There are so many abbreviations in the German Shepherd world and it can be confusing. To make it easy for you - here are the abbreviations for TITLES.
SchH / Schutzhund (Ger.) = Protection Dog. There are 3 levels: SchH I, SchH II, SchH III. SchH equivalents are ZVV, SVV, IPO, VH, and otherS.
IPO International title, equivalent to Schutzhund. There are 3 levels: IPO I, IPO II, IPO III.
AD Ausdauerprüfung (Ger.) - an endurance test performed by gaiting approximately six - ten miles per hour for about 12 miles with a ten minute rest halfway and a simple obedience test at the end. AD is a prerequisite for a Korung evaluation.
BH Begleithunde (Ger.) Prerequisite for Schutzhund. Consists of an obedience test and a traffic/temperament test.
HGH Herdengebrauchshund (Ger.) = Herding Dog
PH Polizei Hund (Ger.) = Police Dog
FH Fährten Hund (Ger.) = Tracking Dog - Advanced tracking title
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.
Kkl1 - the dog is especially recommended for breeding
Kkl2 - the dog is still suitable for breeding (Variations from the breed standard in conformation, such as too small or too large, a missing tooth, structural or protection work fault, etc., are issues that can cause a dog to be Kkl2 rather than Kkl1).
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