Duke Training at Eleven Months Old
Duke von der Balthasarley became a resident of the United States on May
5, 2004 at the age of 9 weeks. Duke is what the Germans call a
heltiger Wachtelhund. Heltiger referring to a coloration of solid
brown and solid white rather than schimmel or solid brown. Duke is
the first heltiger Wachtelhund in North America. Duke is owned by
Kraig Glaizer and Dave Pepe, and resides with Kraig in Helena, MT.
Duke's father was solid brown. Duke came out of a litter of six
solid brown and two heltiger Wachtel pups. Fifty to sixty percent
of Duke's ancestors were solid brown. See Duke's breeder's site
page will monitor Duke's training and development as he grows.
The history of heltiger, brownscheck, red and blond Wachtelhunds is very
interesting. The original Wachtelhunds, Stoberhunds dating back to
the 1800"s, where dogs with solid white and brown patches. In the
early 1900's, German hunters developed a preference for darker colored
Wachtelhunds that provided more natural camouflage. Starting some
time around the early 1900's, the light color Wachtelhunds were
eliminated from the gene pool by either killing the pups at birth, or by
just not entering them in the breeding book and not registering them.
From this came the brown and schimmel Wachtelhunds. Also, after
the first world war, there was a scarcity of food for the German people.
Many Germans resulted to poaching in order to feed their families.
After WW1, light colored Wachtelhunds were killed because poachers would
see the dogs and then lie and wait for the foresters. Again, the
light colored Wachtelhunds were killed at birth and purposely left out
of the breeding book. These colorations have re-emerged during the
last decade or so, especially with the joining of the West and East
heltiger and red colorations occasionally reappear with the breeding of
two Wachtelhunds whose bloodlines have been isolated for a considerable
number of years, where the dogs have the same recessive brown genes.
In 1999, Federal
German Hunting Laws established the first requirement for hunters to
wear some blaze orange during drive hunts, and many German hunters are
now placing blaze orange collars on their dogs. Many of today's
German Wachtelhund owners are happy with the lighter colored
Wachtelhunds due to the large drive hunts commonly held for wild boar.
The lighter colored dogs lessens the chance of an accidental shooting of
a dog during a hunt.
Germany, Wachtelhunds are bred solely on proven performance in hunt
measurement tests and the various colorations have no influence on their
Duke and Nixe Vom