GSDCA Award Programs

The GSDCA is pleased to honor outstanding members of our club and their dogs whose accomplishments support the Mission and Purposes of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America.

Here are the many titles and awards that recognize the achievements of GSDCA members.  Become a member to enjoy these awards!

Awards Granted to Dogs

Award of Excellence (AOE) – Honoring the Total Dog since 1990

Register of Merit (ROM) – Honoring the Top Producers in our Breed

Performance Award of Merit (PAM) – Honoring our most Versatile and Intelligent Dogs

Multi Championship Award in Memory of Phyllis Kraft

 The 13 Club – for dogs who reach their 12th birthday

Annual Training Achievement Award (ATAA) – Honoring our Top Performance Producers

Dual Awards and Dual Award Excellent – Breed Champions with a Performance title

Health Award of Merit – Dogs passing OFA screens for hips, elbows, cardiac and thyroid, and DM tested

Title Awards – Pins and Certificates from the GSDCA


Awards Granted to Members for Meritorious Service

The Roll of Honor 

The President’s Awards

The Lamar Kuhns Award for handling and presentation – Since 1985

The Connie Beckhardt Award – Since 1991

The Lloyd Brackett Award for excellence in breeding – Since 2001

The Don Cliff Memorial Good Sportsmanship Award – Since 2001

The Peggy Douglas Award for Regional Clubs – Since 2016

The Leslie Dancosse Legacy Award for mentoring Juniors – Since 2018

The Bob Slay Award for Judges – Since 2022


Awards Earned At The National Specialty