The Perfect Deutsch Kurzhaar (German Shorthair)
"Knowing perfection is impossible does not make its pursuit any less worthy."
I have in my head a picture... a picture of the perfect Deutsch Kurzhaar. I have never met this dog. He (she?) only exists in my mind. He is beautiful to behold, whether moving out or standing tall behind a covey of quail. Everything he does comes easily, "naturally". He is noble, courageous, and proud. He is enjoyable company, and sometimes, he's downright funny. He is calm, confident, and biddable. He shows no fear, but at the same time he shows no aggression, especially towards people. He is intelligent, and capable of independent thought, but always working for you. He covers a marsh as easily and completely and a wheat field. He is short backed with tight, laid back shoulder. His chest is deep and full without being ponderous. His top line falls gracefully to a strong, straight, well-set tail, and large square rear. His feet are tight, with pads like shoe leather. His head is well proportioned to his body, with a deep muzzle, and forward set eyes, predator's eyes. His eyes are dark brown, clear and full of expression. His coat is dense and harsh, protecting him from the thickest cover. He moves fluidly, with purpose, and without wasted motion. He accepts training easily, almost relishing it. New tasks come easily and completely.
As I described my "perfect" Deutsch Kurzhaar, I devoted a good number of words to the dogís temperament. This is significant to me, because whatís "between the ears" is just as important (maybe even more so) as conformation, or hunting ability in defining the Deutsch Kurzhaar. Further, hunting dogs, save for a fortunate few, have relatively limited days actually hunting. The rest of the year they are relegated to the mundane life of the housedog. A dog that doesnít possess the temperament to make this transition isnít much use to the average hunter.
Notice when describing this "perfect" Deutsch Kurzhaar I have avoided coat color. I do this because there is such a wide variation under the breed standard and coat color should be well down on the list of priorities when selecting a Deutsch Kurzhaar. I will say that I prefer my Braun (liver) as dark as possible regardless of pattern, and I like a darker dog overall for waterfowl hunting.
The value of a puppy is in it's potential, but you cannot fully quantify that value until well into adulthood. Regardless, I strive to match my puppies to their prospective owners based on the subtle and varied clues to a puppy's potential. Even when "consistency of type" is a primary goal of my breeding program, no two puppies will ever be exactly the same, and not every puppy will thrive in every lifestyle.
When you buy a puppy from me you get more than just a puppy, you get my time and energy, ensuring your puppy is ready to go home and become a member of your family, a reliable companion, and a great hunting dog.
I make every effort to ensure your puppy has been thoroughly health checked, and properly socialized prior to going home. I generally donít send puppies home at the "magic 8 week point". I prefer whenever practical to keep them until 12 weeks. I do this for several reasons. Conventional wisdom says eight weeks is the appropriate time for a puppy to go home because the puppies are completely weaned at this time and are most receptive to bonding to humans. This may be true, but 8 weeks is also the beginning of the first fear period, a normal and natural part of the dogís maturation, which lasts usually until about 12-14 weeks. I feel puppies benefit greatly from remaining a litter (pack) at this time as it minimizes the effects of the fear period... there is strength in numbers. Also, I believe this extra time allows me to better evaluate the puppiesí temperaments and solidifies the pack instinct which, when properly taken advantage of, makes a better, more easily trained, companion dog. Lastly, with the litter (pack) still intact, its the perfect time to begin introducing all those wonderful sights, sounds and situations heíll encounter as an adult; gunfire, swimming, and BIRDS!
I definitely encourage prospective owners to visit often during this extra time with me and I take great pains to ensure the puppies get exposed to a wide variety of social experiences. Some people may balk at having to wait for their puppies. But remember, they are puppies for only a short time. You should be looking forward to the dog he/she will become, and I believe what happens to the dog during that extra time with me is critical to their overall development.
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