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German Definitions

German Shepherd Definitions

 

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 GermanShepherd Dogs (SV) in Germany. To meet this World Standard, each dog must have a companion dog temperament test (BH), a minimum of SchH1/IPO1 working degree, 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.

German Terminology

German Titles and Ratings:

Terms

Definitions

Angehort

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 breeding.

“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 Siergerin 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

U

Unsatisfactory

CACIB

A European International Champion

SchH/IPO

( Schutzhund ) For dogs who have passed the examinations for obedience protection, and tracking. The titles1, 2, and 3 denote how advanced the training tests were. Dog must have at least a SchH/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. A requirement for the Breed Survey.

HGH

( Herdengebrauchshund ) Herding Dog

PH

( Polizei Hund )Police Dog

FH

( Fährten Hund ) Tracking Dog

German Commands

German Commands and Translations:

German Command

English Translation

Achtung

Watch

Aus

Let Go

Bei Fuss

Heel

Bleib

Stay

Komm

Come

Kriech

Crawl

Nein

No

Nimm

Take it

Bleib sitzen

Stay sitting

Bringen

Fetch

Fass

Attack

Geh weiter

Go on

Gib Laut

Speak

Halten

Halt

Hopp

Jump

Pass auf

Watch out

Platz

Down

Setz

Sit

Such

Search

Voraus

Go Out

Zur Spur

Trail

Zur Wache

Guard

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