Showsight Presents the Standard Schnauzer

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quickly amassed enviable show records. Mrs. Nion Tucker imported the German Seiger Claus von Furstenwall for then- unheard-of sum of $7000; Claus won ten Bests in Show from 1925 to 1929, a record unbroken for decades. Photos of Claus show a dog typical of the Twenties, but the next two decades would show tremendous evolution in breed quality and type. After the Great Depression these ear- lier kennels were replaced by names that would come to dominate competition and breeding for several decades. Two imports arrived whose descendents had widespread influence in this country. In 1935, Sei- ger Nickel St. Gallus (see Figure 5) was imported by Mrs. Joseph Sailer. He was an outstanding show dog “in his coat of light gray”, winning groups on both coasts. Th e product of a brother-sister mating, he also proved a fabulously prepotent sire. Nickel’s influence persists to this day, primarily through his linebred son Ch. Chief of Sta ff owned by showman Bobby Burns Berman, and grandson Ch. Major Pfe ff er (see Figure 6) owned by Mary Nelson Stephenson.

Top kennels of the 50s and 60s in the West included Stone Pine (Aronstams) and RickNPat (Dankwerths), both based on Nickel’s lineage. In the east, Seiger Arco v. Konigshof was imported by Winifrede Atkinson and from him sprang the influential Winalesby line. Atkinson’s kennel dominated show competition of the era, with multiple BIS dogs and National wins. Her dogs formed the foundation of many famous kennels, primarily through Arco’s son Ch. Arno of Langhurst, grandson Ch. Winalesby Volsung and his two sons Ch. Winalesby Reital (see Figure 7) and Ch. Winalesby Volzeck. Th ese bloodlines were the foun- dation for the very influential Von Volken line (Boynton) and other top Eastern ken- nels of the 50s and 60s. A Reital daughter, Ch. Pfe ff er von Volken made history when her owners, Virginia and Rudy Rothe, moved to Germany. Winner of the SSCA National in 1955, she topped the PSK National at the age of eight. So impressed were the German breed authorities that they persuaded the Rothes to breed her

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!"#$%&'("')#*+$,- Th e first importations of Standard Schnauzers to the United States occurred around 1900, but only after World War I did the breed reach this country in any significant number. Th ese earliest imports were made by a small number of wealthy dog fanciers who recognized the worth of the wiry German breed and who laid the groundwork for the Standard Schnauzer in America. Schnauzers (standard and min- iature were then considered varieties) were first shown in the Working Group and

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