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Blackthorn's "U" litter

Xita v Ludwigseck x Sumo vd Dewhaus

Born June 30, 2013

5 females, 3 males

This breeding combination brought together some of the top DDR and Czech working bloodlines.

This combination with should produce beautifully structured, medium-sized dogs with rich pigment (blacks and rich sables) with with plenty of drive to do just about any job but steady, confident minds. I expect pack/family oriented dogs with clear temperaments and exceptionally good judgment and adaptability--but these pups are also likely to have a serious side with strong guarding instincts.

(Litter Pedigree)

Top DDR and Czech working bloodlines!




100% DDR bloodlines

Xita was imported from Germany in summer 2010. She's got a rock-solid temperament with a clear head and strong natural defense.

She's impressed all who meet her with her soundness and excellent temperament--sweet when appropriate, but serious when it comes to protecting her people and space.

Puppies from her previous litters are working in SAR, herding, agility, rally, schutzhund, and training for Service Dog work, in addition to being excellent family companions. She passes on her excellent conformation, beautiful pigmentation, a strong desire to please and willingness to work with the handler.

More pictures of Xita



Sire: Sumo von der Dewhaus

OFA Good Hips

Top Czech/German Working Lines

Sumo (pedigree) works in schutzhund and PSA. He is a dog who can do serious "for real" bitework yet socialize easily with new people, new dogs, and hang out on the sofa in the evening. He has extreme hunt drive and strong ball drive and has produced several puppies working in detection/SAR. Physically, he is compact and athletic--a very correct medium-sized dog with extremely rich black sable coloring and a strong, blocky head.

You can see Sumo working in several online videos:


Call Name




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Green collar



Retained on co-ownership with Kim Maddox.

Blackthorn's Ulari

black sable
Blackthorn's Ulyssa

Red collar

bicolor or dark black/red

Blackthorn's Universal




Blackthorn's Ulrika



Blackthorn's Unity

Orange collar

black sable

Blackthorn's Unlawful Activity "Felon"

Blue collar

long-coat black sable

Blackthorn's Urban Legend "Riggs"

Brown collar

dark sable

Blackthorn's Uri "Mowgli"

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




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

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