DDR Wertmessziffer Rating System
In the old East Germany the Schutzhund and working dogs were rated by the Wertmessziffer system. In English Wertmessziffer means “measured value number”. This system was quick and easy to understand for breeders or buyers wanting to get a look into the conformation and temperament of any dog that had been evaluated and rated. Below is a chart of the system itself and an example rating.
|first digit||second digit||third digit||fourth digit||fifth digit||sixth digit|
|value||body type with respect to breed standard||constitution||build (structure)||temperament||sharpness||courage and hardness|
|0||little resemblance||delicate, weak, sensitive||cryptorchid||nervous, afraid, very shy|
|1||poor representative||deficient sexual characteristics||poor angulation||spooky, timid, noise-sensitive||none||none|
|2||too fine||poor pigment||faulty proportions||insecure, fearful at times, possibly sharp shy||some||some|
|3||too tall||faulty coat||average angulation||reserved, suspicious or aggressive||sufficient||sufficient|
|4||sufficent||maturing problems||good angulation||aggressive, sharp, hard, dangerous||good||good|
|5||average||ideal||excellent||relaxed, friendly, very hard when provoked||very good||very good|
|6||powerful||coarse, resilient||good angulation||relaxed, friendly, hard when provoked|
|7||short||weak ears||long body||relaxed, friendly, sensitive|
|8||heavy||soft||over-angulated||relaxed, friendly, indifferent|
|9||coarse||crippled||excess in any of the points above||soft, indifferent, depressed|
As an example, a dog with a Wertmessziffer rating of 6545/55 would be a powerfully built dog with ideal constitution, good angulations. It would be be relaxed and friendly yet very hard when provoked. It’s courage and sharpness would be very good.