What is Schutzhund?
The word “Seiger” means Champion in German.; it is a Schutzhund sport term used for qualified breeding German Shepherds. The point of Shutzhund is first and foremost to qualify a dog for breeding and prove the bloodline by trialing the dog in many areas. In Germany, a Sch title (1, 2, or 3) is required for both parents, or the dog is not an SV.The German Sieger trials, run by the original GSD club, and the USCA, the Schaferhundverein (SV). The Bundessieger is the SV German champion, and the Weltsieger is the SV world champion.
The end result is a dog unfazed by just about anything, with the closest possible relationship to his or her trainer. American breeders keep going back to Germany for breeding stock simply because German dogs are still generally the best in the world, and the Sieger trials are the reason.
Achievement in Schutzhund:
- BH: public comportment. Stability in the presence of other dogs and people doing strange things (skateboard, for instance). Good basic obedience. Like the AKC CD title.
- AD: Basically, run a half-marathon with two brief breaks, then do obedience at the end. Unless the trainer is an iron man competitor, he or she rides a bicycle. A GSD can trot effortlessly faster than almost any human being can run.
- A conformation. Is the dog biomechanically sound? Does it look like a GSD? This has a couple of levels.
- Schutzhund 1, 2, and 3 are progressively harder tests of obedience, ground-scent work, and the ability to take on an aggressive human “agitator” without losing control: place him under arrest following the orders of the handler, and protect the handler from attack.