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We manage the Hollywood Dogs breeding programs according to the same criteria used by Jannettia Propps and Daphne Hereford that was set forth by Lee Duncan. That criteria includes limiting the number of litters produced by a single female to three litters of puppies and not breeding a female over 5 years of age. We are proud that many of the attributes of the 1950s-1960s dogs, including the easily recognizable head, remain dominant in the dogs we breed today. |
One of the greatest complements this amazing bloodline has received was from an AKC All-Breed judge. When she first saw Rin Tin Tins Quella she said, "She is gorgeous. She looks like she stepped off the pages of a 1945 copy of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America Review Magazine. When she moves, she floats easily across the ground. And her work ethic is rock solid" Her comments confirm that the line has been protected and remains EXACTLY as Lee Duncan intended.
THE PROOF IS IN THE PROGENY
NOTE: There are certain individuals who "claim" to have descendants of this bloodline when in fact what they actually have is a single appearance of one dog in a 15 generation pedigree. Our proof is in the recent pedigrees and continuously in those of the past 60-years.
The German Shepherd Dogs produced by the breeding program were developed by Lee Duncan and continued by the original Bodyguard Kennels and Jannettia Propps and continued by her granddaughter Daphne Hereford have been recognized in the German Shepherd Dog for over six decades and likewise is widely considered one of the oldest continuous bloodlines in the breeds 115-year history.
The auspicious beginnings would lead to two families dedicating their lives to the preservation of not only the legacy of the lineage, but also the quality dogs for which they have become known. The foundation of the criteria for the breeding program American Corporal Lee Duncan would establish began when he checked recently captured German airfield near the Lorraine border at Fluiry on Sept. 15, 1918.
The 24 year old Duncan found the field in bad condition with the hangars and installations destroyed. Duncan, while searching through the rubble of the remains of a German War Dog kennel, found all the dogs in the kennel to be dead; then heard the sound of puppies crying, which he found behind a nearby dugout with their very weak, but protective, mother named Betty des Flandres. She and the puppies had not been injured by the American shell blast that destroyed the kennel.
Betty and her five puppies were taken back to the headquarters of the 135th squadron on the Mem La Tour Road near Toul. Research, including Duncan's interviews with the captured German Kennel Master, determined that the sire of that litter was Fritz de la Chasse royale. The German Shepherd Dog breed was young, only 19 years old at the time Duncan came upon the litter. Dogs from the lineage can be found in the Zuchtbuch fur deutsche Schaferhunde (SZ)(First Stud Book for the Breed).
He named the two pups he kept after tiny French puppets the children gave to the American soldiers for good luck during World War I. The female died shortly after arriving in the United States following the war. A New York breeder by the name of Mrs. Leo Wanner gave Duncan a female from one of her famous champions which he took back with him to California. Ultimately it would only be the male that survived. He died August 10, 1932. His original male was never registered but his lines have been traced to 1906/07 SGR Roland von Starkenburg (1903) SCHH3.
Duncan had fallen in love with the breed during his service in World War I and through his dedication became well-known in his own right in the dog show world. As did most breeders of the time, Duncan owned several white coated dogs who were part of the breeding program.
Duncan, as owner of the female, was breeder of Ch. Tasso of Villa Marina, ROM a well-known son of 1937 Int. Ch. Odin von Busecker Schloss, PH, ROM who sired Rin Tin Tin II.
Many people who wanted pups approached Duncan, but only one of those relationships would maintain the dedication necessary to continue the lineage.
It was in 1956 that Jannettia Brodsgaard Propps first contacted Duncan about a puppy for her breeding program. She and Duncan communicated frequently and finally on July 5, 1957 the first son of Rin Tin Tin IV she would purchase from him arrived at the airport in Houston, Texas. Rinty Tin Tin Brodsgaard, CD and his half brother Bodyguards Rin Tin Tin II, CD were both shown in obedience.
She would ultimately acquire four dogs, including Rena, Daw-Gon , and Judo directly from Duncan as well as his endorsement for success in her breeding program.
Duncan died on September 20, 1960 and the breeding program and lineage continued with Ms. Propps and Bodyguard Kennels.Ms. Propps continued to breed and show the Line Dogs with help from her granddaughter, Daphne Hereford. Miss Hereford was raised by her grandmother from the time she was five years old, when she came to live with her grandmother in 1955, and quickly learned not only the qualities of the lineage, but also the aspects of participating at dog shows.
Most children of the late 1950s and early 1960s participated in school activities and sports, but Miss Hereford spent her weekends at dog class, in the kennel or at dog shows learning and being groomed to take the helm of the respected lineage.
Ms. Propps passed away December 17, 1988 and the legacy was passed to Miss Hereford who dedicated her life to maintaining the bloodline. For decades AKC Breeder of Merit, Daphne Hereford was well known throughout the German Shepherd dog world as the breeder of the lineage.
Daphne Hereford managed the breeding program for several decades following the death of her Grandmother and during that time participated in the American Kennel Club Canine Ambassador Program and she served as an AKC Canine Ambassador for the Kansas City German Shepherd Dog Club. As such she presented Responsible Dog Ownership programs to more than 5,000 children in the Houston area and in addition participated in a nationwide Responsible Dog Ownership Program tour sponsored by Gerry Nash and Animal Food Services with her gorgeous Silver male named OOOH-AHHH between June 1999 and April 2000. Miss Hereford's declining health forced her to retire in 2014 and the breeding program was transferred to J McRae of Crockett who bred one outcross litter born August 1, 2017. A few months later, in November, she transferred the breeding dogs and lineage to Joanne Bradley and Carrie Ragsdale.
Collectively Joanne Bradley and Carrie Ragsdale said, "We are honored that we have the opportunity to be part of such a respected bloodline and look forward to making significnat contributions. The continues,"We intend to follow the same strict breeding criteria set forth by the founders and decades long stewards of the bloodline and produce German Shepherd Dogs in the mirror image of their well-known predecessors." To assist in their goals, Joanne and Carrie are being mentored by some of the breeds most respected fanciers and breeders to ensure that the bloodline continues as it was intended.
THE PROOF IS IN THE PROGENY
More than 50 years separate these dogs The first is Grafmar's Odin of Rocky Reach from a 1950s copy of the Review and the bottom is RIN TIN TINS OOOH-AHHH taken in 2000. Compare those to the photos of today.|
More than 50 years separate the two dogs in these photos. The Bloodline is also easily recognized by their unmistakable head. (Left) Rinty Tin Tin Brodsgaard, CD (Right) Rin Tin Tins Oooh-Ahhh |
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We provide a guarantee in writing that all progeny will OFA Certify Hips and Elbows and test breeding dogs for DM. The line does carry the white factor and the coat factor, but is absent of many other things common in the breed including cryptorchidism, missing teeth, pale pigment (eyes).
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Please enjoy this very informative article by John Ayotte about Color Genetics in the German Shepherd Dog. Published with permission.