Schutzhund (German for “protection dog”) is a dog sport that was developed in Germany in the early 1900s as a breed suitability test for the German Shepherd Dog, to determine if a dog displayed the appropriate traits and characteristics of a proper working German Shepherd Dog. Today, it is a sport where many breeds other than German Shepherd Dogs can compete. It is a demanding test for any dog. It has had several different names, and rather than try to keep up with future changes we will use the original name, Schutzhund. It is also often called “IPO” (roughly, international working dog test).
Schutzhund tests dogs for a strong desire to work, courage, intelligence, trainability, a strong bond with the handler, perseverance, and protective instinct. It also tests for physical traits such as strength, endurance, agility, and scenting ability. The sport’s goal is to reveal character and ability of a dog through training. Schutzhund is a challenging test of a dog’s character, and not every dog is up to the challenge. Even breeds common in the sport have individuals that do not have the necessary drives or physical characteristics.
Our Schutzhund Tee represents the sports history. The year 1901 reflects the first official trial. Since there was a few sources quoting different years as to when Schutzhund came into being, we deiced to pinpoint the first trial.
The country of origin, year founded or first trial, and the sport titles can be found on the tee as well. We hope you like it as much as we do.
If you would like to learn more about Schutzhund check out the link.
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