Definitions of Titles

The titles of our world class German Shepherds listed on Ancestors page must be fully understood to fully appreciate the high quality of our breeding stock.

AD: Aus dauerprufing, is an endurance test. This endurance test provides evidence that the dog is able to perform physical exertion to a certain degree without afterwards showing significant symptoms of exhaustion. The German Shepherd Dog is a working dog. He must be capable of strenuous work. The required strain on the physical condition of the dog can only come from running exercise. This is a 12 mile run, and this test, combined with at least a Schutzhund Degree is then used to award the KKL I or KKL II designation.

BH: Basic companion dog – traffic sureness.
B or BH Begleithunde: the preliminary and prerequisite test for a dog going on to get his/her Schutzhund titles. A combination temperament and obedience test. B and BH are used interchangeably. The dog must demonstrate the down-stay, the sit-stay, the sit-out-of motion, and the down-out-of-motion and heeling exercise.

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), shown above, 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).

CD: Companion dog. This is an AKC title. The first of five working qualifications, each of increasing difficulty,
awarded to dogs gaining a certain percentage of total marks at working trials.

CDEX: CD Excellent. This is an AKC title

Gebrauchshundklasse: Working dog class-the only class available for animals over two/in Germany.
HGH: Herdengebrauchshund, herding dog- a qualification of dogs working with flocks.
TD: Tracking dog. Qualification title for nose work.
FH: Fahrtenhund, tracking qualification.
FH1: Advanced tracking.
FH2: Superior tracking qualification.
UD: Utility dog. Working Qualification. A.K.C title
ZH: Zollhund, dog trained to work with customs police.
SchH1: Novice Schutzhund qualification in tracking, obedience, and protection.
SchH2: Intermediate Schutzhund qualification in tracking, obedience, and protection.

SchH3: Masters level of Schutzhund tracking, obedience, and protection.
SchHA: A limited SchH title, similar to SchH I but without the tracking portion.
IPO1: International Novice Schutzhund trial qualification.
IPO2: International Intermediate Schutzhund.
IPO3: International Masters level Schutzhund.
BpDH1 2: Railroad Police Dog.
BIH: Blind Leader Dog.
LwH: Lawinen Hund-Avalanche Dog.
DH: Service Dog.
DPH: Service Police Dog.
PH Polizehund: Police Dog.
INT Internationale Prufungsklasse: International Training Degree.
BPDH I, II – Bannpolizeidiensthund I or II: Railroad Police Service Dog I or II.
GrH – Grenzen Hund: Border Patrol Dog.
PFP I, II – Polizeifaehrtenhund I, II: Police Tracking Dog I or II.
PSP I, II – Polizeischutzhundprufung I, II: Police Protection Dog I or II.
Bundeslestunggssieger: German National Working Dog Champion awarded at the Bundessiegerprufung.
Huntesieger: Herding Dog Champion at the German Herding Dog Championships.
HT: Herding Tested.
HC: Herding Champion.
M.H. militar hund: Military Dog.
S.H. sanitats hund: Red Cross Dog.
Kr.H. kriegshund: War Dog. German Conformation titles: ZB-Zuchtbewertung: Conformation Show Rating followed by:
VA -Vorzuglich Auslese: Excellent Select,the highest attainable award by a German show dog and granted only at the annual Sieger Show.
V – Vorzuglich: Excellent.

Leave a Reply