I have been asked many times” What do the symbols mean behind the dog’s name? Although every pedigree has an explanation of abbreviations and symbols, most buyers  receive the pedigree much later and at time of purchase do not know what it means.
Below mentioned the meaning:

Breed Valuations/Show Gradings:

VA   –   Excellent Select (Germany)
VA (SA)  –   Excellent Select (South Africa)
V (BSZS)  –   Excellent (German Sieger Show)
V (LGZS)  –   Excellent (German Provincial Show)
V (NBS)   –   Excellent (National Breed Show, SA)
V   –  Excellent
SG  –   Very Good
G   –   Good

Breed Survey (BS)

*Angekoert    –   Breed surveyed
*Angekoert (pronounced)     –   was Kkl. 1 before (changed 1.1.2012)
*Angekoert (present)      –    was Kkl. 2 before (changed 1.1.2012)

Hip Dysplasia Gradings (HD)

‘a’    –    Accepted For Breeding (Germany)
A     –    Accepted for Breeding (South Africa)
A+  –    Recommended for Breeding
Ao/A-    –    Acceptable for Breeding

Training Qualifications (TQ)

SchH 1/2/3   –    Protection Dog 1/2/3
IP 1/2/3   –    International Trial 1/2/3
IWT 1/2/3     –    International Trial 1/2/3
FH 1/2     –    Tracker Dog 1/2
HGH     –    Herding Dog
BH     –     Companion dog
AD     –     Endurance

Note:    –    Qualifications may indicate

BSP    –    German National Working Trial
NTS    –    SA National Working Trial


DNA     –    DNA profiled or proven