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March 20, 2012

Names and Titles 101

Ever wonder why  the registered name of a dog is so long? or what the letter combinations mean before and after their names? Let us break down V Hoss v Bullinger SchH3 Kkl 1  a.k.a “Hoss” for an example:

V= Vorzuglich -Excellent show or performance rating – dog must minimally have a SchH 1 title

Hoss=This is his given name. The one given to him by the breeder and his registered name. How do we decide what to name them? We just assign each breeding a letter of the alphabet and all the puppies from that litter will have a name that starts with that letter. 

v Bullinger= the breeding program from which the dog came. All our dogs that were born here will have  “Vom Dortmunder” after their registered name

SchH3= SchH I, II, III  Schutzhund  Obedience, tracking, and protection titles. Sch III is the highest rank a dog can receive and this achievement can be repeated. 

Kkl 1= Koerklasse I-  Especially recommended for breeding.

a.k.a= Also Known As- Whatever name follows this acronym is their ‘house’ name. It’s what we call them at home!

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Here are some more German Titles and ratings that you will see in our dogs.

The VA titles are earned  Seiger shows and V ratings are earned at local Schutzhund club shows. If you’d like to know more about this show, follow this link. The Sch titles are earned at Shutzhund trials. If you’d like to know more about these trials, follow this link The KKL titles are earned at Breed Survey. If you’d like to know more about this survey, follow this link

SG -Sehr Gut -Very Good show or performance rating; The maximum rating any dog can have without a Schutzhund title;  highest rating obtainable by dogs under 2 years old or at USA SchH shows

KKL I- Koerklasse I -Especially recommended for breeding

KKL II-  Koerklasse II -Suitable for breeding

V  -Vorzuglich -Excellent show or performance rating – dog must minimally have a SchH 1 title

VA – Vorzuglich-Auslese -Excellent Select show rating at Sieger show; highest award obtainable by a German show dog;  can only be awarded to an outstanding conformation dog with at least a SchH 2 title; typically awarded to 12-15 dogs and bitches each year

Want to see more titles? Go here. Also VDGS will be at the 2012 Sieger show. Will you?!