About the Sport
Shutzhund is german for “Protection Dog” and was used to determine if German Shepherds were suitable working dogs. It was created for German Shepherds but there are many other breeds of dogs who have achieved great success. The dogs which do well in Schutzhund will often do well as police dogs, search and rescue, specific odor detection and more. The traits required for a dog to perform well include a strong desire to work, courage, intelligence, trainability, a strong bond with the handler, perseverance, a protective instinct, and a great sense of smell.
There are 3 phases, which are tracking, obedience, and protection.