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Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Only one component of the breed survey is anywhere near to being the same as the AKC breed ring and that is the dogs are gaited and stacked for evaluation of structure. That's about where it ends.
Getting dogs breed surveyed in the USA is a bit more difficult than in Germany because of the size of our country and fewer surveys are offered. A dog must have a conformation rating of at least G (good), the hips/elbows must be certified, they must have either an IPO/SchH1 with a protection score of at least 80 (at least for a survey with USCA) or an HGH (herding) title, and have passed the AD. The survey must be done under a Körmeister and not a regular working or conformation judge (though most conformation judges are also survey masters).
For the survey the dog is measured (height, chest depth and circumference) and weighed. A very detailed evaluation of the structure and movement is taken (and later written down and given to the owner along with recommendations for improvement or, if the dog is exceptional in some area, what the dog can be used for in improving other dogs), the pedigree is evaluated (with breeding recommendations given), gun sureness is tested plus there is a "performance" test. The performance test involves, when done correctly, the dog handler team heeling towards a blind, an attack on the dog/handler out of the blind with a drive and stick hits, an out and guard, heeling down field (though the dog can be on leash), a courage test (long bite), catch and drive, out and guard. The dog is evaluated for their ability to withstand pressure and stress (used to be hardness, courage and fighting drive) and if they out.
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Vala SchH3 AWD1 FH2 CGC B/HOT, SG1 Deja IPO3 AWD1 KKL1 B/HOT, SG Elena IPO1 KKL CGC B/HOT, LB (the ugly little sable) BH AD B/HOT, Donovan IPO1 TR2 AD, and gone but not forgotten, Nike SchH1 OB1 TR3 AD CGC HOT, Treue SchH3 CD CGC HOT