- Statement of Intent
(Rivergreen) "Breeding" means
an attempt to improve, because if there is no improvement, then
it is merely `propagation' or the multiplying of dogs. By breeding
we can improve, for example, joint soundness, the quality of "drive," the
pigment and colour, the secondary sex characteristics, and so
on. Our ultimate goal with Rivergreen dogs is TO GET IT ALL TOGETHER!
Our goal with our Rivergreen
German Shepherds is to produce the type of dog that anybody,
even the beginner without any great experience, skills or tricks,
can train and trial. In the hands of an expert, whether in the
area of drugs, avalanche rescue, herding, or protection - is
capable of top performance. If we follow this goal and continue
to strive for it, we will have sufficient dogs who, in the hands
of the appropriate handlers, can attain peak performances.
(Paraphrased from `Why
is Breeding to the Standard Important for Performance" ,
Erich Orschler, Breed Warden of Bavarian North Breed Group, May,
1998 and translated for the publication `Shepherd SportsSpring,
2000' by Irene Klotz.)
Der Verein fur Deutsche
The founding registry
of the German Shepherd. Established In 1899 and led by former
cavalry captain, Max von Stephanitz, the SV was born, and so
too was the German Shepherd. "Horand v. Gafrath" acquired
by Max from the Sparwasser kennel was to be the very first dog
entered into this new breed registry. The rest is history.
Since that historical
day in 1899, the SV has gone to great lengths to insure the integrity
of the breed. Von Stephanitz had created an organization - the
SV - for the development of his beloved breed over which he exercised
absolute authority, for he knew that the weakness of man's nature
must not be allowed to stand in the way of progress. For this
reason, several requirements for breeding were established over
- BH test. This is
the first rung on the ladder to achieving the rights for breeding.
This test could be described as a test of character, temperament
and control in a urban environment. The BH is seen by the SV
as the starting point for the career of any German Shepherd,
whatever form it may take.
- "a" stamp.
Evaluation for possession of suitable hips.
- AD test. This is
a test of endurance that includes a twelve mile run.
- Schutzhund. A working
test for obedience, agility, tracking and protection.
- Show ranking. This
has become an integral part of breed improvement.
- Korung ( breed survey
). The final step in achieving breeding status for the German
Shepherd is the Korung. This is an evaluation by a Kormeister
(Breed Master) of the complete German Shepherd dog against
the standard in respect to temperament, conformation and functional
ability. Dogs recommended for breeding are admitted Into KKLI,
and those suitable for breeding are admitted into KKL2. Those
not passing the Korung may not be used for breeding.
one can see, the Germans, through the SV are very proud of their
breed. By establishing such requirements for breeding, they have
assured themselves of the......... Total German Shepherd.
If your not Purchasing
an SV German Shepherd.......do you really know what your getting?????
For more information
about the SV and the German Shepherd read "The Essential
German Shepherd" by Roy and Clarissa Allan