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  FCI Lose Legal Bid to Prevent Recognition of GSDF Pedigrees

 

 Agreement Between WUSV and GSDF re Harmonization

          Note inter alia that BH will be a requirement for a "V" grading
          from 1 Jan 2025. The full agreement can be accessed by 
             clicking on the above link.          

         Download the pamphlet "BH Made Easy"             
         Two folds and one cut produces an A6 leaflet.

Instructions: Forms & Documentation

Breed Standard of the German Shepherd Dog
Constitution of the GSD Federation of South Africa
Dental Procedures
DNA Results
Fees
Form Downloads
Judges
Postal Register
Tattooists
Trial Rules
Pamphlet: "BH Made Easy"
Terminology and Abbreviations
Vets Recommended for X-rays

Important Announcements

FCI Lose Legal Bid to Prevent Recognition of GSDF Pedigrees

On 7 July 2021 the Higher Regional Court of Dortmund, Germany, dismissed an Appeal by the German Kennel Club (VDH) and the FCI against a lower court's decision of 20 January 2021 that allowed the SV to recognise the pedigrees of WUSV members that are not members of their country's FCI member.

The VDH, which fronted for the FCI in the case, was slapped with a cost order of 500,000 € and the FCI had to pay its own costs.

In the absence of an agreement between the KUSA and the GSDF, this affects the GSDF directly as in practice the FCI cannot refuse the recognition of a pedigree recognised by the SV.

The full judgment of the Court: Access here in English and German.

 

Tattooing and Show Gradings

Forms & Documentation Instructions

As far as possible, Federation forms are fillable PDF Forms that must be handled through either the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. The latter is not free.

Important:

Downloads:
Detailed "Save & Submit" Instructions - English
Gedetailleerde "Stoor & Versend" Instruksies - Afrikaans

The preferred option (Option 1 below) is for members to complete the forms electronically via a desktop computer or laptop and then to submit the form by email. The forms all contain tool-tips which appears when the user hovers a mouse over a fillable field. The tool-tip then provides further information regarding the particular field, which is not possible when the form is completed by hand or by mobile phone.

When submitting forms by email, users are requested to include their names in the file-name of the form to make it easier for the admin to identify who the form relates to and to file the form accordingly.

To encourage our members to learn how to complete and submit a form electronically, Breeders submitting correctly completed forms electronically for the Breeders Listing will receive a 10% credit on their accounts. This is possible because an electronic submission is much easier and quicker for the admin to handle.

Do not attempt to use the forms through you Browser Preview function; Download the form, save it on your computer and open it through Acrobat Reader DC.

Electronic Signatures: An electronic signature can be created through Acrobat Reader that is accepted in a court of law and on all legal documentation. For the moment, the GSDF Form system does not insist on it and you can just type you name in the signature field or insert a graphic of you signature. You can also sign the form with your official electronic signature created through Acrobat Reader. Click on the icon in the shape of a pen-nib in the toolbar

The forms can be handled in a number of ways:

Option 1

Download the required form by clicking on it and save it in an appropriate location on your personal computer.

Open it with the free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

If you do not have the latest version, click on the Adobe Logo on the right of this page. This will take you to the Adobe page from which you can download the program for free.

Your can now complete the form electronically, save it and email it as an attachment to the applicable department right from within the form by clicking on the "Save & Submit" button at the top of the form. If you email client (eg. Outlook) is not open, the process needs to be given a little time as the form first has to open your email client from which the form will be sent.

Once your email client is open, other files, such as logos, can also be attached.

Option 2

Download the form and print it. Complete the form manually, scan it and forward it to the appropriate department (indicated on the form) as an attachment to an email. You can do this at your local Postnet or Post Office.

Option 3

Download the form and print it. Complete the form manually and post it to the appropriate department via snail-mail. However, be warned that this is unreliable as post often goes missing in South Africa and the process takes time.

Important Notes:

    1. Always confirm that your Event Entries have been received and are correctly captured. Event Entries are posted on the website on the Events Page at least 3 times per week from the time a schedule is published until the entries close.
    2. Event Entries are not recorded and shown in the Postal Register. They are posted on the Events Page only and have to be checked there.
    3. You can track whether the Federation has received a postal item by checking the Postage Register. It is available in downloadable PDF form below. If you do not see it in the register, it means the Federation has not received it.

Form Downloads

Full instructions on how to use the forms are given above.

Application - Day Membership
Application - Document re-issue
Application - Event
Application - Kennel Affix
Application - Single dog on Breed Register
Application - Web Listing
Application - Membership

Entry Form - Breed Show
Entry Form - Breed Survey
Entry Form - Trial

HD - X-ray Form

Judges - Acceptance of Appointment

Notification - Change of Club details
Notification - Deceased or stolen dog
Notification - Keeper Appointment
Notification - Mating
Notification - Website Listing of a litter

Fees

Download 2023/4 Fees (PDF, Applicable from 1 November 2023)

Postal Register

The postal registers are published daily so that members can check whether post sent by "Snail-mail" or submitted by hand

Please note that emails are not recorded in the Postal Registers

Post Received by Admin
Post Sent by Admin

DNA Results

Every dog or Bitch must be "DNA proven" before it is allowed to breed.

The latest DNA results

Terminology & Abbreviations

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The following are the most important terminology and abbreviations that are used in the German Shepherd Dog World. Because the mother organisation is German, the German translations are also given where applicable:

German English
GSD Deutsche Schäferhund German Shepherd Dog
SV Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde German National GSD Association
GSDF / GSDFSA / The Federation German Shepherd Dog Federation of South Africa
WUSV Weltunion der Schäferhundvereine World Union of German Shepherd Dog Associations
FCI Fédération cynologique internationale Federation of International Canine Organizations
LG Landesgruppe Provincial Organisation in the SV
OG Ortsgruppe Local club in the SV
Zuchtwart Breed Supervisor
Ausbildungswart Training Supervisor
Ausbildung Training
Körmeister Breed Surveyor
Zuchtrichter Breed Judge
Leistungrichter Training Test Judge
Körkl Körklasse Breed Survey class ( no longer in use)
TSB Trieb, Selbst Sicherheit, Belastbarkeit Drive, Self Confidence & Stress Tolerance
* Körung Breed Survey
* Angekört  Breed Surveyed
SchH Schutzhund  Protection dog (now IGP)
IPO International Prüfungs Ordnung International Working test (now IGP)
IGP Internationale Gebrauchshund Prüfung International Working Dog Test
FH Fährtenhund Tracking Dog Test
BH Begleithundprüfung Companion Dog Test (Now BH-VT)
BH-VT Begleithund - Verkehrstest Companion Dog - Behavioural & Traffic Test
AD Ausdauerprüfung Endurance (now IAD)
IAD Internationale Ausdauer International Endurance
HGH Herdengebrauchshund  Herding Dog Test
ED Elbow Dysplasia Elbow Dysplasia
HD Hip Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia
HD A+ HD normal HD recommended for breeding (normal)
HD Aº HD fast normal HD acceptable for breeding (near normal)
HD A- HD noch zugelassen HD acceptable for breeding (still acceptable)

Judges

Breed Judges (Also qualified to judge IAD)
Training Test Judges (Qualified to judge all Training Tests, including IAD & BH-VT)
BH-VT Judges
IAD Judges
TTT Judges

Breed Judges Directives

 

Breed Judges

Active Judges

Judges Com:
*Frikkie van Kraayenburg (SV) 061 495-5123
frikkie@grehenheim.co.za
Senior Judge & Breed Surveyor Chairman
*Chris Thompson 072 890-0070
jan.chris@outlook.com
Senior Judge & Breed Surveyor Member
*Sonia van Kraayenburg 083 302-0536
sonia@grehenheim.co.za
Senior Judge & Breed Surveyor Member
Christo Appel christoappel@gmail.com Judge  
Diane Botha 083 650-6359
dianebotha85@gmail.com
Judge  
Lorraine van Loggerenberg lorraine@leadcon.co.za Senior Judge & Breed Surveyor  
Colin Levy 082 412-7441
colinlandroid@gmail.com
Judge  
Ivor Erasmus 083 400 7341
ivorerasmus7@gmail.com
Aspirant Judge  
Tagan Moss 071 132 3157
taganjmoss@gmail.com
Aspirant Judge  
Michelle van Loggerenberg Cell: 083 234 8649
michelle.ronneburg@gmail.com
Aspirant Judge  
 

Foreign Based GSDF Judges

Country:
*Reinhardt Meyer

+49 172 568 2199
reimey@aol.com

Senior Judge & Breed Surveyor Germany
*Henning Setzer

+49 171 497 0385
fidelius@t-online.de

Senior Judge & Breed Surveyor Germany
*Hans-Ludker Göke

+49 171 787 0285
goeke@trompetersprung.de

Senior Judge & Breed Surveyor Germany
 

Retired Breed Judges

 
*Jenni Biesman-Simons annenberg@tiscali.co.za 082 377 7452  
*Dennis Trotter helentro@mweb.co.za 083 228 0215  
*Rudi Zimmermann zimmies53@gmail.com    
Dee Tarr spencert@iafrica.com 082 441 0685  
Nancy Rea nancy.gsd.rea@gmail.com 083 408 7055  
Peter de Decker peterdd@netactive.co.za 082 698 4281  
Heather Ruegger heather.ruegger1949@gmail.com    
 

Training Test Judges

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IGP Judges

Name   Email   Status Judges Com
Jane de Swardt Gauteng de_swardt@mweb.co.za 082 376 7507 Senior Judge Member
Alan Biesman-Simons Western Cape abiesmansimons@gmail.com 082 552 5819 Senior Judge Member
Nicky Webber KZN zimzam@iafrica.com 082 290 9888

Judge

 
Thinus Erasmus Free State thinus.erasmus@aviatnet.com 061 372 0402 Judge  
Richard Thompson Gauteng rich.m.t.rt@gmail.com 084 602 9084 Senior Judge Member
Britt Stanton Gauteng workingdogs.68@gmail.com 082 575 9387 Judge  
Angela Ahern Western Cape angela.gabe@gmail.com 076 706 4399 Aspirant Judge  
Brett Cunningham Eastern Cape brett.cunningham@dimensiondata.com 082 795 3929 Aspirant Judge  

 

BH-VT Judges

Eastern Cape (PE)      
Brett Cunningham brett.cunningham@global.ntt 082 795 3929  
Raylene Azzalin raylene.azzalin@gmail.com 082 486 3735  
       
Gauteng North      
Jimmy Moffett ecosse1234@gmail.com 083 709 3111  
Rodney Osborne Rodney Osborne 083 253 2390  
       
Gauteng South      
Yolanda Greyling yolgrey1@hotmail.com 083 583 9845  
Michaela Schroeder Vompfalzerwald@gmail.com 083 252 7906  
Cheryl Newton cherylnew@mweb.co.za 072 213 8443  
Nick v Loggerenberg nick@leadcon.co.za 082 461-7764 Aspirant
       
       
KZN    
Bridgette Boston zimzam@iafrica.com 063 678 5864  
Nico Pretorius     Aspirant
       
Western Cape      
Angela Ahern angela.gabe@gmail.com 076 706 4399  
Haroon Bux bux.nuraan@gmail.com

082 216 1370

Aspirant
Johan Thompson     Aspirant
Sonia Patterson     Aspirant
 
Also include all qualified IGP Judges

IAD Judges

Gauteng North Gary Campbell gcampbell@antalis.co.za 082 457 1005
Gauteng South Yolanda Greyling yolgrey1@hotmail.com 083 583 9845
Gauteng North Lorette van der Merwe montevistagsd@live.com 072 797 4084
Gauteng North Jimmy Moffett (Aspirant) ecosse1234@gmail.com 083 709 3111
Gauteng North Michaela Schroeder (Aspirant) Vompfalzerwald@gmail.com 083 252 7906
Gauteng North Morne Strydom (Aspirant)   073 145-1045
Free State André Burger andrehb2013@gmail.com 082 459 9456
Free State Babie Visser babie.visser@engenoil.com 082 730 4224
Eastern Cape (EL) Heather Frame   073 235 9294
Eastern Cape (PE) Tagan Masters taganmasters@gmail.com 071 132 3157
Eastern Cape (PE) Raylene Az zalin raylene.azzalin@gmail.com 082 486 3735
Western Cape Nicky Myburgh myburgn@telkom.co.za 082 358 1678
Western Cape Sonia Patterson lucstride@mweb.co.za 060 702 4603
Western Cape Chanine Swanepoel sandalwoodgsd@gmail.com 083 758 7113
KZN Wicus Jacobs

wicus@shgroup.co.za

082 743 8290
KZN Cheryl Pretorius cpretorius@pghs.co.za 082 374 1180
Also include all Breed Judges and IGP Judges

 

TTT Judges

Eastern Cape Simône Masters simonecaronmasters@gmail.com 082 734 9630
Western Cape Yusef Naidoo  naidooyusuf138@gmail.com 082 346 1581
Also include all Breed Judges, Retired and Active

 

Tattooists

Download list

  Prefix Contact Number E-Mail Address

Eastern Province

     
Bevan King FN 083 701 4770 kingbr1@telkomsa.net
Trevor Masters FA 082 734 9630 moveapet@mweb.co.za
       
Free State      
Babie Visser FR 082 730 4224 vissie1@outlook.com
       

Gauteng

     
Lorette van der Merwe FC 067 102 1946 montevistagsd@live.com
Lorraine van Loggerenberg FV 082 446 7289 lorraine@leadcon.co.za
Michaela Schmidt FJ 078 737 9603 eclipsbones@gmail.com
John de Swardt FK 082 894 8748 deswardtjohn@mweb.co.za
Nelene Ehlers
FB 072 741 1123 nelene.ehlers@gmail.com
       

Kwa-Zulu Natal

     
Jamie-Leigh Missen FD 083 775 3766 jamieleigh_walker@yahoo.com
Tanya Strydom FG 084 456 7654 akkadiangsds@gmail.com
       

Western Province

     
Alan Biesman-Simons CA 082 552 5819 annenberg@tiscali.co.za
Haroon Bux FE 082 216 1370 bux.nuraan@gmail.com
Raphael Sauls FS 084 426 2706 Rapheal.Sauls@bwmr.co.za
       

Roaming Pliers

FT 071 861 9910 info@gsdfederation.co.za

 

 

Recommended Vets for X-rays

List in PDF

  Practice Telephone no
Gauteng    
Pretoria North Pyramid Veterinary Clinic 012 545 4058
Pretoria East Wilgers Animal Hospital 012 807 5043
Centurion/Midrand Halfway House Veterinary Clinic 011 238 7014
Edenvale Terrace Road Veterinary Hospital 011 609 0477
Krugersdorp Rant-en-Dal Animal Hospital 011 660 3110
Brakpan St Francis Veterinary Hospital 011 915 5613
Meyerton Kliprivier Animal Hospital 016 362 0003
     
North West    
Brits Motsumi Animal Clinic 012 252 6204
     
Free State    
Parys Parys Animal Hospital 056 811 3313
     
Eastern Cape    
Port Elizabeth 9th Avenue Veterinary Clinic 041 581 4394
Port Elizabeth Kragga Kamma Veterinary Hospital  043 379 2740
East London East London Veterinary Clinic 043 726 3356
     
Western Cape    
Klein Joostenberg Cape Companions Veterinary Clinic 060 718 0157
Rondebosch Belmont Road Veterinary Clinic 021 685 7750
     
KZN    
Pinetown St Johns Veterinary Clinic 031 701 6599
Waterfall Watercrest Veterinary Clinic 031 763 3323
Dolphin Coast Ballito Veterinary Hospital  032 946 2052

 

Dental Procedures

Procedures for Teeth certification and/or – endorsement

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Certification

 Teeth can be certified at any Breed Show or – Survey by any active Breed Surveyor, who must certify that the dog had been identified by means of checking the tattoo number or microchip number. Pro forma forms will be made available at all Shows and Surveys.

Breed Surveyed dogs are regarded as having had their teeth certified as per the Survey document. Findings must be noted on the pedigree (preferably) or TTR Book as follows:

    1. Dentition complete and correct or
    2. Teeth faults: (...... ), other correct.

Certifications must be signed and dated by the surveyor with name in block letters It is the judge’s responsibility to notify the Federation Office of certifications done. All teeth faults will be noted on the dog’s record.

Endorsement

Removal of teeth and/or Dental procedures

The Veterinarian must notify the Federation Office immediately when a tooth had been removed on the prescribed form.

In all instances the veterinarian must certify that the dog had been identified be means checking the tattoo number or microchip number.

This form, along with the original pedigree and the prescribed fee for endorsements, must be sent to the Federation Office within 14 days of the procedure.

All procedures will be noted on the dog’s record.

Referral to Dental Specialists

The veterinarian must provide the original disk / X-ray to the Federation Office along with the prescribed form.

The veterinarian must certify that the dog had been identified be means checking the tattoo number or microchip number.

The disk / X-ray will be referred to an approved Specialist by the Federation Office as soon as payment for the service has been received.

Members will not have the right to insist on a specific specialist. Referrals will be done strictly according to cost effectiveness and availability of specialists.

Specialist findings will be sent to the Federation Office who will notify the member.

Findings of specialists relating to dogs brought directly by the owner will only be accepted if provided by the specialist. No findings submitted by members will be accepted.

All findings by Dental Specialists will be noted on the dog’s record.

 

The Breed Standard of the German Shepherd Dog



Rechtssitz Augsburg-Hauptgeschäftsstelle Augsburg

FCI-Standard-No. 166/23.12.2010/E

German Shepherd Dog
Origin: Germany/23.12.2010
FCI classification: Group 1 - herding dogs and cattle dogs
Section 1 - herding dogs with working trial
Use: Versatile working, herding and service dog

 


Brief historical overview:

According to the official documentation of the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) e.V. (Society for the German Shepherd Dog, “SV” for short) – legal domicile in Augsburg, Germany, member of the Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH, German Kennel Club) – the "SV" as the founding club of the breed is responsible for the breed standard of the German Shepherd Dog. Established in the first General Meeting at Frankfurt/Main on 20 September 1899 according to suggestions by A. Meyer and Max von Stephanitz and in addition to the amendments of the 6th General Meeting on 28 July 1901, the 23rd General Meeting at Cologne/Rhineland on 17 September 1909, the Executive Board & Advisory Board Meeting at Wiesbaden on 5 September 1930 and the Breeding Committee & Executive Board Meeting on 25 March 1961, revisions were resolved within the framework of the World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs (WUSV) Meeting on 30 August 1976. Revisions and catalogued measures were resolved with the Enabling Resolution through the Executive Board and Advisory Board from 23/24 March 1991, amended through the Federal Conventions from 25 May 1997 and 31 May/1 June 2008.

The German Shepherd Dog, whose methodical breeding was started in 1899 after the foundation of the society, had been bred from the central German and southern German breeds of the herding dogs existing at that time with the ultimate objective of creating a working dog inclined to high achievements. In order to achieve this objective, the breed standard of the German Shepherd Dog was determined, which relates to the physical constitution as well as the traits and characteristics.

General appearance

The German Shepherd Dog is medium-size, slightly elongated, powerful and well-muscled, with dry bone and firm overall structure.

Important dimensional ratios

The height at the wither amounts to 60 cm to 65 cm for male dogs and 55 cm to 60 cm for female dogs. The trunk length exceeds the dimension at the height at the wither by about 10 – 17 %.

Character

The German Shepherd Dog must be well-balanced (with strong nerves) in terms of character, self-assured, absolutely natural and (except for a stimulated situation) good-natured as well as attentive and willing to please. He must possess instinctive behaviour, resilience and self-assurance in order to be suitable as a companion, guard, protection, service and herding dog.

Head

The head is wedge-shaped, and in proportion to the body size (length about 40 % at the height at the withers), without being plump or too elongated, dry in the overall appearance and moderately broad between the ears. Seen from the front and side, the forehead is only slightly arched and without any or with only a slightly indicated middle furrow.

The ratio from the cranial region to the facial region is 50 % to 50 %. The width of the cranial region more or less corresponds to the length of the cranial region. The cranial region (seen from above) tapers evenly towards the nasal bridge with gradually sloping, not sharply depicted stop in the wedge-shaped facial region (fore-face) of the head. Upper and lower jaws are powerfully developed. The nasal dorsum is straight, any dip or bulge is undesirable. The lips are taut, close well and are of dark colouring.

The nose must be black.

The teeth must be strong, healthy and complete (42 teeth according to the dental formula). The German Shepherd Dog has a scissor bite, i.e. the incisors must interlock like scissors, whereby the incisors of the upper jaw overlap those of the lower jaw. Occlusal overlay, overbite and retrusive occlusion as well as larger spaces between the teeth (gaps) are faulty. The straight dental ridge of the incisors is also faulty. The jaw bones must be strongly developed so that the teeth can be deeply embedded in the dental ridge.

The eyes are of medium size, almond-shaped, slightly slanted and not protruding. The colour of the eyes should be as dark as possible. Light, piercing eyes are undesirable since they impair the dog's impression.

Ears

The German Shepherd Dog has erect ears of medium size, which are carried upright and aligned (not drawn-in laterally); they are pointed and with the auricle facing forward. Tipped ears and drooping ears are faulty. Ears carried rearward when moving or in relaxed position are not faulty.

Neck

The neck should be strong, well-muscled and without loose neck skin (dewlap). The angulation towards the trunk (horizontal) amounts to approx. 45 %.

Body

The upper line runs from the base of the neck via the high, long withers and via the straight back towards the slightly sloping croup, without visible interruption. The back is moderately long, firm, strong and well-muscled. The loin is broad, short, strongly developed and well-muscled. The croup should be long and slightly sloping (approx 23° to the horizontal) and the upper line should merge into the base of the tail without interruption.

The chest should be moderately broad, the lower chest as long and pronounced as possible. The depth of the chest should amount to approx. 45 % to 48 % of the height at the withers.
The ribs should feature a moderate curvature; a barrel-shaped chest is just as faulty as flat ribs.
The tail extends at least to the hock, but not beyond the middle of the hind pastern. It has slightly longer hair on the underside and is carried hanging downward in a gentle curve, whereby in a state of excitement and in motion it is raised and carried higher, but not beyond the horizontal. Operative corrections are forbidden.

Limbs Forequarters

The forelimbs are straight when seen from all sides, and absolutely parallel when seen from the front.

Shoulder blade and upper arm are of equal length, and firmly attached to the trunk by means of powerful musculature. The angulation from shoulder blade and upper arm is ideally 90°, but generally up to 110°.

The elbows may not be turned out either while standing or moving, and also not pushed in. The forearms are straight when seen from all sides, and absolutely parallel to each other, dry and firmly muscled. The pastern has a length of approx. 1/3 of the forearm, and has an angle of approx. 20° to 22° to the forearm. A slanted pastern (more than 22°) as well as a steep pastern (less than 20°) impairs the suitability for work, particularly the stamina.

The paws are rounded, well-closed and arched; the soles are hard, but not brittle. The nails are strong and of dark colour.

Hindquarters

The position of hind legs is slightly backwards, whereby the hind limbs are parallel to each other when seen from the rear. Upper leg and lower leg are of approximately the same length and form an angle of approx. 120°; the legs are strong and well- muscled.

The hocks are strongly developed and firm; the hind pastern stands vertically under the hock.

The paws are closed, slightly arched; the pads are hard and of dark colour; the nails are strong, arched and also of dark colour.

Gait

The German Shepherd Dog is a trotter. The limbs must be coordinated in length and angulations so that the dog can shift the hindquarters towards the trunk without any essential change of the top line and can reach just as far with the forelimbs. Any tendency towards over-angulation of the hindquarters reduces the stability and the stamina, and thereby the working ability. Correct body proportions and angulations results in a gait that is far-reaching and flat over the ground which conveys the impression of effortless forward movements. The head pushed forward and the slightly raised tail result in a consistent, smooth trot showing a gently curved, uninterrupted upper line from the ear tips over the neck and back to the end of the tail.

Skin

The skin is (loosely) fitting, but without forming any folds.

Coat

Hair texture

Hair: The German Shepherd Dog is bred in the hair varieties double coat and long and harsh outer coat – both with undercoat.

Double coat: The guard hair should be as dense as possible, particularly harsh and close fitting: short on the head, including the inside of the ears, short on the front side of the legs, paws and toes, some-what longer and more strongly covered in hair on the neck. On the back side of the legs the hair extends to the carpal joint or the hock; it forms moderate ‘trousers’ on the back side of the haunches.

Long and harsh outer coat: The guard hair should be long, soft and not close fitting, with tufts on the ears and legs, bushy trousers and bushy tail with downward formation of tuft. Short on the head, including the inside of the ears, on the front side of the legs, on the paws and toes, somewhat longer and more strongly covered in hair on the neck, almost forming a mane. On the back side of the legs the hair extends to the carpal joint or the hock and forms clear trousers on the back side of the haunches.

Colours

Colours are black with reddish-brown, brown and yellow to light grey markings; single-coloured black, grey with darker shading, black saddle and mask. Unobtrusive, small white marks on chest as well as very light colour on insides are permissible, but not desirable. The tip of the nose must be black in all colours. Dogs with lack of mask, light to piercing eye colour, as well as with light to whitish markings on the chest and the insides, pale nails and red tip of tail are considered to be lacking in pigmentation. The undercoat shows a light greyish tone. The colour white is not allowed.

Size/weight

Male dogs: Height at the withers: 60 cm to 65 cm Weight: 30 kg to 40 kg

Female dogs: Height at the withers: 55 cm to 60 cm Weight: 22 kg to 32 kg

Testicles

Male dogs should have two obviously normally developed testicles which are completely in the scrotum.

Faults

Any deviation from the aforementioned points should be considered as a fault whose evaluation should be in exact proportion to the degree of deviation.

Serious faults

Deviations from the above-described breed characteristics which impair the working capability. Faulty ears: ears set too low laterally, tipped ears, inward constricted ears, ears not firm. Considerable pigment deficiencies. Severely impaired overall stability.

Dental faults: All deviations from scissor bite and dental formula insofar as it does not involve eliminating faults (see the following)

Eliminating faults

    1. Dogs with weak character and weak nerves which bite
    2. Dogs with proven “severe hip dysplasia”
    3. Monorchid or cryptorchid dogs as well as dogs with clearly dissimilar or atrophied testicles
    4. Dogs with disfiguring ears or tail faults
    5. Dogs with malformations
    6. Dogs with dental faults: with lack of: 1 premolar 3 and another tooth, or 1 canine tooth, or 1 premolar 4, or 1 molar 1 or molar 2, or a total of 3 teeth or more
    7. Dogs with jaw deficiencies: Overshot by 2 mm and more, undershot, level bite in the entire incisor region
    8. Dogs with oversize or undersize by more than 1 cm
    9. Albinism
    10. White hair colour (also with dark eyes and nails)
    11. Long Straight Topcoat without undercoat
    12. Long-haired (long, soft guard hair without undercoat, mostly parted in the middle of the back, tufts on the ears and legs and on the tail)

The Constitution of the GSD Federation of South Africa

Constitutional Committee:

Glen Denton (Chairman) Email: denton Cell: 082 576-6009
Morné Strydom Email: m.a.strydom
Rodney Osborne Cell: Email: Rodney.Osborne@marsh.com Cell: 083 253-2390

The founding principle of the German Shepherd Dog Federation of South Africa (GSDF) was that the organisation would follow a system as close as possible to that of the mother organisation in Germany, the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) e.V. (Society for the German Shepherd Dog, “SV” for short), but always in the context of what is possible in South Africa and what is in the best interests of the breed in South Africa.

Please note that all the Rules & Regulations of the GSDF are included in the Constitution.

Constitution: (Dates on the various section documents are the dates of the last update of that section)

Main Constitution
Breed Ordinance
Breed Survey Manual
Show Ordinance
Training Ordinance
Judges Manual
Helpers Manual
Sport Ordinance