What is Schutzhund?

Schutzhund was developed in Germany in the early 1900's as a breed suitability test for the German Shepherd Dog. It was designed to test the natural instincts of the breed and to weed out the dogs that were either unstable or untrainable. This helped ensure that breeding stock would pass on the most desirable traits to working dogs such as police dogs and military dogs in addition to search and rescue dogs.

Over the past century, Schutzhund has remained a breed test but has evolved into a sport that can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life and includes new dog owners to seasoned competitors. In many countries, Schutzhund titles are still considered prerequisites for breeding rights and in some countries, Schutzhund is called the "Versatility Test for Working Dogs".

It offers an opportunity for dog owners to compete with each other for recognition of both the handler's ability to train and the dog's ability to perform as required. Persons of all ages and even those with disabilities are able to participate and enjoy the sport. Often, it is a family hobby.


Enka Vom Spitzenhund BH, AD, IPO3, TR1, KKL
Handled, owned and trained by Rene Gelsomino
©K.L.Watson Photography

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