Due to demand The United Kingdom Dobermann Association will be holding a BST (Breed Suitability Test) in the new year once we are sure Covid restrictions will not interfere.

The owner of any Dobermann bred in accordance with the breeding regulations can register his/her dog for a BST/ZTP providing the dog is at least 15 months old on the day of the event & is not banned from participating in shows or tests.
The dog must have passed his/her (BH) “Companion Dog Test” or UK KC WT/ UK KC Good Citizen Gold, the certificate is required as part of the registration procedure.

In order to enroll for a BST a written application must be completed & sent to the person in charge of the event at ukdobermannassociation@gmail.com and must include:

(A) Original Import Pedigree or KC Pedigree and must be microchipped.

(B) Original medical cert for the HD and VWD issued by an organization recognized by the UKDA.
Only the dog being entered requires HD result for a BST.

(C) A work record book to record its BH/IGP or UK KC WT. This must be complete & include all test details such as test date & location, test level, rating awarded, name of dog handler, name of trial judge etc.

(D)A copy of the owner’s current UKDA membership card (if there is more than one owner, copies of all owners’ membership cards) and if applicable, a copy of the dog handler’s UKDA membership card.
Owners are requested to make sure they have a copy of their membership card/certificate on the day.

(E) If a dog is repeating a BST, all original BST reports from previous tests must automatically be submitted.

Procedure: BST “Practical”


The practical part of the (BST) ZTP is divided into several parts.

The 1st part is aimed at finding out whether the dogs temperament is typical of the breed;only dogs that pass are allowed to continue & participate in the 2nd part.
This part of the test is carried out via “IGP” trials & aims to establish how self confident the animal is & observe it’s behavior in action.In order to make sure the Dobermann is still suitable as a service, sporting or family dog.
At the beginning of the BST, all handlers & their dogs meet in the test area/training field & the judge will explain the importance of this particular test method, it is a tool to preserve & strengthen the performance of the Dobermann as a breed. The judge will explain the spirit & purpose of the tests used to assess temperament & self confidence as well as the dog’s behavior when engaged in activities.
All the handlers must remain by their dogs in the arena throughout this speech.

First the judge will describe the dog’s appearance when standing still and when gating.
Even at this stage,he/she is able to recognize first character traits.The judge will then talk to the owner about how the dog is kept, how it was reared/developed and what kind of environmental influences the dog is or has been subjected to. Then the judge determines the exact color of the dog’s eyes using a special color chart & describes them in a combination of figures & letters ranging from 1a to 4a. A 4b,5 or 6 would mean the dog is not suitable for breeding. In order for the dog to count as having a full set of teeth, a reports from a judge/vet must be presented, (issued for example at a show or from a progeny examination) which confirms that no teeth were missing at the time. The dog must have been at least 8mths old at the time of issue. As per FCI standards the dog presented must have a full set of teeth (42) and will be disqualified if any are missing, any dogs with missing teeth should not be breed from.

The dog’s sensitivity to noise is tested in a quiet environment & also how the dog reacts towards people behaving in a quiet manner.The judge fires several shots at least 5 seconds apart,while the dog is walking towards the group of people as well as walking away.
If the dog reacts to the 1st shot, If the dog shows a reaction, it must recover right away, the handler will be instructed by the judge to unleash the dog & make it sit.Only then,can the routine to test the dog’s reaction to noise be continued. If the dog startles again,it will be disqualified.
Dogs that are over sensitive to noise cannot pass a BST.
There will be various other tests such as the umbrella opening/closing, bottle with stones being shaken as the dog walks towards and then past the group, dog will be encircled by a group to test its steadyness, the dog will be tied out and the judge will approach in a non threatening manner the dog must not react in a negative way, another section will be dedicated to the suspicious nature of the breed will it guard when needed etc.
Helper running out of the blind dog must react, long attack etc

The UKDA will be taking applications in the coming weeks.

The location, dates and judges will be announced shortly.

Please email ukdobermannassociation@gmail.com or comment below if you would like to enter or register your interest.

We will also be holding an AD possibly the same weekend.

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