1925 Sieger—American Ch. Klodo von Boxberg
|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."
"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."
"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.
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".
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