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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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.

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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.

Recipients of the Award must have integrity toward the Breed and the public, and be devoted to the welfare of all German Shepherd Dogs. Included in the definition of integrity are breeders who strive toward producing dogs with sound temperament, working ability, , OVC or SV "a" stamp certified hips and elbows, and good health.


Connie Beckhardt Award Selection Guidelines.


  1. Member of the GSDCA for at least seven years.
  2. Breeder of German Shepherd Dogs for at least seven years.
  3. Breeder, on their own property, of three AKC German Shepherd Dog Champions
  4. Breeder of one ROM.
  5. Breeder of at least one GSD with a working title.

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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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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

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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

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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.

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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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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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Leslie Dancosse Legacy Award

This award was established in 2018 and is handled by the Awards Committee. Leslie Dancosse devoted her life to the German Shepherd Dog. One of our top handlers, she exemplified what it means to be a tough but fair and humble competitor. Most importantly, Leslie gave of herself in time, knowledge and experience to the future of our breed and mentored many junior handlers over the years.

In honor of Leslie Dancosse, the GSDCA will recognize those individuals who take the time on a daily basis to continue and further the ideals held and the efforts made by Leslie. To be awarded the Leslie Dancosse Legacy Award, a person must meet the following criteria:

• Actively and consistently mentor and teach junior handlers how to properly present the German Shepherd Dog in the conformation ring. This includes but is not limited to grooming, training, maintaining good health and condition of the dog as well as proper ring etiquette.

• Work with junior handlers, both individually and in groups, at both the National and regional specialty shows.

• Encourage and promote the team dynamic between a junior handler and his/her dog by teaching the junior to train the dog from the time it is a puppy rather than show an already ring-trained dog.

• Instill a sense of good sportsmanship in the junior as a competitor.

• Insist that the junior handler be responsible for making his or her education a priority in life.

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Lloyd Brackett Award

Definition: 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.


*Past and future recipients cannot be published in the Red Book without qualifiers being verified.

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Multi Championship Award

Multi Championship Award in Memory of Phyllis Kraft

Multi Championship Award for Dogs achieving a Championship in any two Venues: Agility, Herding, Obedience, Rally or Tracking (and IPO to be added when they have such an award via AKC or GSDCA). In 2018, a Conformation Championship was added.

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 Championship Award plaque provided that they are members of the GSDCA.  The same owner need not own 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.

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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)

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.

Bart Bartley introduced the Peggy Douglas Award to the GSDCA Board and it was quickly approved.  When Gloria Birch became Chair of the Awards Committee, she suggested to Bart, who agreed, that they make a change from a single person recipient to an award given annually to one of the GSDCA Regional Clubs.  The Board approved this change and in 2016 the first to receive the Peggy Douglas Award was the GSDC of Houston, which was Peggy’s club.

  • Actively strive to increase local club and GSDCA membership by advertising fun events, educational programs, fun matches, puppy training and socialization classes.
  • Promote the total German Shepherd Dog by encouraging participation in dog sports such as but not limited to Conformation, Herding, IPO (formerly known as Schutzhund), Obedience, Agility, Rally, and Tracking. 
  • Encourage junior membership, by presenting educational programs on handling, grooming, herding, and agility. 
  • Attend community events to promote and encourage attendance at the local club meetings and other events.
  • Conduct or participate in a Meet the Breed to promote the German Shepherd at dog shows or community events.

The Peggy Douglas Award will be presented to the winner at the GSDCA National Victory Dinner by the GSDCA Awards Chairman.

Any GSDCA Regional Club who wishes to apply for this award must send a written essay demonstrating their club has met as many of the requirements as possible for consideration for the award to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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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Phyllis Dobbs Versatility Award

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. 

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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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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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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.