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Hunting Dog Breeds Raised: Deutscher Wachtelhund

OakRidge Kennels is located on the I-94 corridor, half way between Detroit and Chicago. We reside on the northeast side of Kalamazoo, Michigan. We are a small kennel, focused on the development and promotion of our own dogs. The Wachtelhund is of medium size with many colors and variations. They are a versatile breed originating from Germany.

Currently, many of the Wachtelhund breeders/owners (including myself) have established a breed club representing the Wachtelhund. This club, the DWNA, has been formed to develop and protect the breed. Those interested in the breed are invited to join our DWNA forum. Guidelines, testings, and standards are currently being interpreted and shaped with the help of German influence, the VDW.

Whether fur, feather, or blood, the Wachtelhund is an excellent bird dog who works hard for all your hunting needs in even the roughest conditions. However, don't let their outdoor ambition fool you, the Wachtelhund is also a great family dog! They enjoy the company of people and dwelling within the home. This rare breed is still owned and sold almost exclusively to foresters and professional hunters in Germany where they are used for hunting feathered game, including waterfowl, and furred game from hare, fox, and wild boar. They are not pack hunters but one-on-one hunters and able to hold a wounded boar at bay. In Germany there are many hunt and health tests required before breeding. In the United States they are bred by hunters and sold only to hunters.

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Aaron Kenstler | Sep 3, 2014

Rolf (a Findus son) and I started our relationship when he was 6 months old. From the first Rolf impressed me with an extreme biddable personality. He is an uncommon combination of hunting drive and compliance. It is surprising how interested he is in learning and pleasing me. As a pup we ran a coyote trap line involving 35 traps. At each set, he would be told, "down" at an appropriate distance. After 3 days he no-longer required verbal commands, he would simply go down in all the spots I had instructed him on previous days. As is true of all hunting dogs, his hunting drive and ability had to be shaped. But, by the 3rd month of grouse season he was an effective grouse dog, retrieving to hand. By the end of the season he was a grouse dog to be proud of, efficiently using a balanced combination of ground and air sent to locate game. What is more, he had learned the right kind of cover to hold game and was focusing his efforts in theses areas. His abilities as a bird dog were confirmed in March 2011 at a RGF field trial were 13 month old Rolf won first place in the adult flushing category. The test involves 3 planted birds on 15 acres. The dog is given 15 minutes to find as many birds as he can. He is scored on number of flushes, retrieving ability, and time required to find birds. He found the 3 birds in 10 minutes and retrieved each to hand. From the beginning I have been impressed with the methodical accuracy of his tracking ability. Rolf's tracking follows the sent precisely as laid. I have never worked with a dog with a better nose. His tracking ability was confirmed in KS at the DWNA first JP test. This test measures a young dogs natural ability to hunt. The most difficult part of the test is the hare track. On a very dry windy day, Rolf tracked a jack rabbit accurately over 800 yards. His overall performance was excellent in all areas including obedience, confirmation, and hunting ability. His total score was 128 out of a possible 134. Rolf's 1st place score surpassed all other dogs present including experienced adult dogs. One other highlight from Rolf's first year is his solo performance at 9 months of age on a 150 lb wild boar. He bayed the wounded hog in a downed tree top allowing me to dispatch it with bird shot at point blank range. I never would have got the boar without him. This was his first pig encounter and was an amazing instinctive performance. Rolf is a calm well mannered healthy Wachtel that has never shown aggression toward humans. This is not my first hunting dog and I have a fare ability to judge a good gun dog. He is shaping up to be the best I have ever owned. He is simply a pleasure to be around. I highly recommend this line of Wachtels to serious hunters with high expectations.

Carl Ragenklint | Sep 3, 2014

Hope all is well. I am off to a great start with "River". Yesterday he helped me find this nice white tail. We have been practicing a lot of blood trailing and he is getting pretty good at it. I am in an amazement as to how lucky I got, getting a dog like this. One Dog trainer said that I have hit the "jackpot". He got house trained in two weeks. Not once has he shown any aggression towards anyone. Still he is a very tough gentleman that will not back down for anything. He understands a multitude of commands and is a pleasure to have running loose in the woods. People always wants to know what kind of dog I got and I always get to hear what a beautiful dog he is. Have a great day.

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