What Is IGP?

What is IGP?

The IGP (International Pr├╝fung Ordning) represents a sport that tests dogs working abilities, intelligence, and endurance. The direct purpose of this is to help identify dogs that display essential traits for the next generation. This sport was primarily developed for the German Shepherd Dog. However, other breeds of dogs participate in this event. This sport helps to determine that a dog displays specific traits such as trainability, desire to work, intelligence, handler connection, protection instinct and a keen sense of smell. The dogs that compete in this sport also need to show a strong sense of endurance, power, and agility.

There are three levels of the IGP sports title which consist of the IGP1, IGP2, and IGP3. Before commencing the IGP1 trial, the dog must have obtained a BH (Begleithundpr├╝fung) which consists of two parts. The first part is an obedience routine and the second is a temperament test.

To receive the title of IGP, the dog must partake in three phases which are Tracking, Obedience, and protection. Each of these phases includes a grading scale of 100, and the dog must receive a minimum of 70 in each to pass. If the dog does not receive the minimum score or is dismissed by the judge they will not receive the title.