Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Hawaiian Impact On Affenpinscher

The tidal-wave event in the modern history of the Affenpinscher was the birth of the famous Hawaiian litter. This occurred when Ellen and Gil Stoewsand, from Geneva, New York, bought a male whose name was Deer Run Goblin Del Cocagi from Tobin Jackson. After completing Goblin's championship, Mrs.Stoewsand searched for several years before she managed to obtain a female from Lucille Meystedt, Ch.Balu's Schwartz Diamant. Unexpectedly the Stoewsands received a six-month appointment to go to the University of Hawaii. Dr.Gil Stoewsand is a researcher for Cornell University. A few days into the new year of 1976, Gil, Ellen and their two daughters, Corrine and Cathy, with their two Affens landed in Honolulu. Because Hawaii is rabies free, the dogs had to remain in quarantine for four months. In February of 1976, while in quarantine, a litter of six puppies was delivered by C-section from Ch.Balu's Schwartz Diamant, who was called "Dema." Dr. and Mrs.Stoewsand had high praise for the concern and care their dogs received while in quarantine. They were allowed to visit them daily and the facilities were excellent. This information is included here to allay some of the fears associated with putting dogs into quarantine, as is necessary in England, parts of Europe and many of the rabies-free islands. Dogs, from most reports, come out of experience in good condition and well adjusted.

Of these six puppies out of Goblin and Dema, one did not survive the first week. Another male was very weak and lived only through the heroic efforts of the Stoewsands' youngest daughter, Cathy, and was later kept at their home as a pet. A third male was sold to a woman in Hawaii who later took the dog back to Germany. Of the four brought back to the mainland, two were kept and shown by Mrs.Stoewsand, Ch.El Cocagi Alii, whose name means "Royalty," and Ch.El Cocagi Eli Eli Wahine, which means "Black Girl" in Hawaiian. Alii was called "Taz" and was later sold to Julianna Bitter in California. "Posey," which was Eli Eli Wahine's call name, had a prestigious show career, starting with winning Best of Breed at the Affenpinscher Club of America's first specialty match in 1976. She was even more influential as a top-producing female.

The fourth puppy was a male bought by professional handler Robert Sharp for his daughter Jennifer. This dog was named Ch.El Cogagi Kamehameha (named for the last king of Hawaii) and called "Bear." He was the top-winning Affenpinscher for several years. On June 11,1978, Bear became the first Affenpinscher to receive an all-breed Best in Show, under judge Robert Wills at the Tonawanda Valley Kennel Club in upstate New York. In 1980 he won Best of Breed at the first officially supported entry for Affenpinschers. Champion El Cocagi Kamehaneha was a wonderful show dog and attracted many enthusiasts to the breed.

Mr.Sharp's assistant at the time, who conditioned, groomed and later owned Bear, was Bonnie (Hawkins) sellner. She has had a long and continuing association with the breed as a handler, owner and breeder. Her kennel name is Wyn Willow. Several dogs from her breeding out nf Kamehameha or his offspring have made an impact on the breed. Giancarlo Volante, from California, showed a triple Kamehameha great-grandson, Ch.Puff Von Apache Rauchen, who became the third Affenpinscher to win an all-breed Best in Show. He repeated this feat with several more Bests, including two in Mexico.

1 comment:

  1. Our affenpinscher loves water, maybe i ll go with my family to Hawai next month:)