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Rather than promote individual breeders, we recommend that you visit one of our GSA Ireland local training groups or Ortsgruppen, and look at lots of different dogs in training before you make your decision.

As a result we ask that you do not contact the organisation asking for a recommendation of a particular breeder or stud dog but instead take the following advice.

GSA Ireland strongly recommends buying a puppy from parents which have attained the relevant health tests, working qualifications and show grades for the breed, both in order to promote the healthy, versatile German Shepherd Dog, to reward those breeders who adhere to international breeding guidelines and to ensure the best chance of your dog living a long and happy life.

GSA Ireland affords German Shepherd Dog owners the opportunity to avail of health testing for hips, elbows and spine under the German SV system.

These results are logged under an international database and help contribute to future study of the health of the breed.

In addition, to take part in international competitions and to attain top honours in breed shows, German Shepherds must meet a minimum standard of health tests and working titles.

IPO, formerly known as Schutzhund, translates as International Prufung Ordnung, or International Working Examination.

IPO combines tracking, obedience and protection and is used to identify sound temperament and physical excellence of a dog over the three phases.

Designed as a way to select breeding animals, today IPO is a sport which takes place across the world and culminates in the WUSV IPO World Championships.

Over many years, GSA Ireland members have proudly represented the organisation at this prestigious competition, with a number of podium places, including second and third places over the years – an amazing achievement.

GSA members can take part in the BH temperament test (‘Traffic-safe companion dog’), the AD endurance test (20 kilometres beside the handler, riding a bicycle) and IPO levels 1-3.

There is also the opportunity to take part in ‘standalone’ tracking and obedience phases.

The registered office of the organisation and the address for all official written correspondence is via Duggan & Power, Kiltartan House, Forster St, Galway, Ireland.

All initial general queries via email should go to info@gsaireland.com where your question will be answered or forwarded to the relevant GSA Ireland Executive Council member.

If you wish to sponsor or support GSA Ireland or want to ask about a media issue, contact press@gsaireland.com

If you are interested in joining a club, please go to the ‘GSA Groups’ page and make an appointment to visit one of the clubs listed via the contact details provided – you cannot be a GSA Ireland member without being a paid member of one of our local groups.

The GSA Ireland Executive Council 2017-2020 is:

Cedric Blackbourne – GSA Ireland President & National Breed Warden

Joan Flynn – GSA Ireland General Secretary & National Treasurer

Alvin Davis – GSA Ireland National Working Warden

Gorana Leahy – GSA Ireland National Chairperson

Clare Weir – GSA Ireland National National Press Officer

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