Celhaus TT Litter (Spirit bred to Cantor)
Due August 21, 2020

Spirit is from my ii litter.  She is the mother of the MM litter and PP Litter. Cantor is the sire of the NN, OO, PP, QQ, RR and SS litters.  This is Cantor’s 8th litter and Spirit’s 3rd and is a repeat of the PP litter.

I am expecting some real live wires, full of the love of life, very social and confident, highly intelligent with super working drives.  I’m expecting them to train easily and enjoy working, and to have super noses and the desire to use them.   As for colors, the PP litter consisted of sables and blacks, so that’s what I expect again.  



whelped 3/24/16

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OFA GOOD hips:   GS-99355G24M-VPI
PennHip at 1 year:  .37 left; .42 right
(PennHip no longer gives percentile ratings unless they’re in their excellent range, which is below .30)

OFA Elbows:  GS-EL37972M24-VPI

OFA Cardiac:  GS-CA1790-18M/P-VPI

OFA Thyroid:  GS-TH830/33M-VPI

OFA Eyes:  GS-EYE525/26M-VPI

OFA DM (spinal myelopathy) free:  GS-DM7517/18M-PI

free of bleeding disorders (vonWillebrand’s and hemophilia)

TLI Test normal at 18 months (free of EPI – Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)

AKC DNA Profile:  V895816

Cantor is doing extremely well in training.  He is amazing in agility; for instance, he learned the weaves in 6 sessions, including being consistent in finding the entrance to the set of 12 weaves from all angles and at great distances, no matter where I happen to be positioned, which is unheard of.  He excels in nosework, which he loves, and also enjoys obedience.  Cantor received his Canine Good Citizen title in September, 2017.  In October 2017 he passed all his UKC nosework pre-test titles.  Since then he has earned his Novice and Advanced Interior titles and his Novice Exterior title. 

UKC (United Kennel Club) Nosework titles:  PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE, NI, AI, NE (all five pretests, plus both Novice and Advanced Interior titles and the Novice Exterior title).  There are five levels of difficulty (novice, advanced, superior, masters and elite) in each of five elements (exteriors, interiors, vehicles and containers).  Before a dog can compete for a title, it must pass a pre-test to show that it will search for and find that particular odor.  Cantor passed all five pre-tests (Novice level is Birch, Advanced is Anise, Superior is Clove, Masters is Myrrh and Elite is Vetiver) and last year began competing in classes, where he is doing very well.  He doesn’t like nosework as well as agility, but he enjoys using his nose and is getting more intense the more he trials.

NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council) Agility:  Cantor has participated in 3 agility trials.  He has some “legs” (you need three passing scores to earn each title) in several different classes.  He tends to go over the top with excitement at the trials and makes little mistakes, but he’s maturing nicely and Hopefully he will earn some titles next year, since all three agility trials in 2020 were canceled due to the pandemic.

He is a Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance for Therapy Dogs (formerly Therapy Dogs Incorporated)  Cantor has his AKC Therapy Dog Novice (THDN) title, which requires a history of 10 therapy dog visits.  Once he completes 50 visits, he will be eligible for his AKC Therapy Dog title (THD).  He has trouble sitting still for long so at the moment he is just visiting the Alzheimer’s Unit at one of the nursing homes.  Hopefully once a matures a little more he’ll be able to handle the hour-long visits to the entire nursing home facilities.  He participated in the Reading Dog program at the Children’s Library, which is designed to help children who are having trouble learning to read.  Children read to the non-judgmental therapy dog, which helps them to overcome feelings of embarrassment or inadequacy.  Now that we’re going to the schools, which are much more chaotic, I don’t take him. 

He also has his AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

Cantor is athletic and very well built for a working-line dog.  He has decent drives that go into overdrive when he’s doing something he loves, such as agility. 

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Dam:  Celhaus In Love with Life PTE, AE, NI, IAC, ICC, CGC, THDN ATD (Spirit)

whelped 1/22/15

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UKC Nosework Titles:  PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE (all five pre-tests) Novice & Advanced Exteriors and Novice Interiors.  Nosework is a fun new competition venue derived from narcotics dog training where dogs compete in searching for certain essential oils instead of narcotics.   There are five levels of difficulty (novice, advanced, superior, masters and elite) in each of five elements (exteriors, interiors, vehicles and containers).  Before a dog can compete for a title, it must pass a pre-test to show that it will search for and find that particular odor.  Spirit has passed all five pre-tests (Novice level is Birch, Advanced is Anise, Superior is Clove, Masters is Myrrh and Elite is Vetiver), and has her Novice and Advanced Exteriors title.  She will miss this fall’s trial since she’s pregnant, but will compete for more nosework titles in the spring.

Spirit is a Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD, formerly Therapy Dogs Inc).  She has her AKC Therapy Dog Novice (THDN) title, which requires a history of 10 therapy dog visits.  Once she completes 50 visits, she will be eligible for her AKC Therapy Dog title (THD).  She visits nursing homes and participated in the Reading Dog program at the Children’s Library, which is designed to help children who are having trouble learning to read.  Children read to the non-judgmental therapy dog which helps them to overcome feelings of embarrassment or inadequacy.  Spirit is a sub for my main Reading dogs (Berakah & GloryToo) now that we are doing Reading Dog at a local elementary school.  Spirit will also be participating in a stress-relief program during finals week, where therapy dogs visit students at the local college.  Unfortunately, that was cancelled, to, due to the pandemic.

NADAC Agility Titles  Spirit is training very well in agility, competed in one trial last summer and got two titles (Intro Regular & Intro Chances) and legs towards three other titles. She has 2 legs towards her Intro Touch N Go title and one leg each towards her Intro Jumpers and Intro Tunnelers titles.  She was supposed to compete this year, but the three scheduled trials here were cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  She will have to wait until next year to get titles.

She also has her AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

PennHip DI’s .18 & .31 (only .01 out of their excellent range), OFA fair Hips, OFA Elbows, OFA Thyroid, , OFA eyes, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free

OFA DM (clear) – free of the spinal myelopathy mutation genes

free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) at 24 months

Spirit is a fun dog to live with and to train.  She attacks whatever we’re doing with zest and enthusiasm, always having a good time, loving to learn and delighting to work with me.  She has a little trouble containing her enthusiasm, especially when heeling, but when she figures out how to keep heel position she’s going to be a competition dog.  She excels in nosework and from a tiny pup was focused totally on finding the hide regardless of where we were working.  She always wants to figure out just what I’d like her to do and, once she’s done it, she remembers and offers the behavior anytime she thinks I might like it.  For instance, one day this spring when she started shedding, as soon as we finished her morning ball session I took her to the old picnic table where I groom dogs when the weather’s nice and worked on her with the Furinator.  After that first day, she would run to the table and wait for me.  After several days, when we’d gotten rid of all the fluff, she’d seem disappointed if I didn’t want to brush her.  Two months later, she’d check as we walk back from the exercise area and if she thinks I might head toward the table instead of veering off to the back door, she’ll happily race to the table and jump up to wait for me. As soon as she realizes I’m not heading there, she just as happily jumps down to race towards the house.  Whatever is going on, if I want it, she wants to do it.

Spirit is fifth-generation my female line and shows so many of the good qualities from her great-great-great grandmother, Glory and those who followed her:  sound temperament, lots of drive, super noses, joy of life, willingness, the list goes on.  Breeding tells!!

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Maternal Grand Sire:  Quasi vom Geistwasser BH, AD, PTN, PTA, ATD

whelped 10/24/10

OFA Excellent Hips, PennHip 90th Percentile (DI’s .18 & .23), OFA Elbows, OFA Cardiac, OFA Thyroid OFA Eyes, OFA DM (free), von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free

TLI Test normal at 47 months (free of EPI – Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)

Quasi was a Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD, formerly Therapy Dogs Inc).

Quasi was nearly ready to try for his Schutzhund 1 title when I bought him.  I had hoped to get his title but an injury and then surgery made it impossible to travel 200 miles a lot of weekends to train at the nearest training club.

He has great hunt drive, loving to use his nose and searching very intensely when his ball takes a bad bounce and he has to find it.  He shows that same desire to use his nose in nose work classes. 

Quasi did great in nosework classes and passed his first pre-tests.  Unfortunately, just when I was ready to try for titles, his elbow went out and I ended up having to put him down.  Quasi had great retrieve drive.  He also enjoyed learning, showed a lively curiosity about everything new and was always willing to please.  He was fun in any kind of training and passed those traits to his progeny.  He also gave his pups a very sweet, affectionate nature and LOTS of personality and drive.  He was also a very people-social dog, with superb temperament that he passed on to his progeny.


Maternal Grand Dam:  Celhaus Celebrate Life AE, PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE, NR, NT, ATD, THDN (Lively)

whelped 11/3/09

NADAC Agility titles:  Novice Regular, Novice Tunnelers.   Unfortunately, the agility trials were moved from a site ninety minutes away to one that is 3 1/2 hours one way.  I have to drive back and forth each day since I have other dogs at home I must care for each evening, so our chances for more agility titles are low.

UKC Nosework titles:  She has her Superior Vehicle title, Master Interiors title, Master Containers title and Elite Exteriors title, as well as all five PreTests.

Lively is a Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs.  She has her AKC Therapy Dog Novice (THDN) title (which requires 10 visits), her THD (Therapy Dog) title, which requires 50, and nearly enough visits to qualify for the THDA (Therapy Dog Advanced) title, which requires 100.

OFA “fair” hips, PennHip 60th percentile (DI’s .39 & .35), OFA Elbows, OFA Cardiac, OFA Thyroid, OFA DM (carrier), OFA eyes, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free

free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) at 24 months

Lively produced three litters when bred to Chaos and two litters bred to Quasi.  She has produced some excellent Search & Rescue dogs as well as competition dogs (agility, nosework, etc), service dogs and therapy dogs.  She has tons of drive and will retrieve a ball all day long.  She’s a nice medium size and very athletic.  She’s also a fun dog to live with and, especially, to train.  Her pups typically excel in any kind of training and approach it with enthusiasm, yet they can also serve as service dogs, which asks for a much calmer, quiet dog that concentrates on assisting its owner with any disabilities the person has.


Maternal Great Grand Sire:  Kway vom Posthorn SchH3 (LGA) KKL1 High Protection (97 V) at the 2007 Americans

“a” normal hips HDZW 66

whelped 9/9/00 – lived to 14!

free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) and of the Degenerative Myelopathy gene.

According to his owner (Bill Kulla), “Kway participated in two research studies that are working to identify a genetic marker for EPI and DM, so that one day we may eliminate these devastating diseases from our breed.”

Other quotes from Kway’s website, www.kulladogs.com:

Kway (pronounced “Kwhy”) was the expression of his world class bloodlines: son of Asko von der Lutter and grandson of Aly vom Vordersteinwald.  Asko was the 1998 Bundessieger and 2000 WUSV World Champion and has proven himself as producer already. At the past three BSPs, Asko had more sons shown than any other dog. Aly was a close second.

Kway himself was a true all-three-phase dog: tracking is deep-nosed and methodical, obedience was fast and animated yet precise, and bitework was extremely strong with full, hard grips. Kway was balanced in the protection work and brought his natural aggression to the work for strong guarding. Through all three phases, Kway was a dog that was in true harmony with his handler, and their strong bond was evident on and off the field.

Always pronounced in courage; in Kway’s breed survey special mention is made of his exceptional temperament.

Kway was linebred 5-5 on Urs aus der Hopfenstraße, and he carried the black recessive.

Bill reports that Kway loved to retrieve and was good with everyone. He also was good with other dogs, including small dogs, and enjoyed nurturing puppies.  I really liked him when I took Quinta to be bred in 2009.  Kway had been retired for two years, but put on a beautiful obedience demonstration for me.  He was five days from turning nine years old but sure didn’t look it as he heeled, ran and jumped. 


Maternal Great Grand Dam:  Celhaus Quintessence NJ NR NTO NC TDInc

NADAC Agility titles:  Novice Jumpers Superior, Novice Regular, Novice Tunnelers Outstanding, Novice Chances, 2 legs towards her Open Jumpers title, 2 legs towards her Novice TouchNGo title, 2 legs towards her Novice Weavers title and 1 leg towards her Novice Hoopers title

AKC agility titles:  one leg in each of Standard, Jumpers with Weaves & FAST

OFA hips (good); OFA Elbows; OFA Thyroid; OFA Cardiac; CERF; also tested EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency), von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free.  In December, 2007, Quinta received her Health Award Certificate of Recognition from the German Shepherd Dog Club of America.

Quinta was a Therapy Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs Inc. (now Alliance of Therapy Dogs).

Quinta, commonly known as “Wild Thing”, was the character of the family.  She loved to work, begged to train, and got into all kinds of trouble when we didn’t.  She was crazy about agility.  Her biggest problem was remembering to listen to me and go the direction I indicated, rather than attack every obstacle in sight.  When she did remember, she was extremely intense and concentrated, a joy to work, and nearly always took 1st place.  She also did extremely well in obedience and tracking but we never tried for titles since trials are few and far between.  Quinta was very much like her mother, Jubilee, and grandmother, Glory.  She was quite dramatic, very fast and athletic, loved to tease, and had trouble being a “good” girl.


Maternal Great Great Grandsire:    Bianko vom Leerburg (Comanche)

OFA GOOD hips, OFA elbows

Janet Wilt’s Comanche was a Search & Rescue dog, certified in Avalanche, Water, Tracking, Wilderness Rescue and Cadaver.  He was also certified as a narcotics dog (4 odors), evidence and building search.  

Janet has Spirit’s litter brother, “Celhaus Irresistible,” whom she also calls “Comanche”.  Comanche is certified in all SAR types of searches except for Avalanche, which Janet says she just hasn’t gotten around to working on.  See Janet’s Search & Rescue group, Jackson Hole Independent Search Dog Teams, www.jhsearchdogs.org.


Maternal Great Great Granddam:  Celhaus Jubilee CGC CD NA NAP TDInc, made it to 14 1/3 years.

OFA GOOD hips, OFA elbows, OFA cardiac, OFA thyroid, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free, CERF

Jubilee was a Therapy Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs Inc.

She had her Companion Dog title and her AKC Novice Agility titles and only needed one more qualifying score to finish her Novice Jumpers title, but she developed spurs on her back (from being such an athletic, body-slamming, hard-playing dog all her life), so her jumping and competing days were over.

Jubilee was the most athletic GSD I’ve ever known–unless it’s her daughter, Quinta or granddaughter, Lively.  At 14 1/3, she was still healthy, though arthritis from bridging in her back had slowed her down considerably.  When she was just a pup she would jump into the back of a 3/4 ton pickup from which I was shoveling wood shavings, trudge to the top of the shavings pile, and get on top of the cab. She would climb, jump, drill through incredible obstacles to retrieve her toys (the favorite of which is the Frisbee).  She loved obedience, tracking and agility.  Her tracking was very intense and only needed proofing to be ready to try for her Tracking Dog title.  When she hurt her back, I retired her.


Maternal Great Great Great Granddam:  Roche Jaune’s Triumph of Celhaus CD, TDInc (Glory)

OFA GOOD hips, OFA elbows, CERF, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free

Glory was a Therapy Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs Incorporated (now Alliance of Therapy Dogs).

I originally began in American-line German Shepherds, the old lines with lots of European influence – before they were ruined by the fad for extreme side gait.  When the breeder from whom I got my dogs for years retired in the late 1980’s, I decided to switch to European working lines.  Unfortunately, the first several breeding prospects from those lines that I bought failed all their health screenings.  In fact, they introduced me to new problems in the breed – genetic eye and bleeding conditions – so I increased the number of health screenings that I did before passing a dog for breeding.  Glory was the first one who passed all the tests and whom I could breed, and she produced so well that I have continued her line for six generations of females.  With her first litter I adopted the German system of having an alphabet letter for each litter, beginning with the A litter of 1997, from whom I kept her daughter Ashi.  That was such a great litter that the next year I drove her all the way to Toronto to breed her to a German import there who was closely related to Ashi’s sire.  That only resulted in one pup, whom I kept.  I didn’t use a litter letter for her but instead named her Jubilee because the Catholic world was in the middle of a jubilee year of prayer to prepare for the millennium. 

Glory was a mix of German show and working lines and was absolutely beautiful.  She was also a tease with an amazing sense of humor and would drive me crazy when I tried to get her serious enough to train and to compete for obedience or tracking titles.  I always bred her to working-line males and she generously threw more serious working dogs than she was but also her correct structure AND sparkling personality.  Her progeny were just plain fun and continue to be so to this day, including an occasional one who is a big tease like she was (though more easily trained).  The latest tease to liven up my life is her great-great-great granddaughter (a Lively granddaughter from the LL litter of 2016), Celhaus Love Every Living Thing (“Lovely”).  I still miss Glory a lot but I enjoy the vivacity in all her children and their enthusiastic enjoyment of life.


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