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I have some questions that hopefully you can help me with. First off, what technically makes a GSD a pedigree? What does it take? Does it just have to be registered through the AKC? Does it have to be pr oven as a Schutzhund?
The GSD isn't a pedigree, a pedigree is a family tree for dogs, tracing their ancestors. :) (mother, father, maternal & paternal grandparents etc.)

Any dog can have a written pedigree if the owner has the information to create one, but they're usually used as a source of reference for breeders. The pedigree, if the dogs are registered with the AKC, SV or other reputable organizations helps to verify that the dogs are purebred.
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