Event Rules

 

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PLEASE NOTE: Per the WUSV the progeny of the following males shall not be registered with the SV Studbook as well as the future WUSV Studbook until further notice will be given.

  • Onar v. Feetback, JR 750376, Chip-Nummer 688035000143170
  • Omir v. Feetback, JR 750378, Chip-Nummer 688052000073399
  • Omar v. Feetback, lR 749634, Chip-Nummer 688038000066271

 

With the ban of these stud dogs and their progeny, the GSDCA will not accept entries into any GSDCA events of these 3 dogs, their direct progeny, nor their grand progeny.


 

All dogs entered into the Working Classes at the Sieger Show are required to participate in the Performance Test . Please refer to the Performance Test Guidelines below for information on what is expected from you and your dog. Please remember the decision of the Judges is final.

 

There will be NO performance practice at any other time on the Sieger Show Field. This includes using your personal helper to work your dog(s). The Sieger Show Helpers are not allowed to work ANY dogs during the Sieger Show other than those during Performance Practice and those in the event on Saturday morning.

 

Use of and/or wearing of Electric Collars is forbidden on the GSDCA Sieger Show Grounds and at the Hotels. Use of and/or wearing Prong Collars is NOT allowed on the Sieger Show Grounds or at the Hotels.

 

Sieger Show Performance Test Awards. High Performance Awards will be given to those dogs selected by the Sieger Show Judges. The Judges decision is final. The SV no longer uses the point system for judging the performance work, and the GSDCA will follow those guidelines.

 

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BREED SHOW RULES

GSDCA breed shows are open to German Shepherd Dogs only and are judged according to the Federation Cynologique Internationals (FCI), International Standard for German Shepherd Dogs. Breed Shows may be hosted by GSDCA Regional Clubs or the GSDCA Parent Club. Club and Regional Shows are hosted by the Regional Clubs. National Shows are hosted only by the GSDCA Parent Club.
 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  1. All dogs 12 months or older, born in the United States, must have an American Kennel Club (AKC) Registration Certificate.
  2. All dogs 12 months or older, born in the United States, must have a four generation AKC Certified Pedigree with microchip or tattoo certified on the pedigree.
  3. Puppies under 12 months of age can be “pending” registration with proof of ownership and proof of sire and dam.
  4. All dogs born outside of the USA must present SV, Canadian or other FCI recognized registration and pedigree from the dog’s country of birth.
  5. Original documents must be presented to the show secretary at check-in. For a complete list of required documents, see “Documents Required for GSDCA Show and GSDCA Sieger Show Entry”.
  6. Copies of all required documents must be submitted with each entry.
  7. Entry Fee must be submitted with each entry and are non-refundable.
  8. Acceptable working titles are IPO, SchH/VPG, and HGH.
  9. You do not need to be a member of the GSDCA to participate.
  10. The age of the dog on the first day of the show will determine the correct entry for each age class.
 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. Dogs that are not entered in the show will not be permitted on the show grounds.
  2. A Judge’s decision is final and cannot be contested.
  3. After a dog is presented for the “stand for examination” but later withdrawn from the show the dog will be given an “Unsatisfactory” rating unless excused by a licensed veterinarian. A written excuse must be presented to the presiding Judge.
  4. Prong collars are not allowed on the show grounds.
  5. Shock collars are forbidden at all GSDCA events and on all GSDCA event grounds.
  6. Double handlers may not use electronic, gas or compressed air amplification devices, megaphones, pistols, whips, protection sleeves, sleeve covers or tugs that are longer than 25 cm. Violations may cause the dog to be disqualified and the dog and handler ordered off the field.
  7. Participants are responsible for preventing their dog from coming into contact with other dogs. The GSDCA and any show organizer will not be responsible for injury or damage to any dog, or damage caused by any dog, or the theft of any dog.
  8. False documentation for a dog will result in the banning of the dog from the competition and possible disciplinary action.
  9. Misleading or deceiving a Judge about the true condition of a dog may result in the banning of the dog from the competition and possible disciplinary action.
  10. A judge is not allowed to judge any dog(s) which they have owned, co-owned or which have been in their possession within the past 12 months; nor will they be able to judge any dog(s) owned or co-owned by, or in the possession of, close relatives (1st and 2nd degree). For this purpose, the term “close relatives” also refers to life partnerships, groups of owners and shared households. When judging a Sieger Show, they may also not judge those dog(s) which have been bred by them.
 

BREED SHOW CLASSES

In every class, the Judge studies how well each dog conforms to the International (FCI) Breed Standard, both in character and anatomy. Judging in each class begins with the individual stand for examination. Dogs 12 months of age and older will be tested for gun sensitivity. Dogs that are impartial to the gun test will then proceed for the gaiting evaluation.   The dog’s age is determined by the first day of the show. Beginning with the youngest age group classes, females are judged first followed by the males.

Baby Puppy Classes (3-6 months); Junior Puppy Classes (6-9 months); Senior Puppy Classes (9-12 months) Ratings awarded are:
  1. “Very Promising” (VP) – Dogs that conform fully to the FCI breed standard or have minor anatomical faults.
  2. “Promising” (P) – Dogs that generally conform to the FCI breed standard, but with clearly observable anatomic or developmental faults.
  3. “Less Promising” (LP) – Dogs that react negatively to external stimuli and/or have faults that would exclude them from breeding.

Youth Classes (12-18 months) and Young Dog Classes (18-24 months) Ratings awarded are:
  1. “Very Good” (SG) – The highest rating in the Young Dog and Youth Class for dogs that fully conform to the FCI breed standard. Also qualified are dogs that: (a) exceed the size limitations by no more than 1 cm below or above the standard; (b) have missing one premolar 1 or one incisor.
  2. “Good” (G) – Dogs that generally conform to the FCI breed standard but with clearly observable anatomical faults. Dental faults allowed under this rating include:
    1. Missing two premolars 1, or
    2. Missing one premolar 1 and one incisor, or
    3. Missing one premolar 2, or
    4. Missing one premolar 3, or
    5. Missing two incisors, or
    6. Missing one premolar 2 and 1 incisor, or
    7. Missing one premolar 2 and one premolar 1, or
    8. Missing two premolars2.
  3. “Satisfactory” (A) – Dogs which, on the day of the show, are gun sensitive or react negatively to external stimuli or which do not permit a higher rating due to their total condition, including anatomical factors.
  4. “Unsatisfactory” (U) – Dogs that are gun shy, show limitations in their temperament, react negatively to external stimuli or display other shortcomings that prohibit breeding. Also, dogs that exceed size specifications by more than 1 cm below or above.
  5. All dogs in these classes will be measured as part of their Stand for Exam. Measurements must be taken on a flat level surface such as a flat wooden board, or concrete platform.
  6. Ratings awarded in these classes can be used to meet the requirements for an SV approved Breed Survey.

Open Classes – 24 months or older without working title(s). Ratings awarded are:
  1. “Very Good” (SG) – The highest rating in the Open Class for dogs that fully conform to the FCI breed standard. Also qualified are dogs that: (a) exceed the size limitations by no more than 1 cm below or above the standard; (b) have missing one premolar 1 or one incisor.
  2. “Good” (G) – Dogs that generally conform to the FCI breed standard but with clearly observable anatomical faults. Dental faults allowed under this rating include:
    1. Missing two premolars 1, or
    2. Missing one premolar 1 and one incisor, or
    3. Missing one premolar 2, or
    4. Missing one premolar 3, or
    5. Missing two incisors, or
    6. Missing one premolar 2 and 1 incisor, or
    7. Missing one premolar 2 and one premolar 1, or
    8. Missing two premolars2.
  3. “Satisfactory” (A) – Dogs which, on the day of the show, are gun sensitive or react negatively to external stimuli or which do not permit a higher rating due to their total condition, including anatomical factors.
  4. “Unsatisfactory” (U) – Dogs that are gun shy, show limitations in their temperament, react negatively to external stimuli or display other shortcomings that prohibit breeding. Also, dogs that exceed size specifications by more than 1 cm below or above.
  5. All dogs in these classes will be measured as part of their Stand for Exam. Measurements must be taken on a flat level surface such as a flat wooden board, or concrete platform.
  6. Ratings awarded in this class CAN NOT be used to meet the requirements for an SV approved Breed Survey.

Veteran Classes 6 years or older with working title(s). No ratings are awarded for this class, dogs are placed according to quality.

Veteran Showcase 5 years or older with working title(s). No ratings are awarded for this class, dogs are placed according to quality. (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th) Held only at the GSDCA Sieger Show, this class is held in place of the normal Veterans Class. Males and females will be presented in different rings.   Each dog will have a small black and white photo and up to a 150 word description of the dogs’ accomplishments printed in the event catalog. Each dog will have the opportunity to perform the Performance Test along with the dogs from the Working Class. This is optional and is not required for each dog, but is at the discretion of the dog’s owner. The intent is for the owners of our Veteran dogs to not only show them gaiting in the ring, but to display the complete dog.

Working Dog Classes 24 months or older with working title(s). At the GSDCA Sieger Show, all Working Dog class dogs must first complete a Performance Test, with a performance rating of at least “Pronounced” and “Outs”. Performance Tests are not held at Club or Regional Breed Shows.   Ratings awarded are:
  1. “Excellent Select” (VA) – Awarded only at the GSDCA Sieger Show to dogs that meet the following requirements:
    1. Fully conform to the FCI Breed Standard.
    2. Are self-confident, outgoing and indifferent to gun fire.
    3. Have an SV, OFA or other SV recognized hip certification equivalent to the SV’s “a” 1 (normal) or “a” 2 (almost normal).
    4. Have an SV recognized elbow certification equivalent to the SV’s “ED” 1 (normal) or “ED” 2 (almost normal).
    5. Have a current SV recognized Breed Survey.
    6. Have complete and faultless dentition.
    7. Have a minimum IPO2/SchH2/VPG2 or HGH performance title. Dogs presented for a second VA rating must have an IPO3/SchH3/VPG3 or HGH title.
    8. Both parents and grandparents must have a SV recognized working title and an SV recognized Breed Survey.
  2. “Excellent” (V) – Dogs in the Working Dog Class that otherwise meet the following requirements:
    1. Fully conform to the FCI Breed Standard.
    2. Are self-confident, outgoing and indifferent to gun fire.
    3. Have an SV, OFA or other SV recognized hip certification equivalent to the SV’s “a” 1 (normal), “a” 2 (almost normal) or “a” 3 (still permissible).
    4. Have an SV recognized elbow certification equivalent to the SV’s “ED” 1 (normal), “ED” 2 (almost normal), and “ED” 3 (still permissible).
    5. If 3.5 years of age or older, have a current SV recognized Breed Survey
    6. Double premolars 1 are allowed.
    7. Have a minimum IPO1/SchH1/VPG1 or HGH title.
  3. “Very Good” (SG) – Dogs in the Working Dog Class that otherwise meet the requirements for the “Excellent” rating, but show minor faults in their anatomy. Also qualified are dogs that (a) exceed the size limitations by no more than 1 cm below or above the standard and (b) dogs missing one premolar 1 or one incisor. Dogs over 3.5 years of age without a current SV recognized Breed Survey can receive no higher than an SG rating.
  4. “Good” (G) – As described under the Youth and Young Dog Classes.
  5. “Satisfactory” (A) – As described under the Youth and Young Dog Classes.
  6. “Unsatisfactory” (U) – As described under the Youth and Young Dog Classes
  7. Ratings awarded in this class can be used to meet the requirements for an SV approved Breed Survey.
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PERFORMANCE TEST RULES

PERFORMANCE TEST: (Applies only to the GSDCA Sieger Show.) TO PROCEED TO THE WORKING CLASS A DOG MUST RECEIVE A RATING OF “Pronounced & Lets Out” or “Present & Lets Out” RATING. All dogs in the Working Dog Classes must participate in the Performance Test (TSB Evaluation). “TSB” describes the following characteristics: Triebveranlagung (instinctive behavior), Selbstsicherheit (self-confidence) and Belastbarkeit (the ability to cope with stress). Dogs that receive the result “does not release” or a DQ, do not receive a TSB rating and are not allowed to continue in the competition.

Part 1 Attack:
  1. The handler reports to the judge with the dog on the leash
  2. As instructed by the judge, the handler takes a position at a marked spot 25 meters (approximately 82 feet) in front of the blind.
  3. After the basic position the dog is kept on leash for about 15 steps.
  4. Handler and dog stop again in the basic position.
  5. Handler removes the leash and the leash must be placed around the handler’s shoulder or in a pocket.
  6. As instructed by the judge, the handler walks with his unleashed dog toward the helper’s blind.
  7. The dog must stay closely at heel until the handler reaches a marked spot located 7 meters (approximately 23 feet) in front of the blind. Repeated verbal commands are permitted. Touching of the dog or collar is not permitted. If handler and heeling dog reach this marked spot, the helper, as instructed by the judge, will perform a straight-lined attack on the dog and handler, while making threatening noises. If the dog breaks the heel before reaching the marked spot, the helper shall not attack. The handler has two more opportunities to reach the 7 meter marking with his dog at heel. Should the dog fail to heel to the 7 meter marking in all three attempts, the protection test will be discontinued due to lack of obedience and the dog will receive a DQ rating.
  8. The dog must counter the attack immediately, confidently and energetically with hard and full grips.
  9. When the dog has gripped the sleeve, the dog is given two equal blows, the first after about 4 steps and the second after 4 additional steps, with the soft-stick. The hits are to be on the dogs’ thighs, sides, or in the area of the wither.
  10. The handler may encourage the dog verbally to counter the attack.
  11. The judge signals the helper to stop the attack and the helper then stands motionless.
  12. The dog must release the sleeve independently or upon the command “aus/out” and must then guard the helper intensively.
  13. The judge then instructs the handler to approach his dog.
  14. The handler puts the leash on his dog and is instructed by the judge to step into an assigned blind.
  15. The dog has to repel the attack with determination and a steady calm grip.

Part 2 Countering an Attack from the Watching Position:
  1. The judge instructs the handler to step out of the blind and then move to the center line position.
  2. Handler removes the leash and the leash must be placed around the handler’s shoulder or in a pocket.
  3. The dog is now unleashed and held by the collar.
  4. The dog must maintain this position until he is sent to counter the attack with the command “voran/go on”.
  5. The judge signals the helper to step out of the blind, which is located at a distance of approximately 70 to 80 paces from the handler and to walk across the field at a normal pace.
  6. The handler verbally commands the helper to stop by shouting “stop/stand still”.
  7. The helper ignores this command and performs a frontal attack on the handler and the dog.
  8. Immediately following the attack on the handler, the judge instructs the handler to counter the attack and send the dog.
  9. The handler immediately sends his dog forward with the verbal command “voran/go on” and stands still.
  10. The dog must grip the sleeve with drive, energetically and with a hard and full grip in order to counter the attack.
  11. Once the dog has a grip on the sleeve the helper must – after a short pressure phase – stop the counter-attack, without hitting the dog with the soft-stick, when the judge instructs him to do so.
  12. The dog must release the sleeve independently or when given the command “aus/out” and must then guard the helper intensively.
  13. The judge instructs the handler to approach his dog directly at a normal pace and then put the dog on leash.
  14. The handler then reports to the judge with his dog on the leash and leaves the field.
  15. The dog has to repel the attack with determination and a steady calm grip.

Identity Control: Before leaving the field, the identified official, must check the tattoo/microchip number of the dog.

Scoring
Releasing:
  1. The dog must let go of the sleeve independently after the attack is stopped.
  2. The handler may give the first command “aus/out” independently after a suitable time.
  3. If the dog does not release the sleeve after the first command the judge instructs the handler to give up to two additional commands to the dog to release the sleeve.
  4. The handler must stand still when they give the command “aus/out” and must not influence the dog.
  5. If the dog’s name is used it shall be regarded as a verbal command to release the sleeve.
  6. If the dog releases the sleeve independently when the handler approaches, it can also be regarded as releasing (outing). However, the handler must be at least 5 paces away from the dog.
  7. If the dog releases independently or by means of a verbal command during the “attack” and counters the attack from the watch position, the designation “out” is entered in the report.
  8. If this is not the case – even in just one phase – the dog shall be given the designation “does not out”.
  9. During the entire protection work the judge shall remain in the vicinity of the handler and observe the dogs’ and handlers’ behavior intensively until the handler goes to pick up the dog.
  10. The dog will also receive a DQ, if he bites the helper anywhere other than the protection sleeve.

Scoring the Drive, Self-Confidence & Resilience: The overall rating of the protection work is scored as “pronounced” (a), “present” (vh) and “insufficient” (ng).

Pronounced (Ausgeprägt) “a” – Self-confident, intense, goal-oriented and secure grip and holding, no negative behavior during stick hits, close and attentive watching in the guarding phases. These dogs will proceed to the show ring.


Present (Vorhanden) “vh” – Deficiencies in self-confidence, goal-oriented behavior, in grip and stick behavior, as well as in the guarding phases. These dogs can proceed to the show ring and can be “V” rated; however, they have to be placed at the rear of all other “V” rated dogs.


Insufficient (Nicht genügend) “ng” – Lacking self-confidence, limitations with respect to hardness and disinterest in the helper. These dogs will not proceed to the show ring.

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Veterans Showcase

5 years or older with working title(s)


No ratings are awarded for this class, dogs are placed according to quality. (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th)
Held only at the GSDCA Sieger Show, this class is held in place of the normal Veterans Class. Males and females will be presented in different rings.

Each dog will have a small black and white photo and up to a 150 word description of the dogs’ accomplishments printed in the event catalog. Each dog will have the opportunity to perform the Performance Test along with the dogs from the Working Class. This is optional and is not required for each dog, but is at the discretion of the dog’s owner. The intent is for the owners of our Veteran dogs to not only show them gaiting in the ring, but to display the complete dog.
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Progeny Groups


Progeny Groups demonstrate the quality of dogs produced by frequently used stud dogs and brood bitches. The genetic dominance is evaluated through the consistency of individual strengths and weaknesses in the offspring. Progeny groups are critiqued in detail. However, no placements (first, second, etc.) are awarded.

All dogs presented in a Progeny Group must have been entered and shown in a regular class at the GSDCA Sieger Show. The stud dog or brood bitch is NOT required to be shown. At the GSDCA Sieger Show, a Progeny Group will be automatically scheduled for any sire or dam who meets the participation requirements.

There is no entry fee to present a Progeny Group.

Stud Dog Progeny Requirements:
  1. The Progeny group requires a minimum of six (6) dogs.
  2. All dogs must be a direct descendent of the stud dog.
  3. For the Progeny group, only the descendants from litters where the sire was at least two years old at the time of the breeding are eligible.

  Brood Bitch Progeny Requirements:
  1. The Progeny group requires a minimum of three (3) dogs.
  2. The dogs entered in the brood bitch Progeny group may consist of direct descendants of the brood bitch and also 2nd generation (grand offspring) of the brood bitch.
  3. For the Progeny group, only the descendants from litters where the brood bitch was at least two years old at the time of the breeding are eligible.
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Kennel Groups


Breeders may enter more than one Kennel Group. Stock Coat and Long Stock Coat Kennel Groups will be judged separately. The dogs must come from at least two different sires and two different dams. The dogs entered in the Kennel Group must also be entered and shown in a regular class at the show. All dogs, within a kennel group, must be of the same coat variety. The judging will be on uniformity of the group, quality of the individual animals and the most possible combinations of parents. Kennel Groups will be placed (first, second, etc.).

Kennel Group Eligibility:
  1. A Kennel Group of Stock Coat dogs consists of at least four (4), at most five (5) dogs which carry the same kennel name.
  2. A Kennel Group of Long Stock Coat dogs consists of at least three (3), at most five (5) dogs which carry the same kennel name.
  3. The breeder DOES NOT need to be a member of the GSDCA.
  4. There is NO LIMIT on the number of owners/breeders listed for a kennel name.
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HIGHEST PLACING AMERICAN BRED


To qualify for the Highest Placing American-Bred in selected classes offered at the German Shepherd Dog Club of America Sieger Show, the following criteria must be met.

    1. Breeder of the dog must be a member in good standing of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA) and reside in the United States.
    2. Owner of the dog must be a member in good standing of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA) and reside in the United States.
    3. The dog must be AKC registered
    4. The dog must carry an American breeder’s kennel name.
    5. The dog must be part of an AKC registered litter.
    6. The Highest Placing American Bred award goes to the owner, with recognition being given to the breeder of the dog.
    7. Dogs shown in the 12-18 Month, 18-24 Month and Working Dog Classes, both Stock and LSH, are eligible for this award
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