Hour was the hit of the event, and thanks to everyone who brought a Pot Luck item to share. We all gathered around the fire, watched the spectacular display of the Comet (didn't see the spaceship, though) , ate heartily and enjoyed a wonderful time! GWP Placements were as follows: Amateur Gun Dog: (19 starters) - Retrieving Stake - Four Point Major 1. Ch SGR Witch Hunt, MH (O/H Karen Nelsen) 3. Wright's Hot Toddy, MH (O/H Linda Swenberg)

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GWP CLUB of NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SPRING SPECIALTY SHOW Sharon Jahn & Karen Nelsen The GWPC of Northern California held their annual Specialty on April 19,1997 in conjunction with the Chief Solano Kennel Club in Vallejo, CA. We had 29 entries in the Specialty with 10 entries in the Sweepstakes. The club would like to thank everyone who came to show their dogs. Dogs and their handlers came from as far away as Southern California and Oregon to visit us in Vallejo, CA. The weather was threatening, but held off each day while in the ring and then unleashed its fury to wash the ground each of the three show days ( two days in Vallejo, CA with Chief Solano Kennel Club and one in San Rafael, CA with Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club).

Sweepstakes Judge -T3ne Borders Best in Sweepstakes: Weidenhugel DVM

Gabby V Merlin, Cynthia Heiller,

Best of Opposite Sweeps: Weidenhugel Jocko V Victor, Mildred Revell Regular Classes - Judge William Russel I. Weidenhugel Jocko V Victor (Revell & Perez) I. Weidenhugel Guermo V Merlin (Rangel) I. Fairoaks Designer Genes (Jaffe) I. Wild wings Camden, JH (Sangster) 2. Weidenhugel Antares V Trey (Erlich) 3 High Desert Buster Brown (Loder) 4. Cadenberg Ursus V Trey (Rittenhouse) Winner's Dog: Wildwings Camden, JH (Four Point Major) Reserve WD: Weidenhugel Guermo V Merlin 6-9 Dog 9-12 Dog Bred-By Dog Open Dog

6-9 Bitches 12-18 Bitches

I. Weidenhugel Garbo V Merlin (Heiller & Bravo) 2. Weidenhugel Gavvy V Merlin (Heiller) I. Weidenhugel Patchee V Roscoe (Erlich)

FairOaks Born An Outlaw (Litwin & Le Blanc) Cascade MVP Lacy J (Gross) RU-WYRD MVP Triple Play, JH (Nelsen) Bred-By Fairoaks Follow Me Boys (Jaffe) Jaymar's Kix Standing Ovation (Litwin,Collins& Owen) Am-Bred Wirewoods Sure Shots KC (Rice) Open Bitches Yon Duffin's Tornado (Duffin) Weidenhugel Brie V Simon (Jahn) 3. Weidenhugel Eliza V Pilot (Otto & Meyers) Winner's Bitch: Yon Duffin's Tornado Four Point Major) Reserve WB: Weidenhugel Patchee V Roscoe Field Trial Bitches:Ch Wild wings Party Girl, JH (Sandor) Veteran Dogs: 1. Ch Weidenhugel Merlin V Nico, CD, MH (Ercoli) 2. Ch C Woebegon Warrior (Perry) Veteran Bitches: 1. Ch Cascade Cate Yon Duffin, MH (Duffin) 2. 3. 4. I. 2. I. I. 2.

Best of Breed

Ch Weidenhugel Merlin V Nico, CD, MH Ch Fairoaks No Doubt About It, JH (Jaffe) Wildwings Camden, JH

Best Opposite Best of Winners

It is interesting to note that each of the three big winners has a field title, which leads us to believe that their fitness may have played a role in their placements. After all the congratulatory words had been made to the winners and the photos had been taken, the Club held a wonderful Pot Luck lunch for everyone, under clear skies. A cake also gave testimony to the birthdays of Mildred Revell and Marion Schuster (Karen Nelsen's Mom, who was making her second trip to this show). We won't tell you their ages, but just hope when you get to it, you'll be as active as these two. Thanks to Jill Otto for her great organization as show secretary, and to everyone who brought along one of the fabulous items for sharing there certainly wasn't a need for anyone to have dinner that night. And thanks to everyone from near and far, who came to participate in our Specialty you made it very special indeed!

German Wirehaired Pointers Puppies

Sire: Dam:

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16, 1997

Adel von Horan's Bauernhof ("Sturm" ) NAl, Penn Hip 100th perc. Kettle Creek's Moe NAI -112, UPTI - 181, UT 1- 204 x Andrea KTV Mein Schatz


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by Sheri Graner Ray

Everyone who has owned a dog has thought about having a litter of puppies. Here are some of the most common reasons pets owners give when asked why they want to breed their pets, along with a few facts that need to be considered. 1. "MydoglwsAKCpapers./tshould be bred." This is a common misconception. AKC papers are worth exactly what they are printed on. The AKC is a registry only, not a regulatory agency. They require no proof of health or quality to issue papers. All AKC papers tell you is who the parents of the dog are, they are not a "license to breed." 2. "I paid $XXX.XX dollars for him/ her. I'd like to make that back." According to a recent survey by the American Kennel Club, the average litter of pups looses approximately $2500.00!

There are so many hidden costs that the pet owner may not think about-such as prenatal exams for the bitch, extra food for her when she is pregnant, food for the puppies once they're weaned, the puppies first shots, time off of work to care for the bitch when she's in whelp; the list goes on. What if the dam should run into medical problems? According to the same survey, 63 % of the bitches bred suffer medical problems endangering their and/or their puppies' lives. C-sections, antibiotics, milk replacement for puppies, etc., all cost a lot of money. Most pet owners buy their dogs for pleasure. Do people really expect something bought for enjoyment to "pay for itself?" If someone bought a pretty gold ring, would they shave off little pieces of gold and make earrings so they could sell them and" get their money back?" Of course not! Then why must a dog, who gives so much and asks so little, have to justify its

existence by "paying for itself?" 3. "You need to let them have a litter before they are spayed." or "I want her to experience motherhood." These are nothing more than old wives tales. The benefits of spaying a bitch before her first season out weigh those of leaving her intact. A spayed bitch has no chance of developing pyometria, endometrosis, uterine and ovarian cancer and has a much lesser chance of developing mammary cancer, one of the more common canine cancers. As for "experiencing motherhood", bitches have no sense of maternal "needs." Their desire to reproduce is strictly an instinctive response to hormonal fluctuation. 4. "But I don't want to rob my dog of his manhood. He won't hunt or guard the house." The pet owner should not confuse the canine sexual act with human sexual fulfill-

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ment. There is no "love" involved with canines, it is purely an instinctive hormonal response. Dogs do not need their reproductive organs or a sexual experience to "make their life complete." A neutered male makes a far superior pet. He will not roam in search of bitches in season, he will have less tendency to mark his territory with urine and he will be less likely to get into fights. He will not develop cancer of the testes and he will suffer far less prostate and urinary tract problems. He will make a better watch dog because he will be less inclined to wander off. The list of benefits goes on and on. Sometimes a male dog will have only one testicle descended into the scrotum. This is commonly called "monorchidism". When neither testicle has descended it is commonly called "cryptorchidism". In these cases one or both testes have been retained up in the dog's abdominal cavity. Because testes are not designed to be kept at body temperature, the retained testicle essentially "cooks" and becomes a serious cancer risk. Occasionally a monorchid male is fertile, but the trait is hereditary. Therefore, a monorchid male should never, ever be bred. It is not fair to pass on this high cancer risk. 5. But if J have my petfixed he (or she) will get fat! A neutered or spayed pet will not get fat simply from the surgery. A pet only gets fat if an owner over feeds it. When an animal is neutered, its metabolism slows down, therefore it requires fewer calories. If the owner continues to feed the pet the same amount of food after the surgery as before, it is very likely the pet will gain weight. The owner needs to limit the amount of food the pet gets as well as maintaining amount of exercise.

a healthy

6. "J want my children to witness the miracle of life." Are the children ready for the miracle of death as well? As stated earlier, 63% of bitches bred suffer problems. Many times these problems are fatal for the puppies and/or the mother. Puppies can be born dead or die from complications at birth. Dams can retain placentas, develop eclampsia, go into uterine inertia or die during a c-section. The list of possible problems is very long. If the potential mother is a treasured family pet, why would anyone want to put her into a dangerous situation? Buy the kids a book, it's cheaper, safer and far more humane.

7. "J work all day, but J don't need to worry about being there when she whelps. Back on the farm, our dog had her puppies out in the barn and no one ever helped." The dog has been a domestic animal for centuries. Man has shaped it into many different breeds and types. Because of this, it is no longer a wild animal that can reproduce with no help from man. The bitch does need assistance, even if it is just someone to watch and make sure she is not in trouble. On a regular basis, veterinarians see bitches that have been in hard labor for 36 hours or longer with no results. Usually, the owners will say they didn't realize she was in labor, or that they thought she could "do it all alone." The poor animals and the puppies they carry rarely ever survive. Even well-cared for bitches can have problems. Eclampsia can develop very quickly and will kill the dam if the owner doesn't seek veterinary assistance immediately. Then the owner is left with orphaned newborns that must be bottle fed every three hours, around the clock. How many pet owners have the time to devote to this? 8. "The vet says my dog is perfectly healthy." The special tests required to diagnose hereditary problems are not normally part of a routine veterinary check up. Hip dysplasia is a hereditary, crippling disorder that has been diagnosed in virtually all AKC recognized breeds. It can be as mild as a 4 or 5 year old with a little stiffness on a cold morning or as severe as a 6 month old that can't get up and walk. Rottweilers, Bullmastiffs, Saint Bernards and American Staffordshire Terriers are just a few of the breeds which have a particularly high incidence of this disorder. The only way you can be sure your dog is not afflicted with the disease is to have a special radiograph taken and sent to the Orthopedic Foundation For Animals (OFA) where they will be read and evaluated. Hereditary eye diseases which can cause blindness are also a big problem in many AKC breeds such as the American Cocker Spaniel, the Siberian Husky, the Poodle, the Collie, and the Labrador Retriever. In most cases, these diseases can only be detected by a special exam performed by a canine ophthalmologist. There are also inherited blood and heart disorders that can severely shorten a dog's life and/or require it to be on medication for the rest of its life. All these things can

be prevented if people would just take the time to test the dogs they want to breed. Not just the health needs to be checked, but the quality of the animal needs to be taken into consideration. This is especially hard to do with a much-loved pet. Traits such as size, coat and temperament are hereditary. How would someone feel if they bought a Shetland Sheepdog and it grew up to be as large as a Great Dane or if they purchased a Cocker Spaniel that bit every time they tried to brush it? It certainly wouldn't be what they expected or wanted, yet someone bred it with no regard to quality. It happens every day. Several years ago, the American Cocker Spaniel fell from the first place in popularity because it developed some severe hereditary temperament and health problems. They became nasty dogs that bit with little provocation and "hyper" dogs that urinated when excited. They developed tremendous hereditary eye problems that cause blindness as well as hip and joint problems that cause lameness. Who was to blame? John Q. Public who insisted on breeding dogs without doing any testing and with no regard to quality. Fortunately for the American Cocker, there was a staunch group of fanciers who managed to preserve the health and "merry " temperament that makes the cocker such an endearing pet. Due to the hard work of these individuals, the American Cocker is back in the top ten. Unfortunately, once again, cockers with bad temperaments and/or serious health problems are starting to show up. All because people insist on breeding their pets with no regard for physical, temperamental or health quality. Now several other breeds such as the Rottweiler, the Akita, the Siberian Husky and the Chow Chow appear to be headed the same direction as the American Cocker Spaniel. 9. "We're not interested in doing all that testing. All we want to do is have a litter of puppies. We're not going to show or anything, in fact, we aren't even going to sell the puppies. We are going to give them away. All the neighbors said they'd take one. Besides, what harm is there in one litter of puppies?" The answer is simple mathematics. Say a pet owner breeds a litter without bothering to check the parents for hereditary problems or evaluate them for quality. If six

puppies are born, and those puppies each go on to have six puppies, who each, in turn, have six puppies, it doesn't take much to figure out that soon it will be next to impossible to find any representative of the breed which does not have a tremendous potential for hereditary problems. The harm is done to the very breed which the pet owner professes to love, the unsuspecting person who buys a puppy from him or her and the dog itself, who must suffer with a problem that very well could have been prevented. The fact that a pet owner is not going to show a puppy or is not going to take money for it does not relieve him or her of the responsibility, either. It is not any fairer to give an unsuspecting person a dog with problems that could have been prevented than it is to sell them one. Also, unless you have a deposit and contract in writing, don't count on all the neighbors to take a puppy. Everybody wants a cute puppy when they are talking about it, but when the puppies actually show up, there is always an excuse to not take one. 10. "But Poopsie is such a wonderful pet, we want to get a puppy out of him/her." Poopsie being such a wonderful dog is no guarantee that the offspring will be. The offspring can never be exactly like the parent and to expect such is to set yourself up for disappointment. Besides, just because the owner loves the pet does not excuse him or her from the responsibility of checking for quality and health. If the pet owner is truly ready to take on another dog then he or she should search out a reputable, quality breeder and buy a nice, pet-quality dog that has been bred with care, planning and forethought. Remember, a pet-quality puppy from a superior quality litter is far better than a "pick" puppy from a poor quality litter. Besides, would a pet owner really love his or her pet any less if it never has any offspring? Of course not! 11. "I'm not interested in showing. Dog shows are just beauty contests. 1 want to breed real working dogs for hunting (or herding or police work, guard work, etc.). Besides, I heard that dog shows are nothing but politics."




To someone who doesn't understand dog showing it may appear that it is just a "beauty contest". Actually, the dogs are being judged on a lot more than just their pretty faces. They are being judged on their correct movement, size and structure. A dog that is correctly conformed moves correctly and efficiently, therefore using less energy. It's fine to have a hunting dog that has all the instincts, but if its conformation isn't correct it will burn too much energy moving and won't be able to hunt as long as a dog that is correctly conformed. Also, if someone is truly interested in breeding good working dogs then testing for hereditary problems takes on just that much more importance. What good is a herding dog if it has hip dysplasia and can't walk or a guard dog that can't see? There is a saying around the dog fancy that "form follows function". This proves itself to be true time and time again with an increasing number of dogs achieving both conformation show degrees and working titles. As for the politics in dog shows, yes, it is there. Just as it is in any activity where a large number of people are involved in competition. While there are a few "bad apples", the vast majority of dog show judges are out there to judge the dogs to the best of their ability. 12. "My dog has 'champion bloodlines '. his father (or mother, grandfather, great-grandmother, etc.) was a champion." The words "Champion bloodlines" are probably some of the most misunderstood and misleading ever used in advertising. Just because a dog has champions in its pedigree in no way guarantees it is showl breeding quality. Mostofthe show!breeding quality dogs today will only have one or two untitled dogs in their entire pedigree! When a show breeder breeds a litter of puppies he or she does so with the quality of the animal being bred in mind. He or she tries to breed the best to the best and hopes for the best, i.e. that all the pups will be championship quality. However, not all pups in all quality bred litters are showl breeding quality. Maybe one's ears are a little too long or neck is a little too short. Not enough for any pet owner to notice, but enough to make the pup a "pet-quality"

rather than a "show!breeding quality." These "pet-quality" puppies may have a pedigree full of champions and still not be breeding quality! If your father was an Olympic gold medalist in the 50 yd dash, wouldn't it be a little silly to assume your child would be too? The influence of any single ancestor is minuscule at best. Therefore, the chances of a pet-quality dog with only one or two champions in its pedigree being a show or breeding quality animal are quite slim. There is nothing wrong with a dog without a starstudded pedigree, just as there is nothing wrong with a "pet-quality" pup with a dazzling pedigree. It does not mean that the animal is not intelligent, can't live a long and productive life or be the most wonderful companion in the world. Itjust means that he or she shouldn't be bred. According to Mr. Ken Marden, past president of the American Kennel Club, the only reason a dog or bitch should be bred is for the betterment of the breed. Only dogs that have proven themselves to be of superior quality in the show ring, obedience ring, field or tracking trials and tests, etc. and have been tested clear of inheritable problems should be bred. Every year hundreds of thousands of pets pass through humane societies across this country. Some estimates place the percentage of the dogs that are purebred at as high as 22%. Obviously there are more than enough pets in this world all ready and anyone who is breeding "just pets" is doing a horrible injustice to the very animals they profess to love! If the pet owner truly wants to breed dogs, he or she needs to start by spaying or neutering the pet they own and purchasing a high-quality animal from a respected, responsible show breeder. The pet owner needs to be prepared to do all the medical testing to rule out hereditary problems in that animal. The owner should also be prepared to exhibit that animal in show andlor working trials or tests to make sure it is the quality to be bred. This means a considerable outlay of time and money. If the pet owner is not willing to do this then he or she should not consider breeding. If the pet owner if willing, then they will discover a wonderful new sport; the sport of purebred dogs.





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GWP-1770F33F GWP-1760F24F-T GWP-1758G32F GWP-1768G58F GWP-1769G24F GWP-1764G37M GWP-1759G30F-T GWP-1777G34F GWP-1750G24M GWP-1778F46F GWP-1781 F32M GWP-1780G68M GWP-1779G28F GWP-1762F29M GWP-1748F53F GWP-1771G24F GWP-1772E32F-T GWP-1752E91 F GWP-1765F31 M GWP-1 77 4G27F GWP-1782G44F GWP-1753E25M GWP-1744G29M GWP-1747G66F GWP-1 763E51 F GWP-1766E45F GWP-1751F42F DR-39F45M GWP-1745G36F GWP-1775F26F GWP-1 749G27M GWP-1776G55F GWP-1767F24F GWP-1754G26F-T GWP-1756G27M-T GWP-1746G25M-T GWP-1773F30M-T GWP-1757F29F GWpc1755E24F-T GWP-1761 G26M of Roberta

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Top Dogs 1997 - Show



Compiled by Jerry Clark These rankings are based on only the number of Wires beaten in BOB competition during the period January 5- -Feb. 28, 1997 as reported in AKC AWARDS thru Vol 17 No.24 April 1997

Breed Competition 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Ch Thornwood's It Had To Be You (D) Ch. Ripsnorter's Thunderhart (D) Ch Adpg Suthrn Breeze JH (B) Ch Ripsnorters Fraulein Heidi (B) Ch Aspendel the Warriors Maiden (B) Wild wings Camden JH (D) RK's Baby Sioux of Geronimos (B) Ch Neudorfs Strutting Sam (D) 8. Wildwing's Party Girl (B) 9. Ch Ripsnorter's Ka-Lins Wild Hart (B) 10. Beechtree's Forever Amber (B) Ch J & 1's West Coast Connection (D)

59 44 42 19

14 12 10 10

9 8

7 7

Patty & Barry Diehl DVM Joe &Tootie Longo/Lisa George-Clipse J Griggs/J Cheshire L Jaffee/H George/L McMillan B Applegate/L Hof E&S Sangster M&L Marley F Neuwirth L Sandor K Engle/D Chamberlain D&D Beachtree N Vampotic/L Jaffee

Group Competition 1. Ch Ripsnorter's Thunderhart (D) 2. Ch ADPG Suthrn Breeze JH (B) 3. Ch Afterhour's Heywire Obsession (B) 4. Cassios Benjamin Jack (D) 5. Ch Thornwood's It Had To Be You (D) 6. Ch Neudorfs Strutting Sam (D) 7. Ch Ripsnorter's Fraulein Heidi (B) 8. Ch Larkspur's Coca Cola Classic (B)

1769 834 560 480 403 274 228 72

Lisa George-Clipse /Joe &Tootie Longo J Griggs/J Cheshire K&T Mosing J Brewster Patty & Barry Diehl DVM F Neuwirth L Jaffee/H George/L McMillan S Graner/G McCain

Congratulations to our New GWP Championstaken from the March & April AKC Awards Book compiled by Lori Sargemt



Cassio's Blitz Attack (D) SN28556511 (1/9/97) by Ch. Cassio's Victory Parade x Ch. Cassio's Zaney Thistle; Breeder/Owner: Joy Brewster Darling's Tick Tock (D) SN33283912 (1/19/97) by NFC NAFC DC AFC Cascade Ike MH x Darling Autumn JH; Breeder: Mary J. Calkins-Darling; Owner: U. Mostosky &J Richard & T Toland Fair-Oaks Smoking Gun JH (D) SN15l48902 (8/31/96) by Ch. Jamars Back in Time x Ch. Jaymar Wiesen's Rite On Target JH; Breeder: Lisa Jaffe & Nickol Vampotic Ida Hill's Lady Sadie (B) SN20629806 (1/5/97) by NFC NAFC DC AFC Cascade Ike MH x Wildwings Odie's Fuzz JH; Breeder: Gary Bumgarner; Owner: John & Linda Michaelis Schnellberg's In the Rough JH (B) SN25298503 (12/1/96) by DC AFC Dunkees Justa Top Flite JH x Schnellberg' s Anneliese; Breeder: Susan Owen; Owner: Lori & Mark Sargent & Sue Owen Yon Duffin's Mazaratti Whyme (D) SN17928705 (1/19/97) by Ch. Sure Shot's Rockland Boss x Ch. Cascade Cate Von Duffin MH; Breeder: Ann & Terry Duffin & Kathleen Ferguson Owner: Gaye Brockett & Mel Lee



Kaizans Cinnamon Toast (B) SN28666401 Owner: Kristina Purins

(2/2/97) by Ch. Ripsnorter's

Thunderhart x Ch. Larkspur's

Kaizans Let it Be; Breeder: Keith Nash;

Side By Side Bee O'Shadra (B) SN3l902005 (2/2/97) by NFC NAFC DC AFC Cascade Ike MH x Ktv Mein Schatz; Breeder: Jonothan Prescott & Margaret Prescott; Owner:Jerry & Leslie Clark Sportsman's Warrior (D) SN35028508 (2/15/97) by Ch. Geronimo's Glory of Aspenrose x Ch. Topmost Windfall of Danters; Breeder: Kathy Worley & Joann Steffes;Owner: Terry Fortuna "Yildwings Party Girl JH (B) SN276298ll (2/1/97) by Wildwings Sureshot Odie x Piemontf Spril V Chi sola; Breeder: Joe Langlois; Owner: Lynn Sandor

Top Dogs 1997 Field Standings


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 8-12 starters=2pt 13-17 starters=3pt 18-24 starters=4pt 25 or more starters=5pt

Ist2nd 3rd 4th -

4 x the stake 3 x the stake 2 x the stake 1 x the stake

points points points points

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. NOTICE: As of January 1, 1997 seperate top ten lists will be kept for Open Gun Dog and Amateur Gun Dog placements. Open and Amateur Puppy & Derby placements will be combined. Standings reflect placements from January 1 - February 28, 1997 trials as recorded through the April 1997 AKC Awards.

Dogs Defeated

OPEN SENIOR DOGS (GUN DOGS) 1. Flintlocks Ezekiel

J Demoura MJ Collins/N

2. Jay-Mar's Blakes Whirlwind 3. Flintlocks Addition 4. Ch SGR Witch Hunt MH 5. Flintlocks Liesel V. Diesel 6. DCI AFC Schnell bergs Gretta MH 7. Wilsons Wildfire

M Hemphill K Nelsen, CA J Landis W &MTait,NJ E Fowls

24322 20 16 4986 DOGS (GUN DOGS) 21 20 22 14 19 72493 13 10 29 34 15 27 18 AMATEUR SENIOR16 Additional Trick bergs V Rahnhaus l.l. DC AFC Schnell Greta MH

There were a total of 34 placements


GWPCA Points

28 40 46 33 28 11

15 13 10 10 10 9



B Landis Koeber E Fowls HDeMoura Christenson R Tait, JD A S Sthrothman, Milbrad, Gilleard, Hard, NJCA WA W MT AMA S P K Rice, Owen, Ljungren Ljungren, Hindman, Sunda, MI IL W NJ A Ljungren, WA

received by 23 individual dogs.

HELP!!! We are in need of a new field reporter. The duties include keeping track of the field standings, updates on rules, interesting trial and or test stories etc. In order to keep track of the stats, you must receive a subscription of the AKC Awards. Standings to be mailed to the editor by the deadline of each upcoming issue. Our thanks to Maureen Tait for her help for the past two years. Contact Bernee ASAP if you would like to help and also if any mistakes are noticed in the above standings.

Congratulations to our new GWP Field Champion Flintlock's Hawkeye Breeder:

(D) SN06864702 (8/l0/96)by Flintlock's Strange Brew x Flintlock's Phillip Lewis & Mary Lewis; Owner: Randy & Robert Humphrey

Razin Kane;



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I received letters from two of the British folks who joined us at the Nationals last year - the Robinson's (Paul, Gloria, Gavin-of the Bucking Horse fame, and Victoria - of Junior Showmanship fame) and the Ellis' (Norma and Barry). Keep on sending the news'!


It's the Robinson's from "over the pond" in England. We would all like to say thanks for making us welcome when we came over to the Nationals. We all had a very good time with you ALL. And we are hoping to come back this year. I thought we would let you know how we did at Crufts dog Show this year. I took Gavic Tochter Aus Del' Heika into the Limit Bitch class and was placed First! She then went on to the Challenge for Best GWP Bitch which she won, making her the Best GWP Bitch at Crufts for 1997! I then took her mother Ch Sunhouse Kati Varga of Gavic into Veteran Bitch. Guess what? She also won her class! We all were very happy. And just to end the day, Victoria took her Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla into Open Bitch, and did us all proud by winning her class and going on to win Best Bitch! Gloria and Gavin were busy entertaining our guests, Chris Kosman and her son Tony (From the Twin Cities Club). Our Judge for the day was breed specialist D. Arrowsmith, to whom we owe our thanks for a wonderful day. See you all soon. Paul Robinson - Gavic Kennels

Wirehaired Vizsla Lanspar Monika ofGavic

H: Victoria Robinson

Above & Below - Ch Sunhouse Kati Varga of Gavic H: Paul Robinson

desperately for her not to drop her weight. She was so pleased to see us again that she showed her socks off! I've enclosed the photo taken of her win on the day. The dog looks well, but have some pity for the poor handler! I'm also enclosing "Leah's" story which appeared in one of our magazines. Hope you have room to include it. All my love to our new friends over there. Norma and Barry Ellis - Normbar Kennels

And this from Norma: Sorry it has taken so long to send you news for the "Trans Atlantic Wires" page but I have been waiting for the photos to be sent. The day after arriving home from our visit with you all over there, I attended Driffield Championship Show. Everyone was totally jet-lagged and spaced out! My bitch, SH. CH. Normbar Hexe, pet name "Leah" was awarded Best of Breed and then went on and was awarded Second in the Gun Dog Group! I had left Leah with my friend Val Mann to look after. She ,\'ent right off her food and sulked because she had been left behind. The on ly thing she ate was biscuits so Val hand fed her these, trying

SH CH Normbar Hexe H: Norma Ellis



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Dear Club Members The AKC Genetics conference in 1996 gave breed clubs a framework in which to make meaningful contributions to genetic disease research. By pooling funds from many clubs, much more can be accomplished than by one club alone. The GWPCA needs to directs its limited resources to a concern of the majority of its members. To identify that problem or problems, we are using the attached health questionnaire. It was generated by the AKC with some modifications by us.

Please fill out


much information


you can and return

by July 15


Regina Schwabe DVM Genetics Committee 18 Call Hollow Road Pomona, NY 10970


QUESTIONNAIRE FOR GERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTERS DISEASE AND DIAGNOSTIC CODE SHEET Please apply the following codes to the appropriate dogs on your questionnaire:

CANCER 0100 Other 0101 Hemiangiosarcoma 0102 Lymphosarcoma 0103 Mast cell tumors 01 04 Melanoma 0105 Osteosarcoma 0106 Squamous cell tumors CARDIOV ASCULAR 0200 Other 0201 Cardiomyopathy 0202 Heart murmur 0202a Patent ductus arterious 0203b Tetralogy of fallot 0204c Unidentified 0205d Ventricular Septal Defects 0206 Pulmonary stenosis 0207 Subaortic stenosis 0208 Valve Dysfunction DERMATOLOGY 0300 Other 0301 Allergies 0302 Autoimmune 0303 Demodex 0304 Pigment abnormalities 0305 Sebacious adenitis 0306 Seborrhea 0307 Thyroiditis ENDOCRINOLOGY 0400 Other 0401 Diabetes mellitus 0402 Hypothyroid 0403 Pancreatic insufficiency 0404 Storage diseases GASTROENTEROLOGY 0500 Other 501 Bloat 0502 Esophogeal disorders 503 Irritable bowel syndrome 0504 Large bowel disease 505 Small bowel disease

HEMATOLOGY 0600 Other 0601 Hemophilia A 0602 Hemophilia B 0603 Inherited hemolytic anemias 0604 Non-regenerative anemia 0605 Platelet abnormalities 0606 Platelet dysfunction 0607 von Willebrand's disease NEPHROLOGY 0700 Other 0701 Bladder disease 0702 Familial renal disease 0703 Hepatic disease 0704 Urinary tract disorder NEUROLOGY 0800 Other 0801 Central nervous system 0802 Head tilt 0803 Nerve degeneration 0804 Paralysis 0805 Seizures 0806 Tremors 0807 Wobbler's syndrome OPTHALMOLOGY 0900 Other 0901 Cataracts 0902 Progressive retinal atrophy 0903 Retinal disease 0904 Retinal dysplasia ORTHOPEDIC 1000 Other 1001 Arthritis 1002 Elbow dysplasia 1003 Hip dysplasia 1004 Hypertropic osteodystrophy 1005 Legges-Perthes 1006 Osteochondritis dissecans 1007 Panosteitis 1008 Patella luxation 1009 Spondylosis


REPRODUCTION (FEMALE) 1100 Other 11 01 Abnormal puppies 11 01 a Cleft palates 11 01 b Hydrocephalus 11 01 c Incomplete abdominal closure 1101 d Failure to walk (Swimmers) 1102 Chronic false pregnancies 11 03 Difficulty in whelping 1104 Failure to carry to term 1105 Failure to conceive 1106 Insufficient milk 1107 Irregular heat cycles 11 08 Mastitis 11 09 Poor mothering instinct 111 0 Primary uterine inertia 1111 Pyometra 111 2 Small litters REPRODUCTION (MALE) 1200 Other 1201 Abnormal semen 1202 Congenital defects 1203 Cryptorchidism 1204 Lack of libido 1205 Lack of semen 1206 Monorchidism 1207 Testicular atrophy TEMPERMENT 1300 Other 1301 Agression 1302 Shyness

HOW DIAGNOSED 1 - By self 2 - By breeder or other knowledgeable person 3 - By vet 4 - By second opinion 5 - By lab test





Please list three diseases, in order of importance, most important in our breed:


of time in the breed: 1-5 years 6-10 years 11-15 years over 1 5 years

Primary interests: (Check as many as are applicable.) ___ Breeder ___ Obedience ___ Companion Exhibitor

List 3 traits

that you consider

to be the

you look for in a GWP

___ Field ___ Agility ___ Show In what state

do you live?

What is the average Name/Address


How many dogs of this breed do you currently

life span of the breed?

have living withyou?






Dog #1 Color: Onset Color: How Onsetof How Dog #2 Dog #3 Color: How ,of Age Age Age of ()nspt Disease" Diagnosed" columns. iffor applicable Indicate"No Diaanosed "How "No Disease" Diagnosed" below if applicable Indicate Please usebelow code "Disease" and"How "No "How Disease" Diagnosed" below if"Disease" applicable Indicate Please use code forcolumns. "Disease" and Please use code forcolumns. and Date(ifofapplicable) Disease Birth Sex: Date Disease Birth Date Disease Birth Sex: (ifofapplicable) Sex: (if ofapplicable) Date of Death Date of Death Date of Death


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Color: How Onset Dog #4 Age of Diagnosed" Disease" Diagnosed" Disease" below columns. below columns. iffor applicable iffor applicable Indicate"No Indicate"No ed gnosed Please Please use use code code "Disease" "Disease" and"How and"How Disease Disease Sex: Date Birth Date Sex: Birth Date Death (if of aoolicable) e of of Death (if ofaoolicable)

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Sex: Diagnosed

Please code "Disease" and"How Date No Disease ofusebelow Birth Disease" iffor Diagnosed" columns. Indicate"No Dog Date #6 of Death (ifapplicable aoolicable)

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Join Us for Nalionals


in Ihe Greal Pacific Norlhwesl

Show Judges

Field Judges

National Specialty Virginia Lyne

Hunt Test Rich Matzke and Heinz Alhman t

Sweepstakes Dave Miller National

Derby Classic, Water Test a National AFC Dan Hoke and


National Futurity Sharon Pinkerton


Sea-Tac Specialty Diane Swanson

puppy Classic, Field Futurity a National FC Mike McGinnes


I Sea-Tac Sweepstakes

and Mike Kinney

JoAnne Steffes

GWPCA N aHonals Wasllinglon . SepL 26 - OeL 3, 1997 HosleJ


Auction a Raffle Larry Mason

Trophies Selma McNamara P.O. Box 912, Snohomish,

WA 98291

Laura Myles (206) 481-3371 We have some beautiful trophies planned, but we can't do it without your support. A donation of $25, $50, or $100 will go a long way to making the events memorable for everyone - winners and supporters alike. All trophy donations MUST be received no later than July 15.

Catalog Advel1ising Laura Reeves (206) 483-2920 fax (206) 489-1889 email: 18129 19th Dr. SE, Bothell, WA 98012 Advertise your special fuzz-face in the catalog, wish your fellow exhibitors luck, or just say "hi" from you and the crew. All ads MUST be received by Aug. 5. National

Seaule-Tacoma GWPC

Events Chair: Jack Myles (206) 481-3371

(360) 985-2776 826 Cinebar, Cinebar, WA 98533 Everybody has something to donate to the raffle or auction - a piece of artwork, training equipment, products or services, you name it. Let's be creative and have fun at this year's auction! Auction/raffle items can be sent ahead or brought with you to the National.

Special Events/Hospitality Nancy Mason - Show (360) 985-2776

Dave Shelden - Field (206) 244-1234 Among the fun we have planned are the banquet, a salmon dinner, Yucca Flats Night with Mexican food, winery tours in the beautiful Yakima Valley and more. So, come west and play at Nationals '971 Entries Close: Sept. 10

Wire~News 1997 June-July