Association for the German dog industry

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Association for the German dog industry
VDH Logo.svg
purpose Umbrella organization of cynological associations in Germany
Chair: Peter Friedrich
Establishment date: June 11, 1949
Number of members: approx. 650,000
Seat : Dortmund

The Association for German Dogs (VDH) is the largest umbrella organization for dog breeding and dog sports in Germany. It is the German member association of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the largest international umbrella organization.

The member clubs are entitled to display pedigrees with the logo of the VDH and the FCI, in return the VDH advertises both logos in public through press work, the organization of breeding shows and lobbying for political decisions on dog issues.


On July 16, 1906, the cartel of studbook-keeping special clubs for hunting and working dogs was founded as the second German umbrella organization alongside the Delegate Commission ; first president was Albert de Gingins . The cartel changed its name in 1914 to the Cartel of Breed Societies and General Associations and in 1925 to the German Cartel for Dogs (DKH). After Hitler came to power in 1933, the Reich Association for German Dogs (RDH) was founded as a "unitary organization" and the German Cartel for Dogs , the Delegate Commission and the Association of Associations for the Testing of Working Dogs for Hunting were incorporated into it. The breed clubs became student councils. Hans Glockner is appointed chairman by the Reich Sports Leader. In 1934 Glockner was elected President of the FCI. In 1937 the Reich Association, from which the hunting associations had been separated, became the "Reichsfachgruppe Deutsches Hundewesen eV in the Reich Association of German Small Animal Breeders eV" Konrad Most was appointed managing director of the RDH , who in 1933 had been appointed Reich trainer for service dogs. In 1939 the RDH was spun off from the Reich Association of German Small Animal Breeders and became independent as the Reich Association for Dogs (RH). This was placed under the supervision of the High Command of the Army. In 1941 the RH left the FCI. Until 1941 Arno Manthey was president of the Reichsverband, after its death in November by order of the Reichsführer SS Forstmeister Mueller was appointed president of the RH and the dog industry was subordinated to the SS .

After the Allies ordered the dissolution of the Reich Association for Dogs on January 1, 1946, its board member Franz Bazille (1933 Reich Exhibition Manager at the RDH) was involved in founding the VDH on June 11, 1949. The former managing director of the German Cartel for Dogs from 1933, Franz Bazille, was made honorary president in 1952 and remained so until his death on October 12, 1952.


Headquarters of the association on Westfalendamm in Dortmund

The Association for the German Canine Industry represents Germany in the Fédération Cynologique Internationale . As an umbrella organization of 176 member organizations nationwide (pedigree dog breeding clubs and dog sport clubs), the VDH represents more than 650,000 members. Over 250 different dog breeds are looked after in the VDH breeding associations. The member associations of the VDH are the 16 VDH regional associations, 156 pedigree dog breeding associations as well as the German Dog Sports Association and the German Association of Working Dog Sports Associations . There are also extraordinary members of the Jagdgebrauchshundverband (JGHV), which is responsible for examining hunting dogs, and two greyhound racing clubs.

In 2017, 75,621 puppies were entered in the breeding books of the member clubs - bred according to the breeding regulations of the VDH and with corresponding litter controls. According to the VDH, the VDH's pedigree should guarantee that the information contained therein is correct and that strict litter and breeding controls have been carried out.


According to the VDH, around 8000 breeders are organized in 156 breed clubs. For the breeding of dogs in the VDH there is a breeding order that defines the minimum requirements for breeding, compliance with which is controlled. In addition, there are special breeding programs that aim to reduce hereditary diseases in pedigree dogs.

Working group of breed clubs and working dog associations

In the VDH, the working group of breeding clubs (of working dog breeds ) and working dog associations (AZG) existed since September 30, 1956 . Their original task was to promote the service dog system, the working dog system in the VDH was their responsibility. Only associations in the AZG were allowed to issue performance certificates / performance certificates in the VDH and carry out tests with the award of recognized training marks, in particular the versatility test for working dogs . In the AZG, the companion dog test has been a compulsory test since 1998 , i.e. a condition for participation in dog sport tests . In 2008 the AZG members had around 5,000 practice sites in Germany.

Members of the AZG:

The VDH now has its own committees for the various sports. The abbreviation AZG is used for the committee for the working dog .


  • Anne Dreesbach, Britta Kägler, Susanne Vers: History of dogs. From the empire until today. 100 years of VDH. Kosmos (Franckh-Kosmos), Stuttgart 2007, ISBN 978-3440108703 .

See also

Web links

Commons : Association for the German dog industry  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Chronicle of the German dog industry - key data on the history of the VDH (PDF; 3.2 MB). Dortmund 2006
  2. Dissolution of the RH on January 1, 1946 ( Memento of the original from September 29, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. a b VDH: About us
  4. VDH puppy statistics
  5. Dogs from controlled VDH breeding on the VDH website. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  6. Chronicle of the German dog industry - key data on the history of the VDH (PDF; 3.2 MB). Dortmund 2006. p. 10
  7. Chronicle of the German dog industry - key data on the history of the VDH (PDF; 3.2 MB). Dortmund 2006. p. 15
  8. ^ Annual report for the year 2009. Association for the German dog industry. (PDF; 5.5 MB) p. 36

Coordinates: 51 ° 30 ′ 15 ″  N , 7 ° 30 ′ 0.8 ″  E