The following translations of working titles and certifications are offered to help in understanding the pedigree elements. The paragraph on balanced drives is to help educate buyers who are not aware that there is a difference in the various bloodlines of the German Shepherd dog that is being bred today.
Balanced drives: (Equal prey and defense drives).
Show dogs generally have little or no prey or defense drives. They are bred mainly for conformation with extreme angulation and have lost most of their solid nerves. A majority of these dogs would be at a loss in a real situation. The show dogs in Europe must pass certain working qualifications but are still lacking in their working ability from a true working German Shepherd.
Sport dogs (Schutzhund/IPO, dogs that train and compete in repetitive type environments and routines) bred for high scoring points. Their performance in todays SchH/IPO ( different than the SchH of long ago that use to have a Herding requirement) is based on a very high prey drive with less defense drives. They are trained to perform the same routine and in the same type of environment with a reward of biting into the sleeve on the arm of the helper who is unknown to the dog. Some of these dogs may not protect their owner or territory against a treat in a real life situation. In realistic protection training the working dog should have equal prey and defense drives. The decoy is viewed by the dog as a threat or enemy, not the carrier of the sleeve. The equipment a decoy wears is for protection from the dog, not targeted by the dog or the purpose of the attack.
Working dogs Police Service Dogs and SAR (Search and Rescue Dogs). Dogs that are trained in some or all of the following; Tracking, Obedience, Protection, Detection. Dog that are trained, certified and expected to preform to certain standards in various real life situations on a daily basis, environments and scenarios are always different.
If you are looking for a versatile dog that can also live as a member of your family (as what the breed was originally intended for) you want a dog with balanced drives. This is the type of German Shepherds we strive to produce. Why put the value of your families life or your own in the care of anything else?
Pronounced courage and hardness: A personality trait used to describe a particular dog as used within the (1/P) breed survey. A dog who has in their character will when called upon defend his owners life, his own and his territory with bravery and courage.
Czech pedigree elements:
CKSP; Czech registration number.
SKSP; Slovakian registration number.
Barva srsti = Color; vlkoseda=sable, celocerna=black, cerna znaky= black & brown, hnede=light, tmave=dark. Sourozenci = Littermates.
0/0 left hip/right hip, highest/healthiest hip rating in Czech Republic.
1/1 left hip/right hip, next highest/healthiest hip rating in Czech Republic.
2/2 left hip/right hip, fair/borderline dysplasia hip rating in Czech Republic.
Rating given by top International Judges at the working exhibition show;
Vyborny; "V" or Excellent.
Velmi dobry; Very Good.
Dobry or dobra; Good.
Trida or tr.; Class, as in selected to the 1st class or 2nd Breed Class.
Chov; Champion as in breed class champion.
Dozivotne; Selected to a Breeding Class for life.
Bonitacni Karta; Breed Survey Card, a series of letters and numbers used to describe a particular dog in build and temperament.
Full Bonitacion; A dog who has been through a complete Breed Survey, Rated, and been selected to a Breed Class.
International working titles and certifications;
Mistr. CR; Czech Champion (Working).
Mistr. SR; Slovak Champion (Working).
UM; Participant in Czech Nationals.
UM CR; Czech National Champion.
UM SR; Slovak National Participant.
UMS FCI; National Participant for the World FCI team.
UMS WUSV; National Participant for the World WUSV team.
Kraj. vit.; Regional Show Champion.
vit. tr.; Czech Class Champion (Show).
ZP; Participant in Search & Rescue.
SP; Tracking Title.
UP; National Participant.
UPM; Completion of Search & Rescue.
SP/PS; actual working Border Patrol dog title.
SP-VB; Police examination title.
ZM; Basic minimum (All 3 phases just for young dogs).
ZMP; Similar to ZVV, also includes Article Search (ZMMP=1st level, ZMP2=Highest Level).
ZPS; Special Tracking title.
ZPO; Protection title (SPO=Slovak equivalent). More bite work than in SchH.
PO; Protection dog.
ZLP; Avalanche dog.
ZZP; Search & Rescue dog.
ZVV 1, 2, 3; Czech and Slovak (ZVV/SVV) title system is a utility dog system. More realistic and demanding on all levels as compared to SchH title. Only 3 to 5 dog's yearly attain the ZVV3 title. This title includes long, detailed tracking phases, full obedience and extensive protection on and off leash. SchH 1, 2, 3 A sport originated in Germany to evaluate a dog's ability in tracking, obedience, and protection. Three levels; 1 degree the most elementary, 3 degree the most advanced.
IPO 1, 2, 3; Similar to SchH according to international rules.
AKC Canine Good Citizen award recipient (CGC); test that ensures a dog can be a respected member of the community. Made up of 10 different tests, the dog must show good manners in a crowd, around a strange dog, separation with a stranger handling, basic obedience and reaction to distraction. Many countries us CGC programs. In some communities Police use the program for dealing with dog problems. Therapy dog groups use it as a screening tool. 4-H groups use it as a beginning dog training program for children.
AKC TD (tracking dog); open to dogs as young as 6 months. Dog must pass a certification track of a complexity equivalent to the TD test under an AKC judge, prior to entering an AKC licensed test. Tests a dogs ability to follow a track laid by a person under a variety of conditions on moderate terrain and to find an article dropped by that person at the end of the track. TD requirements;