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Zwinger vom Kirschental

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History Karl Füller

On September 12, 1951, the "Zwinger vom Kirschental" was officially registered in the Zuchtbuch of the Verein Deutscher Schäferhunde, under the number 70655. We did not even notice that  September 2011, was our 60th Anniversary!

Zwingerausweis vom Kirschental

The kennel name "Kirschental" has its origin from the characteristics of the area. Stettbach is located in a small valley, that has an abundance of cherry trees. The Sports Club of our town is called "Kirschentaler Sportsfreunde", and the main street is also called "Kirschental".

I have been a member of the Verein Deutscher Schäferhunde since April 1, 1951.
In 1948, I purchased my first German Shepherd Dog with Pedigree, the male "Arko vom Haus Petzenstein". In 1950, I participated in several Herding events with this dog, at Schweinheim and Dinkelsbühl.

In 1955, I bred my first litter, with "Dori aus der Wanderschäferei", the pillar of my lines, to "Zambo Schäferblut". Dori is pictured here herding.

Dori aus der Wanderschäferei 

Out of this litter, I kept "Alma vom Kirschental", an outstanding herding dog. I participated successfully at several Herding trials with this dog. Eventually, "Alma" was sold to Charles Kaman, of Connecticut, US, as top brood bitch for his blind dog
breeding program, and his now world famous Blind Dog School "Fidelco" .

Charles und Roberta Kaman

(Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Roswitha Buck)

Out of my "C" litter, I presented my friend, Siegfried Jäger, with the female, "Centi vom Kirschental". Later, I took back from "Centi" , the female "Bora Altenbachtal", a "Valet vom Busecker Schloß" daughter. Out of "Bora Altenbachtal", I bred my first two VA dogs: "Senta vom Kirschental (VA2 1967) sire "Barry Riedgold"  

Senta vom Kirschental

and "Perle vom Kirschental (VA3 same year). The brother "Pirol" placed V1 HZS. 

 Pirol vom Kirschental

I then sold "Bora" to Joseph Roth, of Nüdlingen, where her daughter, "Poldi Eiringsburg" produced another VA dog, "Wacker Eiringburg" (VA 1973 & 1975). 

Wacker Eiringsburg

Furthermore, I then bought back out of "Centi vom Kirschental", the female "Ilse Altenbachtal", a "Mutz Pelztierfarm" daughter. Out of "Ilse", I later bred "Xanta vom Kirschental" (VA5 1974) out of "Hero vom Lauerhof". 

Xanta vom Kirschental

Another pillar of my lines was "Blanka Mummelsee", that I purchased fom my herding colleague, Alfons Spitzmüller.  

(Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Roswitha Buck)

(Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Roswitha Buck)


"Blanka" comes from pure HGH lines. Out of her daughter " Vefa vom Kirschental" (Bernd v. Lierberg) and their daughter "Fenga vom Kirschental" (Racker v Itztal), came a long line of outstanding working dogs. The best known was probably "Uwe vom Kirschental".

From the breeding of "Blanka" with my male "Dolf vom Altenbachtal", I produced
"Zita vom Kirschental".

"Zita" was bred to "Eros vom Busecker Schloß". This breeding produced "Isa vom Kirschental". "Isa" and "Asslan von Klämmle" were the parents of the outstanding "N-litter vom Kirschental": "Nanni (VA1 76-77), Negus, Narro, Natze and Nimi".
"Nimi" then produced "VA Xitta vom Kirschental" (VA3 1981), whose sire was "Lasso di Val Sole".

Xitta vom Kirschental 

Uwe vom Kirschental
Zita vom Kirschental

"Xitta" was a pure working dog with the sheep, when I presented her for the first time at the HZS, where she achieved V4 in the GHKL. At the evaluation, quote the Bundeszuchtwart, Hermman Martin: " I would have placed this dog VA, had she also had a SchH title, not just the HGH." Thereupon, I had Edzard Müller train "Xitta" through SchH3 IPO3 FH. The following year, "Xitta" achieved VA3. As much time was spent for competitions and shows, I was not able to breed "Xitta" as much as I would have liked to. 

She did, however, produce outstanding progeny in each of her litters. Her first litter was out of "Argus von Aducht", which produced the HGH Sieger "Ux vom Kirschental".

 Ux vom Kirschental

Her most successful breeding was to "Uran vom Wildsteiger Land", producing the Worldsieger "Eiko vom Kirschental" (VA 1986-89).

Eiko vom Kirschental

This breeding was repeated twice, producing another successful litter with 5 males (Vagus, Valand, Vasall, Vido and Vopo) and 5 females (Valli, Vilma and Viva). The whole litter, some also abroad (USA, Sweden and Australia) were used for breeding with much success. The third breeding produced only three females, from which "Killa vom Kirschental" is the mother of one of our current brood bitches, "Suse vom Kirschental".The breeding of "Quai von der Boxhochburg" produced the female "Ziewa vom Kirschental". Ziewa was bred to "Uran vom Wildsteiger Land", from which  we kept "Urle vom Kirschental". The breeding of "Urle" to  "Fedor von Arminius" produced "Ansa vom Kirschental", who was an excellent producer.After "Ziggo von der Wienerau", she produced "Wachtel vom Kirschental", who is the dam of the beautiful "Zilko vom Kirschental, who placed V83 at the HZS 1999.

Zilko vom Kirschental

To date I have produced , 6 VA dogs and 1 Sieger in JKL-HZS:

  • 1967 2 females: Senta und Perle vom Kirschental
  • 1975 Xanta vom Kirschental
  • 1976 Nanni vom Kirschental
  • 1981 Xitta vom Kirschental
  • 1986-89 Eiko vom Kirschental, 1988 he was the winner!
  • 2007 Panjo vom Kirschental SG1, winner in JKL-HZS

During all my years of breeding, I have never lost sight of my breeding goals.
"Focus on workability, because it serves the breed", of course one could also say,
"Focus on the breed, because it serves workability". A very important criteria in my breeding goals, has always been workability. Only with several exceptions, all my dogs have been worked and titled in HGH. As a professional shepherd, I do not have the time to go for walks with my dogs, but instead my dogs have their exercise working daily with the sheep. A German Shepherd Dog that has anatomical errors,
overangulation, incorrect reach, or small long paws, is not capable of working all day long in the field. Herding dogs must also be extremely healthy. Having to work from early morning to late at night, summer or winter, they cannot be sensative. Obviously, healthy hips and elbows are a necessity.

Karl mit Farus und Nufor

Foto Karl mit Jordan v.Kirschental an der Herde 

Every year, the Verein Deutscher Schäferhunde offers, along with the BSZS, a competition for professional shepherds, called the "Bundesleistungshüten." It is here that the work with sheep is shown and evaluated. The winner of this competion receives the "Goldene Schauffel" (Golden Shovel), which I have achieve 8 times with the SV - 2 times with the Schafzuchtverband, with the following dogs:

1. 1956 Dori aus der Wanderschäferei (Greif Sieghaus - Gustel aus der Wanderschäferei) SV
2. 1962 Gero vom Kirschental (Cäsar Malmannsheide - Dori aus der Wanderschäferei) SV
3. 1968 Cita vom Kirschental ( Dolf Altenbachtal - Blanka Mummelsee) SV
4. 1975 Fenga vom Kirschental (Racker Itztal - Vefa v. Kirschental) Süddeutsches Hauptleistungshüten vom Schafzuchtverband
5. 1977 Ursa vom Kirschental (Ex Paarquelle - Zita v. Kirschental) Süddeutsches Hauptleistungshüten vom Schafzuchtverband
6. 1978 Ursa vom Kirschental (Ex Paarquelle - Zita v. Kirschental) SV
7. 1983 Hanny vom Kirschental ( Argus Aducht - Fenga v. Kirschental) SV
8. 1986 Winnie vom Kirschental ( Vasko v. Kirschental - Fenga v. Kirschental) SV
9. 1990 Amie vom Kirschental (Eiko v. Kirschental - Winnie v. Kirschental) SV
10. 1994 Xiewa vom Kirschental (Nilo Adeloga - Amie v. Kirschental) SV



I have bred with all these dogs. My working dogs have also been my breeding stock. Till the end of my days, I strive to breed workability and conformation. This has always been my breeding goal!

Karl mit Unnie und Pokal Karl mit Pokal

Epilog from Marion Füller:
my husband died at 2012, august 22th after a long and serious sickness. Till his last days his concern was valid his dogs. Also from the hospital he told me which female I should breed to which male. As he was feeling a little better, he went in his pyjamas outside to our car, where I had some puppies, to look for their quality.
His greatest desire was, that someone of his family will continue the breeding of his HGH-bloodlines after his death.