MERJUKE AINE'S LOYALTY (TESSA)
Tessa January 21st 2013: coming up to 5 months off her 8th birthday
had 2 litters in her entire life.
Tessa was approximately 2 years & 8 months of age when she had her 1st litter in February 2008. This litter was to a German imported show line male that was a breed Championship 1st place winner that
we purchased & covered the costs of & originally retained stud
rights over. This male's father produced a 06 Junior Seigerin who also went onto become a 08 & 10 VA3 dog, and his mother produced a 09 British Adult Seiger who went on himself to produce 2 x UK Champions, etc. We retained 1 male puppy from this litter who
lived with a friend whom we covered the costs for until his 2nd birthday. From this litter we also retained 1 female puppy who did not
live with us but who who lived with a lovely family (and excellent
chef), and this female left with an agreement on
her in relation to her being shown by ourselves at our cost.
Also since her owner
stated that she would fall head over heels in love with all of her pups,
and would only end up with a house full of dogs if she were to ever
have a litter, she decided prior to obtaining her that she would never
be bred from, and instead would be spayed. Unfortunately both of these puppies turned out to be way over top-size even as
very young puppies, and so we made a decision to not show them at a later date.
- Just a few weeks shy of 2 years later in January 2010 Tessa had her 2nd &
last litter to date. This litter was to a BOB & 1st place winning European show line male bred by the current breed record holders (his father was a German Seiger and his mother was a re-imported UK Champion & treble Seigerin (I & B) and V (G) holder. This males litter sister was a British Youth Seigerin & RCC & multiple BPIS winner, he was the half brother to UK Champions that were produced by both his mother and father including a multiple BIS Crufts Group 1 winner. We did not keep a puppy from this litter. As lovely as the puppies were we had just made a decision to keep an entire litter of 4 pure working line puppies instead.
club states that the average inbreeding coefficient for the breed is: 3.4%
- Tessa's 1st
litter's coefficient according to the kennel club website was: 0.00%
- Tessa's 2nd
& last litter's coefficient according to the kennel club website was: 0.00%
You can not
get better than that!!!
Tessa's 2 existing litters were to 2 different males that were European show lines with
fact that the fathers of Tessa’s litters were of a different ‘type’ to Tessa
herself would have helped to have further increased her pup’s genetic
None of the father's
of Tessa's litters shared 1 common ancestor with Tessa in
at least the 5 generations that made up their pup's pedigrees, and this
would have also increased their pup's genetic diversity.
& micro chipped for further identity
Hip & Elbow scored under general aesthetic
BVA Hip score total: 4
BVA Elbow score total: 0
- Tessa's litter sister's BVA hip score is 12 alongside BVA 0 elbows
- Tessa also had a litter brother hip and elbow x-rayed and predicted as being excellent, but the pet home unfortunately never submitted the x-rays to be scored by the BVA.
- Tessa's half sister's BVA hip score total is 9 alongside 0 elbows
- Tessa has an Aunt who has such a similar pedigree to herself that she could almost be a 'sister', and she was scored a week off her 2nd birthday with a BVA hip score total of 5 alongside 0 elbows, and her litter sister in turn was hip scored at around 2 1/2 years of age and she has a BVA hip score total of 10.
- Tessa's mother is PD gene clear (alongside having a BVA hip score total of 13 & a BVA elbow score total of 0)
- 1st place winner
- Best puppy in breed winner
decided to not take Tessa to a lot of confirmation shows, because a lot
of judges like a GSD to resemble the image you first think of when you
imagine the breed which is a black and tan. Thus although a pure black
is NOT a breed fault it can find it harder to do well within the
confirmation show ring.
addition to this Tessa has a long-level top-line, and thus her
phenotype or 'cookie cutter shape' does not fall into the current
fashion of dogs that have been winning in the confirmation show ring.
- Level top-lined
- Pure black with no self markings
- Short-coat (although Tessa has a very very thick coat)
- Top sized
- Masks the long-coat gene
- Can produce blacks, bis, dark masked black & tans & sables
Tessa is an extremely loving and chilled out female without a bad bone in her body.
Tessa is a great lover of walks; especially when they are complete with some cuddles from myself and the rest of our 'pack'.
Tessa like her sister Bluebell has always been very good with youngsters.
Tessa is a very eye catching female that the general public usually compliment when they meet her in person.
Tessa's dam and sire were both bred by:
Asoka were famous for:
- Holding the breed record (which they no longer own) with an International Dual Champion (confirmation & obedience)
- Producing dual purpose Champions (confirmation & working Champions)
- Producing active police dogs
- Owning to the best of the breeder's knowledge the most BIS wins at General Championship status by a GSD.
- The breeder also only liked her dogs to have level top-lines.
Tessa has numerous progeny that have their KC good citizens.
For example Ruby from her 2nd litter has her KC
bronze, silver, and gold good citizen.
A second Ruby who was also from her 2nd litter
has her KC bronze & silver good citizen as a young puppy prior to her 12th month
also has a daughter who lives with a successful obedience couple
who had been training her to competitive obedience level (they were
aiming to achieve
a high enough standard of training to win out of the hardest classes
with her, they did not want to compete with her until she was at least 2
– 3 years
of age, and their last report was that her training was at a very good
complete with VERY flashy obedience and a love of the retrieving her
dumbbell, but unfortunately a current change of circumstances will mean
that they can't compete with her this moment in time). This
home said that she also has tons of potential to do competitive
agility, but that they are unfortunately not in a position to be able to
compete in this. We wish her home loads of luck with her.
This kennel was in it's relative infancy when I had the litters that I had from Tessa.
A natural stance: Tessa
out for a walk on a windy day: 14 months of age
Tessa as a puppy: 1st place & Best Puppy in Breed winner & Best of Breed
Tessa's mother is a level top-lined natural self stacker who displays balance and fluidity in her movement even at nearly 10 years of age.
Tessa's half sister is a Best Puppy in Breed, Group placement, 1st place & bronze good citizen holder alongside being multiple Crufts qualified, and a joint 9th top puppy winner despite going to a limited number of shows (84 puppies won a chance that year to be on that list).
Tessa's half sister has been highly commended by judges amongst other factors on her extremely strong hock action, feet pointing forwards, natural stacking ability, pigmentation, etc.
Despite this I believe that one of Tessa's strengths may lay in producing agility potential.
This of course will be dependent upon each individual pup, as it is impossible to predict the exact future of any puppy.
I believe this because:
Her father had a litter to her mother's litter sister, and these puppies had a gorgeous fluid and extremely light on their feet motion, Tessa's litter sister Bluebell excelled in this even when she got to nearly 40kg, and this fluidity can also be seen within Tessa herself.
This fluidity was noted and complimented by an active agility competitive judge who owns a puppy from Bluebell who has successfully competed within agility. This female also obtained her silver and bronze good citizen award prior to 5 months of age, and she was hip and elbow scored without the use of sedation or GA despite which she got a BVA hip score of 8 and a BVA elbow score of 0! This pup's father also had a BVA hip score of 17.
The daughter of Bluebell went to a male that this judge owns who has been successful in agility competition, and not only did this judge retain 2 pups to compete with herself but the rest also attracted successful agility competitors.
Another daughter of Bluebell should also be competing in agility hopefully within 2013, and in the meantime she is Gold, silver, bronze good citizen awarded, PAT qualified (she does AMAZING work in the places she attends), a 1st place winner in confirmation at WALCSS level, and a 3rd place in special beginners in an obedience class. She also has a BVA hip score of 12, and her father's hip score total was 7.
This daughter of Bluebell has also had her 1st litter, and she already appears to be attracting homes interested in competing in agility alongside other working sports.
Tessa's litter sister competes in agility at club level, and although her owner has been recommended to compete elsewhere she finds the amount of time spent hanging around such shows of no interest (I can understand this as when competing you do a lot of hanging around).
Tessa's half sister has had a litter who has puppies within it that when old enough should also be hopefully be competing in agility alongside experienced and more novice agility competition homes (the other puppies may hopefully also be obtaining their good citizen awards alongside competing in obedience, working trials, confirmation, and also possibly SCH ... another of Tessa's half sister's progeny already has his BH award).
So Tessa's lines appear to be making a stamp in the agility world attracting agility judges and experienced competitors alike.
Elsa A Female 16 Week Old Pup: A Tessa Pup (From Tessa's 1st litter at nearly 3 years of age)
only had 2 litters in her entire life.