"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 2016
Judge: Uwe Stolpe (SV)
Helpers: Martin McMenamin (OG Templepatrick) & Brian Reidy (OG Waterside)
Tracklayer: Brian Simpson (OG Waterside)
Winner was Clare Higgins and Eilenburg Joel of OG Corrib, congratulations!
Full results here
GSA Ireland and OG Templepatrick would like to thank Chimney Corner FC for their generous agreement to host phases B and C of the Irish National IPO Trial/WUSV Qualifier 2016 at their fantastic grounds.
Also to the landowners who provided tracking grounds in County Down and to trophy sponsors Karanberg GSD, Mikomi GSD and the Caldwell family.
**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.
IPO/SCHUTZHUND TRIALS, SHOWS AND SEMINARS
** The Irish Sieger Show will take place at OG Templepatrick on Sunday July 24 2016, judged by Herr Thomas Teubert (SV/Kennel vom Gamsetal) sponsored by Dr. Clauder's - please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or click here**
OG Waterside will host a second WUSV Qualifier/Club trial judged by Lajos Foldvari (SV) on June 11/12 2016, see here for details.
The last club trial was at OG Corrib under Dougie Bannerman (GSDL/SV) on May 15, see here for results.
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 Sieger Show 2016 will be judged by Herr Thomas Teubert (SV/Kennel vom Gamsetal).
The event will be hosted by OG Templepatrick at club grounds at 92 Old Ballyrobin Road, Muckamore, County Antrim on Sunday July 24th.
The show will be sponsored by Dr. Clauder's and will, as usual, feature the Working classes for both males and females, with courage test, offlead gaiting and gun sureness test.
There will be Kennel Group and Progeny Group classes and longcoats may be entered in their age categories.
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OG Corrib held an IPO trial on Sunday May 15 2016 judged by Dougie Bannerman (GSDL)
Helper: Brian Reidy (OG Waterside)
Tracklayer: Paul Flanagan (OG Templepatrick)
Please read on for full results
GSA Ireland wishes the very best of luck to Michael O'Connor and his dog Conor von Petersborn, who will be the first ever team to represent Ireland at the Universal Sieger event in Germany in June.
Please read on for further details!
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