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Voitalhaus German Shepherds have some of the best imported German Bloodlines.  In the pedigrees of these exceptional dogs you will see many abbreviations of titles they have been awarded.  These titles demonstrate the ability of these dogs to compete both physically and mentally to the most exacting standards which in turn will ensure you will own a wonderful example of the German Shepherd Breed.  Below are some tables to help you understand what these abbreviations mean.  As you read them you will realize why the German Shepherd Breed is referred to as the "all around working dog".  He or she can fulfill the position of family companion, protector and guard, guide, herder, tracker, bomb and drug detector, rescuer and other positions too numerous to mention.  Truly an enviable record.

International working titles
SchHA Novice Schutzhund obedience and protection
BH BH = Begleithund. Dog must have their "B" before further titles can be obtained in schutzhund. The BH is a combination temperament and basic obedience test. It is also sometimes referred to as a traffic-sureness test.
WH Basic protection test.
AD 12.5 mile endurance test whihc does include obedience.
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
FH1 Advanced tracking
FH2 Superior tracking qualification
IPO1 International Novice Schutzhund trial qualification
IPO2 International Intermediate Schutzhund
IPO3 International Masters Level Schutzhund
BpDH1 2 Railroad Police Dog
BIH Blind Leader Dog
DH Service Dog 
DPH Service Police Dog 
HGH Herding Dog 
LwH Avalanche Dog 
PFP1 & PFP2  Police Tracking Dog 
PH Police Dog (obtained through the Danish Politihundeforeningen, a police dog association open to civilians)
PSP1, 2 3  Police Guard Dog
RtH Rescue Dog
ZFH Customs Tracking Dog 
ZH1, 2 3  Customs Dog
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 
sv conformation titles
VA Vorzuglich-Auslese-excellent select(only awarded at the National Specialty GSD show in the country the VA is awarded in
V Vorzuglich-excellent
SG Sehr Gut-very good- the SG rating is the highest offered in young dog competitions, 12-18 month and 18-24 month age groups
A Ausreichend-sufficient
U Ungenugend-Insufficient
M Mangelhaft-faulty
KKL1 Breed Survey Class 1-the best breed survey classification given
KKL2 Breed Survey Class 2
Lbz Lebenszeit-Breed surveyed for lifetime
Korung 19 zuruckgestellt(M)-did not pass breed survey in protection work
zuruckgestellt(K)-did not pass breed survey due to structural fault

A dog that did not pass the breed survey will have to wait one year before being presented again. If he fails the second time, he can never breed surveyed.

A + Dog has been breed surveyed
Sieger/Siegerin Best male/female at the national conformation speciality show
VA The Sieger or Siegerin is VA-1 followed by VA-2, etc.  In the judges opinion  these are  very close in quality to the Sieger or Siegerin.  The national show is judged by the SV President, he determines how many VA ratings he wishes to make. There have been times in history when the Sieger/Siegerin titles were discontinued and only VAs awarded, to discourage excessive breeding to the dog who was named Sieger.
German Ratings from Puppy Classes
VP Very Promising
P Promising
LP Less Promising
German Hip Certifications
“a” normal certified normal hips, required for a dog to pass a breed survey
“a” fast normal certified near normal hips
“a” noch zugelassen still permissible
miscelaneous / unused pedigree terminology
WS Weltsieger-World Sieger at the FCI all-breed show-
FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale; an all breed worldwide dog organization,made up of various countries’ whom are members of and whose registries are recognized. The "IPO" is a FCI program.
Hutesieger Herding Dog Champion at the German National Herding competition
Bundesleistungssieger The winner of the annual SV National SchH3 working competition, where dogs are competing for perfect scores in SchH3 and the coveted title.  Working scores also are evaluated similarly to the conformation titles, V is the highest and the dogs are placed on down in order of the scores they receive.
Bundeszuchtsieger Another term for the Sieger at the SV German National conformation show
Landesgruppensieger Rarely seen in contemporary pedigrees, this title reflects the first place winner at a regional show in Germany.
Another rating rarely used nowadays, reflecting the first place winner in the 18-24 month young dog class at the Sieger Show.
Landesgruppenjunghund / Landesgruppenjugend Sieger First place winner at the regional 18-24 month young dog class. Comparable to the regional futurity/maturity conformation winners at the GSDCA specialty regional futurity/maturity shows.
Europameister European SchH3 Champion-highest scoring SchH3 dog in annual multi-country SchH3 competition.
Stadtmeister Rarely used on pedigrees means winner at the city SchH3 competition trial.
Landessieger Winner of the German annual Regional SchH3 competition. Dogs must compete and meet certain requirements at the regional level to be eligible to compete in the Bundesleistungssieger Prufung.
VPG 1, 2, 3 Vielseitigkeitsprüfung für Gebrauchshunde; Versatility Test for the Working Dogs. Similar to the SChH and IPO 1, 2, 3.
VDH Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen - the German Kennel Club
SV Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde; the German GSD Club.
WUSV World Union of German Shepherd Clubs