"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 attain in Ireland, BH (the basic obedience, traffic safe dog test) AD (Endurance) and 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 SV hip and elbow scheme - adopted as GSA Ireland's grading scheme in 2009 - and spine x-rays are also now newly available.
At the GSA Annual General Meeting, held on Sunday, January 31, 2016 in the Green Isle Hotel, Dublin, the GSA Ireland President, Cedric Blackbourne, made the following announcement:
"The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has appointed GSA Ireland as keeper and administrator of the Breed Book for the German Shepherd Dog in Ireland under Statutory Instrument No. 150/1994 European Communities (Registration of Pedigree Animals) Regulations 1994.
A spokesperson for the GSA Ireland Breed Committee stated:
“The GSA will be ready to accept registrations of puppies and adult dogs on May 01, 2016 and the GSA webpage will provide updated information.”
GSA pedigrees will provide proof of parentage through DNA, information on the health and working qualifications of ancestors and will provide space for the inclusion of health results, working qualifications, and proof of DNA and will stay with the dog for life.
There are eight 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 2015
GSA Ireland congratulates Pat Hedderman and Wolfhaus Kinga and team captain Fintan Lalor, of OG Thomond, who represented Ireland at the WUSV IPO World Championships in Lahti, Finland, from September 23-27 2015.
Tracking (Josef Schallegruber): 60
Obedience (Gunther Diegel): 87
Protection (Josef Vonarburg): 87
Congratulations to winner Debra Zappia (USA) with Iron von den Wolfen and team place winners Germany and to the organising committee in Finland for a fantastic event.
Thanks also to Arja Seppala, Team Ireland's host in Finland, for all her assistance and to Karanberg for tracksuit sponsorship.
Read about the 2014 event here
The 2016 event will take place in Meppen, Germany, see link at bottom of page.
IRISH NATIONAL IPO TRIAL/IRISH SIEGER BREED SHOW 2015
Congratulations to the new Irish National IPO Champions and Irish National Tracking Champions, Pat Hedderman and Wolfhaus Kinga of OG Thomond who scored 90/86/97 - 273 and will be representing Ireland at the WUSV IPO World Championships in Finland.
Congratulations also to the Irish Sieger V1 Zanto von der Libeswarte IPO1 KKL1, owned by Maureen Lakin, and Siegerin V1 Weika von der Thorner Insel IPO3 KKl1 owned by Barry & Allison Hill.
The trial and show at Green Glens Arena, Mill Street, Cork, were judged by Herr Harald Hohmann (SV/Kennel Melancthon) on July 18 and 19 2015, hosted by OG Duhallow and generously sponsored by JOSERA and MAXIZOO
Helpers for the trial were Brian Reidy (GSA Ireland) and Nick Koskinas (GSDL)
Tracklayer for the trial was Brian Simpson (GSA Ireland)
Helper for the Irish Sieger Breed Show Courage Test for Working Males and Females was Nick Koskinas (GSDL) and show steward was Michelle Sheehan of GSA Ireland.
IPO/SCHUTZHUND TRIALS, SHOWS AND SEMINARS
Important information here
Judge: Uwe Stolpe (SV)
Helpers: Martin McMenamin (OG Templepatrick) & Brian Reidy (OG Waterside)
Tracklayer: Brian Simpson (OG Waterside)
Tracking will be on grass, obedience and protection at Chimney Corner FC, Antrim
**The Irish National Trial is compulsory for resident competitors wishing to qualify for the WUSV IPO World Championships 2016**
- OG Waterside will host a second WUSV Qualifier/Club trial on June 11/12 2016, see here for details.
** The Irish Sieger Show will take place at OG Templepatrick on July 23/24 2016, please watch website for further details**
The next club trial is at OG Corrib under Dougie Banneman (GSDL/SV) on May 15, more details to follow.
The last trial was at OG Craigantlet on April 16, results here
A GSA Ireland Helper and Tracklaying Training Day/Licensing Event took place at OG Waterside on Saturday November 7/Sunday November 8 2015.
OG Corrib held a club trial on Sunday March 6 2016 under Jim Jackson (GSDL/SV) see here for results
Please see our Events page and calendar for latest events and results.
INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 2016
WORLD SIEGER SHOW
**The Irish National IPO Trial 2016 will take place on April 30 and May 1, hosted by OG Templepatrick, judged by Uwe Stolpe (SV), at Chimney Corner FC, Antrim**
The Irish National Trial is compulsory for resident competitors wishing to qualify for the WUSV IPO World Championships 2016**
SPONSORED BY DR CLAUDER'S
With support from King K9
PLEASE READ ON FOR ITINERARY
OG Corrib will hold a full IPO trial on Sunday May 15 2016 under Dougie Bannerman (GSDL)
Helper: Brian Reidy (OG Waterside)
Tracklayer: Paul Flanagan (OG Templepatrick)
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