What do the letters and numbers mean that are attached to the beginning and/or end of a dog’s pedigree?

Posted below are a few examples of what these German titles and rankings mean:

Siegerin = Same as for Sieger but applies to the females in each class.
Angekoert: Breed Surveyed (recommended for breeding)
Koerklasse 1: (Kkl 1) Especially recommended for breeding
Koerklasse 2: (Kkl 2) Suitable for breeding. Dog may have a structural or protection work fault which could be compensated for by bloodlines or working qualities. May be resurveyed and reclassified at a later date.

(*) = This symbol before a dog’s name means it has been surveyed and approved for breeding.
“a” = Dog’s hips have been x-rayed and certified acceptable. Required for Breed Survey.

V = (Vorzüglich) Excellent
SG = (Sehr Gut) Very Good
G = (Gut) Good
A = (Ausreichend) Sufficient
M = (Mangelhaft) Faulty
O = (Zero) Failed
U = Unsatisfactory

CACIB = a European International Champion
BH = (Begleitungshund) Temperament and obedience examination to qualify for Schutzhund titles. This must be completed before competing for SchH1.
SchH = (Schutzhund) This test combines the disciplines of obedience protection, and
tracking. The titles 1, 2, and 3 denote how advanced the training tests were. Dog must have at least a SchH1 or IPO1 to be Breed Surveyed (Koering or Körung).
IPO = (International Prüfung) comparable to a Schutzhund degree.
AD = (Ausdauerpruefung) The dogs passed an endurance test by gaiting approximately six miles per hour for about nine miles with a ten-minute rest halfway, and a simple Obedience Test at the end. The dog is given a simple physical examination after the test. A requirement for the Breed Survey.
HGH = (Herdengebrauchshund) Herding Dog
PH = (Polizei Hund) Police Dog
FH = (Fährten Hund) Tracking Dog
LG = Landesgruppen (Regional) Show. There are approximately 1500 German Shepherd Dog clubs in Germany and these are under the jurisdiction of the 15 Landesgruppen clubs. The LG Shows are larger than the local shows and the judging and rating requirements are stricter. Landesgruppen Sieger and Siegerin titles are awarded.
VA = (Vorzüglich Auslese) Excellent Select title that is only awarded at the Annual Sieger Show Select Class.

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