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German (SV) Terminology

The credentials of the German Shepherd Dog 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 (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 G or "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.

SV Show Classes



LG - Landesgruppen Regional Shows. 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.
JKL Jungend Klasse - R/H Youth Class M/F 12-18 Mos
Top Rating SG1
JHKL Junghund Klass - R/H Young Dog Class M/F 18-24 Mos
Top Rating SG1
GHKL Gebrauchshund Klasse - R/H Working Class M/F 2yrs+ - Titled SchH 1,2,3
Top Rating V1, Sieger Shows VA1 (minimum SchH2)
AK Alters Klasse Dogs over 2 years old without titles
Zuchtgruppen Kennel Groups
Nachkommengruppen Progeny Groups
* Puppy Class 3-6 Mos (* North America)
Top Rating VP1 (P-LP)
* Puppy Class 6-9 Mos (* North America)
Top Rating VP1 (P-LP)
* Puppy Class 9-12 Mos (* North America)
Top Rating VP1 (P-LP)

German (SV) Titles and Ratings

Angekoert Breed Surveyed
Koerklasse 1 (KKL 1) 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.
Lbz Lebenszeit - Breed surveyed for life
"a" Dog's hips have been x-rayed and certified acceptable. Required for Breed Survey.
ZB Zuchtbewertung - Conformation rating
ZW Zuchtwert - Hip evaluation used to help determine the expected outcome of a litter.
VA (Vorzueglich Auslese) Excellent Select title that is only awarded at the Annual Sieger Show Select Class.
V (Vorzueglich) Excellent
SG (Sehr Gut) Very Good
G (Gut) Good - minimum show rating for breed survey.
A (Ausreichend) Sufficient
M (Mangelhaft) Faulty
O (Zero) Failed
U Unsatisfactory
SchH - I - II - III
IGP - I - II - III
(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, or HGH to be Breed Surveyed.
IPO - I - II - III INT-International SchH title. Slight variation to SchH rules.
HGH (Herdengebrauchshund) Herding Dog
BH (Begleithund) Companion Dog
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.
FH1 (Faehrten Hund) Tracking Dog
FH2 (Faehrten Hund) Tracking Dog - Second Level

Other Titles & Definitions

PH (Polizei Hund)Police Dog
DPO Police Dog competition title
BDH Railroad Service Dog
BFH Guide Dog for the Blind
DH Service Dog
DPH Service Police Dog
GRH Border Patrol Dog
LawH or LwH Avalanche Dog
BIH Blind Leader Dog
RtH Rescue Dog
ZH1,2,3 Customs Dog
CACIB A European International Champion
BSZS Bundessieger Zuchtschau - SV National Conformation and Breed show for German Shepherd Dogs
BSP Bundessiegerpr�fung - SV National SchH competition
BLH Bundesleistungsh�ten - SV National Herding competition
Africa IWT 1, 2, 3
Austria SchH1,2,3 and FHA 1,2,3
Belgium Cereco1, IWR1,2,3 equivalent to IPO1,2,3
Czech Republic ZVV1,,2,3 equivalent to SchH1,2,3
Denmark BHP1,2,3 equivalent to SchH1,2,3 and
SPH equivalent to FH
England PD (Police Dog)
Finland SK1 equivalent to IPO1
Holland VH1, 2 3 equivalent to SchH1,2,3 and
SPH equivalent to FH
Hungary SZL1,2,3 also ZVV1,2,3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 3
Italy Brevetto 1, 2 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 3
Poland ZVV1, 2 3 equivalent to SchH1,2,3
Switzerland SchH, SchHB, SchHC; CHD1 equivalent to SchH1
Yugoslavia CAB1,2.3 equivalent to SchH1,2.3
FCI An all breed worldwide dog organization,made up of various countries whom are members of and whose registries are recognized.

German Obedience Commands

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
Sitz Sit
Such Search
Voraus Go Out
Zur Spur Trail
Zur Wache Guard

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