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Born September 11, 2015!

3 females, 2 males (all sables)

Blackthorn's "Ee" Litter

Blackthorn's Oda (OFA Good H/E) x Tank vom Franzosen Wald (OFA Good H/E)

Both parents are DNA tested clear/clear for DM.

East meets West -- this is a top combination of German working bloodlines and classic DDR bloodlines. Tank is 3rd generation SAR and has two siblings certified in SAR as well. This combination should produce sound, athletic, strong dogs who are willing and able to work at any task. They will be fun to work and live with, with plenty of drive right "out of the box" and yet still able to settle in the house, as long as that behavior is reinforced while they are growing up. Pups should be suitable for a variety of tasks--herding, PSA, SAR, AKC obedience/agility/rally, IPO--but perhaps too much for the first time dog owner.

Litter Pedigree

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100% DDR bloodlines

A daughter of our imported Xita, out of a male in Germany, Oda is linebred on some of the great DDR producers of the last 20+ years. Her entire litter that has demonstrated its sound nerves, excellent self-confidence, and great willingness to work with the handler with their versatility -- from herding to mobility service dog to therapy dog to competition obedience, as well as family companions with a natural love of children.

In addition to overall good health and strong genetics for good hips and elbows from a litter strong in its hip production, Oda brings very correct and sound conformation, solid bone, and gorgeous head and expression as well as moderate drive, high trainability, and excellent natural instincts.

Oda is a proven producer of puppies working in herding, agility, AKC obedience, IPO, and as active companions. She is a correct medium-size, about 65 pounds.

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SAR-HRD Tank vom Franzosen Wald, BH, BN

*Top* German working bloodlines

Tank is a large, sable dog who is strong both mentally and physically. He has proven his versatility in training for his SAR certification and in his new home where he is training for IPO and has competed in the AKC obedience ring. He is powerfully and correctly built with strong bones and athletic conformation.

Tank's owner says of him, "Tank is a son of Quax vom Rosseleck, who is a littermate to Quasimodo (a multiple time National and Regional competitor in Germany). Quax, himself, scored the highest rating of V in his SchH 1 with the scores of 99,95, and 100 in protection. [Quax was also] a NYSFEDSAR Certified Area Search K-9; both live-find and cadaver. Tank's dam is also a certified SAR dog with IPWDA in HRD (human remains detection). In fact, Tank is a third generation certified SAR dog coming down through his maternal line. Both his dam and grand-dam were certified."
She continues: "Although he is still actively working in HRD, we have now started his career in IPO. This is an extremely strong, powerful dog on the field with a lovely, deep, cadenced bark. He brings power and high work ethic to the table. In his obedience, he is eager to work, animated in his heeling, and extremely focused. Tank's tracking is also impressive, with a very deep nose and strong drive."

February 10, 2016

Breeding quality working German Shepherd Dogs since 1996.

Barboursville, Virginia

Previous Litters

Blackthorn's "A" Litter

Born in February 1997, out of Frostbite v Pantara and V-Quattro v Spitzbubezwinger. Produced Ash and Asa--both went on to be awesome Schutzhund dogs and Ash has turned into a producer of great working dogs, too.


Blackthorn's "B" litter

Born in November 2001, this litter from Bodo and Nike produced everything we could have wanted--beautiful dogs who love to work. Three of the puppies--Badger (Xena), Brer, and Bramble--worked as certified Search and Rescue dogs.


Blackthorn's "C" litter

Nike and Ash

A super breeding, repeated several times! This combination has produced active pets, several dogs working in Schutzhund, and Circe, Ixnay, Inigo (Nash), Ilya (Blaze), and Jedi are all training/working in SAR. Jedi and Jubilee are also training in herding.

Blackthorn's "F" Litter

Blackthorn's "I" Litter

Blackthorn's "J" Litter


Blackthorn's "D" litter

Enni and Cliff

A gorgeous litter, this breeding also produced some great workers and companions. Deva was listed in the top 25 agility competition dogs in the U.S. after her first year of competition and was the 2009 GSDCA Agility Victrix!


Blackthorn's "E" Litter

Enni and Eagle v Eichenluft

Blackthorn's "G" Litter

Blackthorn's "H" Litter

Nike and Alex v. Eisenhaus

Blackthorn's "K" Litter

Danca and Faddo Adlerburg

Blackthorn's "L" Litter


Blackthorn's "M" Litter

Danca and Coal

Blackthorn's "N" Litter

Hunter x Orus

Blackthorn's "O" Litter

Xita x Laruh

Handsome puppies--working in herding, SAR, schutzhund/PP, agility, Service/Assistance Dog, Therapy Dog, as well as being excellent companions and friends.

Blackthorn's "P" Litter

Xita x Bandit v Wolfsheim

Blackthorn's "Q" Litter

Hunter x Bandit v Wolfsheim

Blackthorn's "R" Litter

Jubilee x Dorian aus der Königshöhle

Blackthorn's "S" Litter

Xita x Blackthorn's Jedi

Blackthorn's "T" Litter

Oda x Blackthorn's Jedi

Blackthorn's "U" Litter

Xita x Sumo vd Dewhaus

Blackthorn's "V" Litter

Xita x Lord vd Grauen Monstab

Blackthorn's "W" Litter

Oda x Sumo vd Dewhaus

Blackthorn's "X" Litter

Jubilee x Django vh Jurjim

Blackthorn's "Y" Litter

Solstice x Valentino v Sontausen

Blackthorn's "Z" Litter

Coal x Oda

Blackthorn's "Aa" Litter

Z'astur v Spartanville x Apollo v Bastion

Blackthorn's "Bb" Litter

Jubilee x Valentino v Sontausen

Blackthorn's "Cc" Litter

Organa ("Leia") x Jedi

Blackthorn's "Dd" Litter

Sunny x T-Rex



 Breeding quality workingline German Shepherd Dogs since 1996.
Located in Barboursville, VA

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