My name is Rick Hartle and along with my wife (Jan) we run a small Deutsch Kurzhaar kennel in North Central North Dakota. We are located in Grano, North Dakota near Lake Darling Wildlife Management area. Our first Deutsch Kurzhaar litter was whelped in the Fall of 2001. This litter was out of Hella vom Eichelspitz. As our kennel name we chose vom Gänsehimmel (goose heaven or goose skies) since we are on one of the major migration routes for waterfowl.
We also have an adult female Ilka vom Osterberg, which we used to help develop the DK's that we have.
Since being formed in 2001, we have learned a lot about the Deutsch Kurzhaar and have developed a sound program for us to operate with. I will not breed a litter that I would not want one of the pups myself. This means we don't have a lot of litters, and that we look hard at what we are doing. We breed in the fall and winter so puppies will be the best age for the next fall hunting season. Check our current breedings.. http://vomgansehimmel.com/Planned.htm
We do not have AKC bred dogs. We do not agree with the AKC thought of what a breeding is and will not contribute to this style of program. We embrace the German system which involves proving each dog and generation. They must be proven in their abilities and form, this is done through testing of field abilities and conformation testing. Our goal is to test each dog to the highest level possible giving us the best indicator of each dog's ability. The dogs are also ran in conformation test which is not only a DKV requirement but also important to us helping us to see the short comings in our dogs as well as their strengths.