"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.
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.
IPO/SCHUTZHUND TRIALS, SHOWS AND SEMINARS
Please see our Events page for latest events and results
OG Corrib will host a seminar with Padraig Flanagan on March 22nd/23rd 2014, see HERE for details
OG Waterside will host the Irish National IPO Championships and Irish National Tracking Championships on April 26th and 27th 2014 - see HERE for details
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
OG Templepatrick held an IPO trial at club grounds judged by Jim Jackson (GSDL/SV) on March 1st and 2nd 2014.
Please read on for full results
Toine Jonkers (VDH/WUSV) will judge the Irish National IPO Championships, a WUSV qualification event, and the Irish National Tracking Championships, hosted by OG Waterside, on April 26th and 27th 2014.
Please read on for further details.
OG Corrib is to host a seminar with WUSV World IPO Championships competitor and former British and Irish National IPO Champion Padraig Flanagan at club grounds on March 22nd and 23rd 2014.
Please read on for further details.
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