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"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 ten 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.

GSA Ireland welcomes our two newest local groups, OG Glanmire in Cork city and OG Deputy's Pass in Co Wicklow. Group pages to be added to website shortly.



Congratulations to Irish National IPO Champion Padraig Flanagan and his dog Sepp vom Haus Silma and Irish National Tracking Champion Clare Higgins and Eilenburg Joel.

Please read on for the full results of the Irish National IPO & Tracking Championships 2014, and club trial, both hosted by OG Waterside, judged by Toine Jonkers (VDL/WUSV) held over April 26th & 27th 2014 and sponsored by PET SOLUTIONS.

See HERE for full results.



The Irish Sieger Show and a Körung (breed survey), hosted by OG Wicklow, will be held on Saturday August 23rd under judge/körmeister Margit van Dorssen (Kennel von Arlett)

The venue will be Newcastle GAA grounds, Sea Road, Newcastle, Co Wicklow.

Show Manager: Dennis O'Neill

Helper: Brian Reidy (OG Waterside)

Click here for entry form and more details



Please see our Events page for latest events and results.

The next seminar will be held at OG Waterside, see here for details.


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)

Read the whole story here



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 (SV/Kennel Melanchthon)



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Aug 3, 2014

OG Templepatrick hosted a club trial and a qualification/selection trial for the Irish team going forward to the WUSV IPO World Championships at club grounds on August 2nd/3rd 2014 under Wim van Dijk (SV/VDH - Netherlands)

Read on for full results

Jul 17, 2014

OG Waterside will host two seminars with current Irish National Champion and WUSV IPO #3 in the world in 2013, Padraig Flanagan, on August 9/10th and  September 13/14th 2014, covering all aspects of the sport.

Please read on for further details.

Jun 23, 2014

The Irish Sieger Show and a Körung (breed survey) hosted by OG Wicklow, will be held on Saturday August 23rd 2014 under judge/körmeister Margit van Dorssen (Kennel von Arlett) at Newcastle GAA grounds, Sea Road, Newcastle, Co Wicklow.

Please read on for entry forms and more details


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GSA IRELAND is the only progressive way forward and provides for the future of the German Shepherd Dog breed and all working dog sport in Ireland