Each dog is to be subjected a temperament test by the Körmeister.
The examination of the dog’s character can be made during the
over-all breed survey. According to the Standard, the dog has stable
character, i.e., in particular he is impartial and unaffected,
self-assured, with firm nerves, and amiable and peaceful.
Gun sureness test
From a distance of at least 15 steps at least two shots are to be
fired from a starter’s pistol (6 mm or .22 calibre); the dog has to
behave indifferently (not bothered by it).
Protection [courage] test
To help in the protection phase
of trials the Körmeister is available as a teacher-assistant for the
Landesgruppe (SV region), and is at their disposal.
I. The attack
1. The handler reports with his accompanying dog to the Körmeister.
2. On order from the Körmeister the dog handler takes 30 steps from
a place marked as the starting position toward the hiding-place,
with his dog off leash.
3. The leash is draped around the handler or stuck in his pocket.
4. On command from the Körmeister the dog handler proceeds with his
off-lead, heeling dog in the direction of the hidden helper.
5. The dog should heel tightly.
6. On command from the Körmeister, the helper comes out of the blind
and undertakes an attack as if to drive off the dog handler and dog,
or he may initiate this himself if the dog or dog and handler are
found to be 5 steps from the hiding-place.
7. The dog must immediately, surely, and energetically fend off the
attack by applying a firm and full-mouth grip.
8. If the dog has grasped, it receives from the helper two blows
with a padded stick upon thighs, sides, or the area of the withers.
9. To support the dog’s defence against the attack, encouragement by
the dog handler is allowed.
10. Upon command from the Körmeister the helper discontinues the
attack and stands still quietly.
11. The dog then independently, or on the audible signal “Aus!”, has
to let go and hold the helper spellbound.
12 The dog handler is given the order from the Körmeister to
approach his dog.
13. He leashes his dog and receives the order from the Körmeister to
step into a certain hiding-place.
II. Defence of an attack from ambush
1. The handler is called out from
the hiding-place by the Körmeister and takes the assigned position
(on a centre line).
2. The dog is taken off-leash and firmly held by the collar.
3. The dog has to be held in this position, until it is later sent
with the audible command “Voran!” in the defence of the next attack.
4. The helper leaves his hiding-place upon a signal from the
Körmeister, and crosses, at a normal pace, to approximately 70 to 80
steps distance from the dog handler.
5. The dog handler yells at the helper to, for example, “Stay where
6. The helper disregards this warning, and commences a frontal
attack on the dog and handler.
7. As soon as this attack begins, the Körmeister immediately gives
the dog handler the signal for their defence.
8. The dog handler immediately sets his dog in action with the
audible signal “Voran!” and stands still.
9. The dog should very eagerly and energetically grab with a firm,
full, sure, and steady grip in order to avert the attack.
10. If the dog has bitten, the helper must give it a short pressing,
without blows, and on order of the Körmeister, discontinue the
11. Thereupon the dog has to let go independently and/or on the
audible signal “Aus!” and must hold the helper by threat.
12. Upon a signal from the Körmeister, the dog handler approaches
his dog at a normal pace and in a direct way, and attaches the
13. The dog handler heels his dog to the Körmeister, to report to
him before being allowed to leave the field.
III. Identity control
By the time of the departure, the
Körmeister must note the registered tattoo number
IV. The appraisal/evaluation
1. The release of the bite
1.1. After discontinuation of the
helper’s attack, the dog has to let go independently.
1.2. The dog handler can independently give the first voice command
“Aus!” after an appropriate time.
1.3. If the dog did not release after the first voice command, the
dog handler receives the order or signal from the Körmeister for up
to two further audible commands to let go of the sleeve.
1.4. When giving the command “Aus!”, the handler has to stand
steady, without otherwise directing the dog.
1.5. Should the name of the dog be used, that will be considered as
a separate command to release [let go of the sleeve].
1.6. If the dog independently lets go [“outs”] when being retrieved
by the handler, this also can be considered as a legitimate release.
The dog handler however must be at least five steps away from the
1.7. If the dog properly outs [releases] in the first attack, and
also in the attack from ambush, either independently or upon audible
signals, it receives the official notation of “lets out”.
1.8. If this “out” does not happen, even in only one case, the dog
does not receive the notation of “lets out”.
1.9 The Kör evaluation is not awarded or distributed at that time,
[but is kept by the Körmeister until later].
1.10. The Körmeister stays relatively close to the dog handler
during the entire courage test and closely observes the conduct of
dog and handler until the conclusion when the dog is picked up.
2. Appraisal of the
Triebveranlung, Selbstsicherheit und Belastbarkeit (TSB)
[drive, self-confidence and ability to handle stress]
2.1 The overall rating for the
courage test will be one of these graded evaluations: “pronounced”,
“sufficient”, or “ insufficient”.
Self-confident, very eager, purposeful, and sure grab with retention
of the grip; no negative reactions to the blows; close and attentive
watching in the guarding phase.
2.3 Sufficient (Present):
A little restraint [or less eagerness], e.g., in the
self-confidence, determination, the grip, and reaction to the stick,
as well as in the guarding phase.
Lacking in self-confidence, being very limited concerning ability to
handle stress, and/or lacking in focus on the helper.
Supplemental determinations for the courage test at the German
1. Two teacher-assistants from
the Landesgruppe (SV region) serve as helpers for the courage test
at the German Sieger Show, to be at the disposal of the Körmeister.
2. Announcement of the respective results is given over the
microphone directly after completion of each courage test.
3. Upon completion of the courage test the tattoo control number is
obtained by a judge authorized by the Körmeister. The judge will be
made available by the Landesgruppe having jurisdiction.