1906-1907 Sieger Roland v Starkenburg

1906-1907 Sieger Roland v Starkenburg
Born: November 1st, 1903 
Breeder:  W. Spielmann; Gross-Steinheim

1900-1901 Sieger Hektor v Schwaben (coat color: gray & tan)

Heinz v Starkenburg

Lucia v Starkenburg (coat color: gray)
1906-1907 Sieger Roland von Starkenburg

Beowulf (coat color: black & tan)

Bella v Starkenburg

  Lucie v Starkenburg (coat color: gray)
Most Important Progeny:

"Roland became a model for the breed in the early 1900s. He was the only stud in his time who could produce the type Von Stepranitz was breeding towards from the available bitches. There is no Shepherd dog living today whose breeding does not trace back to Roland"

-Capt. Wm Goldbecker & Ernest H. Hart
Authors of This is the German Shepherd
"Roland was not only German Sieger but also Austrian Sieger in 1906.  He was one of the first all black animals of note and is frequently referred to as mutant though the inheritance of black colour implies that this is unlikely.  He does seem to have had a better croup and tail set than most and greater length than the almost 1:1 proportions of that time.  He had a reputation for having only a "passable" temperament and to have transmitted this defect.  His stud opportunities were very great (973 registered progeny) but, although he sired the Siegerins of 1907 and 1908, his main influence lay through two full brothers Gunter Uckermark and the 1909 Sieger Hettel Uckermark.  Out of the Beowulf daughter and Siegerin Gretel Uckermark these two achieved such importance in the breed that they led to the use of terms like "Uckermark blood" as though they had formed a strain which was incorrect."

Author Unknown

"The more sophisticated Roland von Starkenburg looks like he might have been able to extend himself well at both ends. I suggest that there was more than enough give in topline. ( his picture does not do justice). The topline problem would not be considered so important in that era, it was not until later, Jung Tell v Kriminalpolzei being the most obvious, that straight toplines emerged. Then again, a straight-backed horse is not the usual. Was the fancy so taken with the magnificence of the all black Roland that a mere thing like the back would hardly be noticed? I mentioned that there was also some question as to the soundness of Roland's temperament. It does appear that he had reasonable angles at both ends. His offspring that are shown in the books indicate more improvement in type after him. "

Gordon Garrett
Author of German Shepherd Dog History