Getting a new German Shepherd puppy is an exciting adventure for any new puppy owner. When bringing a new puppy into your home, you’re welcoming a new family member into your lives. German Shepherds make wonderful companions and can easily blend into your family environment. As we all know, when bringing a new puppy into the home, many questions and steps can be taken to make it as easy as possible. Canine Extreme has had 25+ years working with these fantastic dogs, and in this article, you can find some of the most common questions we receive when welcoming a new puppy into the home.
Common Titles and Abbreviations for German Shepherds
While researching and looking into a German Shepherd pedigree, you will see that titles and abbreviations are often used. When it comes to understanding the pedigree of the dog and their parent’s pedigree, it’s important to know what these titles and abbreviations stand for. There are countless ones out there. However, there are a few that show up more often than others. Below you can find a list of some of the more common titles and abbreviations that will be connected to your German Shepherd and their parents.
|AD||(Ausdauerpruefung) Endurance Test|
|BH||(Begleithund) Companion Dog, Obedience and Temperament Examination|
|FH1||(Fahrten hund) Tracking Title at 1200 paces|
|FH2||(Fahrten hund) Tracking Title at 1800 paces|
|IGP||(International Prüfung) 3 Levels (IGP1, IGP2, IGP3) comparable to Sch/ZVV Titles using International Rules|
|SchH||(Schutzhund) Includes 3 Levels SchH1, SchH2, SchH3) Obedience, Protection, and Tracking.|
|ZVV||(Czech Republic) ZVV1, 2 3 comparable to SchH and IGP|
|VA||(Vorzuglich Aulese) Stands for an Excellent Select Show or Performance Rating, Awarded at Seiger Show. Limited number given per show. Example: VA1, VA2, VA3, Etc.|
|V||(Vorzuglich) Excellent Show|
|SG||(Sehr Gut) Very Good Show|
|G||(Gut) Good Show|
|A||(Ausreichend) Sufficient Show|
|M||(Mangelhaft) Faulty Show|
|Körung||SV Breed survey. The purpose of breed survey is to select from the breeding registry a number of dogs that in their character, performance, and anatomical construction appear suitable for the conservation and improvement of the breed.|
|KKL||Körklasse – Breed Survey class (Kkl1 or Kkl2) In order to be breed-surveyed a dog must have a SchH, HGH or IPO title, must also have approved hips, pass an AD, and have a show-rating of G or better.|
|HIP RATINGS||Excellent, Good, Fair , Normal, A1, etc. Here is an article that explain hip and elbow ratings: https://www.canineextreme.com/articles/149-what-do-hip-and-elbow-ratings-mean.html|
Different Types of German Shepherd Colors and Coats
German Shepherds are marvelous dogs who boast many features that appeal to our eyes. One of their main features are the colors and coat varieties that they can have. In this article, you will find a brief breakdown of some of the colors and coats of a German Shepherd.
Staying Cool In The Heat
Nothing says summer like sand between the paws, ice water by the pool, and walks in the sunshine. Summer is a time full of fun, adventures, and outdoor activities. While we all know how “cool” our dogs like to look over summer, like Kongo does while rocking his summer shades by the pool, it’s essential to remember to keep our dogs “cool” from the heat as well. Rest assured, while overheating and heatstroke are severe, with a bit of education and awareness of ways to keep cool, you and your pet can continue to enjoy all the fun activities that summer has to offer.