Rules for Conformation Show &

Universal Sieger/Siegerin Competitors

While this event is called the “Universal Sieger Show” it is actually a regular SV style conformation show and is open to all German Shepherd Dogs.  The GSDCA just happens to use this event, in conjunction with the GSDCA National IPO3/FH Championship, to determine our Universal Sieger and Siegerin.  We encourage all competitors to show their dogs to obtain their show ratings.  All competitors follow the regular Breed Show rules of the GSDCA.


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.


Please Note:

  • Electronic and Pinch Collars are not allowed anywhere on the trial/show grounds, parking lot areas, or on the host hotel grounds
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct or abuse will result in the competitor being dismissed from the event
  • The Judges’ decisions are final

For those wishing to compete for the title of Universal Sieger or Siegerin, there are additional rules to qualify.  Please read these rules to ensure that your dog qualifies.  PLEASE NOTE: any dog entered in both the 2018 GSDCA National IPO3/FH Championship and the 2018 Universal Sieger Show in either the Working Male or Working Female class will be automatically considered for the Universal Sieger/Siegerin title

2018 GSDCA Universal Sieger & Siegerin Show

Rules and Regulations

Download a Copy of the Universal Sieger Rules

UNIVERSAL SIEGER SHOW RULES

Entry Requirements

  1. Entry in the GSDCA Universal Sieger Show is limited to German Shepherd Dogs.
  2. All dogs entered for the GSDCA Universal Sieger or Siegerin Title must have the following:
    1. IPO3, SchH3, or VPG3 Title
    2. AKC Registration
    3. AKC Four Generation Pedigree if born in the United States
    4. If foreign-born, FCI, WUSV or SV recognized pedigree from the dog's country of birth
    5. OFA or SV recognized "HD" hip certification
    6. SV recognized "ED" elbow certification
    7. SV recognized Breed Survey
    8. At least a "G" show rating awarded by an SV show judge
  3. Copies of the following documents must be submitted with entry. Original documents must be presented to the event secretary at check-in;
    1. Pedigree and Registration papers
    2. GSDCA, USCA, or other FCI recognized organization's scorebook
    3. Proof of hip and elbow certification if not noted on the registration/pedigree papers
    4. Proof of tattoo or microchip certification if not noted on the registration/pedigree papers
    5. SV recognized Breed Survey
  4. Entries submitted without the above documents and entry fee will not be accepted.

Additional Requirements for GSDCA Universal Sieger or Siegerin

  1. Must enter the 2018 GSDCA National IPO/FH Championship at the IPO3 level
  2. Must be entered in the Working Male or Female class. The National Universal Sieger competitors will receive a numbered placing: i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. in addition to their show rating: i.e. “V” or “SG”.
  3. Dogs 6 years of age or older, may participate but must be entered in the Working Class.
  4. Trial scores will determine the placing of the dog: i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. In the event of a tie score, the dog with the higher score in the Protection phase will receive the higher placing. If still a tie, the dog with the higher Obedience score will receive the higher placing. The last tie breaker is the dog with the higher Tracking score.
  5. Universal Sieger or Siegerin competitors must participate in the draw for starting positions at the 2018 GSDCA National IPO/FH Championship Trial.

Universal Sieger and Siegerin Scoring

  1. The placings from the Universal Sieger Show and the IPO/FH Championship for the dogs competing for GSDCA Universal Sieger or Siegerin will be combined. The male and female with the lowest resulting scores will become the GSDCA Universal Sieger and Siegerin. The ideal score is 1+1=2. In the event of a tie score, the dog with the higher score in the Trial portion of the IPO/FH Championship will be declared the winner.
  2. To be eligible for the GSDCA Universal Sieger or Siegerin title, the dog must achieve the following in the 2018 National IPO/FH Championship:
        1. A minimum of 240 points total for all phases
        2. A minimum of 80 points and Pronounced in the Protection phase
        3. TSB pronounced in the Protection phase
  3. The Trial Handler must be a citizen or resident of the United States and a member of the GSDCA.
  4. The GSDCA Universal Sieger and Siegerin qualify to attend the WUSV Universal Sieger Show as representatives of the GSDCA.
Download a Copy of the Breed Show Rules

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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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 current event. The stud dog or brood bitch is NOT required to be shown. At the current event, 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.