An informal snapshot (above) appeared in DDSB Vol. III (1923) and he was whelped August 8 1921 so he probably was about 18 months old. He was not yet a champion.
It is often said that the above picture show his muscles & structure very clearly because he was immature and folks "point" to a "protruding sternum." Honestly, I don't think they are actually looking at a protruding sternum at all. See how sharply defined (and pointed) his left front shoulder is? I think that folks are actually looking at his sharply defined right front shoulder and from the angle he is standing, assume that it is his sternum. A "protruding sternum" would show up just like that if he was standing exactly broadside, but not at the angle he is actually standing at. From his angle, that is almost certainly a sharply defined right front shoulder. The third picture (of the 3 Danes together) show Bosko in front - an older and more filled out Bosko...and I doubt that photo has been "retouched" to mask a protruding sternum.
Bosko is the spitting image of his double grandfather, CH Primas vd Rheinschanze (pictured further down the page).
CH Bosko vd Saalburg
(fawn, red carrier)
(CH Tantalus v Sonnenberg x Ros’l vd Rheinschanze – half brother/sister breeding)
Born August 8, 1921
Owner/Breeder: Karl Farber, Bad Homburg.
From "This is the Great Dane" by Ernest Hart:
"In the first quarter of the 20th century there appeared in Germany several animals which were evidently the result of small, happy mutations toward the selected ideal, and which were recognized as such by German breeders. The famous champion, Bosco von der Saalburg, a stud dog standing in the kennels of Karl Farber, as the mainspring of this river of great heritage. Through his illustrious son, Dolf von der Saalburg, and the great bitch, Etfa von der Saalburg, his daughter (later imported to America) out of the immortal brood bitch, Fauna Moguntia, modern Great Dane type was firmly established......The combination of beauty, balance and soundness in these Danes was beyond compare. Without them the Great Dane, as we know it today, would not have achieved that gracious power of form that has led to the appellation, "The Apollo of Dogdom."
Sire of CH Bosko vd Saalburg:
CH Tantalus v Sonnenberg
(CH Primas vd Rheinschanze x CH Thyla v Weisenau)
Born Feb. 12, 1914
Owner/Breeder: Karl Tscherning, Bockingen b. Heilbronn.
Tantalas was bred to his half sister Ros’l vd Rheinschanze to produce the famous CH Bosko vd Saalburg – who was the sire of the famous CH Dolf vd Saalburg.
Tantalus was also bred to his mother to produce Thyra v Sonnenberg.
Notable Danes in the Tantalus' pedigree - just a few previous generations:CH Zeus V Ohligs-Merscheid
Sektor V Inn
Dam of CH Bosko vd Saalburg:
Ros’l vd Rheinschanze
(CH Primas vd Rheinschanze x Gretchen v Oberrhein)
Born July 28, 1915.
Breeder: Jos. Rembold, Ludwigshafen.
Ros’l vd Rheinschanze was bred to her half-brother Tantalus to produce the famous CH Bosko vd Saalburg
Notable Danes in the Ros'l vd Rheinschanze's pedigree - just a few previous generations:CH Zeus V Ohligs-Merscheid
Prinz II v Inn
Picture of CH Primas vd Rheinschanze below:
Progeny of CH Bosko vd Saalburg:
CH Bosko vd Saalburg x Betty vd Rheinau-Halbinsel:
Betty vd Rheinau-Halbinsel(harl, red & blue & fawn carrier)
(Ador Viktoria [of send] x Violett [Kamphausen])
Born May 23, 1926
Owner: A. Kirschbaum, Rommerskirchen.
Breeder: Willy Gierlich, Koln. B
By studying her pedigree you can see why she carried a fawn – with CH Ciska-Moguntia (harl) in her 4th generation and his brindle sire, CH Zeus v Ohligs in her 5th.
But she was also a blue carrier, mostly because of her sire, Ador-Viktoria – an oddly-colored dog.
Bosko and Betty had 6 pups (vd Gilbach) :
Bill vd Gilbach (black and white harl) (CH Bosko vd Saalburg x Betty vd Rheinau-Halbinsel) Born 1928. Bill produced 3 black-and-white harlequins, one of which was a “brown” carrier, 2 fawns, 1 black and a blue-and-white harlequin.
Brunhilde vd Gilbach (black and white harl) (CH Bosko vd Saalburg x Betty vd Rheinau-Halbinsel) Born 1928. Brunhilde had only 2 black-and-white harlequins registered as her pups.
CH Bluecher vd Gilbach (black) (CH Bosko vd Saalburg x Betty vd Rheinau-Halbinsel) Born 1928. Has no progeny on record.
Bosko vd Gilbach (fawn) (CH Bosko vd Saalburg x Betty vd Rheinau-Halbinsel) Born 1928. Has no progeny on record.
Betty vd Gilbach (black and white and red harlequin) (CH Bosko vd Saalburg x Betty vd Rheinau-Halbinsel) Born 1928. Has no progeny on record.
Burga vd Gilbach (red and white harl)
With the desirability of a pedigree containing CH Bosko plus a firmament of harlequin stars, it’s no great surprise that some of that vd Gilbach litter would be used for breeding. What is surprising is which one was used the most. It was Burga vd Gilbach, the red and white harlequin.
CH Bosko vd Saalburg x Fauna Moguntia = CH Elch Edler (below)
CH Elch Edler vd Saalburg
(CH Bosko vd Saalburg x Fauna Moguntia)
Born May 17, 1925
Owner: Frau Hedwig von Rhoden, Loheland, Fulda.
Breeder: Karl Faerber, Bad Homburg.
Elch is litter brother to CH Efta vd Saalburg.
Elch is younger brother to CH Dolf vd Saalburg.
CH Bosko vd Saalburg was used extensively for breeding - and contributed greatly to them - especially to the Saalburg, Freigericht, Kadow, Hexengold, Rhon and Loheland lines - and all that stemmed from them.
**Danes in RED have their own "Danes of Special Note" page.