Working or Show Bloodline Pedigree?
The term "working dog" used to describe a dog that was trained to do something useful, such as police or rescue, or herding work. Nowadays, it denotes the opposite to show, and is used in conjunction with bloodlines. A dog from "working bloodlines" has high trainability, good nerves, courage, firm temperament, good disposition, reliability and high intelligence. A dog from "show bloodlines" has a very pleasing appearance, similar to that of the "Siegers" of the last few years. But please be aware that German show shepherds can no longer be compared in any way with American show shepherds, because they have been bred to two very different breed standards, making them two different breeds with the same name.
Dogs with Schutzhund titles exported
Since the grand victor in both of those events is called a ďSiegerĒ, most references made to ďSiegersĒ are usually German show winners, and only 1 out of 15 is a trial (working) sieger.
It all boils down to the fact that most dogs imported from Germany with Schutzhund titles are not necessarily working GSDs, but most likely German show champions.
The difference between a German "show" or
"working" GSD can not be determined by itís titles, but by itís
bloodlines (the ancestors in its
If the majority of ancestors in a given pedigree are known for repeated high achievements in trials or for having produced many offspring that achieved high trial results, then you are looking at a pedigree of a working dog. If most of the ancestors in a pedigree have high show ratings and are noted for repeated high show achievements, you are looking at a show dog pedigree. If you donít know bloodlines, you may get a hint from the titles in a pedigree. All males, regardless if show or working, usually have a SchH 3 title, females usually a SchH 1. However, if several of the females have a SchH 2 or 3, it may be an indication of a working pedigree. The best pedigrees are those with a "well balanced proportion" of show and working bloodlines, as 100% either way can be too extreme and is being discouraged by the SV.