Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: WA State
Dogs Name: Cairo vom Shattenfell IPO3 (X5), S'lichobor Gvadalahara Sch3 X6 (RIP Hara),
Dogs Age: 5
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If you look at the titles of the imported dogs, they are real titles earned in a competitive setting. Many of the Eastern European dogs have done very well at the IDC and in shows worldwide. The American breeder, however, has earned those "Int Champion" titles at trials that are what serious show people would call a joke.
My concern overall would be long term health aspects. My first Schutzhund dog, S'lichobar Gvadalahara (Hara) came from those same lines. I hate to tell you but there are a lot of health problems in those same Eastern European lines. Hara died at 7 after developing massive cancerous tumors. Prior to that she had already developed Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), as well as hypo-thyroidism and a liver problem. I noticed one of the dogs used in breeding at Dreamscape was out of Iriinland's Erato Eros. He was a stunning dog who reportedly could also work at a fair level. He died young. Carol who is a member of this site had a dog out of him, Petey, who died at less than 5 from DCM. His breeder also owned the sire of Hara, Rossisky's Kolorit Arbot Aldo who died at the age of 4. The breeder (more recently the owner of the Hismer kennel in Pennsylvania) reported Arbot Aldo's cause of death to be snake bite and the cause of death of Eros to be a reaction to a vaccination. I have a very hard time believing either of those claims. Love your puppy. If you want to show I would get involved in the UDC. There is also a possibility it may be cut out to do a fair job in bite sports such as Schutzhund (IPO), or Ringsports. If you ever decide to breed, however, the dog should be titled in a real venue, and have all of the health testing that people have mentioned here. I could site many dogs in those Russian dog pedigrees that died very young, though some have lived long full lives. It seemed like in my dog's pedigree when I went back 4 generations half lived to the age of 10-13 and half died before the age of 7.
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