Importing Deutscher Wachtelhund Puppies

The demand for DWNA bred Wachtelhunds is greater than we can meet. Importing Wachtelhund puppies is an option for those individuals wishing to purchase a Wachtelhund puppy. The cost is a little more than a DWNA bred Wachtelhund, but then you will not have to wait for a DWNA bred Wachtelhund.

I have imported close to 50 Wachtelhunds from Germany over the last two decades and have never had an issue getting to their buyers. Last year I imported four Wachtelhunds for new DWNA members. Those wishing to import Wachtelhund puppies, please contact me: Dave Pepe, or PH: 715-487-4024.

Here are my requirements for importing DW puppies:

1. First, I will not import DW puppies when DWNA breeders have puppies available.

2. I’m placing these puppies the same as if I bred them, I vetted my buyers and I will determine who I will import puppies for. In other words, I must be comfortable with the buyer.

3. Buyer’s become a member of the DWNA for the life of the dog.

4. Buyer’s sign an agreement stating, “They’ll make the DW available for DWNA breeding”. This means the buyer must present the DW for the JP hunt test at a minimum, have the DWs’ elbows and hips X-rayed and certified for dysplasia and have a DNA profile down on the DW.

5. Buyer’s state their color preference – Schimmel (brown with white ticking) or solid brown.

6. I contact VDW breeders before their litters are born to place orders. So the process could take several months based on litter availability. The VDW list online all breeders expecting litters.

7. My selection process is as follows: Buyers’ color preference, both sire and dam having elbow dysplasia certification normal – ED normal, and hip dysplasia certification excellent – HD excellent, and hunt test scores; depending on litter availability. NOTE: My goal is to import the best quality DW as possible for DWNA breeding stock. Depending on litter availability sometimes I must select puppies from a litter where one of the parents has a hip certification of good. The VDW has required hip dysplasia certification for breeding since 1976. Hip dysplasia is not an issue in the Wachtelhund breed.

8. Cost: The average cost of a VDW DW puppy is 800 to 850 Euro. The dollar amount depends on the currency exchange rate at the time, but has recently averaged $900.00 to $1.000.00. Transportation cost has recently equal the purchase cost or exceeded it. What I have started doing is importing two puppies for two buyers at the same time from one breeder. This way the transportation costs are shared by the two buyers. The DW puppies will be shipped direct to an international airport having US. Customs. Customs may charge an import fee of $50.00 to $75.00, split between the two buyers. Normally, I or one of the buyer’s will pick up the puppies.

9. FEES: The breeders are paid by bank wire transfer – $45.00, buyers will share this fee. I usually ask for a small fee, as I offer this service over and above my DWNA duties. Half of the fee will go to the DWNA as a donation. The fee is for my time working with buyers’, selecting and communicating with the breeders, arranging payment to the breeder, arranging and paying transportation costs.

Meet and Greet Photo Gallery

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2010 DWNA-VDW Meet & Greet

It has been two years since we had our first Wachtelhund Meet & Greet.  A lot has happen since then with the DWNA-VDW.  Therefore, it is time to hold another Wachtelhund Meet & Greet.  It will be September 17th, 18th and 19thAll DWNA-VDW members are invited. I and my wife Loni will host the Meet & Greet at our house.

The location will be 160 Max Rd., Pelican Lake, WI 54463.  We plan to discuss the DWNA-VDW organization, VDW hunt test requirements, and have a blood tracking seminar (initial training).  We will, also, be conducting mock VDW EP hunt tests: (mhtml:{9173702F-AC6F-48A5-AD37-4E6E9C862582}mid://00000220/!x-usc:http://www NULL.deutscherwachtelhund NULL.htm) .  Animals will be provided for each dog participating.

Those planning on attending, please contact Dave Dyer or myself; contact information is contained in the agenda.  If you did not receive and invation by E-mail and agenda, please contact me.   If you are planning on entering your Wachtelhund in any of the events please tell us on the registration form so we can plan to have enough animals.  You may enter your Wachtelhund in one or all events.  Evening get together will be at our house.
Lodging: We have a walkout basement with complete apartment and a 5th wheel camper available to the first couples confirming their attendance.  We also have a futon in my study available for a single person.  Kraig and Trista Glazier, Helena, MT have already confirmed their attendance and will be staying in our apartment.
We also have room for campers should you wish to bring one.  We will provide electric and water.  The nearest hotel is the Four Seasons Motel, 304 W. Glen St. Crandon, WI 54520; approximately 10 miles from our home.  Phone : 715-478-3377.  Rooms run $42.00 to $55.00 per night.
We realize this is a long way for just about everyone and have kept our attendance and test fees to a minimum.  We would like to see as many DWNA-VDW members as possible.  Those planning on attending, please confirm by August 15th at the latest.

Dave Pepe
DWNA-VDW, Chairman
160 Max Rd
Pelican Lake, WI 54463
Phone: 715-487-4024
Fax: 715-487-4024

DWNA Official Member of VDW

This last week, June 4th and 5th, the Verein für Deutsche Wachtelhund (VDW) held their annual meeting in Dinkelsbühl, Germany, and voted the change their constitution and accept the DWNA-VDW as a member club of the VDW.

The  DWNA will be the first independent club of the VDW.  The VDW was previously structured as a centrally controlled club.  Financial control was at the Board level and their main club at the main level was legally responsible for each German state group.  The acceptance of the DWNA required a member vote and change to their constitution.  Such changes are allowed every two years.  This was one of those years.

Previously, the VDW and JGHV had provided numerous requirements which we had to meet to become a member.  Communication issues and personal agendas both in the States and in Germany held up our acceptance by the VDW and JGHV.  Those are behind us now.

Last Wednesday, I arrived in Germany and met with the VDW Chairman, Vice Chairman and Head Breed Warden.  We discussed and worked out our many issues holding up our acceptance.  We have worked for five years to this end.

On Friday, I was asked to sit in with the VDW Board of Directors and all of the 18 German State Chairman.  This invitation was an honor and surprise to me.  The meeting began at 8:00 AM and ran to 5:00  PM. During this time, Herr Hartnagel (VDW Chairman) asked me to address the Vorstand group, another surprise and shock, as my German is not the best.  At 6:00 PM I was told I had to sit in with the International Wachtelhund group.  Present members were from Austria (Chairing president), Sweden, Luxembourg and USA.  There are numerous other countries who were not present. The VDW Vice Chairman was also present.  Each of us gave statistics on our Wachtelhund populations.

Friday evening was a fest and I went around meeting breeders whom I had imported Wachtelhunds from and others that I have come to know.  I asked each to raise their hand in the morning.  The word was out and they all understood what was going to happen.

On Saturday, the main annual meeting took place.  The first 6 hours were financial updates, membership statistics, Wachtelhund information; birth, health issues, etc.  Changes to the VDW Satzung (Constitution) and Breeding regulations were proposed and voted on.  Again, I was asked to address the complete present membership, some 800 to 900 individuals.  Yes, I was a little nervous and stumble though with my poor German.  The complete membership voted to change their constitution and accept the DWNA as a member organization.

What does this mean fro the DWNA-VDW:   First, we retain our DWNA name and separate financial status.  We will become members of the VDW, register our kennels litter and puppies with the VDW and abide by VDW Breeding and Testing regulations.  No cross breeding with AKC, UKC or CKC registered Wachtelhunds will be allowed.  They will issue us normal Ahnentafels with the VDW, FCI and JGHV logos.  We will also eventually become JGHV members, as a letter is being sent to the JGHV.

This will add legitimacy to our Wachtelhunds and organization, putting us on paar with the VDD-GNA, VDL-GNA, NADKC, CAN-AM DKC and etc.  All requests for VDW registrations from North America, regardless of DWNA member status will go through the DWNA.  Ahnentafels coming to North America will be signed by the the VDW Zuchtwart (Breed Warden) and the DWNA Chairman.

Registrations will begin with our breeding DWs and litters.  Half of our kennels are all ready registered with the VDW and our Board members are currently members.  The remaining membership DWNA membership will be upgraded to VDW members.  Member dues are due in January of each year.  The DWNA will make a one time payment each year for its members.

Litters for the last two years will be submitted to the VDW for inclusion in their breed book. We have been tattooing our DWs to fit into the VDW breed book system.  The DNA profiles that we have been collecting on our breeding  dogs will be provided with each litter registration.

Also the VDW will accept all of our OFA certifications.  All of our breed-able DWs have been certified for elbows and hips by either the VDW or OFA.  For those with OFA certifications, the VDW will accept OFA certifications now.  We need photo copies of your OFA certifications.  In the future, all certifications for elbows and hips will be sent to the VDW.  The DWNA will pay for all registrations and certification, one time at the end of the year.

Since the DWNA has the majority of breed-able Wachtelhunds and kennels in North America, and due to our limited Wachtelhund gene pool, it would behove Wachtelhund other owners in North America who are not DWNA or VDW members to become VDW or DWNA members and register their DWs if they want to breed them Wachtelhunds in the future.  This will require the submission of your UKC registrations.

The VDW will send judges to North America in 2011 and 2012 to help us with our testing and help us develop our own judges.

I will provide more information upon my return to the States after the 18th.

Dave Pepe

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