What is Schutzhund?
The purpose of Schutzhund is to demonstrate the dog’s intelligence and utility. It also measures the dog’s mental stability, endurance, structural efficiencies, ability to scent, willingness to work, courage and trainability.
This working sport offers an opportunity for dog owners to train their dog and compete with each other for recognition of both the handler’s ability to train, and the dog’s ability to perform as required. It is a sport enjoyed by persons of varied professions, who join together in camaraderie born of their common interest in working with their dogs. Persons of all ages and conditions of life, even those with significant disabilities enjoy Schutzhund as a sport. Often it is a family sport.
While Schutzhund originated as a test for breed standards for German Shepherd Dogs, there are many types of dogs participating in the sport.