(sire of our dogs, Czar & Pearl of Sapphire Mountain)
Sire: Manto v. Kahlenbach: SchH3.
Dam: Arne Egidius: SVV2, SchH3, IPO3.
Balli's Titles: SVV1, ZVV3, IPO3, SchH3, ZPS1.
Winner of Protection at the 2003 Czech Republic National Competition.
Rating: Very Good
Breed Survey: Selected 1st Breed Class 5X1/P
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Rest in peace great Balli.
July 10,1996 - June 2010
We purchased Balli Panta-Rei from a private owner in North Dakota. Balli was no longer able to reproduce by the time he came to us. Nonetheless, I was lucky to own Balli as he brought a very knowlegable person of German Shepherd genetics to me, who also became a good friend. I was also fortunate to hold onto 2 of Balli's offspring (Czar and Pearl of Sapphire Mountain) from an import breeding with a very strong female I imported, Pen z Jirkova dvora, bred to Balli while in the Czech Republic. This breeding between Balli and Pen was matched up by another person of great knowledge of the German Shepherd, the former head of genetics of the renown z Pohranicni straze government run kennel. I collected and froze semen on Czar and will be able to utilize the strong genetics he carries in the years ahead as needed. Czar's semen was also purchased by the RCMP, Royal Canadian Mounted Police dog breeding program.
Balli was physically a very imposing dog to most, yet I always felt 100 percent confident in his judgment toward anything or anyone. There could be all kinds of loud, rambunctious chaos from my kids going on around him and he would remain unfazed. Nothing or no one ever shook him. Balli always had an open and natural attitude toward strangers, usually paying them no attention unless he thought they needed it. He was truly a very balanced and fair dog. In his senior years Balli was lucky to be able to live out his life locally as a ranch and house dog. His owners told me that even up till the time of his death, he would fire up with enthusiasm to see them put on their coats and pick up the flashlight to go out to check the stock at night. This brought back memories of night patrol for Balli no doubt. Balli died at 1 month short of his 14th birthday.
While in Europe, Balli was used for breeding extensively and held the position for several years of being a proven top producer of Law Enforcement and Service dogs! He was famous for his enormously hard protection skills and perfect tracking, often scoring perfect 100‘s in both these disciplines. In 2003 Balli attained the prestigious ZVV3 title along with the honor of being awarded the Czech Republic Champion in the protection phase of this very demanding and realistic title. Only 3 to 5 dogs earn the ZVV3 title per year.
Balli was a dog capable of daily training and always completed all the disciplines with full assignment! He possessed a very valuable balanced character with absolutely rock solid nerves. He carried heavy bone, dark pigment, large masculine head type and is well known for passing all of these characteristics and drives onto his offspring. Balli’s offspring matured fast, they start to bite at 6 months of age. By an early age of 1 year his offspring show top hardness and sharpness. They have a superb drive for tracking and protection work, are solid nerved and balanced. They are dogs that naturally bite for real!
Within Balli’s first 3 years of breeding in Europe, his offspring immediately went to work in many of the troubled areas of the world. His offspring were used by police for bomb and drug detection, and distinguished themselves in the Israeli Military. One of which was K9 hero Orion Jipo-Me, aka Simba. While working with Israeli homeland defense special forces Simba was accompanying his master on regular military exercise in the Gaza area, when he helped discover and destroy a group of 3 intruders. Privately owned, Simba was in training in special civil defense. This protection training done by Amnon B. I. backed by a superior genetic background enabled this balanced dog to endure, operate and attack under light and heavy machine gun fire exchange. Simba was only 8 months old at the time of the attack!
The bloodlines behind Balli represent the ultimate collection of top working lines. Primarily the line of Ingo v. Rudingen that originates in former East Germany. Also from his father’s side there is the interesting blood of v. Kirschental. This precious bloodline is renown for the breeding of dogs used by shepherds for the guiding and protection of flocks of sheep. Balli’s father, Manto v. Kahlenbach a Lord vom Gleisdreieck, son was the winner of the Austria Championship's 3 times. One of these wins took place at the early age of 3 years. He also placed 2nd at the World Championship two times.
On Balli’s mother’s side you will find extremely valuable old blood from Czech Republic and Slovakia. These are the bloodlines that are represented in a majority of dogs you see regularly taking part in the German Shepherd World Championships (WUSV). Among the many successes of these lines it is worthy to note that 2 of Balli’s half brothers placed as the two most successful competitors in the National Association of Police Dogs (NAPD). Balli’s mother, ARNE EGIDIUS was honored in 1999 of being voted The best working dog dam of the year, in the Slovak Republic.
Some of Sapphire Shepherds offspring from Balli are;
Czar of Sapphire Mountain, OFA Hips; Good / Elbows; Normal.
Pearl, OFA Hips; Good / Elbows; Normal.
Lenore, OFA Hips; Good.
Littermates of Balli:
Biaki; SUCHNO 30597/96/99 , SZ 9141015, SVV1, IPO2, Dobrý, 5CV7/44 P- good, II.tr., a.
Banti; SZ 9109008, a.
Biani; SZ 8015204, SchH3. Participant 1999 WUSV Germany, A; 98V, B; 95SG, C; 87G Total; 280SG Placement 29. Participant 2000 WUSV Belgium, A; 99, B; 89, C; 91 Total; 279. Placement 34
All photos in slide show are copyrighted and were taken at Sapphire Shepherds, St. Ignatius Montana.