Karin Rezewski

Transformation of the Boxer Breed over the years (Part 3 ) copyright © Karin Rezewski
translation: Ute Füglister - The Federation of Boxer Clubs of South Africa
Dixi v.d. Karlsschlucht
Pirol v. Rosenheim
Edler v.d. Fuhlenburg
Jonny v.d. Fuhlenburg
Abra Dabra of Sirrah Crest
Godewind v. Dom
Dirk v. Höhholz
Holger v. Germania
Favorit v. Haus Germania
Winkinglight Jandan Jupiter
Witerford Crystal Clear
Witherford Dawn Sky
Witherford Hot Chestnut
Dona v. Schütting
Quick v. Ostara

Dixi v.d. Karlsschlucht became Boxer of the Year in 1950 in East Germany. His line, which on both his sire and dam’s side went back to Buten v Elbufer, the son of Lustig v Dom and winner of the World title Thea v Isebeck, was continued through his sons Punsch and Ch. Pirol von Rosenheim. Pirol had a number of daughters from which, towards the end of the sixties, a number of successful Boxers originated. His daughter Dolli aus dem Ostland was the greatdam of: Ch. Carlo Ut Gütsel and Ch. Eros v. Heideloh. Also in direct dam line his daughters Ch. Camma v. Letzten Hafen through Ch. Bele and Lira v Schütting to Ch. Iko v Springbach and Hekla v Lessterbruch through Chauke v Schütting to the trio of winners: Ulk, Us-Rania and Us-Ranus v.d. Reisterstadt Verden.

As already mentioned, at the beginning and after the Second World War many useful breeding animals were sold abroad. To overcome the difficult years of war and to obtain food for man and animal, many litters were produced. The breed naturally suffered as there were no breed shows at which inferior animals could be sorted out. The countless puppies of which many were taken to America by the occupation forces, could no longer influence the breed there. During the many years of strict inbreeding on the progeny of the imports Dorian, Lustig and Utz, one produced many typey Boxers, but the size and substance had been lost. At that time Ch. Warlord of Mazelaine, Ch. Merry Monarch, Ch. Mazelaine’s Zazarac Brandy were well known and Ch. Bang Away of Sirrah Crest was the superstar in the American show ring.

In Germany Edler v.d. Fuhlenburg had become a successful show and stud dog. Edler was especially instrumental in spreading his pronounced head type. His sons Asbach and Achmed v Quellenbusch were very successful as stud dogs as well as in the show ring. Achmed, especially, produced a number of very good Boxers. This progeny also had a positive influence on the breed. His most beautiful son was Asbach v.d. Malergilde. Another Edler son, who like his sire passed on especially good heads, was Quick v Ostara. During this time the impressive Ch. Jonny v.d. Donnersburg often won at shows. On his sire side through Asbach v.d. Malergilde and on his dam’s side through Quick v. Ostara he went back to Edler. The Quick daughters Dolly v.d. Donnersburg, (the dam of Jonny) and Erda v. Wetterschacht, (the greatdam of Dirk v Höhholz) proved themselves as prepotent dams.

In 1949 the USA and England prepared a phenomenal welcome for Mrs Stockmann when she judged there. The influence of her key dogs Sigurd v Dom, his son Zorn v Dom, his grandsons Utz and Lustig v Dom brought her much respect on both sides of the Atlantic. No matter where one goes, it becomes apparent how well acquainted one is with Mrs Stockmann’s unique position in the Boxer breed. Her extraordinarily interesting and educational book, A Life with Boxers, is read everywhere in the world. Her illustrations are invaluable.

With Abra Dabra of Sirrah Crest and Mazelaine’s Czardas, two males came from the USA to Mrs Stockmann, who in the 4th and 5th generation virtually exclusively traced back to the prepotent sires Dorian v Marienhof, Lustig and Utz v Dom. Abra Dabra produced very successfully for the V Dom kennel. The most well known dogs that went back on him were Primus, Rival and Godewind v Dom.

Like his kennel mates Primus and Rival, Godewind was exhibited at very few shows. He managed, against nearly 300 competitors, to become the most beautiful Boxer in Europe as the first winner at ATIBOX. In the bitch classes, Ch. Elettra di San Leonardo was the winner. Godewind’s grandsire was the lovely Bel Ami v Wikingblut. His especially correct lay of croup and strong hindquarter, which resulted from a half brother/half sister mating on Abra Dabra of Sirrah Crest, which was obviously a fixed trait from his American breeding, was very impressive. The best son of Godewind was Ch. Dirk v Höhholz who far surpassed all his other progeny. Through his elegant general appearance he was, for every Boxer lover, a picture to behold. Through his lovely harmonious general appearance, Ch. Eclipse Della Val Di Senio, also made a good impression.

Of Dirk’s son’s Ch. Erasmus v Nassau-Oranien became a desired stud dog. With his beautiful body he was very similar to his grandsire Godewind. He became very influential especially through his typey daughters. Among others through Carin v.d. Sedanschlucht, the mother of the excellent males Patrick and Peer v. Elsavatal; Quasi v.d. Donnersburg with her beautiful daughter Undine v.d. Donnersburg and with Bessy v.d. Engelsburg as the dam of the great Ch. Carlo von Henningshof.

With Erasmus and his excellent sister Elektra, their breeder Willibald Wendel had a special litter. Here the lines of Godewind v. Dom and Witherford Hot Chestnut were deftly combined. This fusion recalls the famous union of the lines behind Lustig v Dom with the progeny of Dorian v Marienhof, which, in America and England, was not for nothing referred to as “the classic combination of our breed”.

As in America, the interest in the Boxer Breed developed very slowly in Britain. The first Boxer to be registered in 1933 with the British Kennel Club was the bitch Cilly v. Rothenburg imported from Germany. Of some of the others that were imported from Germany prior to the Second World War only the two Lustig children Alma v.d. Frankenwarte and Zünftig v Dom as well as Gretl v.d. Boxerstadt had an influence. Gretl was imported in whelp to the Caesar son, Hansl v Biederstein. This litter produced the first English bred Boxer champion: Horsa of Leith Hill.

During the Second World War, the breed development also slowed down noticeably. Only after the war the influence of essentially three lines led the Boxer to its great popularity experienced in England today.

However, firstly one looked to America, where the leading German representatives had helped the breed to the best type and looks. While the imports from America only gradually influenced the breed, directly after the first war years German and Dutch imports influenced the breed more strongly. Well-known imports that descended from Lustig were Gernot v.d. Herreneichen, Champus v.d. Fischerhütte and Collo v Dom.

A leading role in the development of the British Boxer breed was played by Holger v Germania, bred in Germany out of Favorit v Haus Germania descended from the Lustig grandson Rex v Hohenneuffen and Axel v Bad Oeyn bred back on Rex V Hohnneuffen. Most of the Boxers from successful kennels trace back to these two dogs. These two dogs and the Dutch imports linebred on the fabulous Lustig daughter Ch. Idella v Pfarrkirchen, Ch. Favorit, Ch. Faust and Helios v. Haus Germania led to the first highpoint the British Boxer breeders experienced in the fifties. Outstanding representatives from this time were Ch. Orburn Kekeri and her son Ch. Winkinglight Viking, Winkinglight Jandan Jupiter with son Ch. Winkinglight Justice as well as the much lauded Champions Gremlin Inkling and Wardrobes Miss Mink.

In l96O Pat Withers of England sent the 14 week old puppy Witherford Hot Chestnut to me. He was the result of a half brother/half sister mating going back on Ch. Witherford Crystal Clear. His dam traced back through Helios, Faust and Favorit v Haus Germania to Lustig v Dom as well as through Nurmi v. Marienwerder to Ulk v Dom, whose sire was Droll v Taubenhäusl.

Ch. Witherford Dawn Sky, the sire of Witherford Hot Chestnut, on his dam’s side went back to Xanti v Dom, who was imported from Germany by Pat Withers. The good hindquarter of the Americans was the main point of interest. Xanti came from a half brother/half sister mating on Abra Dabra of Sirrah Crest, who produced good hindquarters. The dam of Dawn Sky was a great granddaughter of Mazelaines Texas Ranger, who was a full brother to Ch. Bang Away of Sirrah Crest. In this way the lines of Xanti v Dom and Mazelaines Texas Ranger, the descendants of Dorian v Marienhof were brought into the lines of the concentrated Lustig v Dom lines of Ch. Witherford Crystal Clear.

The foundation bitch of all Witherford Boxers was the granddaughter of Ch. Holger v Germania. For her first litter she was bred back directly to Lustig through the dominant Wikinglight Jandan Jupiter, who was also a grandson of Holger and Faust v Haus Germania. A bitch out of this combination was again bred with her sire Jupiter and so the German lines were concentrated in two British Champions, Witherford Sweet Talk and Witherford Crystal Clear.

Witherford Hot Chestnut came to Germany out of a far removed English genetic pool. Through the clever inbreeding on the lines of his close ancestors he proved a dominant sire with most of the German bitches by stamping his progeny with his positive characteristics. Already in the first litters with our own bitches one could recognise his family type. Three champions were made up from these litters. Despite this, German breeders were slow to use him. They appeared to be very skeptical towards this “foreigner” who came from uncontrolled breeding as to the bad traits he may produce. The first breeders to use him were outside Germany: Mrs Cloppenburg from Holland, Dr Bosi from Italy and Julien Letellier from France. Hot Chestnut was five years old when he became “Bundessieger” and an International Champion and won the Winners title at the world exhibition in 1965 in Czechoslovakia. When at the age of 9 he retired as a stud dog, he had sired 42 Champions in and outside of Germany and more than 50 progeny with certificates towards championship titles.

Some time ago the Boxer Klub EV München carried out an analysis of Witherford Hot Chestnut's pedigree. In the analysis up to the 9th and 10th generation, the ancestral contribution of three legendary Boxers stands out: 141 times Lustig von Dom and in turn his sire Zorn von Dom 186 times and his dam Esta v.d. Würm 142 times.

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