"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 2016
GSA Ireland congratulates the team which proudly represented the organisation at the WUSV IPO World Championships 2016 in Meppen, Germany, October 5-9
IRL - 01 Peter McKenna and Alphachica v Murakamie (OG Waterside) 84/80/91 - 255 G
IRL - 02 Sinead O'Connor and Legend v Alten Kanal (OG Waterside) 94/81/88 - 263 G
IRL - 03 Clare Weir and Wolfhaus Joe Black (OG Templepatrick) 84/78/80 - 242 G
Team captain was Michael O'Connor (OG Thomond) and the team recorded the first team score in a decade, coming #17. Tracksuits were sponsored by KARANBERG.
To see more details and full scores, click here
IRISH SIEGER SHOW 2016
Congratulations to the Irish Sieger 2016 Granitt vom Osterberger Tal VA1 owned by Gerry Murray and Siegerin Paris vom Simpor VA1 owned by the Hall family and Pauline Adam. Vice Sieger was Balko von Armen V1 owned by Emer O'Sullivan and Vice Siegerin was Etterna di Fosco Aida V1 owned by Raymond and Dalia Simiatis. Judge was Herr Thomas Teubert (SV), TSB helper was Martin McMenamin (OG Templepatrick/GSA Ireland) and show steward was Alan Graham. Host club was OG Templepatrick.
Food prizes were provided by Dr. Clauders. Well done to all competitors, full results and pictures to follow, preliminary results HERE.
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, congratulations!
Full results here
- OG Waterside held a second WUSV Qualifier on June 11/12 2016, see here for results, winner was Peter McKenna and Alphachica vom Murakamie, congratulations!
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.
IPO/SCHUTZHUND TRIALS, SHOWS AND SEMINARS
The last club trial was at OG Glanmire on September 3/4 2016, see here for results.
The next trial is at OG Waterside on November 4, watch this website for more details.
A GSA Ireland Helper and Tracklaying Training Day/Licensing Event will take place at OG Waterside on Saturday November 5
5/Sunday November 6 2016 with Toine Jonkers (VDH/SV) all new and existing helpers and tracklayers must attend.
Please see our Events page and calendar for latest events and results.
INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 2016
GSA Ireland congratulates the team which proudly represented the organisation at the WUSV IPO World Championships 2016 in Meppen, Germany, October 5-9, ranking #17 in the team placings, the first team score in a decade - please read on for full details and scores.
OG Waterside will host a club IPO trial on Friday November, 4 judged by Toine Jonkers (VDH/SV)
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