International Working Title Designations

SchHA Novice Schutzhund obedience and protection
Bh Basic companion dog - traffic sureness
WH Watch Dog
AD Endurance
SchH1 Novice Schutzhund qualification in tracking, obedience, and protection
SchH2 Intermediate Schutzhund qualification in tracking, obedience, and protection
SchH3 Masters level of Schutzhund tracking, obedience, and protection.
FH1 Advanced tracking
FH2 Superior tracking qualification.
IPO1 International Novice Schutzhund trial qualification.
IPO2 International Intermediate Schutzhund.
IPO3 International Masters level Schutzhund.
BpDH1 & 2 Railroad Police Dog
BIH Blind Leader Dog
DH1-2 Diensthund - German Police Dog trial. DH1 is equivalent to SchH2; DH2 is equivalent to SchH3
DPH Dienstpolizeihund - Service Police Dog
HGH Herding Dog
LwH Avalanche Dog
MH2 Melde Hund - Army Messenger Dog
PFP1 & PFP2 Police Tracking Dog
PH Polizeihund - Police Dog (obtained through the Danish Politihundeforeningen, a police dog association open to civilians)
PSP1, 2 & 3 Police Guard Dog
RCI1, 2, 3 Le Rčglement de Concours International - 3-phase tracking, obedience, and protection title recognized by FCI (much like SchH1, 2, 3)
RtH Rescue Dog
SH Sanitatshund - Red Cross Dog
SuchH Suchhund der Polizei - Police Tracking Dog
ZFH Customs Tracking Dog
ZH1, 2 & 3 German Customs and Border Control K9 Dog. ZH1 tracking and obedience is equivalent to SchH2, with practical protection exercises. ZH2 is a trial for practical protection, with 10 different exercises, with tracking and obedience phases equivalent to SchH3.
ZPR Zuchtpreufung - Recommended for Breeding
Africa IWT 1, 2, &3
Austria SchH1, 2 & 3 and FHA 1, 2, & 3
Belgium Cereco1, IWR1, 2 & 3 equivalent to IPO1, 2 & 3
Czech Republic ZVV1, 2 & 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 & 3
Denmark BHP1, 2 & 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 & 3 and SPH equivalent to FH
England PD (Police Dog)
Finland SK1 equivalent to IPO1
Holland VH1, 2 & 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 & 3 and SPH equivalent to FH
Hungary SZL1, 2 & 3 also ZVV1, 2 & 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 & 3
Italy Brevetto 1, 2 & 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 & 3
Poland ZVV1, 2 & 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 & 3
Switzerland SchH, SchHB, SchHC; CHD1 equivalent to SchH1
Yugoslavia CAB1, 2 & 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 & 3

A Summary of Schutzhund

What Is Schutzhund?

Copyright 1998-- by Moc Klinkam; All Rights Reserved

Schutzhund (pronounced "SHUTS-hund," where the "u" sounds just like "book") is a German word meaning "protection dog". It was first developed in Germany at the turn of the century as a comprehensive test of the German Shepherd Dog to evaluate its suitability for breeding as a working dog.

Find more information about German Shepherd Schutzhund sport.

Nationwide Events

With hundreds of Schutzhund clubs across the United States, you can usually find one near you. Just about any time of year you will have the opportunity to observe an exciting Schutzhund trial or the natural drama of watching a German Shepherd Dog tending the flock at a herding trial.

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