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East German Shepherd Dog Bloodlines Resources

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The ultimate historical reference for everyone seeking a full understanding of the origins of the German Shepherd Dog and its breed standard by Capt. Max von Stephanitz, founder of the German Shepherd Dog breed.
The German Shepherd bible


DDR Wertmessziffer Rating System


In the old East Germany (DDR) the physical, drive, and mental characteristics and traits of Schutzhund and working dogs were rated by the Wertmessziffer system. In English Wertmessziffer means "measured value number." Breeders and buyers depended on this 6-digit rating system to provide a comprehensive and reliable method for easily determining the characteristics of each evaluated and rated dog.

Additional information about the Wertmessziffer system and associated ratings: