The breed survey is the ultimate tool used for the selection of the German Shepherd Dog Breed, and it is essential for the preservation and advancement of the breed. Originally developed in Germany for domestic stock, the breed survey became the primary resource for breeding the German Shepherd Dog in 1922. In simple terms, German Shepherd Dogs require a certificate for reproduction.

This certificate is issued by our organization, which follows a specific procedure where the breed survey judge evaluates the dog’s temperament in various stimulus situations. The dog must always exhibit a friendly and self-confident character and maintain control, even in confrontation with its natural instincts.

After these tests, the dog’s measurements, weight, and anatomy in both standing and movement positions are analyzed. Based on the overall evaluation, the dog is awarded either Class I or Class II. Of course, not all dogs can achieve these certificates.

The requirements to enter a dog in the breed survey event are not easy to fulfill. The dog must be registered with our organization, completely healthy, at least 2 years old, pass an endurance test, receive a rating of at least “good” in a breed show, have obtained a performance title of SchH 1, and have certified hips. While these requirements may appear restrictive, they are necessary to select animals based on their temperament, performance, and anatomy to improve and advance the breed.

All data from each dog’s breed survey is saved at our office, and every year it is published in our Breed Survey Report Book. This comprehensive data serves as a resource pool for breeders to carefully plan their future breeding.