ms Blackthorn I hope you don't mind my using a reply to someone else back in 2002 -
The litter I had from Tarbes was Tarbes (obviously) and Binga Kuhnhof who was from Urban Hopfenstrasse,
and Xira Kuhnhof which was Brix Laimbachtal to Dieda Kuhnhof a Gildo Korbelbach daughter.
I have a male from that litter which I have access to for stud. I have taken advantage of him twice, each
time taking him to females combining the Boris that Brix had, and on the other the Boris that Fero Zeuterner Himmelreich
had AND the Uwe Kirschental that the former bitch had through Asko Schloss Zweibruggen's Asko Joufne Keyleff,
and Uwe Kirschental through Andy Bildsaule on the second female.
The one litter produced a single male pup. He was sold to a schutzhund person who was offered $3,500 US at 4
months so of course he sold the dog.
The other litter produced a dog which is with a Canadian police dept and made the papers often . I have seen his
handler's dossier on the dog's career. In fact I recently placed another dog with the same dept.
Both litters were "street" oriented same as another person said that her Tarbes dogs tended to be.
If you look at the Red covered Dog Calendar put out by Brown Trout, photographed by Mark Raycroft, the cover
dog, the first sable to be used commercially you will see a Tarbes grandson. That dog is Argos , a son of my Kilo
and my Link who was a daughter of Tarbes and Binga. How does he work. Well he was with a club I belonged to
that did Ring. Unlike Schutzhund the decoy does not stand and catch the dog, he escapes it, which adds to the
challenge in the fight. This dog would rocket down the field eye the decoy who is moving out of the way, adjust to
the change in a split second, slid in on his left shoulder a good 4 feet and a the last moment pop up, and knock
the decoy off his feet like a bowling ball and pin. A repeat of this combination was made and one of the males,
Irie, went to a detention center where the law would send troubled youth for last chance rehabilitation. This was
in a very remote, wooded area. The dog
was class room deterent, did late night cabin patrol check up and was family guardian. One day while coming up
the long drive way , the dog leaps out of the window of a moving car since he has spied one of the "customers"
bothering the owners kids who were playing among the pine in the snow. The dog darted in got the offender and
then the young kids around 8 years of age could control the dog till dad got there.
Part of the purpose of Tarbes was as a representative of the U litter Kirschental. This was before the time of sperm
storage that we have available now. Joe was fierce in his understanding pedigrees and his logical application.
Tarbes was from the last breeding that Uran Kirschental had. I don't know where else there was a living member of that
dynasty in that year. The purpose was to conserve , as in a museum, bloodlines of past value so that they could
be refreshed. Tarbes also had Marko Cellerland twice. Once through Mark Abtei - Eck, and once through the great
and beautiful Kai Silberbrand.
That was the dogs purpose.
and another "
One of the reasons Joe liked Tarbes was because he contained himself. He had all this drive
and power yet was "quiet" or "calm". Joe had said he loved him because of his natural aggression,
his natural hardness. Nothing had to be done to bring it out. The dog was presented with a situation
and it emerged, correctly and with convinction , no fooling around or need for an education.