There are dogs throughout the history of the German Shepherd breed that jump out at you, and inspire deeper research. Utz vom Haus Schütting is one such dog. As research confirmed, Utz was special, and his blood runs deep thru many exceptional German Shepherds still working today…
As a son of the venerable Klodo von Boxberg, a dog considered to be the “Old Bloodlines” in the 1920’s, Utz was the flipside. Born on March 12, 1926, Utz came to be considered the “New Bloodline” in the development of the breed. A very balanced dog in the physical manner, he was very different from his famous father, perhaps owing to the influence of his dam, Donna zum Reuerer . However, Utz was not always considered to be of proper temperament. He had his detractors, as a rather “Dull” charactered animal. His color was also the subject of some American discussion.
“Utz” has been widely criticized for being responsible for poor temperaments and fading colors and it is an acknowledged fact that his Dam – “Donna zum Reurer” – was a particularly light colored bitch. However, it would appear that it was the indiscriminate “mis-use” of “Utz” rather the use of this important dog was the root of the trouble.
Mrs. Barrington of the well-known “|Brittas” kennels wrote in 1942…”the benefits of his blood far outweigh the disadvantages. Most of the faults attributed to Utz are in fact due to strains of blood allied to this though the bitches he was mated to…”
Colonel Baldwin, of the “Picardy” kennels, also a legendary figure in the development of the breed in Britain, made the following comments in an article published in the September 1946 issue of the American publication the “Shepherd Dog Review”…
“It is quite common to hear people say that Utz bred, light washy colors, was very shy, bred shy stock, etc. On the contrary he was lethargic and disinterested. Looking at him I always thought: There is the shape and the type, but we must add nobility to it. I am sure Utz blood his extremely valuable if it is used properly. Use it to get shape and type and then add nobility…”
Finally a well-known American breeders, Mrs. Margaret Horn, expressed similar comments in the April issue of the same magazine.
“I take nothing from the good Utz did to the breed, but I do say he has been overdone and with this comes the danger. Utz was no villain. We the American fancy are the villains in our over-use of him. No one wants a cup of pepper in one’s soup” Italicized from the following source:
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Utz’ pedigree indicates that he was rated “Kkl 1”. To achieve this rating, the dog must pass several tests of fitness. First of these is the “BH” rating, or Companion Dog Temperament test. The dogs temperament must be well and properly developed. A Schutzhund title, (In Utz case, a SchH 3) must be achieved as well. The integrity of the dogs hips must pass a minimum of “a” stamped. HD was not to be allowed. Another interesting physical test of the time, was a 12-mile endurance test, that proofeed the dogs physical strength, endurance, and determination. Dogs with the Kkl attached, were the best of the best, and highly desired of stud dogs.Also unusual, and owing to the age of the pedigree, the nomenclature “ZPR” is also attached to Utz. This is the old way of indicating that the dog had passed the Breed survey of the time, a stringent test of physical, and emotional superiority. The burden of support lies with history, and the dogs have come after Utz. The strong, harmonious and powerful dogs we see now are evidence that Utz was indeed a pillar of the German Shepherd.