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We often hear "Champion dog" or "Champion lines" or other ways to add value to a dog/puppy. One must always ask: A Champion of What? What kind of Championship?
There are MANY different titles a dog can earn under different rules and in different rings. The most prestigious and most important title that matters in a German Shepherd Show Dog World is a Conformation title earned at BSZS - the main Show in a German Shepherd Dog World.
BSZS - Bundessieger-Zuchtschau (Ger.)
World Championship - a yearly international championship of the German Shepherd Dog held in Germany (German Sieger Show).
Thousand of dogs travel to Germany every year to participate and not every dog has a right to be entered. It is a dream for many breeders to bring their dog to BSZS and for some it is a goal of a lifetime to win.
Like every GSD Show, there are different classes a dog can participate. BSZS classes are:
JKL - youth class 12-18 months; Highest grading is SG (Very Good) JHKL - young adults 18-24 months; Highest grading SG (Very Good) GHKL - adult Working Dog 24+ months with a working title SchH; Highest grading VA (Excellent Select)
Every year just several dogs earn VA rating at BSZS and only one dog will be placed first and will earn - VA1 - the highest grade a GSD can receive. This is what the GSD show world calls a "WORLD CHAMPION".
Only exceptional dogs were able to receive VA1 more than once. They have since become legends.