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Some days ago we had a chat with Marita Dellepiane de Berczely, a Kurzhaar breeder.

“Why a Kurzhaar, Marita?”

Marita “The reasons are its nobility, intelligence, bravery and loyalty.”

“How long have you been working with this breed?”
Marita: “I’ve been an owner since 1990 and since 1995 I´ve been showing and breeding my dogs”

“What kind of dog are you looking for within this breed?”
Marita: “As a breeder my aim is to get in one specimen a mixture of structurally suitable dog, a harmonic and elegant one, and at the same time an excellent hunter, with a steady temper, and this is why I have taken as my main source European blood lines such as German, Yugoslavian and Czech ones, giving it also a little touch of American blood, always working with the best of the best, such as the German Remo Rothenuffeln line, Grix Rothenuffeln or American lines like Robin Crest Lorien Corniche (five years running Best Dog in the U.S.A.) and Shady Wood´s Howlinmad, three years running second to the specimen previously mentioned.

“Where does this idea of combining blood lines come from?”
Marita: “The idea of combining German and American blood lines is carried out in order to get at the same time a functionally and structurally correct dog, due to the fact that the Germans give priority to the working skills of the animal and they sometimes neglect the structural side of the dog, The Americans, on the other hand, usually emphasize the structural aspect, but we must not forget that they also have some very demanding fieldwork trials which are included in their pedigrees.For instance, The Great Beauty Champion D.C., Beauty and Fieldwork Champion and Field Champion has won three times Beauty, Field and Decoy Trial Champions.

“What differences do you find between the two groups of breeders?”
Marita “As with all the other breeds we can find great differences between the two groups of breeders, for instance in the coat color, so while in Germany all shades of brown are accepted (either solid, white spotted and ticked, white and liver, black roan, black ticked) with the breeding of solid black being discouraged at present, which differs from the U.S.A., which does not accept any variety of black.”

“How do you see the future of the breed in Argentina?”
Marita “As absolutely promising, as the breed is not yet very well known for all the virtues it possesses. Unfortunately I have heard many times people saying that this breed has problems, for example that they have a hard mouth (i.e. that they damage the piece) but I have personally seen during fieldwork contests in Germany, that this problem does not occur as frequently as it does in Argentina, because these dogs have a high level of training and discipline. We must not forget that early training is necessary and what we see here is a lack of exercise, which causes a lot of restrained tension which the animal releases as soon as it comes into contact with the pieces, damaging them.

“What can you tell us about your future plans?”
Marita: “My goal has always been to perfect and improve the Kurzhaar breed in our country, that is why I have imported dogs from all over the world and my plan is to keep doing it”

“Does this mean that you are thinking of importing again?”
Marita: “Maybe...”

“What would you advise those people who are willing to start with this breed?”
Marita: “That they should bear in mind that there are three main factors in an adult Kurzhaar that have a strong influence from the beginning, and that it is very important to check, which are; feeding during the whelping period, health, starting with the mother´s, and sociability. These are factors that are going to determine a dog´s temper as an adult, no matter the breed, there is nothing sadder or more pitiful than the weak – tempered, insecure dog or the timid and aggressive one.

“Is there anything else you want to add?”
Marita: “Yes, I would specially like to thank my collaborator and friend Mr Guillermo Nannini, who supported me during the first stages of our kennel, for his worthiness and honesty, and also to remember somebody who is no longer among us, who was a great teacher to me, Mr Ruben Passet Lastra. I also want to thank my daughter Vicky who, in spite of her youth, has always been a great help and a source of encouragement to me to go on working to get the best of this breed.
Finally, I would like to tell the readers of Gruñidos that we have started a new stage in our kennel in La Plata city, where our kennel has been transferred to, and that we count on the cooperation of Mr Rafael Digiano, responsible for fieldwork training and Decio Salvatori, at dog shows, who have already become members of our staff in Von Marienkamp kennel.

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