"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 breed.
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.
WUSV IPO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
GSA Ireland congratulates Padraig (Paul) Flanagan and Sepp vom Haus Silma for clinching an amazing third place at the WUSV IPO World Championships in Philadelphia, USA on October 16-20th.
Representing Ireland, Paul and Sepp, accompanied by team captain Andrea Leamy, also took the title of highest scoring single-member team in the competition with 286 points.
Tracking - 98 POINTS (Judge Peter Mayerl)
Protection - 95 POINTS (Judge Toine Jonkers)
Obedience - 93 POINTS (Judge Haruo Masuda)
Congratulations to Helmut Huber of Germany with Hank vom Weinbergblick who won the competition for the second year in a row (98/93/97-288). Germany also fielded the winning team of the competition.
Best wishes also to Robbie de Jong of the Netherlands with Glenn vom haus Valkenplatz in second position (96/92/98-286)
Paul and Sepp came 11th at last year's event in Steyr, Austria and won the British and Irish National IPO Championships in 2012.
This year the pair won the GSDL WUSV/FCI qualifier and All-Breeds Championship hosted by Sheffield Schutzhund Club in England on May 18/19 with a tracking/obedience/protection score of 99/97/98 - 294.
Then on May 26 just a week later, the pair won the ABC International trial at De Coenstadt in the Netherlands with a score of 96/96/98 - 290 - winning the trial for the second year in a row.
Thanks to Macron for providing the team tracksuit and to sponsors Karanberg.
Read about last year's event here.
IRISH SIEGER 2013
The Irish Sieger breed show, sponsored by Happy Dog, took place on Saturday May 11 at De La Salle Rugby Club in south County Dublin, judged by Harald Hohmann
Show manager/secretary: Ross Byrne (President, Leinster Landesgruppen)
Helpers: Tommy Murphy (OG Duhallow) and Brian Reidy (OG Waterside)
IRISH SIEGER: FITZPATRICK/LAWLOR'S BARAK VOM HAMILBERG VA1
IRISH SIEGERIN: TAFFETSAUFFER'S INCA VOM TAFFHAUSTAFF V1
There are seven 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.
IPO/SCHUTZHUND TRIALS, SHOWS AND SEMINARS
Please see our Events page for latest events and results
DECEMBER TRIALS RESCHEDULED TO NEW YEAR
A planned trial at OG Thomond on December 14th 2013 has been rescheduled to February 2014, see HERE for details
A planned trial at OG Templepatrick on December 7th/8th 2013 has been rescheduled to March 2014, see HERE for details
A trial to be held at OG on Saturday December 14th 2013 judged by Fintan Lalor (GSA Ireland/WUSV), has been RESCHEDULED to FEBRUARY 8th and 9th 2014.
A new entry form will follow.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
A trial to be held by OG Templepatrick at club grounds on December 7th/8th 2013 judged by Jim Jackson (GSDL/SV) has been RESCHEDULED to MARCH 1st and 2nd 2014.
Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to notify the trial sectretary of any changes to entries already received.
OG Waterside would like to thank all those who took part in and supported its AD and club trial over November 8th, 9th and 10th 2013, sponsored by Happy Dog.
OG Waterside is also delighted to announce that judge Toine Jonkers (VDH/WUSV) has agreed to judge a WUSV qualification trial at club grounds on April 26th and 27th 2014.
Please read on for more details and trial results.
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