What is IPO, SchH, IGP, VPG working titles

Schutzhund brief history

Schutzhund is intended to demonstrate the dog’s intelligence and utility. As a working trial, Schutzhund measures the dog’s mental stability, endurance, structural efficiencies, ability to scent, willingness to work, courage, and trainability. The Germans call it "hundesport", translates to “dog sport”. Schutzhund was originally started with the German Shepherd dog in Germany. The object was to assess the working ability of the German shepherd, the herding dog. Sheep herding was declining so von Stephanitz, whom is the master of the driving force behind the German Shepherd. He originated schutzhund as a sport and to evaluate the working ability of the dog.

Schutzhund is the representation of the character and quality of a dog as a superior breeding stock. The complicatedness of the schutzhund trial and adversity of the sport would surely determine the much superior dog whom is physically or temperamentally suited to complete the title of Schutzhund. The working dog.

The first Schutzhund trial was held in Germany in 1901. These steps were taken to point out the correct working temperament and ability in the German Shepherd breed. SV (Germany), the parent club of the breed, developed the Schutzhund trial as a way of improving and maintaining a reliable dog with the intention that would be suitable for breeding.

What is schutzhund, (protection dog)

What Schutzhund (SCHH), IGP, IPO & VPG? The Germans call it "hundesport", dog sport. For generations, people from around the World have been drawn into this unique idea of participating in an active sport with a dog. Schutzhund is a German word translates as "protection dog", however, the truth is, it is a sport that mainly focuses on developing and evaluating those unique traits in dogs that make them more functional and happier companions to their owners. It also builds a positive character and confident in the dog.

Schutzhund is a dog training and breeding sport developed originally in the 1920's by the Deutsches Shaeferhund Verein (German Shepherd Dog Club in Germany), or SV, in order to maintain the working ability and the quality of the breed. Schutzhund means literally "protection dog", the training involves work equally in tracking, obedience and protection. In order to get a Schutzhund degree a dog must pass all three phases of the work. Also, a working title (at least a SchH I) is required for breed survey purposes (by a breed warden) in order to register an approved "correctly bred" litter.

There are three major degrees awarded - SchH I, SchH II, and SchH III. Each level being more difficult to achieve. SchH I (IPO I) is the apprentice test. A SchH III dog must validate a superior level of performance, ability and courage.


The special and unique traits that make a good Schutzhund dog are mostly inherent characteristics that must be bred. Even among dogs bred out of Schutzhund litters, only few have the ability to reach SchH I. A small percentage will have the necessary drive, intelligence and mostly the desire to achieve a title of SchH III.

Breeding a schutzhund puppy is not sufficient if the early development is not handled correctly. A young schutzhund puppy should not be handled with a firm corrections. It is equally important that he/she should never be dominated by another dog. The training and play should have a positive ending with results equally satisfying both to the dog and the trainer/owner.

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