Originally from Germany, Baron Thassilo Krug von Nidda married his English wife and they moved to the USA where they became American citizens. Baroness von Nidda started their breeding in America with two dogs they brought over from England. Their stud dog was CH Rose Brocade of Primrosepatch, who won his AKC championship and is behind all the vd Nidda dogs. He sired eight champions, four from litters bred by the von Niddas.
Mrs. von Nidda’s first brood bitch of note was CH Vicki vd Nidda, who was Best of Variety at DCA 1944. She was a stud puppy sired by Rose Brocade and out of CH Koboldina v Dachshafen, a daughter of CH Kobold vom Fuchsenstein, the first AKC longhaired Dachshund champion.
In 1947, Mrs. von Nidda brought CH Primrosepatch Gay Lancer back from England to breed to Vicki. They had two litters together, producing nine puppies in all. Seven of the nine became champions as did about thirty grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. von Nidda’s first great dog was CH Hussar vd Nidda. He sired seven champions, won sixty BOVs, including thirteen specialties (DCA twice), Morris and Essex in ’51 and ’52 plus twenty-three group placings (three group firsts). The clear-red Hussar was a great showman and helped get recognition for longhaired Dachshunds in the group ring. He was never campaigned with the exception of one Florida circuit, and the majority of his wins occurred under Mrs. von Nidda’s handling.
Out of the second litter from Vicki and Gay Lancer came CH Liebling vd Nidda, who took Vicki’s place as a brood bitch and whelped four litters. She was the dam of CH Siegfried vd Nidda and CH Roderick vd Nidda. CH Siegfried won seventeen BOVs and two group placings. He sired five champions, including three for Mary Howell (Bayard).
After Mr. von Nidda’s death in 1949, Mrs. von Nidda bred four more litters and produced her biggest winner in her last litter. Nine litters were registered under the vd Nidda name and produced fourteen champions, the first being CH Carlo vd Nidda and the last Carlo’s great grandson MBIS / MBISS CH Roderick vd Nidda.
This history was compiled by Mrs. Osborne Howes for inclusion in the American Dachshund’s 20th anniversary issue. She was the owner of Roderick after Mrs. von Nidda’s death in 1958, keeping him out campaigning for five more years. Roderick had an outstanding show career, winning eleven Bests in Show, seventy-seven Hound Group firsts, ten Specialty Bests of Breed and a record-setting 297 Bests of Variety. His show career ended shortly after his final Best of Variety at Westminster in 1963. He was mainly shown by Jerry Rigden during his campaign, but was occasionally shown by the Hardys.
Roderick almost missed out on his illustrious show career, as Mrs. von Nidda had sold him and his sister to some friends as pets. The friend had some illness in the family, and Roderick came back to the von Niddas for boarding at a year of age . While there, Jeannette Cross, who also was visiting, took one look and instantly recognized his quality. She insisted that Mrs. von Nidda re-acquire him. The owners discovered that he had bred his litter sister and agreed to let him return to his breeder.