Verein Deutsch Drahthaar - Group North America (VDD-GNA)
Unlike the AKC and similar "registries", VDD dictates minimum standards of performance, mental aptitude and confirmation for all dogs used in the breeding program. The organization was founded in May, 1902. With over 10,000 members worldwide, it is the largest breed club specifically devoted to producing hunting dogs. The VDD is a member of the Jagdgebrauchshundeverband (Hunting Dog User Association) (JGHV) and associated with the Verband für das deutsche Hundewesen (Association for German Dog Affairs) (VDH) and the FCI. The club has 34 member groups primarily in Germany, but also other countries including USA and Canada.
Stillwasser Kennels is a VDD-GNA registered kennel and abides by all VDD breeding requirements. I can't say enough positive comments about the VDD Breed Club and its breed standards. I've been a supportive active member since owning my first DD. While there are some frustrating realities of implementing a German system in the U.S, the abilities consistently demonstrated by this breed are a testament to the system that produced them and it's hard to argue with success.
For those of you located in this region, I would invite you to attend one of the Southeast Hunter Chapter training days or an upcoming test. This is an excellent opportunity to evaluate the abilities of these dogs first hand. I would also add that we are a group of HUNTERS not field trialers, handlers, or professional trainers. Unfortunately some of the other AKC breed clubs have become dominated by professional and "want-to-be" professional trainers who spend more time trying to build their client base than they do trying to help each other on training days. We truly use this time to help each other. Click on the image at right for more details.
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