The GSDCA has a range of publications, that cover not only the current GSD activities in Australia, but also several historical references.


Several very well written and researched articles on the GSD breed and Long Stock Coats are provided.

Call To Action
Review of the Long Stock Coat Variety


Revised Article on the SV Breed Standard


A Condensed History

Condensed History of the German Shepherd in Australia, 1990 Edition
The Condensed History of the German Shepherd in Australia (1990 Edition) was a “one-off” publication to record the history of the German Shepherd in Australia as at 1990. It was a 296-page edition printed version in black and white, and is now out of print and unavailable.

A Condensed History of the German Shepherd Dog in Australia – Published September 1990 (out of print)

GSDCA – About Council, its founding, its Presidents & long dedication of the GSD fraternity.
Pre-Ban Era 1899 to1929- Major imports and subsequent breeding.
Discrimination 1929 to1972 and Beyond – Federal, State and Territory Issues on the Bans.
Notable GSD Personalities from Yesteryear – From patrons to enthusiasts.
The First National GSD Show 1967 – Held in Sydney, NSW.
GSDCA – Development of the Council, Committees and Schemes from 1960 to 1990.
Link between Pre and Post-ban Years – The Great Debate – The GSD – A Question of Type.
Post-Ban Era 1972-1990 – Major Bloodlines, Sires and Dams. National GSD Shows 1 to 18. The First GSD Main Breed Show in 1987

  • How the GSDCA came about
  • The ban era and its lifting
  • Bloodlines and notable dogs
out of print

The Golden Jubilee Edition


Revised and Updated Condensed History of the German Shepherd in Australia, Golden Jubilee Edition
To celebrate the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia Inc.’s 50th Birthday, a complete revision and update of the original 1990 Historical Edition is available.

A total of 864 pages in size and containing thousands of GSD photographs from all eras, mostly in colour, this publication charts the history of the GSD in Australia from before the formation of the Council in 1960, through the lifting of the infamous 43 year GSD import ban in 1972 for a trial period of one year, then permanently in 1974. This book also contains a series of captivating articles, historic records and other fascinating information to make a truly great read, as well as providing an unsurpassed, invaluable, permanent reference source.

  • Thousands of photos
  • Show & Trial history and winners
  • History of the GSD in Australia and the people involved
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Breed Survey Year Books

Survey Books were published yearly since the late 1970s until the end of the 2013 Breed Survey Year. From 2014 onwards details of animals that are successfully surveyed are available to Club Members on the GSDCA database. Click here for the link to the GSDCA Database.

The Breed Survey Year Book was prepared and published by the National Breed Survey Registrar and contains the recorded Breed Survey details for all dogs successfully breed surveyed each year as appears on the Breed Survey Certificate. It also contains a photo of the dog, pedigree details, warnings and recommendations for possible sires to use when breeding.

Some back issues are still available for purchase. Please download the form to place an order Click here

Breed Survey Book Contents
Breed Surveys – Indexed details of all dogs and bitches that have been successfully Breed Surveyed throughout Australia for that particular calendar year. Includes pictures where available.
Breed Survey Analysis – Surveyed Animals by Classification and State. Surveyed Males by Height and State. Surveyed Females by Height and State. Surveyed Animals by Sire.
Hip and Elbow X-ray Scheme – Hip and Elbow Results and Analysis.
Tooth Certificates Issued – Successful results Listing by certificate number.
Breed Survey Declassified – List of animals that have had their Breed Survey Classification removed
Sires Progeny – List of successful sires and progeny details.

Breed Survey Book Index
An index for Breed Surveyed Dogs and Bitches is available by clicking the links below.

Breed Survey Book Index

An index for Breed Surveyed Dogs and Bitches is available by clicking the links below.

GSDCA BREED SURVEY INDEX 1978 – 2012 (Bitches)

Database of Breed Surveyed Animals

The annual breed survey book has been replaced by the online GSDCA database