Category Archives: GSD Breeding

Ulysses “Lothar” vom Dortmunder in “The Brave”

We are very proud to pass on some news of one of our puppies! Ulysses “Lothar” vom Dortmunder was in a movie a few weeks ago. In the television movie series, “The Brave,” Lothar played the part of an Iranian Republican Guard’s bomb sniffing dog. With 120 other people, they were on set for twelve hours. They shot at night with no fences and an actor was the person appearing with Lothar.

Lothar’s owner was the production’s “animal wrangler” for the day. There was quite a bit of action (with gun fire.). People were actually lining up to pet the Lote.

Lothar is also trained and fully registered as a United States Service Animal. He goes to all his owner’s (an attorney) Civil Court Trials and Lothar can fly with his owner (in the seat next to him) to anywhere in the world.

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!


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?!


German Shepherd History

The following are sections from The official German Shepherd resource guide(ToGSrg). A nice compilation of information put together by a breed enthusiast.The additional links in the selected paragraph point to other nice articles put together by ToGSrg, feel free to follow them. We, of course, encourage you to do your own research into this fantastic breed but we liked the concise work on this site. Hopefully it will be a door for you dear readers and customers, into the wonderful world of the German Shepherd dog!

“The German Shepherd, also known as the Alsatian in England, is one of the most popular dogs for pet owners today. Its versatility – for the German Shepherd can be at once a fearsome, brave hunter and a loveable, mild-mannered companion – has made it a valuable breed of pet, known not only for its loyalty and strength but also for its keen intelligence and its capacity to form strong emotional attachments to its owner. The figure of the prototypical German Shepherd – with its sleek coat, pointed nose, and coffee-brown and black fur – is a relatively new one upon the world stage. While many dog breeds date back centuries or more, the German Shepherd as we know it today is the result of a concentrated effort to create the “ideal” shepherd dog – rooted in the nineteenth-century efforts of canine husbandry.”

“Originally bred as a work dog, the German Shepherd maintains many traits based in that original function – by and large, the German Shepherd is an excellent dog to have around; it is reliable, independent yet loyal, keenly intelligent, and perhaps most prominently, a hard worker – a dog that can be trusted to be a hardy family protector and a trustworthy companion all at once. That said, character depends a great deal on breeding. A German Shepherd obtained from “puppy mills” or from unethical or disreputable breeders may unfortunately be less pleasant in temperament than those that are bred lovingly with attention and care.”

Co-owned puppies still avilable.

Eletta (Voxi) is co-owned by Baerental German Shepherds and they love her as much as we do! There is a planned breeding for later this year with Voxi and a Baerental male so stay tuned.

Please visit their site for available puppies and get to know our partner breeders. Notice we are all small operations, with the health of our German Shepherds being the most important factor to us. We never breed for profit and it shows in the superior temperament and structure of our dogs.

“All of Baerental German Shepherds’ dogs are bred from the very best West German show lines. They are chosen for their soundness of character, willingness to please, and intelligence, as well as for their structure and health. They take correction well and enjoy all three phases of schutzhund work – tracking, obedience and protection. We’re committed to breeding dogs whose temperament and beauty allow them to perform in the show ring, in any dog sport, work as service dogs or detection dogs, and especially to be great family companions.

We also provide custom importing with references on request. Our 28 years of experience training and breeding German Shepherds, along with the experience of our German partners, gives us the background to help our clients reach whatever goals they have with their German Shepherd Dog.”