A Second Way to Obtain a Körung (KKL)

The New Alternative to Obtain a Körung

The alternate and easier path to a körung are as follows:
  1. Formal Certification:
    • Hips
    • Elbows
    • DNA
  2. ZAP 1 (Wesen test)
  3. Breeding Evaluation
  4. BH (Begleithund) not required
  5. AD (Ausdauerpruefung)
  6. ZAP2***, the dog will still have to pass three phases at one trial: tracking, obedience, and protection. However, it is a watered-down version of IGP (IPO).
  7.  Once the above requirements have been met you can submit your dog for a Körung and after passing the examinations your dog will obtain its Koerklasse designation (KKL).
***Dogs obtaining their KKL with this method (without IGP titles) are not eligible for the VA designation.

Breeding License

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?

  1. Formal Certification:
    • Hips (SV German A-Stamp)
    • Elbows (SV German A-Stamp)
    • DNA (blood DNA kept on file with the SV)
  2. ZAP 1 (Wesen test) Character assessment test between 9 to 13 months of age.
  3. Breeding Evaluation dog must be >12 months or older and receive a rating of “G” or higher. Also referred to as a “Show Rating.”
  4. BH (Begleithund) translates from German as Companion Dog. The BH is a combination of temperament and obedience tests, consisting of three parts – written test (for you), obedience, and the traffic portion (temperament). 
  5. AD (Ausdauerpruefung) is an endurance test. During the AD test, the dog trots next to the handler, who is riding on a bicycle, for a total of 12.5 miles (20 KM) at a pace of 7.7 to 9.5 MPH (12-15 KMPH). The test contains a 15 minute rest period at the 5-mile (8 KM) mark and another 15-minute break when the dog has completed 9.4 miles (15 KM). During the rest periods, the judge checks the dog for tender or worn pads, overall fatigue, or poor condition. The judge dismisses any dog that is not fit to continue. After completing the full distance, there is a 20 minute rest period followed by a short obedience routine.
  6. IGP (International Gebrauchshund Prufung) translated as International Working Dog). You may see the abbreviations of IPO or SchH on dogs pedigrees, which are former designations of this title. To earn and IGP title, you and your dog must successfully pass tests in three phases: tracking, obedience, and protection, all at one competition. There are three levels to the IGP 1, 2, 3, with each level increasing in difficulty.
  7.  You have successfully earned all the above, and now, you may present your dog to a Koermeister. A Koermeister is an SV judge with decades of experience in training, titling, raising, and breeding the German Shepherd Dog. 

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:

  • KKL1 or KKLa – recommended for breeding.
  • KKL2 or KKLb – suitable for breeding with some warnings.

Wesensüberprüfung ZAP1 and ZAP2

Wesensüberprüfung ages 9 – 13 months:

Highlight video from a ZAP Part One seminar:

You can now choose to the IGP(IPO) title or the ZAP Part-Two. To obtain your körung (KKL) or breeding-license, the ZAP Part-One is required if you decide to do the IGP(IPO) title or the ZAP Part-Two.

This new requirement applies to all dogs born after July 1, 2017.

ZAP Part-Two was developed by the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV), which can be done instead of the FCI title regulations (IGP/IPO). The ZAP working-section is divided into areas of nose-work, either tracking or searching. Also, obedience and defense exercises, which can be selected by the dog handler (I am looking for further clarification).

The ZAP test aims to maintain the breed’s versatility and the existing working-dog characteristics and to promote it in a targeted manner.

The following video is from the SV of ZAP Part-Two. IN the meantime we are waiting for an English translation:

New TDX Title for Ilea!

New TDX Title for Ilea!

Congratulations to Keith Michaels and Alta-Tollhaus Ilea on achieving the AKC TDX tracking title! Keith and Ilea earned the Tracking-dog-excellent title in Lansing Michigan at a tracking event held by the Capital Area Dog Training Club. Ilea is 9-years-old and out of the I-litter Ricco x Allie. Allie was one of my all-time favorite girls, it really makes my heart happy to hear about her kids. Getting this difficult title at 9-years is extra special, she doesn’t look her age, does she?

Tracking titles are never an easy title to achieve requiring time and dedication of the human and motivation of the dog. we are so proud of both of you!