Our Next GenerationIMG_1863

The German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia and all its affiliates are very keen to promote participation of the young and next generation in the Breed, as we see this as being fundamental to the development of the German Shepherd Dog in Australia over future years. We welcome your feedback and support of these initiatives for the benefit of those future generations and our Breed in general.

As an encouragement to the youth who participate in breed related activities a dedicated section for youth has been provided.

How well do you understand the GSD ?

Visit the Breed Standard webpage !
Click here for the GSD Breed Standard

Do you aspire to be a Conformation Judge ?

Visit the ANKC website for requirements for Aspiring Judges  and view the ANKC judges regulations 

About the Youth of the GSDCAIMG_5726

Our organsiations needs input from the youth of Australia, both to keep the youth interested and enhance the sustainability of the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia (GSDCA).

Youth members are involved at our National, where their main focus was to be more involved in handling. The addition of younger members opened an opportunity for us to involve them in handling. A point Score operates for handlers aged between 7 and 18 years old in each state. This entails handlers competing in junior handler classes at shows within their state and accumulating points over the year with the winner from each state being presented a trophy at the National. We hope that this will encourage younger handlers to compete in junior show handlers and develop their skills so that they are confident to move into the ring as they become older.
We believe that the implementation of the Youth Organisation has seen the development of relationships between the youth of Australia and this is certainly a healthy outcome for our breed. It gives the younger youth members an opportunity to gain a relationship with their slightly older peers, and this makes developing their skills less daunting. It also gives the youth a voice not only in their own club, but also on a National basis, with the Council of Australia.

Through all these ideas, we are hoping to encourage more young people to become involved in all areas of the GSD and to gain confidence and more knowledge so that they continue to stay involved for years to come.