Most Important Progeny:
- 1925 Sgr. Ch. Klodo v. Boxberg
- V Dolf Margarentental
"Structurally Erich was a grand specimen of the breed. He was noble in appearance, swift and sure in gait. Credit for his structural excellence can not be entirely given to his sire, Alex. Both male lines in the second generation are stopped by Hettel Uckermark, and of immeasurable importance is the
tail-female line to Flora Berkemeyer. This lovely bitch was also a fortuitous mutant
whose impact upon the genetic make-up of her line is felt to this day. She gave a beauty of form, an essence of refinement and quality that was mirrored in her grandson Erich."
-Capt WM Goldbecker & Ernest H. Hart
Authors of This is the German Shepherd
"Hettle Uckermark was a dog of excellent temperament, but Erich
was not blessed with his double grandsire's character, inheriting instead a
social unsureness from his sire Alex, his grandsire Roland and the lovely
Flora Berkemeyer. This slight character fault possessed by Erich led to
employment by the Verein (SV) of more rigid temperament testing and a warning
not to breed to Alex v Westfalheim because of the temperament taint.
Since the warning also extended to Erich, he was reluctantly offered for sale
and was purchased by an American and brought to the United States. Erich
carried a slightly wave coat ... Erich, despite his temperament defect, was
one of the greatest sires of his times; he influenced many of the generations
that came after him."
-Ernest H. Hart
Author of The German Shepherd Dog
There is some suspicion that Erich might not have been as strong mentally
as might have been expected from the heritage behind him. The working\herding
people used Erich extensively. He is dominant in the pedigrees of the dogs the
workers went on with
Schealler puts a "?" in the slot for working character for this dog. Some
of the most used dogs to come along at a later time were rated as low as a
three for working character. Would a question mark be lower than that?
Whatever weaknesses were considered to be in Erich, they were not enough to
discourage breeding to him. Nor did it affect his high ratings at the dog
shows. Still I look at what happened the year after he was Sieger, 1921, which
was the year that Von Stephanitz made his dramatic upheaval of the system by
introducing the gunfire test. If Erich was at the gunfire show he was gone
from the country by the next year.
Many of the progeny of these litters were reported as being weak in
temperament. The breedings were put together in an effort to produce another
Erich, but only one obtained the stature of Erich. Erich's most famous son,
there were so many, was 1925 Sieger Klodo von Boxberg. Erich was also the cornerstone for many
other kennels that went on to greatness. He and his progeny produced show
winners and/or working dogs that excelled in their own disciplines."
German Shepherd Dog History