To maintain and protect the breed and its standards, regulations have been established by Verein Deutsch Drahthaar to ensure that all Drahthaars used for breeding meet certain physical and field performance standards. Evaluations in the U.S. are conducted by Group North America and include Spring Natural Ability Tests, Fall Breed Tests, Fall Utility Tests, and Coat and Conformation assessments. These tests are conducted to evaluate inherited traits and ability, rather than to establish the superiority of one dog over another. While training and testing your puppy is not obligatory, you will find that Drahthaars enjoy the challenge of specialty training and thrive on firm, consistent guidance.
Bento v. den Meadow Lakes Sired by Pascha v.d. Wupperaue; mother is Gabby vom tapferen Herzen
VJP – 72
HZP – 220 Spl./Sil. Armbruster
VGP 305 pr. II
NAVHDA 198 pr. I
Form – 11/Coat – 11
Most Beautiful Male – 2009 Armbruster
5th Place Performance - 2009 Armbruster
Youngest dog at the Armbruster
ZR – 202/08
Armbruster – North America’s premiere testing and social event for Drahthaar breeders.
HD – refers to hip dysplasia; “frei” is German for free. All dogs in the VDD breed program must have their hips certified before approval for breeding.
Hegewald –Germany’s premiere field and water testing event.
VJP – The Verbands-Jugend-Prüfung, or spring natural ability test, evaluates dogs under 15 months old on inherited abilities in five different categories: pointing, nose, tracking, search, and cooperation. Point values are: 0 = failing, 1-2 = unsatisfactory, 3-5 = satisfactory, 6-8 = good, 9-11 = very good, 12 = excellent. Elevens and twelves can be given in certain categories.
HZP – The HerbstZucht-Prüfung, or fall breed test, is an advanced natural ability test conducted each fall for dogs whelped prior to October 1st of the previous year. It evaluates pointing, nose, tracking, search, cooperation, and retrieving. Desire, obedience, and trainability are also important aspects of this evaluation of dogs are generally 65-75% trained by this time. Point values are: 0 = failing, 1-2 = unsatisfactory, 3-5 = satisfactory, 6-8 = good, 9-11 = very good, 12 = excellent. Elevens and twelves can be given in certain categories. 10 is the maximum score in obedience areas. For each testing category there is a multiplication factor, ranging from 1 to 3, depending on the relative importance of that quality. Dogs are also examined for physical deficiencies and temperament faults during this test and the assessment becomes a permanent part of the dog’s record. Any dog that shows the slightest degree of gun sensitivity or has a physical defect will be disqualified from Verein Deutsch-Drahthaar breeding.
VGP – The Verbands-Gebrauchs-Prüfung is a 2-day utility test for dogs that are 100% trained. Comprehensive evaluation of the dog's performance in 26 different categories and 18 different hunting situations, with particular emphasis on obedience and natural ability. Point values are: 0 = failing, 1 = deficient, 3 = good, 4 = very good, 4h = excellent. Scores are designated with both point total and prize classification; for example, VGP II/300 means a Prize II with 300 points. To meet each prize classification, the dog and handler team must achieve a minimum point total and demonstrate qualifying performance in selected categories.
The "I", "II", or "III" after a test score indicates 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize.