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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Multi-Performance Championship


Multi Performance Championship Award for Dogs achieving a Championship in any two Performance Venues: Agility, Herding, Obedience, Rally or Tracking (and IPO to be added when they have such an award via AKC or GSDCA).

A plaque like the dual awards plaque to be issued. The first award that a dog is given will be a plaque and all subsequent awards (for additional championships in a new venue) will be a bar that can be attached to and hung from the previously awarded plaque. One Championship bar per performance venue.

One owner must be a member of the GSDCA.  There will be a charge for co-owners to purchase a Multi Performance Championship Award plaque provided that they are members of the GSDCA.  The same owner need notown the dog when both titles are earned. As with all GSDCA awards, the dog must be AKC or SV registered (no PAL).The dog will not have to be living to be eligible.

Dates for awarding the plaques will be based upon the second qualifier during August 1 2917 to July 31 2018 this year, and from August 1 to July 31 continuing thereafter. Multi Performance Championship Award for Dogs achieving a Championship in any two Performance Venues: Agility, Herding, Obedience, Rally or Tracking. Recipients will be announced at the National and printed in the Review.

Those that have done this in the past (prior to the awards inception) will receive Certificates of Merit to be recognized and all be listed on the parent club website.

A Form that can completed is available by contacting the awards rally chair or downloading this Multi-Title Award Form. Submissions can be sent via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Submissions requested no later than September 16 each year.

Phyllis Kraft


GSDCA Annual Training Achievement Awards (ATAA) Program

This is an annual award and point tabulation for the German Shepherd Dog sires and dams whose purebred progeny earn titles (and points) through performance events including, but not limited to,  herding, obedience, tracking, agility and Schutzhund.  View the current ATAA Title Holders.

This award showcases the breeder who strives to produce working progeny capable of doing the many tasks a working German Shepherd Dog can do and who helps maintain the versatility of our breed and its heritage.

The purpose of the Annual Training Achievement award is multifactorial:

  • To give breeders more incentives to encourage their puppy purchasers to train and show their dogs.
  • To provide incentive to owners of German Shepherd Dogs to exhibit in Performance Trials and Tests and thereby help honor their dog’s sire and/or dam.
  • To stimulate more exhibitors to show their dogs in breed and performance events so that there will be more multi-titled German Shepherd Dogs.
  • To provide the union of or “bridge the gap” between breed exhibitors and performance competitors to common goals.
  • To demonstrate to the public the usefulness and versatility of the German Shepherd Dog breed and show that they can compete successfully in all types of competitions.

The ATAA Guidelines are as follows:

  1. In order for a progeny to qualify to earn points for their sire and/or dam, they must have no disqualifying faults.To this end they will need to have been awarded a placement ribbon in a breed conformation class at an AKC or SV breed show, or submit a letter from an AKC judge licensed to judge German Shepherd Dogs that the dog is free of any disqualifying faults (spayed/neutered dogs may qualify). 
  2. Points for titles for the sire or dam will not accumulate unless the owner of the sire and/or dam is a member of the GSDCA.Points will not be awarded retroactively.  Only the breeder who submits the request for progeny points for their sire or dam needs to be the GSDCA member.  The owners of the progeny also do not need to be GSDCA members, although that is encouraged.  This is a voluntary program and it is the breeder who choses whether or not to participate in this program and its awards.
  3. The awards year runs from January 1 to December 31 of each year.Submissions for the award year are to be submitted between January 1 and April 1 of the following year.  Breeders (the owner of the sire and/or dam) need to submit the following:

            a:  A completely filled out ATAA program report form for each progeny

            b:  A copy of all the title certificates being requested to be tabulated for points (which they must acquire from the progeny’s owners), or a copy of the page in the AKC awards or GSDCA Review where the title is published. 

            c:  Proof (as above) that the dog has no disqualifying faults if the progeny is being submitted for inclusion in the program for the first time.


For 2018 the titles being allowed for submission include all the AKC titles, all the SV titles, all the GSDCA titles, SAR/Law Enforcement titles and AKC recognized titles (such as barn hunt and dock diving).   On the GSDCA website you will find the current list of titles allowed along with their point allocations.  The list may change as new titles or titling venues are added. 

At the end of the submission period each year the points earned by the progeny for each sire and dam are tabulated, and a annual list of the Top 10 Sires and Dams is created. The #1 sire and dam each year will receive an award plaque.  The Top 10 will receive frameable certificates of achievement.  In addition annually the results will be published in the October issue of the German Shepherd Dog Review with 3 tabulations:

  1. The Top 10 sires/dams for the year and their point accumulation for that year with the names of their owner(s).
  2.  The Top 25 active sires/dams overall and their point totals with the names of their owner(s).  After 3 years of inactivity they are moved to the inactive list.
  3.  The Top 25 all time sires/dams and their point totals with the names of their owner(s).


This is a great program to showcase the versatility and achievements of our German Shepherd Dogs.  I welcome all new participants to the program and am always available to answer any questions you may have.  Please submit all required forms and documentation to:

Cynthia Binder DVM

5487 La Cumbre Rd, Somis, Ca 93066

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View the current ATAA Title Holders.

See/download/print the current point schedule.

See/download/print the ATAA progeny reporting form.

See/download/print the judge’s attestation form (you do not need to use this form, it is just a suggestion, but it may make it easier for your judge to use it.

Health Award of Merit

This Award is presented to current club members who's GSD has passed the GSDCA's comprehensive set of required health tests and evaluations.

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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.

This year marks the 27th year of the Award of Excellence and my first year as Chair.  Many thanks to Helen Franklin for her years of dedication to the Award of Excellence; she is the founder and forever champion of the German Shepherd Dog.  This year we add two dogs to our elite listing bringing our Award of Excellence total of 114 German Shepherd Dogs.

The title of AOE is placed before the dog’s name, ahead of Select, Champion or Grand Victor/Victrix.  AOE becomes an immediate indication that this dog is one of the best, demonstrating all the attributes of the total German Shepherd Dog.

Qualifications for the Award of Excellence:

  • Owner must be a member of the GSDCA
  • Dog must be an AKC Champion and have been awarded a Select rating at the GSDCA National Specialty Show
  • Must be OFA, OVC or SV “a” stamp certified hips and elbows
  • Must have a Temperament Certification (TC) from the GSDCA
  • Must have a recognized performance title (Obedience, Agility, Rally Tracking, Herding or IPO/Sch)

Award of Excellence dogs and their owners are filmed each year with the presentation of the Crystal Trophy at our National Specialty each year.

Laura Gilbert, Chair

Download a copy of the AOE Application Form.

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

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Phyllis Dobbs Versatility Award

NEW FOR 2018!  GSDCA Phyllis Dobbs Versatility Competition  (Most Versatile German Shepherd Competition at the GSDCA National)


In memory of Phyllis Dobbs, who bred, owned, and trained the first Triple Champion in the German Shepherd breed, the Most Versatile German Shepherd Competition at the GSDCA National recognizes those dogs that exemplify true versatility by successfully competing in a variety of events at the GSDCA National. 

The Versatility Competition is open to all AKC registered or listed German Shepherd Dogs.  The dogs in the Versatility Competition must be currently owned by at least one member of the GSDCA in good standing.  Dogs must earn scores at the National in a minimum of three of the following venues:  Agility, Conformation, Herding, Obedience/Rally, Tracking.  Obedience and Rally are considered one venue since the required skills are similar.  To participate in the Versatility Competition, competitors must fill out a Versatility Competition registration form and submit it with the registration fee by September 1, 2018, to ensure being listed in the catalog as being entered in the Versatility Competition (late entries will be accepted until October 6 but will not be listed in the catalog or receive a customized participation rosette).  Participants must enter the events in which their dog will compete directly with the appropriate event secretary.  For 2018, the registration fee for the Versatility Competition for all participants has been generously donated by Friends of Phyllis Dobbs. 

During the National Specialty, participants must fill out and turn in a score sheet to the Versatility Chair each day.  The scoring for the competition ends after Best of Breed and the winner of the Versatility Competition will be announced at the Banquet and presented with the Phyllis Dobbs Versatility Award.  Competing dogs will receive a customized participation rosette.  The winner of the 2018 Phyllis Dobbs Versatility Award will receive a cold cast bronze statue of a German Shepherd Dog.  


The Versatility Competition is based on a point accumulation system, with points being awarded according to schedule of points set forth in Appendix 1, based on performance in various events.  Generally, points will be awarded in Conformation for participation and placement.  Points will be awarded in each performance event entered based on:

  • Qualifying runs
  • Maximum of 2 weighted scores (if applicable)
  • Additional points may be awarded for certain special achievements (e.g., High in Trial in Obedience).

Although Obedience and Rally are considered a single event for purposes of the three-event minimum, competitors can earn points from both Obedience and Rally. 

Agility:   Any two qualifying runs that receive a score (Standard, Jumpers, FAST, Premiere) from the two GSD only days, will count as weighted scores towards the total points awarded in the Versatility Competition.  Versatility points will be computed as RAW SCORE plus points.  Although only two qualifying runs receive a weighted score, all other qualifying runs will receive points. 

Conformation:   A dog may compete in both the Versatility Sweeps (a sweepstakes class open only to dogs entered in the Versatility Competition), and in the regular conformation classes.  All dogs participating (and not being excused for DQs or temperament), will receive 25 points for participation in the sweepstakes or in any regular class.  Class placements will be awarded additional points.  Dogs competing in Best of Breed will receive 150 participation points, earning a Select, GV, GVX, or BOB will receive additional points.  

Versatility Sweepstakes:  The purpose of offering a Versatility Sweepstakes class is so all Versatility dogs, even those that are spayed or neutered, may compete and earn participation points in conformation.  The sweepstakes would offer two classes, dogs and bitches, and would be judged following the Futurity/Maturity  finals on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.   The Versatility Sweepstake Judge is Mr. James A. Moses.   This is a non-regular class and must be entered via the Versatility Competition Registration Form.      

Coursing:   The AKC defines the Coursing Ability Test (CAT) as a low stress way to get involved with dog sports as it is designed specifically for newcomers.  It is a pass/fail event and requires minimal training.  The FAST CAT is a straight line 100-yard dash.  A dog will be able to earn a maximum of 20 points (2 Qs in the CAT and 2 Qs in the FASTCAT) in this event.  Coursing does not count toward the three-event minimum for participation in the Versatility Competition.

Dock Diving:   Dogs may earn points for up to eight Splashes (usually there are a maximum of four Splashes offered per day) during the GSDCA national.  Points are earned based on the distance the dog jumps in each Splash.  Dock Diving does not count toward the three-event minimum for participation in the Versatility Competition.

Herding:   Any two qualifying runs that receive a score (Course A, B, C, on ducks, sheep, or cattle) from the GSDCA herding trials (two A/B trials and two C trials), will count as weighted scores towards the total points awarded in the Versatility Competition.  Versatility points will be computed as RAW SCORE plus points.  Although only two qualifying runs receive a weighted score, all other qualifying runs will receive points. 

Obedience/Rally:   Obedience and Rally are combined as one venue since the skills are very similar.  However, dogs may earn 2 raw scores in each event.  Any two qualifying runs that receive a score from the two GSD only days, will count as weighted scores towards the total points awarded in the Versatility Competition.  Because Obedience scores are based on a 200-point scale (unlike the other performance venues that are a 100-point scale) Obedience Versatility points will be computed as 50% of the RAW SCORE plus points.  Rally Versatility points will be computed as RAW SCORE plus points.  Although only two qualifying runs from EACH event (Obedience and Rally) receive a weighted score, all other qualifying runs will receive points. 

Tracking:     Tracking is the only sport in which we are awarding points for previously earned titles because the entries are very limited and dogs without titles are given entry priority over dogs that already have earned the titles.  Tracking will only count as one the three required venues if dogs are entered and qualify at the National.  To encourage people to enter the Tracking test at the National Specialty, dogs entered and qualifying at the National will earn more points than dogs with a previously earned title.

Peggy Douglas Award

Peggy Douglas was a devoted member of several clubs, including the GSDC of Houston.  She mentored newcomers to our Breed and was always encouraging people to join and get involved in the local dog clubs and the GSDCA.

Peggy Douglas award contact is Gloria Birch, Awards Committee Chair

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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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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.

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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 ...

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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

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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

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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.

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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 email 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.

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

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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 email 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

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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.

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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)