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.

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Annual Training Achievement Award (ATAA) Purpose & Guidelines

Annual award to the Sires and dams of German Shepherd Dog progeny who achieve obedience, herding, tracking, agility titles and or Schutzhund degrees.  View the current ATAA Title Holders.

Connie Beckhardt Award

First presented in 1991, recipients of the Award should exhibit the qualities of a goodwill ambassador for the German Shepherd Dog. They must display exceptional qualities in mentoring and sharing their time and knowledge with others, and lead by example, demonstrating the best of sportsmanship and care of their German Shepherd Dogs. To learn more about this award and it's past winners, click Read More.

Dual Awards

Dual Awards are presented every year at the National Specialty Show Board Meeting for GSDCA-member dogs who have completed a performance title in addition to a champion title. Members must apply to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it providing copies of information from the AKC (such as the awards & titles page or copies of the certificate).

Click on the year below to view, download, print or save the listings of the GSDCA Dual Award Winners:

2015 - 2016 GSDCA Dual Award Winners

2014 - 2015 GSDCA Dual Award Winners

2013 - 2014 GSDCA Dual Award Winners

2012 - 2013 GSDCA Dual Award Winners

2011 - 2012 GSDCA Dual Award Winners

2010 - 2011 GSDCA Dual Award Winners

more...... Dual Excellent Awards

LaMar Kuhns Award

This award recognizes outstanding presentation and grooming of dogs and creating of good will for German Shepherd Dogs. The award is open to both the non-professional or professional. Nominations can come from members or regional clubs to the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

National Elite Awards

The Elite Award is given to those dogs who achieve a score of 195 or better in any regular class at the Nationals. Dogs earning this award must also be purebred, registered and free of disqualifying faults as confirmed by an AKC judge approved to judge GSDs.

In 2014, seven teams achieved this high level of performance:

  • Oak Ridge Shadow Dancer UDX OM1 with Shannon Canard (Utility B class)
  • OV OTCH Heka Shining Brigtly vom Mika-Ashmead with Kristin Brooks (Utility B class)
  • Miriamm z Eurosportu UDX2 OM3 with Shannon Canard (Open B)
  • Nocturne’s Gabriel II VCD1 UDX OM1 with Timothy Muldowney (Open B)
  • von Sontausen Holy Grail UDX2 OM2 HGH BN GN RE with Regina Steiner (Open B)
  • Getta von der Olgameister UD RA CA with Vickie Buchanan (Open B)
  • Juel’s Independence Day UD RE with Elaine Hurrie (Open B)
Presidential Citation Award

The Presidential Citation Award should only be awarded those persons who have achieved an outstanding accomplishment or dedicated an exceptional amount of effort on Behalf of the Parent Club or Breed. Not more than one award for each category will be given each year except when a special award is given for heroism.

1) Meritorious Service
2) Meritorious Achievement
3) Special Award (Heroism) - Person or German Shepherd Dog.

Title Awards

Breeders Pin

Awarded to a breeder-member, once only, for their first home-bred Champion of Record.

Pins (AKC Title)

Each month the AKC issues a listing of titles earned by German Shepherd Dogs.  Pins and Certificates are awarded to the owner-member authomatically. No requests are necessary to receive these awards. Additionally, Pins, Certificates and Medals are available for purchase by the owner for co-owners. Lost pins, certificates and medals are also available for purchase. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any further questions.

Click here for a copy of the recognized titles that receive awards.

Award of Excellence (AOE)

This title is the most prestigious “conformation” award given by the GSDCA in recognition of the quintessential German Shepherds. They excel in conformation, are sound in body, have keen minds which make them capable of and suitable for the many different “jobs” in which society has placed them…i.e…THE TOTAL DOG.

Download a copy of the AOE Application Form.

IMPORTANT – The deadline for AOE submission each year is August 15

Don Cliff Memorial Good Sportsmanship Award

This award recognizes the member who demonstrate's good sportsmanship as an exhibitor, whether winning or losing, gives of time, energy and/or means to the sport of dogsand the German Shepherd Dog, demonstrates ...

Dual Excellent Award

The following are the requirements to acquire a Dual Award Excellent:

  1.  Be an AKC Champion
  2.  Have OFA, OVC, or SV “a” stamp certified hips and elbows
  3.  Have earned a regular AKC performance degree in obedience, tracking, rally, herding, agility, or protection.
  4.  Have passed the GSDCA temperament Test

The Dual Award Excellent award represents diligence of both dogs and owners as any award with the title of excellent should do.  It furthers encourages our breeders and owners to strive for sound dogs, mentally and physically.  The public is exposed to what our breed represents, the truly total dog, an excellent member of our lives.

Click on the year below to view, download, print or save the listings of the GSDCA Dual Award Excellent Winners:

2015 - 2016 GSDCA Dual Award Excellent Winners

2014 - 2015 GSDCA Dual Award Excellent Winners

2013 - 2014 GSDCA Dual Award Excellent Winners

2012 - 2013 GSDCA Dual Award Excellent Winners

more.... Dual Awards

Lloyd Brackett Award

Persons whose breeding program exhibits a vision of improvement to the breed, tempered with the wisdom to exhibit strict attention to the Standard of the German Shepherd Dog. The Recipient of the Award should be someone whose dogs display a consistency of breed type and have created a line of German Shepherd Dogs easily recognizable within the breed. Click Read More

Performance Award of Merit (PAM)

Given in recognition and appreciation of animals who display the versatility of the breed by performing in a variety of different performance events.  To be eligible for this award a dog must have completed titles in three (3) different performance areas including:

  • Obedience & Rally
  • Tracking
  • Herding
  • Agility
  • Working Dog Sport

Click here to save, print, or download the submission form.  (Note: if you have trouble viewing this document, please click here to install the latest version of Adobe Reader.)

Register of Merit (ROM)

The Register of Merit (ROM) title is awarded to sires and dams of progeny competing in the conformation and performance rings.  The qualifications are different for the sire than for the dam as the sire will probably have more progeny in his life time than the dam.

Many, many thanks to the committee chairs who have spent so much time compiling and reporting on these statistics to highlight these top producing GSDs.