The United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USCA) is a German Shepherd Dog Breed Organization guided by the rules of the organization of origin of the German Shepherd Dog, the “Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV)” in Germany. USCA is a member of the “World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs” and accepts the bylaws of this organization in regards to the breeding rules of German Shepherd Dogs.
German Shepherd Dog Standard
23.12.2010/EN FCI-Standard N°166
TRANSLATION: Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) E.V. / Original version: (D).
ORIGIN: Germany / DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD: 11.08.2010.
UTILIZATION: Versatile working, herding and service dog.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs).
Height at the withers: 60 cm to 65 cm
Weight: 30 kg to 40 kg
Height at the withers: 55 cm to 60 cm
Weight: 22 kg to 32 kg
Brief historical overview:
According to the official documentation of the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) e.V. (Society for the German Shepherd Dog, “SV” for short) – legal domicile in Augsburg, Germany, member of the Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH, German Kennel Club) – the “SV” as the founding club of the breed is responsible for the breed standard of the German Shepherd Dog. Established in the first General Meeting at Frankfurt/Main on 20 September 1899 according to suggestions by A. Meyer and Max von Stephanitz and in addition to the amendments of the 6th General Meeting on 28 July 1901, the 23rd General Meeting at Cologne/Rhineland on 17 September 1909, the Executive Board & Advisory Board Meeting at Wiesbaden on 5 September 1930 and the Breeding Committee & Executive Board Meeting on 25 March 1961, revisions were resolved within the framework of the World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs (WUSV) Meeting on 30 August 1976.
Revisions and catalogued measures were resolved with the Enabling Resolution through the Executive Board and Advisory Board from 23/24 March 1991, amended through the Federal Conventions from 25 May 1997 and 31 May/1 June 2008.
The German Shepherd Dog, whose methodical breeding was started in 1899 after the foundation of the society, had been bred from the central German and southern German breeds of the herding dogs existing at that time with the ultimate objective of creating a working dog inclined to high achievements. In order to achieve this objective, the breed standard of the German Shepherd Dog was determined, which relates to the physical constitution as well as the traits and characteristics.
The German Shepherd Dog is medium-size, slightly elongated, powerful and well-muscled, with dry bone and firm overall structure.
Important dimensional ratios
The height at the withers amounts to 60 cm to 65 cm for male dogs and 55 cm to 60 cm for female dogs. The trunk length exceeds the dimension at the height at the withers by about 10 – 17 %.
The German Shepherd Dog must be well-balanced (with strong nerves) in terms of character, self-assured, absolutely natural and (except for a stimulated situation) good-natured as well as attentive and willing to please. He must possess instinctive behaviour, resilience and self-assurance in order to be suitable as a companion, guard, protection, service and herding dog.
The head is wedge-shaped, and in proportion to the body size (length about 40 % at the height at the withers), without being plump or too elongated, dry in the overall appearance and moderately broad between the ears. Seen from the front and side, the forehead is only slightly arched and without any or with only a slightly indicated middle furrow.
The ratio from the cranial region to the facial region is 50 % to 50 %. The width of the cranial region more or less corresponds to the length of the cranial region. The cranial region (seen from above) tapers evenly towards the nasal bridge with gradually sloping, not sharply depicted stop in the wedge-shaped facial region (foreface) of the head. Upper and lower jaws are powerfully developed.
The nasal dorsum is straight, any dip or bulge is undesirable. The lips are taut, close well and are of dark colouring.
The nose must be black.
The teeth must be strong, healthy and complete (42 teeth according to the dental formula). The German Shepherd Dog has a scissor bite, i.e. the incisors must interlock like scissors, whereby the incisors of the upper jaw overlap those of the lower jaw. Occlusal overlay, overbite and retrusive occlusion as well as larger spaces between the teeth (gaps) are faulty. The straight dental ridge of the incisors is also faulty. The jaw bones must be strongly developed so that the teeth can be deeply embedded in the dental ridge.
The eyes are of medium size, almond-shaped, slightly slanted and not protruding. The colour of the eyes should be as dark as possible. Light, piercing eyes are undesirable since they impair the dog’s impression.
Ears – The German Shepherd Dog has erect ears of medium size, which are carried upright and aligned (not drawn-in laterally); they are pointed and with the auricle facing forward.
Tipped ears and drooping ears are faulty. Ears carried rearward when moving or in relaxed position are not faulty.
Neck – The neck should be strong, well-muscled and without loose neck skin (dewlap). The angulation towards the trunk (horizontal) amounts to approx. 45 %.
Body – The upper line runs from the base of the neck via the high, long withers and via the straight back towards the slightly sloping croup, without visible interruption. The back is moderately long, firm, strong and well-muscled. The loin is broad, short, strongly developed and well-muscled. The croup should be long and slightly sloping (approx 23° to the horizontal) and the upper line should merge into the base of the tail without interruption.
The chest should be moderately broad, the lower chest as long and pronounced as possible. The depth of the chest should amount to approx. 45 % to 48 % of the height at the withers.
The ribs should feature a moderate curvature; a barrel-shaped chest is just as faulty as flat ribs.
The tail extends at least to the hock, but not beyond the middle of the hind pastern. It has slightly longer hair on the underside and is carried hanging downward in a gentle curve, whereby in a state of excitement and in motion it is raised and carried higher, but not beyond the horizontal. Operative corrections are forbidden.
Forequarters – The forelimbs are straight when seen from all sides, and absolutely parallel when seen from the front.
Shoulder blade and upper arm are of equal length, and firmly attached to the trunk by means of powerful musculature. The angulation from shoulder blade and upper arm is ideally 90°, but generally up to 110°.
The elbows may not be turned out either while standing or moving, and also not pushed in. The forearms are straight when seen from all sides, and absolutely parallel to each other, dry and firmly muscled. The pastern has a length of approx. 1/3 of the forearm, and has an angle of approx. 20° to 22° to the forearm. A slanted pastern (more than 22°) as well as a steep pastern (less than 20°) impairs the suitability for work, particularly the stamina.
The paws are rounded, well-closed and arched; the soles are hard, but not brittle. The nails are strong and of dark colour.
The position of hind legs is slightly backwards, whereby the hind limbs are parallel to each other when seen from the rear. Upper leg and lower leg are of approximately the same length and form an angle of approx. 120°; the legs are strong and well-muscled.
The hocks are strongly developed and firm; the hind pastern stands vertically under the hock.
The paws are closed, slightly arched; the pads are hard and of dark colour; the nails are strong, arched and also of dark colour.
The German Shepherd Dog is a trotter. The limbs must be coordinated in length and angulations so that the dog can shift the hindquarters towards the trunk without any essential change of the top line and can reach just as far with the forelimbs. Any tendency towards over-angulation of the hindquarters reduces the stability and the stamina, and thereby the working ability. Correct body proportions and angulations results in a gait that is far-reaching and flat over the ground which conveys the impression of effortless forward movements. The head pushed forward and the slightly raised tail result in a consistent, smooth trot showing a gently curved, uninterrupted upper line from the ear tips over the neck and back to the end of the tail.
Skin – The skin is (loosely) fitting, but without forming any folds.
The German Shepherd Dog is bred in the hair varieties double coat and long and harsh outer coat – both with undercoat.
The guard hair should be as dense as possible, particularly harsh and close fitting: short on the head, including the inside of the ears, short on the front side of the legs, paws and toes, some-what longer and more strongly covered in hair on the neck. On the back side of the legs the hair extends to the carpal joint or the hock; it forms moderate ‘trousers’ on the back side of the haunches.
Long and harsh outer coat:
The guard hair should be long, soft and not close fitting, with tufts on the ears and legs, bushy trousers and bushy tail with downward formation of tuft. Short on the head, including the inside of the ears, on the front side of the legs, on the paws and toes, somewhat longer and more strongly covered in hair on the neck, almost forming a mane. On the back side of the legs the hair extends to the carpal joint or the hock and forms clear trousers on the back side of the haunches.
Colors are black with reddish-brown, brown and yellow to light grey markings; single-colored black, grey with darker shading, black saddle and mask. Unobtrusive, small white marks on chest as well as very light color on insides are permissible, but not desirable. The tip of the nose must be black in all colors. Dogs with lack of mask, light to piercing eye color, as well as with light to whitish markings on the chest and the insides, pale nails and red tip of tail are considered to be lacking in pigmentation. The undercoat shows a light greyish tone. The color white is not allowed.
Height at the withers: 60 cm to 65 cm
Weight: 30 kg to 40 kg
Height at the withers: 55 cm to 60 cm
Weight: 22 kg to 32 kg
Male dogs should have two obviously normally developed testicles which are completely in the scrotum.
Any deviation from the aforementioned points should be considered as a fault whose evaluation should be in exact proportion to the degree of deviation.
Deviations from the above-described breed characteristics which impair the working capability.
Faulty ears: ears set too low laterally, tipped ears, inward constricted ears, ears not firm
Considerable pigment deficiencies.
Severely impaired overall stability.
All deviations from scissor bite and dental formula insofar as it does not involve eliminating faults (see the following)
a) Dogs with weak character and weak nerves which bite
b) Dogs with proven “severe hip dysplasia”
c) Monorchid or cryptorchid dogs as well as dogs with clearly dissimilar or atrophied testicles
d) Dogs with disfiguring ears or tail faults
e) Dogs with malformations
f) Dogs with dental faults, with lack of:
1 premolar 3 and another tooth, or
1 canine tooth, or
1 premolar 4, or
1 molar 1 or molar 2, or
a total of 3 teeth or more
g) Dogs with jaw deficiencies:
Overshot by 2 mm and more, undershot, level bite in the entire incisor region
h) Dogs with oversize or undersize by more than 1 cm
j) White hair colour (also with dark eyes and nails)
k) Long Straight Topcoat without undercoat
l) Long-haired (long, soft guard hair without undercoat, mostly parted in the middle of the back, tufts on the ears and legs and on the tail)
Sourced from The United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USCA) website.
ZEAL GOT HIS " BH " !
Our boy has earned his BH-VT today and is moving forward in his IGP training in Czech.
We were suppose to do it in December last years. He was completely prepared at 17 months and I was so excited for him and I to do it together, but trial got canceled.
So - now - thank you to his trainer Veronika for completing the first step
onto the next!
Time for another CELEBRATION!
NYU’s BREED SURVEY
paperwork is - IN - !
SG6 BSZS 2019
Nyu Vom Eichenplatz
••• 5JIZ1/ P ••• Class 1 •••
HD/ ED a1-Normal
While she was in Czech - Nyu has earned her FCI breed survey.
After long break from training, she was able to accomplish it just within 5 weeks of training and that was in very limited way - as most training fields were closed till about 2 weeks before the trial.
I want to celebrate and honor Veronika, who trained her and has done incredible job within such short time.
We still plan on completing her SV breed survey as well - for all of her titles are under SV.
The SV event in Czech was canceled,
so we plan on completing her Kkl here is USA.
Video from her training will be available on YouTube shortly
We are proud of our girl.
Let’s talk about MONEY, Shall we?
Let’s talk about MONEY, Shall we?
& Pure bred dogs, dogs in shelters and dogs bred just cause they could ...
And allow me to share ahead - I am not looking for negative conversation here ...
Just sharing few thoughts that came to my mind as I am pondering while vacuuming
Recently I heard a comment
“your puppies are expensive”.
And from that point of view - I must agree. Those looking
“for a puppy”
- our puppies are expensive.
Those - looking for great
“quality pure bred German Shepherd”
- that is different.
No breeder gets rich on breeding pure bred dogs.
It is a HEART thing.
Passion for the breed,
Passion to contribute in the breed’s development and making it better,
Passion for their own dogs and doing it “right” ...
Contribution to the integrity of this dog world,
What ever the reasons are ...
The amount of time invested,
Travel cost to shows and training,
Travel cost to Europe,
(Due to pandemic 3-5x times higher cost)
Not to mention the hours, weeks and months of time invested in training,
And the list goes on.
Unless one has 50 dogs and just multiplies - the richness is in the HEART satisfaction and fulfillment.
... & unfortunately - then there are dogs, who were bred only because they can.
I truly believe - that if anyone is looking for a new family member -
“quality pure bred dog”
with the characteristics the breed brings”
... boxer, pug, golden retriever or german shepherd - SUPPORT THE BREEDER that “does it right” is the way to go.
If someone is looking for
“A puppy” ...
Helping a dog in a shelter is the other way to go (Personally had a few).
Super ZEAL NEWS from Europe!
Super NEWS from Europe arrived yesterday.
Our boy ~ Zeal Best Of The Gods ~ has earned his first European title at a Czech regional conformation show ...
SG1 by winning his 18-24 mo. class!
And what made it the best was the
amazing critique from the judge.
Critique that has been consistent in USA and now across the seas as well.
The consistency speaks volumes.
We are grateful and excited.
He presented himself with class.
We are very proud of him.
Thank you Veronika Konvalinková Pěkníková for all you support and helping our boy to present the quality he embodies.
Thank you Nikol for excellent handling.
We are proud to announce the sire of our confirmed upcoming litter...
VA Jimmi Best Of The Gods
Jimmi is a phenomenal - one of a kind - Czech stud with blend of Czech and German bloodlines.
He is a son of Onex, who's DNA is very rare in US and we are honored to carry it.
During Czech Siegershow in 2018, he earned his VA title and he has earned many other great accomplishments.
And the best part?
He is mainly a pet and family companion ...
... beast on the training field & loved by his owner
Sire: V Onex vom Gerianian Hoff
Dam: V Dafnie Best Of The Gods
VA2 Czech Sieger 2018
SG1 Czech Sieger 2017
Multiple: V1, VT ,OV
RTG DLK 0/0 DKK A/A
Owner: Lenka Pistulkova
Breeder: Veronika Konvalinková Pěkníková
Currently accepting reservations
(Jimmi x Nyu)
THEY. ARE. HERE.
3 males & 4 females
Beautiful, active, hungry and healthy.
All puppies are almost like thru copy machine ... it is very even litter.
Viera did great and she is such an amazing caring mamma.
Born Thursday June 3rd, 2021.
We are excited to see these bears to grow. This is repeated breeding as the previous litter was outstanding.
(photos of puppies from the previous litter attached)
This litter has 6x VA's (world champions) within the first three generations in their pedigree.
Amazing family companion as the TEMPERAMENT and CHARACTER of German Shepherd breed has been nurtured thru the generations along with health testing as well.
S: VA Ursus Vom Welsetal
D: SG Viera Best Of The Gods
We are expecting these puppies to grow into deep black/ red pigment, fantastic balanced temperament, willingness to learn, and great confidence.
Wonderful to be family members - Pets/ Companion/Protection and also good for sport, breeding and shows.
Female and Male reservation available.
For more information:
Big THANK YOU for all help and support to Alena Souckova, Veronika Konvalinková Pěkníková, Lesli Schneider Andrewand Alonzo Williams... so grateful to have you and thank you for all you do and who you are.
This truly takes a team.
Glory be to God.
It is my pleasure to share with you updates about our dogs and our kennel along with valuable educational tips and best practices.