1937 & 1938
1937 & 1938 GV Ch. Pfeffer v Bern
|Alex v Ebersnacken|
|Dachs v Bern|
|Viki v Bern|
|1937 & 1938 GV Ch. Pfeffer v Bern ROM|
|Ado v. Pagensgrub (Utz v Haus Schutting son)|
|Clara v Bern|
|Freude v Rickrath (Blitz x Cilly )|
GSDC of America --- 1936 -Reserve Winners Dog
"Pfeffer also sired numerous Canadian
champions but this is only a list of his AKC champions. This list
was verified by the records of the AKC."
Article by Maureen Yentzen
|"I am not a female
Lloyd Brackett, but I have researched into the pedigree of Pfeffer v Bern
because he occurs at least 24 times (in the 9th & 10th generations)
of our current sixth generation black bitches. I am give some clues to his
genetic greatness, therefore.
He was a great dog in himself, possessing type, style, elegance, beauty and class, plus temperament, to a maximum degree. I saw him only in his old age but these qualities were still apparent at 12 years.
His importance to the breed lies not in himself alone, but in his ancestry, naturally. He was, as you note, a son of Dachs v Bern whose producing power was great (as was his brother Dolch's) and who also produced the great West Coast sire Odin v Busecker Schloss. I understand, however, that the dam of Pfeffer, Clara v Bern, was a much superior animal to Odin's dam, Gerda v Busecker Schloss.
|Dachs v Bern had a most
superlative dam in Viki v Bern,
a bitch of the very highest order. The top U.S. breeders tried to buy her
but she was never for sale. They said of her that no adjectives were sufficient
to describe her excellence. She, in turn, was a daughter of the dog who
was the forerunner of the modern day Shepherd, Sieger and Ch
Utz v Haus Schutting, a dog of the greatest prepotency.
Utz was also the grandsire of Clara v Bern, Pfeffer's dam, and it was said that Utz's daughters were always excellent in type and, what is more important, usually had the ability to produce this quality in their own daughters. Utz again comes into Pfeffer's pedigree from Dachs' sire, 6 Alex v Ebersnachen, who was a maternal grandson of Utz through his (Alex's) dam, Frigga v Hils.
So there you have Sieger, Ch & Grand Victor (twice) Pfeffer v Bern with three lines to the great Utz who revolutionized type, through bitches of unquestioned excellence.
|Never underestimate the
power of a female:
In dairy cattle breeding, a bull would not be considered for breeding unless he came from a great cow line. I have always found that correct type and structure in the bitch is the foremost requisite in maintaining type and structure in succeeding generations. Especially in inbreeding.
Pfeffer not only had a superior dam but his sire, Dachs, had a most superlative dam. No wonder Pfeffer had so many beautiful daughters as well as sons. It must be remembered, too, that Pfeffer's finest progeny came through three great bitches:
Photographed in full colour by Waxman especialy for Esquire, The Magazine for Men. Copyright by Esquire, Chicago, 1942
It is worthy of note here again that Utz was the sire
of Dachs' dam Viki v Bern, the sire of Dachs' granddam Frigga v Hils,
and the grandsire of Pfeffer's dam, Clara v Bern.
"Ch Pfeffer von Bern became the key dog. His name
cannot be found in German pedigrees, he was in the States before he would
be able to be used there. When he went back and won the Sieger title in
1937 for some reason he was not used. I can only guess that because of
the impending war they got him back out as fast as they could; but what
about the dogs behind Pfeffer. His father Dachs von Bern was inbred on
Utz 3 – 2, had a line to Erich von Glockenbrink and one to Odin von Stolzenfels.
Dachs was highly regarded in Germany but was in an era when they started
cutting back on Utz. The strongest attraction to Dachs was that he was
a son of the great Utz daughter Vicki von Bern. On the mother side of
Pfeffer there is another line to Erich von Glockenbrink, one to Klodo,
through Alf rather than Utz and a couple of lines to the Stolzenfels brothers
Faust and Odin. Basically the mother was almost an outcross to Dachs.
Pfeffer's pedigree also shows a lining in the fifth to Orpal von Greunen
Eck; Another line back to Luchs von Kalsmunt Wetzlar."
"In 1937, the final Sieger show before the title
was abolished saw Pfeffer v Bern win the title. He had been youth
Sieger in 1936 and came back from USA for the 1937 show. By Dachs
v Bern he as inbred 4:3:3 on Utz and had Viki v Bern as grand dam.
Pfeffer was a medium sized dog (24 in, 75 lbs) with excellent balance,
good shoulder and hind angulation and excellent character. He was
a trifle long in the loin and had long hocks but a fine animal destined
to be the most outstanding sire in American history siring 16 male and
32 female champions. He was Grand Victor in 1937 and 1938 and was
to be inbred to to a much higher degree than any dog before him.
He carried cryptorchid and long coat factors and gave some missing teeth
but in general he produced fine balance, good fronts, high withers and
laid the foundation for good shoulder that American breeders used wisely
in the 1940s and less so thereafter. Some high tail sets, long hocks
and excess length of loin came through in his get but in the main he was
of tremendous value to America and it is to be regretted that none of
his stock came to Britain."