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German Shepherd Breed Terminology

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. The dog may have a structural or protection work fault which could be compensated for by bloodlines or working qualities. Maybe resurveyed and classified 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. The 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