Rittmeister Captain Max Von Stephanitz.

"Take this trouble for me: Make sure my shepherd dog remains
a working dog, for I have struggled all my life long for that aim."

Rittmeister Captain Max Von Stephanitz.

"Utility is the true criterion of beauty."
Rittmeister Captain Max Von Stephanitz.

V. Don Vom Rolandsteich SCH2 FH2 KKL1

At the end of WWII, in 1949, Germany became divided politically, socially and economically. As of October 7, 1949 the DDR ( Deutsch Demokratik Republic) / East Germany was a fact and became isolated, and so to did its dogs. These dogs began to follow a different path than the dogs of west Germany. East Germany and East Berlin remained under communist control until the historic events of 1989 and 1990, ending with the bringing down of the Berlin Wall and the final repatriation of East Germany. Of particular interest to us is the history of the German shepherd dog in the DDR

The SDG ( Sektion Dienst und Gebrauchhundewesen) was principally concerned with the registration and trialing of working dogs. Breeding was designed to provide dogs for the military, police, border patrol and customs. Breeding was aimed at producing temperament-filled dogs with strong character, good sharpness and drive. They sought to breed only healthy, useable dogs with strong builds that were free of genetic problems. Under the SDG no dog received his / her registration papers until being evaluated as a young adult at the Nachwuchs Beurteiling before the age of one year. The owners of bitches had to appear for evaluation at these evaluations with all of her progeny from that litter.

Dogs between one and two years old were evaluated at the ZTP (Zucht Tauchlichkeits Pruefung). Dogs over two years of age were evaluated at the Koerung. At evaluations the Wertmessziffern system was used to rate individual dogs using a six digit system. The first three digits dealt with the anatomy of the dog, while the last three digits related to the temperament and nervous system.

Only dogs that passed rigorous evaluations were permitted to reproduce. This information was organized according to sires and dams and published periodically as a tool for breeders. This provided an exceptional tool for the improvement of the breed. Mainly service dogs developed.

We believe that the ideal dog would be one with a korung of 6654/55. This would be a dog that was powerful, robust and substantial, with excellent conformation and lines. The dog would be sharp and aggressive, exhibiting very good fight drive and hardness.

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