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.

DDR Wertmessziffer System

The DDR Rating System for dogs. In the old East Germany the Schutzhund and working dogs were rated by the Wertmessziffer system. In English Wertmessziffer means “measured value number”. This system was quick and easy to understand for breeders/buyers wanting to get a look into the conformation and temperament of any dog that had been evaluated and rated. Dogs breed surveyed in the DDR were assigned a series of numbers used to describe the dog’s physical and mental charcteristics. Have you ever wondered what the series of 6 numbers actually mean? The following table is a translation of the system (no guarantees) so you may decipher any dog’s körung. An ideal schutzhund or working dog’s Körung would read 5555/55. A dog rated from ***3/33 to ***7/33 may still be useful as a police or military dog.

As an example, a dog with a Wertmessziffer rating of 6545/55 would be a powerfully built dog with ideal constitution, good angulation. It would be be relaxed and friendly yet very hard when provoked. It’s courage and sharpness would be very good.

WRS

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.

DDR Wertmessziffer Rating System

For example, a dog with a 6545/55 rating would be powerfully built with ideal constitution and good angulations. It would be an even tempered, good natured dog, yet very hard against influence. As reflected in the last two digits after the slash, hardness and sharpness would be very good. It refers to a dog’s inherent stimulation threshold and desire to pursue and attack. It does not imply “nervy”, fearful, flighty responses. 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.

You may have come across the expressions “no line 13”, or Line 5-A, etc. In the old DDR, certain much-used foundation dogs’ bloodlines (Zucthlinien) were given a corresponding number, sometimes seen on a pedigree as ZL:XIII-A (13-A) or ZL:XII (12) etc, When another dog in future generations became a very proponent sire, he was given his own corresponding number, and so on.

Their offspring carried the sire line’s number (never the dam’s). By learning a little about the bloodlines, and by knowing who the key sires were, you can glean a great deal of information about the dogs in their background, just by knowing the ZL#. More on Zucthlinien Here. Today’s “DDR dogs” originate from these lines.