1925 Sieger
Ch. Klodo von Boxberg

1925 Sieger—American Ch. Klodo von Boxberg
SZ# 135239
Breeder:  O. Dienemann Gotha
Born August 20th, 1921

V Alex v Westfalenheim SchH III

1922 GV Ch. Erich v Grafenwerth SchH III

Bianka von Riedekenburg
Ch. Klodo von Boxberg

Etzel v Herkulespark (Jung son)
  Elfe von Boxberg

Doni v Wyhratal

"Klodo was imported to this country shortly after his great German victory and quickly acquired his US championship. Surprisingly, Klodo never won the Grand Victor title in this country, perhaps because he was only 24" at the shoulder and not a very flashy dog, but Klodo and his sire Erich v Grafenwerth were the dog to modernize and more of less revolutionize the Shepherd Breed. Klodo, was truly a dog of magnificent structure, very substantial, good angulation fore and aft, a rich dark pigmented and a quite composed self-assurance. Klodo was a great dog and a great sire while in Germany, siring many greats.

 "Klodo and Erich should have been used much more by the American breeders, but after six years of age Klodo was a very reluctant stud and could hardly be coaxed to breed. He was probably imported just a little too late."

Grant Mann

"Klodo was inbred on Hettel Uckermark but was a totally different type to earlier Siegers in that he was much smaller (24 1/2 in), longer and deeper than those who preceded him.  Denlinger (1952) describes him as a plain undistinguished dog but Goldbecker and hart (1964) eulogized about him.  He went to USA in 1926 after leaving 634 progeny in Germany and he was to prove as valuable a sire in America as he had been in Germany and was later to prove in Britain although in Britain's case only via descendants.  In many ways Klodo's win was a red letter day in breed history but he was not widely acclaimed.  Pickett (1952a) described Klodo as a lighter boned dog than his contemporaries and refers to his weak constitution.  This is an opinion grossly out of line with the facts that are known.  In the main Klodo did nothing to harm temperament and he reduced size to more manageable proportions than previously.  He did sire long coast for which fault he was excessively abused.  On the question of cryptorchid I cannot comment but his brother Kuno did give this failing."

Author Unknown

"Klodo was the picture of balanced angulation, front and rear, the front reaching, the rear driving, proper croup, held together with a back. Indications are that the dog moved nearly as perfectly as they had imagined possible to that point. As he moved forward his head dropped to a position just above the shoulders and he dug in and moved, effortlessly, endlessly, correctly, on and on. There was no flipping of pasterns or fixed hock joints on that dog. It was the picture of endurance and efficiency that Von Stephanitz had been looking for. It marked a point where new goals were set. The epitome had been reached, from the 1925 Sieger show there was now a new Standard of Excellence.

It was Klodo that definitely started the transition of the breed with the offspring he produced. His good ones started appearing about 1924 when Klodo was three years old.

The early breedings to Klodo were to match him with more Erich von Grafenwerth stock, of which there was a multitude around. This did not always work out. In one case they got a dog 68 centimeters high and 40 centimeters deep, over 27 inches high and 13 1\2 deep. Another seems to measure "half a block long".

Klodo did do better in combination with the Billo v. Reideckenburg. progeny. Tobias Ott of Blasienberg used Klodo with a Tell\Horst background bitch that got him a dog, Harald von Blasienberg HGH, a worthwhile animal. The S.V. themselves used Klodo in a breeding plan they started themselves The S.V. determined that the Klodo progeny were generally excellent working dogs.

The Klodo von Boxberg sons that made the biggest impression other than Utz were:

  1. Alf von der Webbelmanslust, born in 1925, out of strong, Jungtell, Horst, Gunter and old working lines. He sired 404 registered progeny in Germany before being exported to the United States. Unfortunately, he was overshadowed by, his illustrious brother Utz, and father Klodo. Some of his progeny carry his wonderful style.
  2. Donar von Zuchtgut HGH, A dog second rated by Schealler but Donar did obtain the HGH. He only sired 142 progeny but among them were dogs considered necessary for the breed rebuilding process in Germany. He is a cornerstone of that project. Donar was typical of the reintroducing of working\herding stock. This program broadened the pedigrees, yet it tied so close to Klodo, the mainline. Donar's mother lines had strong Falko Scharenstetten, Horst, Arno, Tell, but no Erich or Jungtell on her side. Seffe was also an HGH bitch.
  3. Curt von Herzog Hedan SchH, He was not highly regarded by the writer Schealler. This could well be because of the close ties to Nores. Curt's mother was inbred on Nores (2 -3) and also doubled on Jungtell"


~Garrett Gordon
Author of German Shepherd Dog History

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