German Shepherd Terminology For Reading
German titles and ratings on pedigrees:
The credentials of the German Shepherds that comprise our World Class breeding stock
speak for themselves. All are 100% West German bloodlines with Koerklasse 1. To achieve
this coveted Koerklasse 1 (Kkl1) rating, the dogs must compete for titles in Germany or
America under the rules and auspices of the Club for German Shepherd Dogs (SV) in
Germany. To meet this World Standard, each dog must have a companion dog temperament
test (B), and certified hips ("a" stamp or OFA), a 12 mile endurance test followed by
examination for physical soundness (AD), and compete at a show to achieve a conformation
rating of at least SG or"Very Good" (V or "Excellent" being the best at any show that is not the
National Championship or Sieger Show where the coveted "Excellent Select" or VA can be
awarded once a year to only the very best dogs). These requirements make the dog eligible
to enter a Koerung (to qualify for breeding) which is a Breed Survey where the dog is
carefully evaluated for excellence of structure, temperament and courage. These
impressive requirements are only guidelines for our dedication to the breed. Many times
dogs with great prerequisites should not be bred together because of incompatible
bloodlines or characteristics.
Angekoert Breed Surveyed (recommended for breeding)
Koerklasse 1 (Kkl 1) Especially recommended for breeding
Koerklasse 2 (Kkl 2) Suitable for breeding. Dog may have a structural or protection work
fault which could be compensated for by bloodlines or working qualities. May be resurveyed
and reclassified at a later date.
(*) This symbol before a dog's name means it has been surveyed and approved for
"a" Dog's hips have been x-rayed and certified acceptable. Required for Breed Survey.
LG Landesgruppen (Regional) Show. There are approximately 1500 German Shepherd Dog
clubs in Germany and these are under the jurisdiction of the 15 Landesgruppen clubs. The
LG Shows are larger than the local shows and the judging and rating requirements are
stricter. Landesgruppen Sieger and Siegerin titles are awarded.
VA (Vorzüglich Auslese) Excellent Select title that is only awarded at the Annual Sieger
Show Select Class.
V (Vorzüglich) Excellent
SG (Sehr Gut) Very Good
G (Gut) Good
A (Ausreichend) Sufficient
M (Mangelhaft) Faulty
O (Zero) Failed
CACIB a European International Champion
SchH/IPO (Schutzhund) For dogs who have passed the examinations for obedience
protection, and tracking. The titles 1, 2, and 3 denote how advanced the training tests were.
Dog must have at least a SchH1/IPO1 to be Breed Surveyed.
AD (Ausdauerpruefung) The dogs passed an endurance test by gaiting approximately six
miles per hour for about nine miles with a ten-minute rest halfway, and a simple Obedience
Test at the end. The dog is given a simple physical examination after the test. A requirement
for the Breed Survey.
HGH (Herdengebrauchshund) Herding Dog
PH (Polizei Hund) Police Dog
FH (Fährten Hund) Tracking Dog
Aus Let Go
Bei Fuss Heel
Bleib sitzen Stay sitting
Geh weiter Go on
Gib Laut Speak
Nimm Take it
Pass auf Watch out
Voraus Go out
Zur Spur Trail
Zur Wache Guard
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