1927 German Sieger
4 X US Grand Victor
Ch. Arko v. Sadowaberg

4X Grand Victor Ch. Arko v. Sadowaberg
SZ# 253490
Born: March 17th, 1924
Breeder:  F. Mebus Elberfeld
1927-1928-1929-1931 US Grand Victor

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4X US GV Ch. Arko v. Sadowaberg

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"Arko was a spectacular moving dog.  He was 27 inches high and considered square.  In Germany he was rated "excellent" and was awarded the Sieger title in 1927.  He was sold to the US where for four years he was awarded the title of Grand Victor, a feat never achieved before or since."  

"It is surprising just how they arrived at making this dog Sieger as the two preceding years and the year after Arko, Von Stephanitz had selected lower stationed dogs of a totally different type

The dog was eventually sold to a big breeder in the United States. For the next four out of five years he was proclaimed American Grand Victor, - a feat never achieved before or since. Unfortunately I cannot give answers to this phenomena, it is like the whole system suddenly fell in love with something else.

There is no evidence that Arko excelled, but there is some suggestion that he was a spectacular moving dog. Arko was nearly 27 inches high and square. He was put through the German Survey and Schealler rated him as an excellent dog but gave him a three in character. There was talk of Arko being overshot, - his father was. Supposedly Arko had missing teeth but enough judges maintained that was not so, even though he had a weak appearing lower jaw. He is lost in German pedigrees but there are a few American lines tracing back, in dogs that represent good temperament. Arko shows no Horst breeding in his pedigree. Was Von Stephanitz having one last try at purging Horst? Arko is warned against breeding to large bitches but they also said suitable to all bloodlines. Was he suitable to breed to any bloodlines?

Arko is an enigma. Not only was he so different than those that had been winning, it seems impossible to find anything that he produced in those four years or afterwards, other than through the Grafmar Kennels of Margaret Burt, later Margaret Horn, who was known for emphasis on temperament and obedience dogs."

~Garrett Gordon
Author of History of German Shepherd Dog