I know that G is good, SG is very good, V is excellent, etc. And I know that in order to earn those ratings, a dog must be breed surveyed by an authorized judge. (breed warden?) But my question is this: if a dog goes to one show when he's 6 months old and earns an SG or V or whatever, is that rating his for life? Does it need to be renewed? Also, I'm under the impression that in order to earn a VA, the dog has to do more than have his conformation checked. Am I right? I know they do protection at the Sieger, how does that play into a dog's breed survey? Isn't there also something where they look at a dog's offspring?
VP is the highest rating a dog can earn 3mos - 1 year. SG is the highest rating a dog can earn 1 year - 2 years + title. The ratings are not really meant to be "for life", that would be the purpose of a breed survey. I suppose if the dog only ever does a VP you can use that title for life, but it does indicate it was earned before 1 year of age.
In order to go VA, the dog needs to be titled, hips and elbows certified, generally show progeny (or show under a judge that is already familiar with the dog and progeny), and have at least to generations of titled and breed survey'd parents.
The bitework test is only done at national level shows, which is also the only time VA ratings are awarded, but the bitework itself does not factor into the rating other than the dog must pass in order to move on to stand for exam.
The breed survey is separate, but one of the pre-req's is that the dog have one show card of G or better (G, SG, V, VA). The breed survey dogs do the same bitework test you'd see at a Sieger show, then stand for exam where they are examined closely by the judge, then move around the ring like in a show, but they are not being placed in any order, just having conformation evaluated.
If a dog earns a VP at 6 months it doesn't need to be "renewed" but he will have to show again if he wants to obtain a breed survey.
I want to breed survey Pan. He has an SG rating and a dental notation from an SV judge. We still need the BH, SchH1 (minimum), AD, and hip/elbow ratings.