Do you need a license to breed dogs or, more specifically, German Shepherd Dogs?
Legally, no. Ethically, yes.
There is a “breeding license” program in place for the German Shepherd Dog. It is called a körung* (Koerung) designated by KKL (Koerklasse) after the dog’s name. Meaning this dog has earned its körung, also commonly referred to by English speakers as a breed survey. The körung is a breeding license as defined by the World Federation of German Shepherd Clubs (WUSV), whose purpose is to preserve the core values and integrity of the German Shepherd Dog.
What do you have to do to have these three simple letters behind your dog’s name?
Congratulations, you now have a license to breed your German Shepherd Dog!!
*Previously there were two classifications for the körung. KKL1 and KKL2 or KKLa or KKLb. with the a, b, 1, or 2 – this may still be seen on older dogs in a pedigree. The designation is as follows: