1929 German Sieger
Utz von Haus Schutting 
SchH III Kkl 1

1929 Sieger
Utz von Haus Schutting SchH III

SZ# 331999
Breeder: Dr. W. Funk; Hannover Germany
Born: March 12, 1926

1920 Sieger-1922 GV Ch. Erich v Grafenwerth PH

1925 Sieger Ch. Klodo von Boxberg

Bella von der Leine

1929 Sieger Utz von Haus Schutting SchH III

Falko von Indetal

V Donna z. Reurer SchH 

Donna von Ludwigskai

Most Important Progeny:
  • Viki v. Bern
  • VA Hussan vom Haus Schutting
  • VA Cuno Georgentor
  • V Baron von den Deutschen Werken
  • V Dux vom Haus Schutting
  • V Erich Pagensgrub
  • Harras vom Winnfeld
  • Heidi vom Winnfeld
  • Geri vom Hooptal
  • Bero von den deutschen Werken


"Like their counterparts in Germany, the American Shepherds had become too leggy.  Utz was himself heavy-boned and low-stationed, and with his ability to pass on these qualities, changed the appearance of the American dog.  Some people felt that he went too far the other way, but since he was used at stud so frequently, controversies over his influence were bound to arise.  Through all his sons, daughters and grandchildren goes one great leading line: a strong, efficient, deep and stretched serviceable body build combined with nobility of appearance and uniform expression."

~Winifred Gibson Strickland

"… a very controversial dog, he was used quite extensively in this country. He produced very good type, but unfortunately also quite a lot of temperament troubles both shy and over sharp animals. Fortunately, Utz progeny have not been perpetuated to any great extent in this country or in Germany."

~Grant Mann

"... triumphed in Germany and then was imported to the US. From evaluation and description, we can gather he was not overly large, on the bench was not impressive, and lacked spirit and nobility. But in the ring he became a different dog, beautifully made structurally and wonderfully balanced in motion." 

~Capt. WM Goldbecker and Ernest H. Hart
Co-authors of This is the German Shepherd 

"Like many others Utz made the Atlantic crossing to gather both his US and Canadian titles. ....  He was widely used in the USA yet left a mere 177 progeny in Germany so that it is amazing that his influence in Europe was to be so great.....Small--24 inches and somewhat overlong--28 3/4 inches. Utz was a Klodo son out of the pale colored Donna z. Reuer, a daughter of the unilateral cryptorchid Falko v. Indental. Utz was to become the most talked about dog in breed history and he was to further the cause of the medium-sized dog that had been started by his sire." 

"Mann (1952) said that Utz was a dog with wonderful depth of body, excellent fore assembly and superb topline.  His croup was rather short and flattish but otherwise he was difficult to penalize in physical terms.  His character was dull and he lacked showmanship but Mann, who knew him, did not consider his character poor.  Horn (1946) considered him a sound moving dog with good propulsion and transmission.  If his character was at fault Horn believed it to be 'man made' due to kennel life and this sentiment was echoed by Stillman (1946).  This view of Horn's is in direct conflict with an earlier article (Horn, 1945) when she said 'Utz was a shy dog and a moron.'"

"Looking at Utz stock we find him variously blamed for two basic failings--paling colour and character.  According to Barrington (1942) and Farrar (1942), both of whom used Utz 'blood' in abundance, colour-paling through Utz came only when outcrossed to other lines, particularly with Horst v Boll, Nores vd Kriminalpolizei and Apollo v Hunenstein 'blood'.  To my mind this is evading the issue.  Utz was out of a colour pale bitch.  Any understanding of the factors causing colour paling makes it apparent that Utz must have played his part in this respect.  Since he was neither the first nor only carrier of paling factors it is logical that other lines also gave this problem as those who followed 'No Utz' lines were to find tot heir cost.  But Utz himself produced some in that he gave pale fawns rather than his, in many cases, although not the saddle fading type of paling.  The problem is that breeders erroneously regard colour paling as a sign of weakness of constitution and when one realizes that this is untrue Utz's role in this area is seen as a minor issue."

"On temperament Utz must, by sheer laws of chance, have produced some character failing.  It is, however, interesting that Mann (1952) cites some German army tests in which Erich-Klodo-Utz stock were compared with the older bloodlines.  It transpired that 60% of the former lines came through the test well compared with only 48% of the others.  At best this is but a crude assessment but it indicates that criticism of Utz was often excessive."

Problems which Utz undoubtedly did produce and which are all too frequently forgotten by even his severest critics are those of cryptorchidism and short forelegs.  he gave shape and proportions in the main but he did occasionally reduce leg size and lengthen bodies thus creating problems for the breeders of the 1930s which have persisted to this day."

Like most famous dogs Utz was abused by breeders in the sense that some of them used his bloodlines excessively.  That is the tragedy of dog breeding but it is a failing of man not his dogs."

Author Unknown

"Utz is a picture of balance, a front with long upper arm and well laid back shoulder, good back, croup and he is, up on his feet, strong pasterns. He was considered ideal. When we look at the pedigree of Utz it is hard not to notice the prevalence of Hettal. He also traces to Flora through the two from the B litter Reideckenburg and Diethelm from the D litter. The tail female line goes back to the unknown that were probably herding stock. He also traces to Von Stephanitz’s other herding lines, (Audifax and Adalo) through Diethelm and Falko respectively.

When Klodo became Sieger in 1925 he was just starting to be known for his breeding worth even though he was four years old. He went to the United States shortly after that but the German records show that he produced 634 progeny before he went.

If he were at stud for two years it would mean that he produced 317 offspring a year for his two years at stud, about 25 a month or four litters - not bad.

Even though the quality of Klodo's get was obvious it was not until 1929 that one became Sieger. That son was Utz von Haus Scheutting. He also left the country for the United States shortly after becoming Sieger. His progeny numbers do not match those of Klodo. Utz shows just 177 offspring in the short time he was at stud in Germany. It could be because he was so different. They did not realize his breeding value until after he had gone.

There was a thing about missing teeth that would have deterred a large number of German breeders. Utz was the great mutation. He totally dominated everything he was bred to, this domination extended throughout the world for years to come. It is as if he had started his own breed.

Although Utz made an indelible impression on the breed internationally, some of the other Klodo sons led the breed along a similar route in Germany. They changed the style of the breed to the Utz type. The low stationed, heavy bodied, longer dogs had taken over the fancy. Even though such was the case, Klodo himself was a shorter bodied dog and not so deep nor extreme. The extent of his use in Germany probably exerted a balancing factor, particularly when it came to the most prominent of his German sons that the breed went on from. This is not meant to be negative about the Utz style, but when his characteristics were overemphasized there was a tendency to produce charactures. In Germany today the breed is still built around the Utz legacy."

~Gordon Garrett
Author of History of German Shepherd Dog