About the Korung June 6-7 1998
Meitingen, Germany

June 10, 1998 and I am home from my second trip to Germany.

The first trip in October of 1996 was a great trip that included a trip to Dortmond and the 1996 Bundessieger Show. One of the largest all breed shows in Europe.

This year the trip was planned around a trip to Meitingen and the ADRK Korung.

The Korung is the second level in evaluating a German Rottweiler for its breeding value. The first test, the ZtP must be passed by all dogs and bitches before they can be bred.

The ZtP includes a critique that describes the dog, measurements and weight to be sure the dog is within the standard, a temperament evaluation including the dog meeting minimum requirements in the protection phase.

The dog can retake this test a second time if it can not pass any part except for genetic traits like, eyes to light, missing teeth, bad bites or bad hips.

If the dog should fail the ZtP the second time it can not be tested again and can never be bred in Germany.

The Korung, if passed is on the pedigree as Gekort, is the second, more advanced breeding test. It is not required but any dog or bitch that passes the Gekort is a more valued breeding partner. This test can also be taken again if the protection phase is not passed the first time. The requirements are more strict as far an conformation goes, requiring darker eyes and darker mouth pigment than the ZtP does, and the requirements in the protection phase are harder to fulfill.

Any dog entering the Korung must have a SchH III title and a bitch must have a SchH I minimum.

On paper you would believe that any dog that meets the minimum requirements to take the test could easily pass. But it is a tough test and on Saturday only 6 of 24 dogs that entered could pass the test.

There were many reasons for the failure, but the hardest part of the test seemed to be the escape, where the dog must catch the helper in a measured distance, catch and hold on to the sleeve, which is in a position that makes it hard to get to, and get a full bite, and hold on until the helper crosses the line. The dog must then out, sit and guard, and rebite the sleeve when the helper moves, and the dog must stay on the sleeve while being struck with a leather padded stick while being driven.

Many dogs failed this part because they could not catch up with the helper and get to the sleeve before the helper could cross the line, a few caught up and came off the sleeve and did not regrip which also caused failure, a couple came off during the drive and stick hits, and my favorite conformation dog, Benno von der Busemuhle would not out and failed.

The second phase of the test is the courage test. Where the helper is at one end of a football field and the dog at the other end. After a few primarily movements by the helper and a few yells by the dogs handler, the helper begins to run straight down the field at the dog, the dog is released and runs straight toward the helper, the meet near midfield and the dog must bite the sleeve and hold on while being moved, driven, around the field, he must then out, reattack when the helper moves, bite the sleeve and hold on while again receiving 2 stick hits. He can not leave the sleeve until the fight is over and the helper stops. He must then out, guard the helper, and wait until he is picked up by the handler and the dog and handler then escort the helper back to the judge.

If the three judges that have watched this test agree the dog passes, then he has the right to have the title Gekort added to his pedigree.

On Sunday several dogs and bitches were entered to earn their bis EzA, or lifetime Korung. This is the third and final and also the most respected breed test. And unlike the first, Gekort, title which is good for 2 years the lifetime, bis EzA, is for the balance of the dogs lifetime.

I don't know all the requirements, but the dog must have sired so many litters that have been checked by the breed warden so they can tell what kind of breedings he produces best with. A bitch must have had at least one litter.

The test is the same as for the first Korung, but the stakes are higher, fist there is no second chance, if you pass you ad the bis EzA to the pedigree. If you fail there is not a Korung title on the dog since the Gekort expires after 2 years, and you must pass the bis Eza to keep your title.

It seems to me that you must really have the future of the Rottweiler in your plans to put your dog on display in front of several hundred of your peers and taking the chance that your dog can fail. When, by not trying, you can still breed your dog.

In my mind I have to believe that any German breeders that spends the time training for and taking his dog to the Korung truly is trying to improve the breeding from his kennel and is working hard to maintain at a minimum, and improve as a goal, the quality of the Rottweiler.

These test, the ZtP, Korung (Gekort) and lifetime Korung (bis EzA) are the reason that I believe in and try to own German Rottweilers. The tests are not perfect, on any given day any dog that has entered could pass or fail, but at least, at the very minimum, the dogs are trainable and able to do the work that a Rottweiler should be able to do and the temperament, conformation, and character of the dog meets the minimum requirements of the breed.

To see the results of the Korung and see who was entered visit the page of Anton Spindler:


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Kormeisters Jurgen Wulff in white shirt on right, Paul Fleige with back to picture, and Head Breed Warden Gerhard Apel at the Korung june 6-7 1998 in Meitingen Germany

Dog number 1 stands for critique, Xaro vom Dusselwappen

A good bte on the escape portion of the protection phase.

Nice bite and drive on the reattack after the escape.

Waiting to out after the re-attack during the escape.

Near the end of the first part of the courage test.

Waiting for the out command after the drive on courage test.

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