Peru Sieger Show 2003

At the end of November, on my way to judge in a neighboring country, I was pleased to be invited into the ring to take pictures and converse with the officers and judge of the 2003 Peru Sieger Show. This was my second trip to Peru, the first having been 4.5 years earlier when I judged one of their most important regional shows in Lima. Partly because of conflict between factions, this year’s national competition was not as large as that one, although APPPA and COAPA president (and recent SV judge) Roque Benavides tells me that the groups are now unified. (I hear from some working-dog and other people, however, that this assessment is not accurate — time will tell.)

It was very good to see some of the same dogs again, such as my V-1 of 1999, Exe Blitzvesal, owned by R. Salgado and Jorge Vega-S. She is a daughter of Alk Vildel, the Ulk Arlett son who is still actively represented by many offspring, including the adult untitled dog (“no seleccionados”) winner Vento Herlo. The seven-year-old Exe was awarded V-3 this time, in very tough competition, by the judge Horst Blume.

Another dog I had judged previously (my Baby Dog winner) returned to my sight as a handsome and worthy competitor in the open class called “Primera Categoria Machos Seleccionados” Jeck Krieghaus is owned by Eduardo Borrero. Here is a good place to elaborate on the Selection/No-selection classes for adults (over 24 months). As you might have read in my reports of other South American shows that I have judged, the requirements for the top class (from which are chosen Sieger and Siegerin) are quite different from those in Europe, the U.S., and several other locations. In most Latin-American countries, there is no requirement for a Schutzhund title for those classes, and minimal performance still allows a dog to pass the courage test. Sometimes pressure or advice is put on judges to pass dogs that they would not describe as pronounced or passing (Vorhanden) elsewhere. Dogs entered in “Seleccionadas” categories in Hispano-America generally only need qualifications in training that are roughly equivalent to the BH, plus hip X-ray information, and sometimes additional requirements such as progeny in the case of Uruguay.

In the bitework that was held on Saturday Nov. 29, I did not see a single dog heel, whether on- or off-leash, to the blind whence comes the first attack. In fact, most looked like bipedal dogs, held by the collar with front feet flailing the air. The bites for the most part were not convincing, although several had full-mouth bites. Only two or three released on the “Out!” command, and a couple of those were totally unfocussed on the helper afterwards. There is a great need in Peru for a coming together, not only of the show factions, but of the “working-dog” and “show-only” parts of the typical dichotomy. There is also a need for a more committed approach to preparing dogs for the big show’s courage test. It is an opportunity to help each other that I hope to see everywhere.

In the days prior to the conformation show, I consulted with many members of the performance-training group and gave them some helpful tips on overcoming specific problems in tracking and obedience. Besides demonstrating techniques for improvement in those areas, we discussed protection work over dinner. Dedicated trainers such as veterinarian Roberto Santome, businessman Javier Rodrigues, and gynecologist Lucho are training and breeding working-lines dogs, and mixing in a little “Hochzuchtlinie” (show lines) as well. It would be good if the conformation people also trained, selected, and perhaps mixed in other lines a little, whether from the schutzhund side or from really hard show dogs. At Peru, one very frightened dog won a class, and a couple of others showed weak nerves, even though the conformation judging was not at all stressful for dogs with normal character.

Since I practice what I preach in regard to the “Total” GSD, I title all the dogs I raise and show, and am more demanding than most judges with foreign assignments. My goal is to have a working dog’s brain function in a show dog’s body, and I look for that in shows I judge as well as dogs I own.

In the Selection class females, good bites were given by Exe and a couple of others. The V-2 Gilli Vil Del (Indo Haus Dexel), a beauty owned by Hugo del Carpio, was not as focused on biting, and let go several times. V-1 Pussy Blitzvesal (Alk) showed good release at the “Out!” but hesitated on the long bite. These looked like lack-of-training problems. VA-2 Yesi Ben Harten had fair bites The VA-1 and 2003 Peru Siegerin is Anta Ben Harten, also owned by Roque and his wife Luz-Maria. Unfortunately, hers was the one performance I missed here, but at the Sieger Show in Ulm Germany in September, I was extremely impressed with her courage test.

In males, several had very good drive and “O.K.” to good bites, but most showed a need to brush up on their work. The VA-1 Ursus von Ben Harten gave only fair bites, and the 9th-place V-5 Tim Krieghaus probably did the nicest courage work. Last place in conformation was a “dirty” biter But the big disappointment was Exel OverledingerLand, a dog imported with a German SchH-1 title, but who had no courage at all. Because he would not engage, he would have been at the end of the line in the following day’s breed show, but the embarrassed owner Emilio Revilla pulled him from competition after Saturday’s debacle. This dog, who performed as if he had been given one of those notorious “Friday midnight special” titles, is a son of Baru Haus Yu. But the “disqualification” for pulling him, in Peruvian rules, was only in effect for that weekend, so it is no penalty at all. You will remember that in the U.S. and Germany, when a dog fails the bitework, it is easy and customary (though an abhorrent practice!) to get a fraudulent veterinary excuse for not showing up for the conformation exams. This keeps too many weak dogs in the gene pool and encourages slack training.

There were some outstanding youngsters shown in 6-9-month males; 2nd place was Quando Benforn of local breeding, with near-perfect anatomy. But he limped a little in the rear, so Blume rightly put the dry and firm Quartz Krieghaus/Exe son Ursus Blitzvesal as winner. If he fills out between the elbows, he will develop nicely. Second in 9-12 females was Viena de Malosos, a bith with excellent reach and drive but a slightly carp-back topline. Ahead of her was Xana Sholsbe who had an almost imperceptible limp.

A future super-star is the Ursus Ben Harten daughter Binka Krieghaus, owned by Almuden de la Guerra, a Peruvian GSD judge. She is beautiful in stance and gait, and was the convincing winner of her 12-18-mo. class. Another super bitch, a Quartz K. daughter, came all the way from the southern city of Arequipa to win that class: Kiara de K-9. The previous week I had made a grueling 17-hour overnight bus trip to Arequipa for the camelid fiesta (llamas, alpacas, guanacos, and vicunyas) and, believe me — that trip is no easy “stroll in the park” for man nor dog! A very nice male, Rony Siegerhaus, won the 18-24-mo. class, but was so tired and non-photogenic afterwards that I could not get the best possible picture of him.

Winner of the anatomically impressive “No seleccionadas hembras” class was Biene Ben Harten, mother of the above-mentioned Binka. Biene is a Mack Aduct daughter. Right behind her was the beautiful Karly Arminius daughter Quena Krieghaus, a large sister of Quartz owned by her breeder Señorita de la Guerra. Biene is the home-bred property of the Benevides.

VA was awarded to two in the final bitch class, but the winner literally ran away from the competition. It is said that the reason Anta was not a VA at Ulm (There she earned V-1 in the show ring) is that her parents only have noch zugelassen hips. Sire Gorbi and dam Rima were not brought to Germany for their hip qualifications until they were almost 6 years old, when perhaps Anta’s potential was becoming known. She is a spectacularly-trotting bitch with firmness, reach, and drive, covering a great amount of ground with efficiency, and never even approaching the verge of breaking stride from a trot, the way so many fast-gaiting dogs do. Her proportions and pigment are ideal, as are other features of her anatomy. She had spent enough time in Germany to get her SchH-2 and be seen in competition prior to the Sieger Show in Ulm.

Four dogs in a very nice male “Selection” class were given VA, led by Ursus, a dry and firm son of Jango Fürstenberg. He remained fresh throughout, exhibiting high withers and excellent reach and drive. A close second was Quartz, with front reach similar to his famous sire Karly Arminius, but with not much else in resemblance. He is possibly the best-pigmented Karly offspring I have ever seen — outstanding, in fact. For a short time, he tended to drop a little in the withers, but regained his posture after a short rest when he got his “second wind” and again exhibited power. I remember one Sieger Show when Karly looked much the same. Conditioning makes a big difference, and helped such dogs as Dingo Haus Gero, Fanto Hirschel, and others win their shows. Quartz’ ears could be a carried with a little more firmness when trotting. Other VAs were the brown sable Uno Sholsbe and the Argentine import Yaro Haus Belian.

Peruvians have been doing a good job of breeding in the past several years, instead of relying only on German imports for their top show competition. I wish they would train and enter their show dogs in working competitions and that the Sub-comisión de Adirestramiento (working-trial people) would upgrade requirements to true schutzhund-title levels. Then they will have earned full recognition on the world scene.

(left) helper Marc Muller, (center) Judge Horst Blume, (right) helper Rolando Gonzales-Carrasco
Fred presenting award to a Suri Alpaca Peru 2003 Binka Krieghaus

Fred presenting award to a Suri Alpaca Peru 2003

Binka Krieghaus

QuenaKrieghaus

Quena Krieghaus

Sieger 2003 Ursus Ben Harte

Siegerin 2003 Anta

Xana Sholsbe First 9 - 12mo Female

Siegerin 2003 Anta von Ben Harten

Xana Sholsbe – First
9 – 12 month Female

First Two VA Dogs

First Two VA Dogs

Fred Lanting

Fred Lanting is an internationally respected show judge, approved by many registries as an all-breed judge, has judged numerous countries’ Sieger Shows and Landesgruppen events, and has many years experience as one of only two SV breed judges in the US. He presents seminars and consults worldwide on such topics as Gait-&-Structure, HD and Other Orthopedic Disorders, and The GSD. He conducts annual non-profit sightseeing tours of Europe, centered on the Sieger Show (biggest breed show in the world) and BSP.

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