Photos from the 2013 National
Click here to link to the photographer's website where you can view the photos from the 2013 National Specialty. Includes conformation, performance, and presentation classes like the Parade of Greats.
Val is still working on them. Email her with questions firstname.lastname@example.org with "2013 GSDCA National" in the title.
|Participating in events with your German Shepherd Dog or Puppy|
The American Kennel Club was established in 1884 to promote the study, breeding, exhibiting and advancement of purebred dogs. As the breed club recognized by the AKC as representing the German Shepherd Dog, the GSDCA has resources available to help you learn to train your dog and participate in fun events with your dog.
Conformation, agility, obedience, tracking, rally, herding, temperament certification, junior handling, and the new working dog sport are all ways you can participate and have fun with your German Shepherd Dog.
Showing dogs is a great sport where the thrill of competition is combined with the joy of seeing beautiful dogs. Dog shows (conformation events) are intended to evaluate breeding stock, and are one of many types of events in which registered German Shepherd Dogs can compete. The dog's conformation (overall appearance and structure)is judged against the Breed Standard for the GSD.
Whether you decide to show in the events listed in this section, your German Shepherd Dog is an intelligent member of the dog community and should be involved in ongoing training. They really love (and need) to work.
Here's a GREAT overview of dog show terminology on the AKC website.
WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SHOWING YOUR DOG IN A PERFORMANCE EVENT (Agility, Tracking, Rally, Obedience)?? Download and or print this informative brochure courtesy of the AKC.