USA Sieger Show

Sieger Show


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“USA Sieger Show”

Since the Germans registered the first Deutscher Schaferhund or German shepherd in 1899, the most impressive feature of the breed has been its working abilities. Therefore, the structure of the sieger show competition is based on showcasing the breed’s athletic abilities and stature. There are three main sieger shows that take place worldwide. They are the German Sieger Show, which is considered by some as the most impressive, the North American Sieger Show (NASS) and the USA Sieger Show. To highlight what occurs during a typical sieger show, consider the following example describing what takes place during the USA version:

The USA Sieger Show

USA Sieger Show details

The USA sieger show event lasts three days and is a contest between registered German shepherds. It is open to only German shepherds who are recorded in the USA Breed Registry or other FCI recognized breed registries. When entering a dog in the USA Sieger Show, entrants must submit proper pedigree and registration papers for the dog during the check-in process. Training titles that are accepted are the HGH, DPO, IP, SchH and any others considered acceptable by the Breed Advisory Committee to be admitted to compete in the USA sieger show.


The following is a breakdown showing how the dogs are classified:

Baby puppy class:Dogs from 4 to 6 months old are judged in the baby puppy class.

Junior puppy class:Dogs from 6 to 9 months old are judged in the junior puppy class.

Senior puppy class: Dogs from 9 to 12 months old are judged in the senior puppy class.

USA Sieger Show
“Pepsi vom Kirschental prepping for future sieger shows”

Each dog judged in the USA sieger show puppy class is given one of the following ratings:

  • Less promising (LP).

  • Promising (P).

  • Very promising (VP).


USA Sieger show Adult dog class:
Dogs over 24 months old without a working title will be judged under the adult dog classification. Each dog is given one of the following ratings:


  • Insufficient (M).

  • Sufficient (A).

  • Good (G).

  • Very good (SG).


The above dog classifications will all be judged during the first day of the sieger show competition. Some contests have eliminated the adult dog class altogether.

The next classifications will be judged on the sieger show event’s second day, they are as follows:

Youth classes:
Dogs from 12 to 18 months old fall in the youth class.

Young dog classes:
Dogs from 18 to 24 months old fall in the young dog class.

Dogs in the youth and young dog classes are each given one of the following ratings:


  • Insufficient (M).

  • Sufficient (A).

  • Good (G).

  • Very good (SG).


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“Sieger show trophies”

Next in the sieger show competition, come the working dogs that are judged on their performance during the second day of the event following the youth and young dog classes. The classifications for this class are as follows:

Working dog classes at the USA sieger show:
Dogs over 24 months old with a working title are judged in this category. Each dog is given one of the following ratings:


  • Insufficient (M).

  • Sufficient (A).

  • Good (G).

  • Very good (SG).

  • Excellent (V).

  • Excellent-select (VA).


USA Sieger show performance and evaluation tests:

All canines within the working class must participate in the Sieger Show Performance Test. There are two aspects to this test. The first is judging the attack on the handler and the second is the pursuit and courage test. Each dog has three tries to successfully perform each exercise. Each attack must reach a predetermined distance from the blind to pass. This distance is noted as 20 feet. The attack will take place when the dog is between 10 and 15 feet from the blind. The distance from the blind to the starting point is over 60 feet.

Judges will evaluate the grip work of each dog as laid out in the USA’s Schutzhund Rule Book. The rule book states that each dog should counter the attack securely and energetically. When a dog has lacking self-confidence in grip work, they are considered sufficient in courage.

The out should show the dog is clearly off the sleeve and is moving into the guarding phase. The only permitted command is one word representing out. It can be any word that means out to that dog such as aus. The commands to sit or down are not permitted during this part of the competition.

Working dogs
“Working dog sieger show”

After the attack, the handler should leash their dog without physical restraint. For example, no physically grabbing the dog to prevent re-grip. If a dog must be physically removed from the sleeve, they will be disqualified. Once the dog is on the lead, the exercise is completed.

During the pursuit or long grip, the dog can be held by the collar but not physically or verbally encouraged. The handler releases the dog when signaled by the judge. Each grip work and out will be evaluated similarly to the attack on the handler.

Dogs that do not demonstrate a correct performance test are ineligible for the excellent-select (VA) rating. The (VA) rating is the highest attainable award at teh sieger show and one the competitors strive for. Dogs that continue to bump or regrip post out will be placed at the end of their conformation rating. Dogs that do not perform the free heeling exercise within three attempts, do not perform the out or received evaluations of sufficient or insufficient will be permitted from continuing in the competition.

After the performance test, all dogs receive the evaluation pronounced and are then given a standing examination. During the standing examination the following attributes are noted:

The stand at the sieger show

Judges look for the correct and proper structure, anatomy and character of each dog. A gun sensitivity steadiness test is given to all age groups excluding the puppy classes. After this is completed, the dogs take part in a gaiting test. This showcases the muscles and bones and allows judges to determine if they work correctly and move in a certain rhythm. Strength, endurance and liveliness are all evaluated during this aspect of the test.

For examples of trophies, titles and prizes awarded during the USA sieger show:

Cash prizes awarded by the USA Sieger Show range in value from $50 to $250. Titles and trophies include the highest placing American breed, high performance male and first place trophies for male and female dogs representing every age group. However, more than any prize or trophy, the honor of winning a title in a sieger show is the most sought after award for any German shepherd owner or breeder.

The sieger shows exist to ensure the German shepherd breed is well-respected and highly valued. Each type of show has its own unique set of rules, regulations, qualifications and titles. Therefore, it is important to check the standards on a regular basis to stay abreast of any changing requirements. However, the long history of the great German shepherd breed has not altered much throughout the years. To learn more about the rich and interesting history of the German shepherd dog in addition to sieger show details visit German shepherd dog History .

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