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DV REGULATIONS FOR THE ZUCHTTAUGLICHKEITSPRÜFUNG (ZTP) (BREED SUITABILITY TEST)

The ZTP Regulations have been revisited and modified. This was necessary because over the years too many revisions and modifications by way of addenda came into existence, rendering the regulations in their present form rather unclear. Furthermore, these updated regulations should provide participants and organisers alike with a uniform reference document.
Preamble As from 01.03.2011 a blood sample will be taken from every participating dog at every ZTP in Germany as well as in foreign countries, in order to establish a DNA-based identity profile. The officiating judge has to be reimbursed at the ZTP for the costs involved. If the DNA analysis does not confirm the identity of the dog, then the ZTP will be declared void with immediate effect. The imposition of a possible penalty will be decided by the Presidium. The blood sample can only be obtained by the officiating judge who is also responsible for the correct procurement of the DNA sample and for the 'error free' recording of all relevant data including the forwarding of the samples to the DV approved institute within 2 days.

Revision as of October, 2011:
DNA identity profiles from other institutes or from foreign countries can no longer be recognised. Assessments carried out up until now have shown that the ISAG-2006 Method currently in use is not sufficiently adequate to establish, without doubt, the descent for the Dobermann Breed. Since October, 2011, therefore, the DV has changed to a set assembled by ‘Generatio’. This marker set ensures a reliable safeguard of the pedigree.

INDEX:

Purpose of the Breed Suitability Test 2
I - Conduct / Event Registration / Licencing 2
II - Breed Judge 2
III - Test Manager 2
IV - Assailant 3
V - Participants 3
VI - Dogs from Foreign Countries 3
VII - ZTP in Foreign Countries 4
VIII - Starter-ZTP 4
IX - Breed Permission 5
X - Test Procedure (guidelines and regulations for the practical conduct of the ZTP) and 5
Character Grading
XI - General

I. Conduct / Event Registration / Licencing

1) Breed Suitability Tests (ZTP) are events in their own right and cannot be held in direct (on the same
day) conjunction with Breed Shows or IPO/SchH. A ZTP can only be held on a Saturday/Sunday and/or
on a public holiday. An Endurance Test (ADPr) can take place on the same day subject to permission by
the officiating Breed judge, whose agreement must be obtained in writing prior to event registration.
2) Should a Breed Show take place on the day following the ZTP, then all participants in the ZTP and in
the Breed Show will receive their gradings and documentation (provided that all requirements under
Point V have been met) at the conclusion of the Breed Show.
3) Only applicable to Germany (provincial subdivisions of the Verein authorised to organise ZTP events).
4) Only applicable to Germany (provincial subdivisions can delegate the organisation of ZTP events to their departments).
5) Insurance for the event is to be provided by the organiser.
6) Only applicable to Germany (financial compensation of the provincial subdivision by the relevant department).
7) The application for the event registration must contain the name and address of the organiser, the Test
Manager, the Breed Judge and the closing date for entries.
8) Venue and starting time are to be specified on the application.
9) Event registration will only be granted if the application reaches the DV Head Office timeously so as to
allow for the publication thereof in the DV magazine - Unser Dobermann. ZTP events can only be held
if and when permission has been granted by the Head Office.
10) The organiser has to ensure that a least 7 dogs take part in the test; with fewer dogs the ZTP does not
take place. Maximum number of participants is 15 dogs on the day of the test. In special cases the
President will decide if fewer than 7 dogs take part.
11) In accordance with the test regulations a suitable venue has to be provided.
12) The venue must be reserved and on the day of the test must be exclusively available for the purposes of
the ZTP.
13) The final responsibility as to the suitability of the venue rests with the Breed judge.
14) Persons who do not take part in the ZTP and are not under the control of the Breed judge have no access
to the test area.
15) All dogs on the test grounds are to be accommodated in such a way that the running of the test is not
disturbed in any way whatsoever.

II. Breed Judge

1) ZTP Tests can only be judged by specially licenced ZTP judges.
2) Only applicable to Germany (the Breed Judge and the assailant are appointed by the provincial subdivision committee).
3) Dogs which are owned by the officiating judge, Test Manager, Assailant or their family members cannot
take part in the ZTP.
4) On the day of the test all documentation has to be submitted in the original (pedigrees, HD assessments,
dental certification (if applicable) and the original ZTP assessment of dogs submitted for a second time
(deferred dogs)).
5) If the above mentioned documentation is not made available to the Breed judge in their entirety in the
original form then the Breed judge cannot judge the dog. Exceptions are NOT possible.
6) In cases requiring clarification the Breed Judge is entitled to retain all documentation which will be
forwarded to the Breed Registry office. ZTP recognition will only be awarded once all outstanding
issues have been resolved. The DV Presidium decides on any further proceedings and informs the
participant accordingly.
7) The results of the ZTP tests will be announced only at the end of the event.

III. Test Manager

1) When selecting the position of Test Manager the organiser has to ensure that the appointed person is
suitably qualified with regards to all requirements for the running of a ZTP. The basis therefore are
these regulations.
2) Only applicable to Germany (the owner of the dog has to produce his DV membership card before the start).
3) The Test Manager checks the required documentation and prepares the assessment forms.
4) Report schedules are to be in compliance with the requirements of the event registration.
5) Furthermore, the Test Manager is responsible for the undisturbed running of the test as well as the
provision of all required items such as protective clothing for the assailant, measuring device, microchip
scanner, pistol etc. and the demarcation of the isolation and starting point.
6) The Test Manager has to ensure that the minimum age of the dogs (15 months) is correctly observed.
7) All dogs on the test grounds are to be accommodated in such a way that the running of the test is not
disturbed in any way whatsoever.
8) The Test Manager must ensure that no dog may wear a spike collar during the entire duration of the
test.
9) Upon completion of the test, the Test Manager has to complete all required report schedules.
10) The results of the ZTP test will be announced only at the end of the event.
11) Should a Breed Show take place on the day following the ZTP, then all participants in the ZTP and in
the Breed Show will receive their gradings and documentation (provided that all requirements under
Point V have been met) at the conclusion of the Breed Show.
12) If all requirements have been met then the Breed Suitability Test assessment is to be handed to the
owner/handler on the day of the test (for exceptions see Point I.2. and Point V.15.)
13) A copy of the report with the relevant summary is to be submitted to the DV Head Office within 3 days
of the event.
14) A second copy of the report and the corresponding summary is to be handed to the Breed judge.
15) Only applicable to Germany (financial reconciliation between the Test Manager and the Organisers).
16) Only applicable to Germany (financial compensation of the Breed Judge and the Assailant).

IV. Assailant

1) A suitable and licenced assailant must be available for the test.
2) Only applicable to Germany (assailant qualification licence document).
3) The assailant has to wear corresponding protective clothing and is equipped with a stick and a sleeve.
4) The assailant must be insured for the test.
5) No dog may wear a spike collar during the entire duration of the test.

V. Participants

1) Participation can only be granted if all requirements for the admission to the ZTP test have been met.
2) The minimum age of participating dogs is 15 months.
3) Proof of membership of the DV or an IDC Member Club must be furnished.
4) Only applicable to Germany (the relevant valid membership document must be produced before the start).
5) Only applicable to Germany (public liability insurance for dog, owner and handler must have been obtained – policy
number to be provided).
6) The handler does not have to be the owner of the dog.
7) A handler may not handle more than 2 dogs per test day.
8) In the case of a deferred dog, the participant has to inform the Breed judge prior to the start of the ZTP.
9) If the identity and the origin of the dog cannot be ascertained with 100% certainty then the
participation in the ZTP is not possible.
10) Only applicable to Germany (proof of successful ‘Begleithundeprüfung ’ must be provided).
11) It is the personal responsibility of the owner/handler to provide the required documentation for ZTP
entry timeously.
12) On the day of the test all documentation must be provided to the Breed judge in its original
Pedigree
HD Assessment
Original proof of successful Begleithundeprüfung
Dental certification if applicable
Record card (where applicable)
Original ZTP assessment of dogs submitted for a second time (deferred dogs)
By transfer into the German Breed Register, approval for the ZTP is required by the German
Breed Registry Office.
13) If the above mentioned documentation is not made available to the Breed judge in their entirety in the
original form then the Breed judge cannot judge the dog. Exceptions are NOT possible.
14) The entry fee must be received by the organiser prior to the event.
15) In cases requiring clarification the Breed Judge is entitled to retain all documentation which will be
forwarded to the Breed Registry office. ZTP recognition will only be awarded once all outstanding
issues have been resolved.
16) The DV Presidium decides on any further proceedings and informs the participant accordingly.
17) All dogs on the test grounds are to be accommodated in such a way that the running of the test is not
disturbed in any way whatsoever.

VI. Dogs from Foreign Countries

Dobermanns from foreign countries can also take part in the ZTP provided the prerequisites in accordance with
the regulations of the DV have been met.
1) Membership of and pedigree of a Kennel Club belonging to the FCI is required.
2) Foreign dogs which have been transferred into the German Breed Register have to provide a German
pedigree in the original to the Breed judge. The approval of transfer is recorded on this pedigree.
3) The minimum age of participating dogs is 15 months.
4) For every participating dog the relevant HD assessment, the HD assessments of the parents and the
corresponding ZTP reports of the parents must be furnished 6 weeks prior to the date of the test.
5) For Dobermanns bred in foreign countries whose owners have their permanent seat of residence in
Germany, proof of transfer and approval of transfer from the Breed Registrar is required for participation
in the ZTP (requirements in terms of the Breed Regulations of the DV e.V.), failing which participation is not
allowed. Exceptions are NOT possible.
6) For dogs imported from America, with American parent animals, a cardio assessment and blood analysis
must be provided (please enquire with the IDC Breed Warden for further information).
7) Conditions for participation as stated under Point V.
8) Participation in the ZTP will only be granted for ‘clear’ dogs.

VII. ZTP in Foreign Countries

The German ZTP regulations are valid for all ZTP tests in foreign countries.
1) Where ZTP tests - within the IDC - are planned in foreign countries, a corresponding event registration
must be applied for at the DV Head Office.
2) The application must be approved at least 3 months before the planned test.
3) Complete documentation for every participating dog must be lodged with the Breed Registrar 6 weeks
prior to the event (FCI guidelines).
4) The owner/handler is personally responsible for the timeous submission of the required documentation.
5) The owner of the dog must either be a member of the DV or a member of an IDC Member Club.
6) A handler may not handle more than 2 dogs per test day. Applications for dispensation are to be
submitted timeously to the DV Head Office.
7) Dogs which are owned by the officiating judge, assailant or their family members can not take part in
the ZTP.
8) In the case of a deferred dog, the participant has to inform the Breed judge prior to the start of the ZTP.
9) On the day of the test all documentation must be provided to the Breed judge in its original
a) Pedigree
b) HD Assessment – including the HD assessments of the parent animals and a copy of their ZTP
assessments
c) Record Card (if applicable)
d) If applicable, original proof of successful ‘Begleithundeprüfung’ or equivalent of the relevant
country
e) Dental certification if applicable
f) Original ZTP assessment of dogs submitted for a second time (deferred dogs)
10) If the above mentioned documentation is not made available to the Breed judge in their entirety in the
original form then the Breed judge cannot judge the dog. Exceptions are NOT possible.
11) If the identity and the origin of the dog cannot be ascertained with 100% certainty then the
participation in the ZTP is not possible.
12) In cases requiring clarification the Breed Judge is entitled to retain all documentation which will be
forwarded to the Breed Registry office. ZTP recognition will only be awarded once all outstanding
issues have been resolved.
13) The DV Presidium decides on any further proceedings and informs the participant accordingly.
14) Only DV licenced Breed judges with certified permission can officiate.
15) Such DV licenced Breed judges in IDC countries can only be active in their own country (exceptions are
only possible with special dispensation from the Dobermann Verein in writing).
16) For dogs imported from America, with American parent animals, a cardio assessments and blood
analysis must be provided (please enquire with the IDC Breed Warden for further information).

VIII. Starter-ZTP

1) In order to facilitate international co-operation and so as to realise all possibilities for the unification of
existing Breed regulations within the IDC, a so-called Starter-ZTP can take place.
2) The Starter-ZTP is not recognised as Breed permission in Germany.
3) The conduct of the Starter-ZTP is in accordance with the terms of the ZTP regulations with identical
temperament and conformation requirements.
4) In accordance with the test regulations a suitable venue has to be provided.
5) The venue must be reserved and on the day of the test must be exclusively available for the purposes of
the ZTP.
6) The final responsibility as to the suitability of the venue rests with the Breed judge.
7) Persons who do not take part in the ZTP and are not under the control of the Breed judge have no access
to the test area.
8) All dogs on the test grounds are to be accommodated in such a way that the running of the test is not
disturbed in any way whatsoever.
9) HD Assessments and all further documentation must be available on the day of the test in original form.
10) With a Starter-ZTP, HD assessments of the parent animals are not required.
11) The progeny of dogs with a successful Starter-ZTP are admitted to the ZTP in Germany if both parents
(father & mother) have successfully passed a ZTP or Starter-ZTP, provided that in terms of the relevant
regulations, all necessary documentation has been furnished.
12) A handler may not handle more than 2 dogs per test day (for possible dispensation see VII. 6.)
13) On the day of the test all documentation must be provided to the Breed Judge in its original
a) Pedigree
b) HD Assessment – including the HD assessments of the parent animals and a copy of their ZTP
assessments
c) Record Card (if applicable)
d) If applicable, original proof of successful ‘Begleithundeprüfung’ or equivalent of the relevant
country
e) Dental certification if applicable
f) Original ZTP assessment of dogs submitted for a second time (deferred dogs)
g) By transfer into the German Breed Register, approval for the ZTP is required by the German
Breed Registry Office.
14) If the above mentioned documentation is not made available to the Breed judge in their entirety in the
original form then the Breed judge cannot judge the dog. Exceptions are NOT possible.
15) The entry fee must be received by the organiser prior to the event.
16) In the case of a deferred dog, the participant has to inform the Breed judge prior to the start of the ZTP.
17) If the identity and the origin of the dog cannot be ascertained with 100% certainty then the
participation in the ZTP is not possible.
18) The German ZTP regulations are valid for all ZTP tests in foreign countries.
19) In cases requiring clarification the Breed Judge is entitled to retain all documentation which will be
forwarded to the Breed Registry office. ZTP recognition will only be awarded once all outstanding
issues have been resolved.
20) The DV Presidium decides on any further proceedings and informs the participant accordingly.

IX. Breed Permission

1) Only dogs which are bred in accordance with the Breed Regulations of the DV e.V. and which have been
assessed for HD can take part in a ZTP.
2) The assessment (German HD assessment) must be available in the original on the day of the ZTP.
3) Only dogs which have been assessed for HD 1 or HD 2 (HD A or HD B) can be entered for a ZTP.
4) Proof of a successful Begleithundprüfung (BH) held under the auspices of a member Club of the AZG
(Union of Breed & Working Dog Associations) must be furnished in the original on the day of the test (original
Record card/book).
5) The owner of the dog must be a member of the Dobermann Verein e.V.
6) For Dobermanns bred in foreign countries whose owners have their permanent seat of residence in
Germany, proof of transfer and approval of transfer from the Breed Registrar is required for participation
in the ZTP (requirements in terms of the Breed Regulations of the DV e.V.), failing which participation is not
allowed. Exceptions are NOT possible.
7) Dogs which have been deferred at a prior ZTP test, can only be resubmitted after a period of 3 months.
8) Dogs which have failed upon re-submission cannot be presented again and are consequently classified as
Not Fit for Breeding.
9) The decision of the Breed Judge with regard to the conformation grading and the character assessment
cannot be disputed.
10) Errors of formality are to be reported to the Test Manager on the day of the test. Should a clarification
not be achieved on the day of the test, then the matter must be referred to the DV Presidium for a
decision.
11) Breed permission is valid for the duration of the breeding life (refer to Breed Regulations) provided no breed
restrictions are imposed by the Presidium in case of latent hereditary faults. The renouncing of the
Breed permission has to be substantiated in writing and the owner of the dog must be informed by
registered post.
12) The assessments of the ZTP reports for dogs classified as Suitable for Breeding are recorded in the
pedigrees of their progeny.

X. Test Procedure

The handler reports to the Breed Judge and if applicable has to inform the judge of a prior deferrement of the dog.
1. Assessment of the Conformation Grading
Males are judged first and then the females. The assessments of the ZTP judge are to be recorded in the relevant
documentation (ZTP test report and pedigree) and are to be signed by the Test Manager and the Judge. Failed ZTP
tests are also to be recorded on the pedigrees.
2. Character Assessments
Reasons for exclusions are discussed further in the regulations for the conduct of the test. Aggressive, fearful and
shy dogs are to be excluded from breeding.
3. Determination and announcement of the Conformation Grading
The determination of the conformation grading by the DV Breed Judge is entered in the ZTP test report. After
conclusion of the test every participant receives a ZTP certificate for the dog presented.

GUIDELINES & REGULATIONS FOR THE PRACTICAL CONDUCT OF THE ZTP

Determination of the Conformation Grading
1) Prior to the start of the ZTP, the judge briefly explains to all participants the purpose and aims of the test and
the required exercises.
2) The Breed Judge or the Test Manager confirms the identity of the dog by means of the pedigree and the
tattoo/microchip number.
3) In conversation with the handler, the judge obtains details with regard to training, keeping, possible changes
in ownership and environmental influence of the presented dog.
4) Conformation grading is in accordance with the guidelines as decided by the ‘Judges Association’ of the DV.
5) Deviations from the standard height measurements of up to 2cms are to be penalised by reducing the
conformation grading. Deviations of more than 2cms lead to breed disqualification.
6) Dogs with dentition faults such as overshot/undershot bites, pincer bite and dental undercount in
accordance with the dental scheme and any anomaly in the tooth pattern, are unsuitable for breeding.
7) The composure of the dog during the height measurement and dentition examination is to be especially
noted (possible pointers to character deficiencies).
Minimum Conformation Grading required for Dogs is:- Very Good (SG)
Minimum Conformation Grading required for Bitches is:- Good (G)
Behaviour of the dog in the Group Exercises - determination of the reaction to gunshot and in the isolation:
1) After the determination of the conformation grading follows the character assessment within the group.
2) A group consisting of between 8 - 10 persons firstly forms a closed front and the handler approaches the
group and passes through and opening in the middle.
3) Upon instruction from the judge the group and the handler make an about turn and again walk towards each
other and dog and handler again pass through the opening. As the dog passes through the group an acoustic
noise is created (shaker – a metal container filled with stones).
4) Upon instruction from the judge the group and the handler again make an about turn and once again the dog
passes through the opening in the group. When passing through the group an optical signal is now created
(opening of an umbrella).
5) Subsequently the group forms a big circle. The handler takes his dog to the centre of the circle and stops
without command. On instruction of the judge, the group moves rapidly towards the dog and encloses dog
and handler tightly. This procedure is repeated a second time.
6) Upon instruction from the judge, the group dissolves and mingles on the spot. The handler takes his dog on
lead, without coercion, through the mingling group and around individual persons.
7) The handler then approaches a single standing person from the front and circles the person tightly from the
right. The handler then stops in front of this person and greets the person with handshake. During the entire
sequence the dog may not display either aggressive, shy or nervous behaviour.
8) During all exercises it is important that no threatening influence is directed towards the dog.
9) Only self-confidence, fearlessness, temperament, conduct control and threshold of irritation, should be
assessed here.
10) Handler and dog now proceed in the direction of the isolation location, and upon instruction from the judge
make an about turn and proceeds towards the judge with the dog on loose lead. During the approach
towards the judge and upon instruction of the judge, two shots are fired (6mm pistol). Gun shy dogs are not
suitable for breeding. Sensitivity to gun shots is to be clearly distinguished from gun shyness.
11) Now, dog and handler proceed to the isolation location and the handler ties the dog to the lead provided for
this purpose (without e.g. putting the dog under pressure with a down command). He removes his lead and
moves out of sight of the dog.
12) The isolation location is to be freely accessible from all directions (i.e. corresponding distances from walls,
fences, trees, shrubs etc.).
13) The isolation of the dog lasts approximately 5 minutes. At a distance of 2 to 3 paces, the judge walks past or
around the dog without threatening it. The judge then stops in front or next to the dog and drops an article,
such as a magazine/clipboard. The behaviour of the dog during the handler’s absence is to be especially
noted.
14) Upon instruction from the judge the handler retrieves his dog.
15) Thereafter the handler with his dog moves out of sight of the assailant.
16) Depending upon the prevailing circumstances the judge decides where the handler has to remain with his
dog.
17) Leather collar and harness are permissible for the manwork.

The Assailant takes up position in the hide as indicated by the Judge:

1) Upon instruction of the Judge, handler and dog enter the test area anew.
2) The Judge instructs the handler to walk with his dog in a certain direction or to the indicated starting point.
3) Upon instruction of the Judge, handler and dog proceed to the hide (the provision of one or two hides is
possible).
4) The dog is on lead for this exercise.
5) Upon instruction from the Judge, a frontal attack on the dog now takes place by the assailant out of the hide.
6) The handler is permitted to support his dog verbally.
7) In this exercise the dog is to prove his protective instinct.
8) The assailant threatens the dog only after the dog has bitten the sleeve.
9) During this exercise the dog is threatened verbally and physically but does not receive any stick blows.
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10) The assailant terminates the attack upon instruction from the Judge.
Clarification
It is imperative that the assailant wears a complete protective suit – pants and jacket. The stick used for threatening, should not
bend too much. The assailant may only work as directed by the Judge, which means the Judge decides on the beginning and on the
end of the ‘defence of handler’ exercise. The attack always takes place from the front and against the dog. If the dog counters the
attack then the assailant threatens the dog verbally and physically. The stick may only be used for threatening but under no
circumstances for beating the dog.
11) Thereafter the assailant retreats approximately 50 paces and hides as indicated by the Judge. The Judge then
waves the assailant from the hide and the latter runs towards the dog.
12) At the same time, the handler restrains his dog at the designated starting point, removes the lead, challenges
the assailant and upon instruction from the Judge releases the dog.
13) The assailant threatens the dog verbally and physically, but again the dog does not receive any stick blows.
Rather the stick blow is only used as a threat.
14) The handler is permitted to support his dog verbally.
15) Upon instruction from the Judge the assailant stands still.
16) The handler follows up to his dog, attaches the lead and reports to the Judge.

Character Grading

The following character gradings are used:
Fit for Breeding - 1A  Fit for Breeding - 1B

Deferred;
Unfit for Breeding.
Clarifications for the terms of the Character Gradings:


Fit for Breeding 1A
Dogs which are in order with regard to their entire character image. A dog can only be graded 1A if he displays a
secure and outstanding impression at rest as well as in the manwork.

Fit for Breeding 1B
Dogs whose overall character image is still acceptable in terms of the Breed Standard. A dog shall be graded 1B if
his behaviour at rest is acceptable and he shows protective fighting instinct.


Deferred
Dogs, about whose conduct justifiable doubt exists with regard to strength of character must be deferred. Such
dogs may not be presented to any other judge for re-testing before a period of three months has expired. Should
the dog not pass the second test then a further re-test is not possible.

The dog is then classified as unfit for breeding.
Unfit for Breeding
Aggressive, shy and nervous dogs cannot be declared fit for breeding.
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XI. General

For the conduct of and participation at the ZTP, proof of insurance for the Organiser, Judge, Assailant, Test
Manager and helpers as well as handlers is required.
The ZTP regulations have been modified with the view of simplifying their inclusion into the electronic format
and facilitating their transparency. The publication of these ZTP regulations (Club magazine – UD, Internet,
dispatch etc.) invalidates all previous ZTP regulations.
Translated from the German by H. Redtenbacher
January, 2012.
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