Deutscher Wachtelhund North America, Inc

DWNA Breeding Regulations

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Translated by Dave Pepe

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Table of contents:                                                                                                                        


Breeding Regulations for Deutscher Wachtelhunds (BR)     

Breeding Book Requirements (BBR)                                    

Offense Requirements


Arrangement: Sequence of Breeding                            

Deutscher Wachtelhund  Standard                                


Breeding Regulations - Deutscher Wachtelhund North America, Inc (DWNA)

     The Association of Deutscher Wachtelhunds, Inc. (VDW) was established in Germany in 1903.  Their goal was to preserve and to promote the pure breeding of Wachtelhunds in the Federal Republic of Germany.  As a group association they provide breed regulations and supervise the Deutscher Wachtelhund standard for the Association German Dogs (VDH) (German Kennel Club) under the Federation  Cynologique International (FCI) - FCI standard No. 104 / 12.03.1999 / D.  The Deutscher Wachtelhund North America, Inc (DWNA hereafter) was established in Wisconsin, USA in 2007.  The DWNA has adopted VDW breeding regulations and provide breeding regulations for the Deutscher Wachtelhund in North America.

     The breeding goal is the preservation and promotion of a versatile gun dog.  A fine-nosed dog, which barks while tracking, which is a willing and confident tracker; as well as dog capable of dispatching varmints, a retriever and water dog; flushing and forest dog.

      An attractive dog; well-balanced with robust health and an appropriate hunting dog.  If genetic defects and illnesses are identified to the DWNA, they will be judged to the level of seriousness and if serious affected dog and linage will be eliminated from breeding to maintain breed health.

     Humane animal treatment laws are always considered.  The international breeding regulations of the FCI, Breeding regulations of the German Kennel Club and DWNA provide the minimum protections and are binding for all members of the DWNA.

 To fulfill these responsibilities the DWNA provides the following Breeding Regulations; combined in the Breeding Regulations (BR) and Breeding Book Requirements (BBR) regulations.

 Breeding Regulations (BR)

1. Breeding Principles

1.1 The "Deutscher Wachtelhund" breed was founded with a small population.  Therefore to avoid problems caused by inbreeding, our breeding principle is to include genetic variety of unrelated dogs in the breeding.

1.2 The German Wachtelhund is bred in two lines, the brown and the brown schimmel.

Breeding between dogs of both lines is allowed on exception.  Approval is granted by the breeding leader in agreement with the responsible State breed warden.

Plain red dogs are assigned to the brown line.  Red schimmel are assigned the brown schimmel.  Brownscheck from brown parents are assigned to brown lines.  Brown tiger or brown schimmel are assigned to the brown schimmel.

2. Breeding Advice

2.1 Breeding managers, breed book manager and state breed wardens are there to advise breeders and members of the DWNA in breeding issues.

2.2 In sufficient time before a breeding, the breeder has to discuss the planned breeding with the DWNA Breed Warden, or breed warden of their state.  The breed warden discusses with the breeder, breeding issues, hip and elbow dysplasia issues, and available dogs for breeding.  The breeder has the last decision with a choice of the breeding dog.

3. Breeding Goals

3.1 The DWNA helps improve the Wachtelhund breed by recording hunt test results, achievement of proof marks earned in actual hunting and by studying results in our data base.  Analyses of the data base serve the controlled breeding and allow for well-chosen breeding decisions (e.g. information on ED and HD ratings).  This is our breeding goal, providing a numbered breeding value based on the stored data.

3.2 The breeding goal results are provided to all members, the BB data base is updated twice yearly, after storage of the spring and fall test results, carried out by the breed wardens.

4. Approved Breeding

4.1 Deutscher Wachtelhunds which are approved for breeding:

4.1.1 Are entered in the DWNA breeding or in a breeding book approved by the FCI of another country and are provided family tree registration.

4.1.2 Are healthy dogs with no faults i.e. identified in section 5 or during conformation shows.

4.1.3 Correspond to the FCI standard and have a conformation rating by a conformation judge with at least "good".  (Conformation judges are listed in the judge's list of the DWNA separately). The breed standard is provided with this BR.

4.1.4 DWs are admitted for breeding after having passed a youth (JP) hunt test and receiving the minimum score of 5 (good) for nose, giving tongue on a track, tracking willingness, track ability and flushing;

With the minimum score of 2 (satisfactory) in the water joy; With the minimum score of 8 in gun shyness; and a score of 6 (gunshot steady) in gunshot steadiness.

Only dogs obtaining the minimum scores above will pass the DW Prüfung and will be allowed to breed.

Dogs receiving the score of 4 and less in a test in the "shot steady in forest" or the score 1 or 0 in a test in the "shot steady water" are excluded from the breeding.

Both breeding owners in selecting dogs for breeding, should use earned scores and achievement proofs after 36th month in addition to the minimum scores of previous DWNA hunt tests (EP, EPB, GP, VSwP, Vbr, Btr, VPS)  according to DWNA hunt test part V, paragraphs 71, 72, 73 and 74.

To acquire DWNA performance proof marks for (hardness, natural blood tracking, wide-hunter, wild boar) owners must submit a letter to the breeding leader to the breeding committee.

4.1.5 DWs are classified suitable for breeding after receiving proper VDW hip and elbow certifications based on submitted X-ray examinations with regard to hip and elbow dysplasia. 

DWs are not admitted for breeding with less than VDW fair (HD-C )and normal elbows (ED). 

Procedures for HD and ED certification :

  • The required hip form with instructions can be printed from Hinweise zur HD-Untersuchung . The required elbow form with instructions can printed from Hinweise zur ED-Untersuchung . There is a 23 Euro fee for each dog.  This will be paid by the DWNA.  The breeder will reimburse  the DWNA in dollars. Instructions for completing the forms can found at:

  • The X-ray should now be done with digital pictures and E-mailed to Germany. Your dogs registered name and registration number must be on the X-ray pictures.

  • Your Vet who does the X-rays must go to Veterinärmedizinisches Dienstleistungszentrum (VetZ) GmbH and register, again your vet must register! It will take a week or so for them to get a response. After that they can scan the forms and E-mail the digital X-rays and forms to Veterinärmedizinisches Dienstleistungszentrum (VetZ) GmbH. The web site address is on the forms.

  • You will then have to mail a hard copy of the forms and your VDW Ahnentafel to Veterinärmedizinisches Dienstleistungszentrum (VetZ) GmbH.

  • The address is:
    Veterinärmedizinisches Dienstleistungszentrum (VetZ) GmbH
    Karl-Wiechert-Allee 74A
    D-30625 Hannover

The analysis and archiving the X-rays takes place centrally through the DWNA and VDW.  This provides a decisive expert opinion and is binding on all members.

The DWNA enforces its goal of reduced Hip and Elbow Dysplasia through testing DWs prior to breeding.

Average HD breeding value of both parents with brown: at most 105

With brown schimmel: at most 100.

Exceptions are possible in reasonable isolated cases relating to section 4.1.4.

4.1.6 The minimum breeding age is 15 months.  Bitches are not allowed to be bred after the completion of the 8th year (this is not the 8th birthday).  A bitch may be used only once yearly for breeding.

4.1.7 A limitation of the litter size is not to be established according to humane animal treatment laws.  The responsibility for the breeding in approved DWNA kennels lies with the breeder.  As long as healthy puppies, capable of surviving are produced.

4.1.8 The DWNA has limited the number of times a dog can be bred to a maximum of 5 times.  Request for breeding are made to the DWNA or state breed warden for dogs suitable for breeding.  The request for breeding is good for one year.

 After consultation with DWNA and state breed warden another  4 breedings may be allowed.  A post breeding control is carried out as soon as results of the descendants from the first 5 breedings are assessed for: Conformation, HD, ED and health.

After 9 successful breedings other breedings are allowed from the DWNA Kennel and other Dams.  This needs the planned agreement of the DWNA and state breed wardens.

4.2 In addition, breeding dogs have to pass as a minimum

4.2.1 at least the suitability test successfully, and proven itself in actual hunting use and earned achievement proof marks (according to paragraph 71, 72 have acquired, 73, 74 PO-VDW).

4.2.2 also the special tests of the versatile hunting dog association like Vbr, Btr VPS and Association blood trailing.

5. Breeding Excluding Faults

5.1 Deutscher Wachtelhunds are not allowed to be bred who are afflicted with genetic illnesses or breeding-excluding faults.  In detail the following illnesses or faults bar a Wachtelhund from being bred:

5.1.1 Illnesses of the nervous system (e.g., epilepsy)

5.1.2 Gunshot shyness, loud noise shyness

5.1.3 Ocular illnesses, eyelid mistakes (En-and Ektropium)

5.1.4 chronic skin and hair illnesses

5.1.5 Testicle faults (only one or no descended testicle(s))

5.1.6 Illnesses in the skeleton (e.g., HD, ED, kneecap dislocation)

5.2 Moreover DWs are not admitted for breeding:

5.2.1 Dogs who were judged on a hunt test as excessively loud (disrupting other dogs during events)

5.2.2 Dogs who are expressly closed for the breeding or a having pending breeding barrier being added to the breeding book.

6. Barred from Breeding

6.1 Deutscher Wachtelhunds who show a breeding fault according to section 5 (breeding-excluding faults) are barred from breeding. A breeding barring note is entered on the genealogy table and is published in the breeding book.

6.2 Breeding barrier can be imposed by the DWNA executive committee for dogs producing offspring with faults with more than one partner; section 6.1 sentences 2 is valid accordingly.

6.3 Deutscher Wachtelhunds not DWNA or VDW registered.

7. Obligatory Registration for DWs Suffering from a Hereditary Disease

7.1 Breed wardens, judges, owners, DWNA Board members, and the state groups are obligated to inform the DWNA breeding leader and the breeding book office of dogs afflicted with hereditary diseases.

7.2 Moreover, every owner of a dog suffering from a hereditary disease is obligated to inform the breeding office for breeding monitoring.

7.3 For the containment of hereditary diseases, announcements should be provided as far as possible with veterinary certificates.

8. In-breeding

8.1 Breeding dogs very closely with each other is allowed for a line breeding, however, careful monitoring is needed, to ascertain no negative consequences.  In-breeding is defined as breeding brothers and sisters and mating father to daughter or son to mother. Normally, line breeding is not allowed in the DWNA.  Breedings with coefficients of inbreeding (COI) higher than 4.000% are not allowed.  The DWNA Breed Warden will review and compute COI's with the PED-X Explore program.

8.2 Deliberate in-breeding is the responsibility of the breeder.  The breeder must apply for in-breeding permission to the DWNA breed warden prior to breeding.  The breeding leader can reject the deliberate mating.

8.3 Every breeder of an in-breeding has to arrange, that the whole litter at the age of at least one year be judged for physical form and development, disposition according to the breed and for any introduction of hereditary defects.  A report is to be made by the responsible breed warden and provided to the DWNA breed warden.

8.4 Dogs from non-approved in-breedings receive, instead of the genealogy table, only descent identity cards and are valid as temporary registered.  Figure 8.3 is valid for dogs from such breedings, the puppies passing the youth test can be received family tree registrations and have the breeding barrier lifted.

9. Special Authorization

The breeding committee is able to give dogs afflicted with low breeding faults (after 4.1.4; 4.1.5; 5.1.7) special authorizations for breeding with, the timely request by the breeder to the DWNA breed warden and breeding committee for breeding permission (at least 4 weeks) before the deliberate breeding.

10. Monitoring the Breedings

10.1 Breeding monitoring officials are:

the DWNA Breed Warden

the breeding bookkeeper (= breeding book office)

the breeding committee (according to DWNA Charter

the breed wardens

10.2 The DWNA Breed Warden

10.2.1 The DWNA Breed Warden supervises and steers the national breeding.  Moreover belongs to all the above organizations.  Performs management and analysis with the DWNA data base.

10.2.2 His duties consist in training the breed wardens to be chosen by the state groups to examine to educate, and to discuss them with their activity for uniform use of the Breeding Regulations.

10.2.3 He is able to supervise breeders and breedings.  Furthermore, he has connection with institutions and people who academically deal with the dog breeding.

10.2.4 He leads the breeding committee.

10.3 The Breeding Bookkeeper

10.3.1 The breeding bookkeeper is responsible for the monitoring breedings according to breeding book.  He makes decisions about the breeding approvals (figure 4 BB).

10.3.2 The position of the breeding bookkeeper is at the same time a seat of the breeding book office/DWNA Breed Warden.

10.4 The breeding committee (according to Article V, DWNA Charter).

10.4.1 The breeding committee is an advisory body for all breeding questions, it can be a reduced a one working party ("small breeding committee") for special appointed duties.

10.4.2 He supervises the observance of the breeding regulations and decides on measures based on evaluation of the EDP, in particular concerning the DWNA breeding goal.

10.4.3 The breeding committee decides, in the end, in an objection procedure (figure 3 of the ordinal regulations).

10.5 The Breed Wardens

The BR specifies only members of the DWNA can be chosen breed wardens.  Who have knowledge of the legal regulations t in the breeding dog and in the genetics as well as experience of raising three litters.

10.5.1 The breed wardens are immediate contacts and advisers of the members in breeding problems.  They supervise the breeding and the observance of the Breeding Regulations in the land groups.

10.5.2 This happens by: Collection and analysis of information relevant for breeding in the State groups, from experience and EDP for the breeding processes. Counseling interviews i.e., See para. 2.2 BR; carrying out of the breeding according to 3.5 BBR. Issue of breeding notes and breeding lines. Raising of the litters and tattoo of the puppies Raising of the litters and tattoo of the puppies Report on breeding processes in the State groups immediate announcement to breeding leader / breeding book office of deliberate or accidental offences against the BR.

10.5.3 The breed wardens are required to inform the breeding leader / breeding book office, when they failed grasp in particular breeding the EDP data, or recognized poor mating arrangements of a litter and/or potential hereditary defects which could lead to a breeding barrier.  Fulfilling sections and 10/5/2/5, breed wardens in special cases can instruct approved DWNA judges.

10.6 The bodies of the breeding monitoring are authorized to visit kennel arrangements and breeding dogs without previous announcements.


 Breeding Book (BB)

1. Breeding Book

1.1 The breeding book for Deutscher Wachtelhund (BB) is the only approved register of the breed in North America and comes by order of the Verein Deutscher Wachtelhunds Inc. (VDW) from their breeding book office (ZBA-DW) the responsibly to controlled and publish.  This provides all Deutscher Wachtelhunds (DW) registered by pure breeding of those parents are already registered.  In addition, condition for the registration is the observance of the regulations of the breeding order of the DWNA (BR).

1.2 The forms necessary for the registration procedure are procured by the DWNA Breeding Authority.

1.3 Breeding Bookkeeper

The breeding bookkeeper responsible for keeping the DWNA breeding book of the Deutscher Wachtelhund independently, but in cooperation of the Chairman and breeding leader. He has the authority and the duty to inquire into registration cases of doubt. If it turns out, that with the registration fraudulent or incomplete information was provided, the breeding bookkeeper can cancel the registration or place breeding ban on the registrant.

2. Breeding Right 

2.1 Breeder

As a breeder of a DW, the owner or tenant is valid for the bitch at the time of the breeding.  If a female is sold the new owner, the new owner becomes the valid breeder.

2.2 Renting of a female for breeding

The renting of a female for breeding is an exception and requires the prior approval of the breeding bookkeeper.  A written contract must be provided, in time before the breeding, to the breeding book office about the breeding renting.  The female should be in the safekeeping of the tenant from the breeding day up to when the pups leave the mother.  Puppies from breeding rented females must be registered under the kennel name of the renter.  Females, in the possession of people to which the breeding is barred, are not allowed to rent breeding females.

3. Kennel Name Registration, Kennel Name Protection 

The kennel name is the last name of registered DWs. It is registered with the BBA and is protected. Everyone should protect their kennel names from use by others.  Kennel names make a distinction for the protection of the breed. 

3.2 Choice of the Kennel Name

The BBA will examine whether an applied for kennel name is already used by another breeder, to eliminate the possibility of the mistake with other kennel names.  The applied kennel name is allowed for use when not used by another breeder. 

The kennel name should enclose no more than twelve letters and is protected as a post sentence name.  The BBA is authorized to reject names without grounds appearing unsuitable to him.  The applicant receives a certificate of their protected kennel name.  Each breeder is obligated to protect their kennel name from use by others.  A surname of the breeder is added to the registration of a dog’s name, to differentiate dogs without a kennel name.

3.3 Renouncing a Kennel Name

On the farther use of a kennel name, the owner is able at any time with a written explanation to the BBA renounce their kennel name, however, no other kennel name may be protected for the individual.

3.4 Specific Features

The DWNA recommends the protection of the kennel name issue by the FCI.  The international kennel protection ranks before the national kennel protection.  The protection of the kennel name expires in the death of the breeder, provided that an heir does not apply for the transference of the kennel name.  Kennel names are protected up to ten years after the death of the breeder.

During this time heirs or descendants of the breeder are able to apply for the transfer of the kennel name. A breeder is able to transfer his kennel name to another club member with written request for transfer. 

3.5 Validity of the Kennel Name

The owner can ask for a kennel name of another protected breed, if the name was not already given away to another DWNA breeder.  The breeder commits himself, with the application of the kennel name to register all pure-bred Wachtelhunds bred by him with out exception, no crossbreeding with other breeds.  The cross breeding of Wachtelhunds is forbidden and is subject to disciplinary measures with a barred breeding ban.  Breeding breaks of more than three years are to be confirmed to the responsible breed warden on the suitable VDW forms to maintain position-visible breeding terms, before the sending of the kennel protection request.  The breeders are obliged to inform the BBA immediately of every change of name and address to avoid legal mistakes.

3.6 List of Kennel Names 

The BBA keeps the list of the protected kennel names. 

4. Breeding Regulations

The mutual rights and duties of the owners of breeding males and females are detailed in breeding rules as described.  Breeding rules from the FCI and VDH are valid and apply to all DWNA members. The owners are obligated to conform to these regulations.  Offenses will result in a breeding ban.  The owners of stud dogs and breeding females have a common obligation, to conform to these rules. The owner of a litter is one who has property or possession to the breeding female. 

4.1 Duties of the breeding male's owner

Only males may be used for breeding that are admitted to breeding book.  All breeding males will have a DNA profile.

4.1.1 General

Before every breeding the owner of the breeding stud dog has to convince himself that his dog and the bitch fulfill DWNA breeding requirements.  The arrangements reached which differ from the breeding rules, are to be prepared in writing.  The establishment of the stud fee and payment are exclusive matters between breeder and stud dog's owner.  Written arrangements are recommended to avoid misunderstandings. 

4.1.2 Stud Book

Every owner of a stud dog has to keep a stud book.  Particular attention is on the use of the stud marks. 

Information about stud processes, stud dogs and bred females are immediately recorded.  This stud book is always to be kept up to date.  The responsible breed warden, the breeding leader and the BBA, have at any time, the right to request and examination the stud book for incorrect information of the breeding book number, Tattoo No, color, breeding suitability and achievement signs, name and address of the owner, breeding days and litter results.  The breeding book can be put on a PC file. 

4.1.3 Artificial insemination

The artificial insemination is possible in special cases.  The breeder needs the approval of the breeding committee.  The necessary Certificates are to be sent to the BBA afterwards.

4.2 Duties of the Female's Owner

The females in the property or possession of people who are not allowed to breed are not allowed to be bred. 

4.2.1 General

Before every breeding, the owners of a female has to convince themselves that their female and the stud dog fulfill DWNA breeding requirements.  All breeding females will have a DNA profile.

4.2.2 Kennel book

Every breeder has to keep kennel books (4.1.2).  The responsible breed warden, breeding leaders and the BBA have the right to request, at any time, the examination of the kennel book.  The kennel book can be also put on as a PC file. 

4.2.3 Communication of Breeding

If a female's owner intends to breed their female, they have to inform the DWNA \ breed warden before the mating using the DWNA Deckscheine/Breeding Review form.  On this form the owner confirms the breeding of the dog.

5. Breeding Controls and Litter Conformation

5.1 Breeding Review

The breeder informs the DWNA  breed warden before the mating using the Deckscheine / DWNA Breeding Review form.  

On this form the owner states the planned breeding of their female and selected male.  Breeder and stud dog owner sign.

5.2  Wurfschein / Litter Announcement

The breeder receives before the prospective whelping date from the BBA a Wurfschein / Litter Announcement Form.  After the female delivers it is carefully filled out and provided to the breeding book office (DWNA Breed Warden), within eight days of delivery. Breeder completes puppy names. It is the breeder's responsibility to send a copy of the breeding approval to the region breed warden.  

5.2.1 BBA provides Wurfabnahame / Litter Inspection Form no later than 8 days after litter birth. (Tail docking comes at the latest, 5 days after litter birth and is to be docked no more than 30%.)  Form is completed by a Breed Warden after inspecting and tattooing ears at or around 8 weeks of age.  Tattooing is mandatory.

5.2.2 The BBA sends the Eintragungsantrag / Litter Registration with “tips for puppy's buyers” to the State Breed Wardens / breeder. Breeder completes buyers names, address and contact information and returns to the State / DWNA Breed Warden. The DWNA Breed Warden signs the Eintragungsantrag / Litter Registration before sending to the VDW Zuchtbuchamt.  The VDW Zuchtwart and DWNA Chairman will sign VDW  Ahnentafeln.

5.2.3 The BBA / DWNA Breed Warden sends the Deckscheine / DWNA BreedingReview , Wurfschein / Litter Announcement Form,  Wurfabnahame / Litter Inspection Form, Eintragungsantrag / Litter Registration, female Ahnentafel, (HD and ED certications if not annotated on the Ahnentafel) and DNA profiles for both dogs to the VDW Zuchtbuchamt for VDW Registration.  The Registration archive copy is copied and retained by the DWNA Breed Warden.  The Registration archive copy of the litter is sent to the breeder together with the genealogy table of the breeding female.  The DWNA may with hold Ahnentafeln for puppy buyers who are not DWNA members.

5.3 Pre-Confirmation

Breeders of numerically large litters (from 9 puppies and more) are allowed to give away small sickly pups, without registrations on or about 14 days.  The pre-conformation is to be reported to the breeding book office.  Should the dog survive the new owner may apply for registration.  The breed warden can instruct an approved judge who himself is the breeder during the litter inspection.

5.4 Communications to the stud dog's owner

The breeder has to inform the stud dog's owner of the result of the litter within three days or within two weeks after the calculated litter date of the bitch's false pregnancy. 

5.5 Registration in the Breeding Book

The breeders are obligated to provide all litters for the registration.  On the Ahnentafel of the female, the birthday, litter size and number of the litters are printed on the backside.  The puppies of the litter receive registration names, all beginning with the same letter.  The males are listed first, then the females in alphabetical order.  To avoid names too often appearing from the beginning of the alphabet, the VDW, since introduction of the breeding book order in 1934, required every breeder to begin naming puppies of their first litter with the first letter of their kennel name.  All other litters follow this in alphabetical order.  The DWNA will follow this procedure.

5.6 Registration Names

The choice of the names under which the puppies of a litter are registered in the breeding book falls to the breeder.  The same name should be used by the breeder only once.  The gender of the dog has to be clearly recognized from the name.  For every dog only one single name is registered.  The names should enclose no more than ten letters.  A linage can also be suggested by a dog's first name, however, the DWNA wants to avoid such names.

The breeding book office is authorized to reject improper names, as well as to provide amendments for the registration names within a litter. 

5.7 General Duties of the Breeder

The breeder is obligated to keep the female and the puppies in the best nutritional condition, well maintained and hygienically clean.  The regulations with regard to docking tails (according to animal humane laws) are to be followed.  The puppies are docked before the basic immunization, wormed as required.  For all puppies the breeder provides an international vaccination card for proof of the necessary basic immunization (at least S., H, L, P).  The delivery of the puppies to their new owners shall not be before the eight weeks of age. 

The disposal and/or delivery to pet stores or commercial dog trade is prohibited and will result in the expulsion from the DWNA and banning the pups from being registered in the breeding book.   

The breeders have to support the puppy's buyer to the state groups at (e.g., invitation for puppy's play days, hunt tests and conformation show), as well as take care to document and fight genetic defects and illnesses identified on the genealogy table.  

Breeders must obtain consent of the buyers to provide their names and addresses to the BBA on the registration application and inclusion in the DWNA data base.  

To avoid wounds, the tail is docked no more than one third during the first three days of life, except where prohibited by State law. 

5.8 Litter Conformation

The litter conformation is provided to the responsible breed warden before the eighth week.  Vaccination of at least S, H, L, P is provided.  The tattooing of all puppies is required by the breeder, tattooing will be done by a tattoo administer or Breed Warden.  The puppies are assigned registration number, this will be their tattoo number.  The right ear is to be tattooed.  Normally, this is performed by a DWNA or VDD-USA breed warden.  If the breeder is geographically located where tattooing is not feasible by DWNA and VDD-USA, the breeder may use their local veterinary.  If a puppy is tattooed incorrectly with a divergent number, this is to be recorded as "a tattoo number" in the litter conformation sheet.  The breed warden provides the litter conformation report, it contains all essential information for the litter, in particular puppies with noticeable defects.  The litter conformation report is to be given by the breed warden to the BBA; the breed warden and breeder retain a copy.

6. Breeding Book

Dogs are only entered into the breeding book whose descent can be proved for more than three generations.

6.1 General

The guidance of the breeding book is incumbent upon the breeding book office.  The breeding book is to lead the "rules for the uniformly breeding accountability in the DWNA".  The breeding book contains only registered breedings and litters of the DWNA control.  The breeding book of the DWNA is published in printed form every year.  The breeders who had a litter this year are obligated to confirm their litter to the breeding book.  The breeding book is always accessible to the breeders and members of the DWNA.

6.2 Registrations in the Breeding Book

6.2.1 Contents of the breeding book: The breeding book contains all information on litters, the number of the born, number that died, and registered dogs.  And all recognizable mistakes or faults are recorded. Single dogs can be registered in the breeding books of other countries which are connected to the FCI.

6.2.2 Extent and details of the registrations:

The Breed Book will be constructed with; a table of contents, an alphabetical list of the registered dogs by kennel.  Litters are listed by kennel names as well as alphabetical after the surname of the breeders of the litter registrations, furthermore a list of the common achievement signs and abbreviations.  All dogs are entered according to the regulations of the breeding order.

Puppies are registered by kennel name, gender, the registration number, tattooed number, together with information about their color.  The breeding book numbers, the kennel name (are given further including their protective type, internationally or nationwide) and the registration names of the parental animals, their color and achievement signs as well as their HD and ED certifications.  Also entered; DOB, number born and puppies requested for the registration as well as name and address of the breeder and buyer.

6.2.3 Form of the Registration Numbers

The registrations are sequential numbered in the breeding book.  The registration numbers are: first two digits, the year 09 - next four beginning with 1000.  Example, first pup\dog registered for 2009 would be 09-1000.  The next pup\dog would be 09-1001 and so on.

Breeding book numbers are sequential.

6.2.4 Genealogy (Ahnentafeln) tables

As an extract of the breeding book, a four generation registration is issued. 

6.3 Registration Barrier

Registration barrier for litters exists in all cases for:

- all puppies to whose breeders are banned in the breeding book,

- all dogs who come from a dog of other breed

- all dogs not registered with the DWNA or VDW

- all dogs whose descent is not unquestionably clear

The breeding committee decides on the registration of dogs from parental animals not admitted to the breeding.

6.4 Recognition of other breeding books

The DWNA recognizes all breeding books of the VDW, and FCI member associations.

6.5 Information about Dogs with Breeding Barriers

The DWNA provides an appendix to the breeding book, for breeders barred from breeding and dogs barred from breeding, with information concerning the reason for the breeding barrier.

7. Ahnentafel Table\Registration

Genealogy (Ahnentafel) table registration belongs to one specific dog.  The Ahnentafel table \ registration is a descent proof, issued from the Breeding Book office and is identical with the breeding book registrations.  It also contains the emblem of the DWNA and or VDW.  Genealogy (Ahnentafel) table will be signed by the VDW Zuchtwart and DWNA Chairman. Registrations from the genealogy tables for the forefathers are only showed up to where litter registration of the puppies began; litter registrations acquire achievement signs of their forefathers and permanently remain.  The genealogy table is a legal document.

7.1 Property of the Ahnentafel Table

The Ahnentafel table remains a property of the DWNA.  The BBA is able at any time to ask for the presentation or the removal of the Ahnentafel  table.  The Ahnentafel table can be withdrawn by the BBA with out question .

7.2 Possession Right

The entitled possession rights of the genealogy table for a DW go to:  The owner of the dog, the DWNA impounding during the duration of the property issue dispute.  The possession right goes to the previous listed owner, after the renting of a female during the duration of the breeding.  The right to the possession of the genealogy table issue by the DWNA exists only so long, as the duties by the dog's owner are fulfilled.  The DWNA is able to decide ownership of the genealogy table when ownership appeals are made.

7.3 Application for Genealogy (Ahnentafel) Tables

The genealogy tables are produced upon request through the BBA of the DWNA, as soon as the application documents are completed and the registration conditions are fulfilled.

7.4 Foreign recognition (recognition for the foreign countries by the DWNA)

Purchases of DWs from foreign countries, a DWNA issued genealogy (Ahnentafel) table will be provided at the request of the buyer/DWNA member.

7.5 Invalidation of Genealogy Tables

A loss of a genealogy tables must be explained in full.  Duplicate fees are charge for the duplicates.  If false statements can be proved the new duplicate genealogy table can be made invalid.  The issued duplicate genealogy table carries the note "duplicate".

7.6 Proprietary Change

Every ownership change of a dog has to go on the genealogy table with place and date of the changing noted.  The registration of the note must be confirmed by the previous owner with his signature.

The ownership change is to be indicated to the BBA immediately.  The sale of a dog requires the genealogy table to be handed over to the new owner without fee.

8. Breeding Fees

The registration fees of the DWNA.  Default surcharges become automatic with late entrance of the breeding conformation and the litter announcement.

Offense Regulations

1. Offense of Breeding Regulations

1.1 Offense against the regulations concerning the breeding of both color lines according to sub-paragraph 1.2 of the BR may result in merely descent identity cards being given on the puppies. The breeding bookkeeper (BBA) decides on the issue of the genealogy tables.

1.2 Registrations into the breeding book may be refused for breedings, not conforming to regulations according to paragraph 4 (breeding approvals) and paragraph 5 corresponding (Breeding-excluding faults) of the BO.

1.3 If such dogs are registered in the breeding book, they receive  descent identity cards first.

1.4 Genealogy tables can be given at the request on dogs with descent identity card when proof is produced according to the breeding suitability.  Sub-paragraphs 4.1.2 to the 4.1.6 of the BR.

2. Observance of the Breeding Regulations (BBR)

2.1 Offense:

The monitoring of the Breeding Regulations is incumbent upon the breeding bookkeeper.  In addition, members of the breeding committee (DWNA Board) are obligated to inform the breeding book office immediately of any knowledge of offense against the Breeding Regulations.

2.1.1 Offences which provide a limited or permanent breeding barrier, barring being entered into the breeding book are: In-humane treatment of dogs, failure to follow Breeding Regulations and decisions of the BBA. The cross breeding to to non DWNA or VDW registered DWs, i.e.; AKC, UKC, CKC and other non-FCI recognized registries. Dual registrations, after January 2010, with any other non-FCI registry are strictly prohibited.

2.1.2 Further the registration of a litter is made dependent by the payment of required registration fees. The registration can be also rejected all together.

2.1.3 Disciplinary actions against the BR may result in a limited or permanent breeding ban in the breeding book.

2.2 A breeding barrier is applied, when Breeding Regulations are ignored or in cases of in-humane treatment of animals, or "permission approvals for breeding of DWs" are not followed.

2.2.1 Breeding barriers of one year may be applied, if a breeder is negligently or acts cunningly against important breeding rules, offends the principle of breeding genetically healthy dogs, thus injuring pure-bred dogs.  With promulgation of an only limited-period breeding barrier or breeding book barrier the term begins with the decision to bar a breeder.  Breeding barriers are published by the DWNA.

3. Appeal Rights

The entitled owners have a right to make appeal against decisions of the breeding leader / breeding bookkeeper. Entitled owners are DWNA members and breeders of Deutscher Wachtelhund.  The appeal is provided in writing with application and grounds within four weeks on becoming known.  Presented to the DWNA Breed Warden and or breeding bookkeeper.  If these individuals participated in the initial decision process; the objection must forwarded to the breeding committee.  An objection should be decided on within three months.  For the treatment of the objection, an appeal fee is charged.  The breeding committee has the final decision.

4. Miscellaneous

Also non-members of the DWNA are bound to these Breeding Regulations, if they breed puppies that are to be entered in the DWNA breeding book.

Final Regulations

Members are obligated to keep themselves independently informed about the contents and changes of the Breeding Regulations.  Changes can be entered only by decision of a main meeting and publication.

 DWNA Breeding Book Registration Fees, valid as of 1st of January, 2009

Fees:                                                             DWNA Members             

Currency:  US dollar

Kennel Registration                                           $116.00

Transference of a kennel name                          $116.00

Litter registration                                               $116.00  

Plus per puppy                                                   $22.00  

Puppy name change                                           $22.00

Pure bred registration puppy card                        $22.00

Duplicate Registration Fee                                   $40.00

Reservation of a breeding right                            $40.00        

Breeding Regulation Offense- each owner          $150.00

Appeal fee                                                        $150.00           

Surcharge for litter with more than 8 puppies         $60.00                                               

Handling Postage, actual cost


Breeding book actual costs will be sold at actual printing cost.

The breeding book office is able to register DWs having an official pure bred registration puppy card.

DW litters are eligible for registrations as long as both parents are registered according to the breeding order.

The only complete litters are registered and entered in the breeding book.

The concealment of partial litter will result in the barring of the breeder from breeding.

Older dogs can be registered only, if their living litter brothers and sisters are registered at the same time.

Breeders who are banned from breeding can request a protected kennel name from the BBA for only one litter.

For single litters the Christian surname of the breeder is used in naming puppies instead of a kennel name.

In each case fee system is valid for the litter registration.

Every registered dog receives a breeding book registration number and a registration issued by the BBA. 

This occurs according to the number of the genealogy (Ahnentafel)  table on 4 parental generations, if both parents of the litter are bred according to the BR.

In any other case, an identity card is first issue with information on the parents  instead of the genealogy (Ahnentafel) table

For these dogs the genealogy (Ahnentafel) table can be requested, as soon as the corresponding conditions are fulfilled.

A litter registration has to come from the responsible state group breed warden or his representative after visiting and tattooing the puppies. (For exception see paragraph 5.7 Litter Conformation)

The breed warden is authorized to refuse the registration application, if he has doubts concerning puppy's number, position, breeding, and descent.

Litters with more than 8 puppies can be visited by the breed warden during the first two life weeks.

The breed warden can instruct an approved judge who himself is the breeder during the litter inspection.

With the sale of a female, the breeder can reserve the future breeding rights.  In such case, every litter of this bitch is recorded to the kennel of their breeder.  

The above fees are charged to everyone in advance, if the application within the first year of the litter submitted the BBA.  Applications submitted in the second year of the litter are applied a surcharge of 100%, with deliberately later registration a surcharge of 300% of the fees is applied.

(Other regulations: Breeding order and breeding book order). 

Sequence of Breeding

Follow the minimum DWNA Breeding Regulations.

Breeders receive information / advice from DWNA \ State breed wardens.

DWNA breeders apply for kennel name registration to the breeding book office (BBA).

Breeders and stud dog owners will have their dogs certified for elbow and hip dysplasia.

Breeders and stud dog owners will have their dogs DNA profile through the DWNA Breed Warden.

Breeders request breeding approval from State / DWNA breed warden with submittal of Deckscheine / DWNA Breeding Review Form.  Breeder and stud dog owner sign form.  BBA approves or recommends alternate breeding and returns Deckscheine / Breeding Review Form to breeder along with a Wurfschein / Litter Announcement Form.  The DWNA Breed Warden will compute the litter COI using the BreedMate PED-X program.  Normally, breedings with COI's above 4.000% will not be approved. 


Breeder informs DWNA Breed Warden of breeding.


Breeder completes puppy names and sends Wurfschein / Litter Announcement Form to the BBA with the Ahnentafel (Registration) and membership card upon litter birth.  Puppy names begin with 1st letter of the kennel name; within a litter names are listed in alphabetical order, males then females. Tail docking comes at the latest, 8 days after litter birth.  Tail Docking is required, unless prohibited by State law.  Tails are to be docked 30% or less.


Breeder sends copy Wurfschein / Litter Announcement Form Form to the State Breed Warden.


BBA provides Wurfabnahame / Litter Inspection Form no later than 8 days after litter birth.

Breeder returns Wurfabnahame / Litter Inspection Form to BBA and copy to State Breed Warden after breed warden inspects and tattoos puppies ears at or around 8 weeks of age.  Breeder completes buyers names and addresses.  A corrected litter count if one dies or pups are not tattooed correctly.  Also if bitch has a false pregnancy.  Form is completed and signed by a Breed Warden after tattooing


The BBA enters the litter information into the breeding book.  This is stored in the DWNA data base, genealogy tables are already prepared (therefore, no more name changes are allowed.


The BBA sends the  Eintragungsantrag / Registration Form together with the “tips for puppy's buyers” to the State Breed Wardens/breeder.  Breeder completes buyers names, address and contact information and returns it to the State / DWNA Breed Warden.

The litter registration takes place from the 8th week; with large litters, more than 8 puppies takes place a pre- conformation up to the age of approx. 14 days.

First litter names begin with the first letter of the kennel name; litter names are in alphabetical order, males then females.


First puppy is tattooed first.  The false pregnancy announcement is provided in time to allow the next born DWNA litter to use the collect registration numbers.


The BBA enters the litter information into the breeding book.  This is stored in the DWNA data base, genealogy tables are already prepared (therefore, no more name changes are allowed.

The BBA sends the Eintragungsantrag /  Registration Form together with the “tips for puppy's buyers” to the State Breed Wardens/breeder.  Breeder completes buyers names and returns to State / DWNA Breed Warden


The State breed warden sends the Litter Registration sheet immediately back to the BBA. Providing numbers and names for living puppies.


Puppies are released!

The registration statement with fees is sent by the BBA to the breeder.


After receiving the fees and the satisfactory registration application the registrations are provided.  Registrations, Registration archive copy of the litter, are sent back to the breeder together with the genealogy table of the breeding female sent to breeder.



Standard Deutscher Wachtelhund

Origin: Germany.

Date of the Publication of the valid Original standard: 24.07.1996

Use: Flushing dog; versatile hunting dog

Classification FCI: Group 8 of retrievers, flushing dogs,

Water dogs

Section 2 flushing dogs with working Test

Short historical out line:

Deutscher Wachtelhunds have been around for centuries and can be observed in historical German hunting literature from past centuries to the today's German literature.

The breeding of registered Deutscher Wachtelhunds began around the turn of the century.

The male ancestor of the race was Lord Augusta 1834 l who came from Staufenberg, Upper Bavaria.  The pure breeding began with the female Baby auf der Schanze 1838 L a brown-schimmel.  First pups were brown with partly white patches and white-brown dogs with small red patches on the head and legs.  Then came Rudolf Friess, who influenced the breeding of the Deutscher Wachtelhund for decade, arranging the separate breeding in the two colored lines of brown and brown-schimmel.  He created, in spite of the small gene base, by specific breedings within both colored lines.  With the separation of the color line breeding certain traits appeared.  The browns with small white patches developed as short ranged hunters who hunted predominately in an arch before the hunter.  The brown-schimmel developed with a special will for distance trailing specific game - distance hunters.

Today the different dispositions are no longer noticeable due to repeated breeding between both lines.

The Deutscher Wachtelhund where breed exclusively from hunters for hunters, as flusher and versatile hunting dog.


Rudolf Friess (R.F). which influenced the breeding of the German Wachtelhund for decades decisively, arranged the separate breeding in the colour beating brown and brown mould. He created with it the essential one Condition, in spite of the narrow source base of the breeding, by specific matings within the both

General Appearance:

Deutsche Wachtelhund is a medium-sized, long-haired, very muscular flushing dog, with noble head and strong bone.  All together longer than high, not a high legged dog.

Important proportions:

Relation of the body length to the withers height 1.2: 1

Relation of the breast depth to the withers height 0.5: 1

Relation of the length of the teeth to the upper head 1: 1

Behavior / Characteristics:

The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a lively and passionate hunting dog.  It is friendly and certain about environments, very receptive and adaptable, neither anxious nor aggressive.  The Deutscher Wachtelhund possesses a strong searching will, tracking will and with accurate tracking, loudly barking while tracking.  It has an excellent nose, willing to retrieve and fond of water.  It is ferocious with game and varmints, with suitable training it will independently hunt in wide ranging controlled arch patterns.  It is a reliable blood trailing dog for cloven hoof game, and retriever working as a flusher and versatile hunting dog for dense cover, forest and water



Skull: Level, moderately broad, no noticeable break at the back of the head.

Stop: Only a little distinctive.


Facial skull:

Mussel: Large and dark, with wide open nostrils, pigmentation marks on the nose are faults, the nose adorns the dog.


Bite: Strong with constant broad jaw back to the neck, bottom gently rounded, not pointed, not shorter than the upper teeth.


Lips: straight, dry, taut-enclosed, the color matched to the hair.


Jaws / teeth: Entire set of teeth with 42 teeth in the following arrangement (schematically from the front seen):

Right M P fa S. S. fa P M of left-wingers

Upper jaw 2 4 1 3 3 1 4 2 upper jaws

Lower jaw 3 4 1 3 3 1 4 3 lower jaws

Key of preceding dental formula page = incisors

F = Canine

P = Prämolaren

M = Molar

Incisors of the upper jaw scissors-shaped before those of the lower jaw; tongs bite is tolerated; teeth well developed and strong.


Cheeks: Dry, skin tightly enclosed; yoke curved not bulged.


Eyes: Middle brown, very darkly, medium-sized a little bit obliquely positioned, neither protuberant nor deep-set; with tightly enclosed eyelids without visible pitching skin.  Eyelid edge grows hairs.


 Eyelids: High and broadly set, level without rotation close behind the eye pendulous, not thickly, meaty or limp; with steady hairs reaching above the inside edge hairs.

Coat contacts the nose.


Strong nape especially well muscled, no sharp angle into the withers; without visible throaty skin beginning or dewlap to the breast.


Upper profile line: Straight body parts flowing into a single body, croup gently sloping,

Tail: an extension of the back line, carried gently sloping.

Withers: Strong and distinctive.

Back: short and tight, without sinking behind the withers.

Loins: Strong muscled.

Croup: Slightly sloping, not built over, or below withers height.

Breast: From the front seen oval, from the side under the elbow joint passing.  Rib cage long, well arched, not barreled shaped or level.

Lower profile line and belly: From the last rib moderately drawn up to the back, also the underside preferably fully close with hair and under coat.


In rest in continuation of the back line just or carried down; with excitement slightly raised and in rapid movement; to avoid wounds, it is docked no more than one third during the first three days of life.  (Countries in which the tail docking is forbidden, tails can remain they natural). 



Fore legs:

General: From the front seen straight and in parallel, from the side legs seen well under the body vertically to the earth standing, good hint of lungs.

Shoulders: Strong muscled, at an oblique angle to the back scapula.

Upper arm: In the movement closely along the chest gliding.

Elbows: Narrow close to the body, neither inward nor outwards rotated.

Forearm: Straight, contact with the joints not radically bloated.

Forefoot ankle joint: Strong.

Pastern: Slightly directed forward.

Front paws: Spoon-shaped, toes closely each other, cat or hare paws undesirable;

Claws: robust, well pigmented and strong well wearing

Hind Leg:

General: From the side seen good angle in knee joints and ankle joints; from the back seen straight and parallel, neither bow legged nor cow hocked; strong boned.

Thighs: Wide and very athletic, good angle between pelvic and thigh.

Knee: Strong, with good angle between thigh and lower leg.

Lower leg: Long athletic and wiry.

Ankle joint: Strong.

Rear pastern: Briefly, vertically standing.

Rear paws: Same as front paws.


Liquid in strides; runs straight and parallel legs close to the body.

Skin: Crudely and tautly enclosed, no formation of wrinkles and pigmentation.


Hair: Strong, close stand, mostly wavy or smooth long hair, with thick under coat; not too long, not thin or silky; the croup, often wavy; back of the legs and the tail well feathered; The neck often ruff; the stomach well haired; snout and upper head covered with short closely grown hair; overall coat curly or wavy.

The hair also grows between the toes; the toe space is thick, but not with hair to long.


The Deutscher Wachtelhund is bred in two color lines:

Plain brown, also reddish; often with white or schimmel patches in breast and toes.

Brown schimmel also red schimmel; as a basic brown color, or red hair with white stands closely mixed; often with brown, or reddish head, as well as patches over the whole back.

To the brown schimmel line also belong checked with white as the basic color and big brown or red patches; as well as; the tiger, with white as the basic color with brown or red bundled speckles or spots often inherited from parents.  Both color lines can have red patches over the eyes, on the snout, legs and buttocks.

Size and weight:

Withers height: Males: 48 - 54 cm

Females: 45 - 52 cm

Weight: According to the size 40 - 55 lbs (females a little lighter than Males).


Every deviation of the pre-mentioned requirements are faults, assessment to exact degree of the deviation should include.e.g.

Distinctive eye stop

Too deep, not closed lips

The absence of 1. Prämolaren (PM1)

Not tightly enclosed eyelids

To narrow auditory canals (arrangement for ear compulsion)

Barrel Chest

High legged or thin skeleton

Thin or silky hair; slightly hairy belly; leather ends on ears and tails.

Small bodied, undersize, and under weight.

Serious Faults:

Skin allergies (dermatitis, Atopic)

Missing teeth (except absence of a PM 1)

Breed Excluding Faults:

Shyness, Gunshot shy and game shy

Serious teeth Faults (over-bite or unde-bite, cross-bite)

Ektropium, Entropium

Black hair color

Males with only one testicle