"Clean and sinewy in build, the entire dog was one live wire. His character was on a par with his exterior qualities; marvellous in his obedient fidelity to his master, and above all else, the straightforward nature of a gentleman with a boundless zest for living. Never idle, always on the go; well disposed to harmless people, but no cringer, mad about children and always in love. He was in Heaven when someone was occupied with him and was then the most tractable of dogs."
- Captain Max von Stephanitz, founding father of the German Shepherd Dog
GSA IRELAND promotes the German Shepherd Dog breed and working dog sport in Ireland The GSA represents one of 75 countries with affiliated membership of the World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs (WUSV). Local groups can provide handlers and dogs with the very best training and experience at well equipped facilities in disciplines which include obedience, tracking, agility, ring craft and protection work. GSA members can now attain in Ireland, BH (the basic obedience, traffic safe dog test) AD (Endurance) Obedience, Tracking, and Protection for IPO/Schutzhund qualifications, and breed surveys recognized throughout the world. GSA members are entitled to avail of the opportunity to have their dogs DNA registered, micro-chipped, and X-Rayed under the German hip and elbow scheme with the approval of local veterinary surgeons using the latest digital IT technology. The GSA in collaboration with the WUSV will introduce an addendum pedigree to the existing Irish and English kennel club pedigrees which will provide the owner with proof of parentage through DNA, relevant information on the health and working qualifications of ancestors and will provide space for the inclusion of hip and elbow results, working qualifications, and proof of DNA and will stay with the dog for life.
There are nine local groups serving the North, South, East and West of Ireland. There are four regional clubs covering all areas of the country, one in each province of Ireland (known as Landesgruppen Clubs) and named after the four provinces of Ireland, Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught. Please have a look at our GSA Groups page to find your local group.
WUSV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
GSA Ireland congratulates the Irish team who travelled to Haguenau, France, for the WUSV World Championships from October 8-12th 2014.
Representing Ireland were Padraig (Paul) Flanagan with Sepp vom Haus Silma and Clare Higgins and Eilenburg Joel.
Paul and Sepp scored 91 in tracking, 89 in obedience and 91 in protection to finish on a score of 271 - congratulations to Padraig and Sepp for yet another successful World Championships
Congratulations also go to Clare Higgins with Joel who scored 71 in tracking, 70 in obedience and 88 in protection to finish on a score of 229 at their first ever World Championships.
Team captain was Andrea Leamy and vice captain was Clare Weir. Tracksuits were sponsored by Karanberg kennels.
The competition was won by Helmut Huber and Hank com Weinbergblick for the third year in a row with a score of 99 - 96 - 97 (292) and Germany also won the top team position.
For more information and full results - visit the event website here
IRISH NATIONAL IPO TRIAL/IRISH SIEGER BREED SHOW 2015
The Irish National IPO Trial, a compulsory qualifier for the WUSV IPO World Championships, and the Irish Sieger Breed Show (entry forms here), will be held as a Universal event at Green Glens Arena, Mill Street, Cork, judged by Herr Harald Hohmann (SV/Kennel Melancthon) on July 18 and 18 2015.
Host club is OG Duhallow.
Helpers for the trial will be Brian Reidy (GSA Ireland) and Nick Koskinas (GSDL)
Tracklayer for the trial will be Brian Simpson (GSA Ireland)
Helper for the Irish Sieger Breed Show Courage Test for Working Males and Females will be Padraig Flanagan (GSA Ireland)
More details to follow.
Click here for information about last year's event.
IPO/SCHUTZHUND TRIALS, SHOWS AND SEMINARS
The next trial will be at OG Waterside on June 26/27 2015.
Seminars and training days take place throughout the year.
Please see our Events page and calendar for latest events and results.
The Irish National IPO Trial, a compulsory qualifier for the WUSV IPO World Championships, and the Irish Sieger Breed Show, will be held as a Universal event at Green Glens Arena, Mill Street, Cork, judged by Herr Harald Hohmann (SV/Kennel Melancthon) on July 18 and 19, 2015.
Host club is OG Duhallow.
Please read on for more details
OG Waterside will host an AD on June 26 and IPO trial on June 27 2015 judged by Toine Jonkers.
Helpers: Brian Reidy (OG Waterside) and Paul Flanagan (OG Templepatrick)
Tracklayer: Brian Simpson (OG Waterside)
See here for entry form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Read on for accommodation details.
GSA Ireland congratulates members Sinead O'Connor and her dog Legend vom Alten Kanal and Peter McKenna and his dog Alphachica vom Murakamie, of OG Waterside, who took part in the GSDCA IPO National Championships in Missouri.
Sinead and Legend scored 86/85/93 - 264 in IPO3 and Peter and Alphachica scored 92/81/90 - 263 in IPO2.
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