Stock Dog Competition

The WGSDCA offers classes for stock dogs, colored white-factored dogs. Many breeders are out-crossing to colored GSDs to increase the gene pool and bring in new traits. The WGSDCA feels it is important that these white-factored colored offspring have a venue to be evaluated. If you have a dog that is white-factored and not neutered or spayed, we want you to participate in stock dog classes. Here’s how they work:

What dogs are eligible to compete in Stock Dog classes?
Any AKC/CKC registered German Shepherd that is not white but has a white dog in his pedigree within two generations (either a parent or a grandparent) is eligible. Proof of white ancestor may be required. All dogs competing in stock dog classes must be at least six months old and must be intact (not spayed or neutered).

What standard is used to evaluate Stock Dogs?
Dogs will be judged on conformation based on the WGSDCA Breed standard. However, in regards to coat color, the AKC standard applies which states, “The German Shepherd Dog varies in color, and most colors are permissible. Strong rich colors are preferred. Pale, washed-out colors and blues or livers are serious faults.” White dogs are not eligible for competition in the stock dog classes.

How does the competition work?
There are two titles that your dog can work towards. The first is the Stock Dog Championship, or SDCH. The second title is the Master Stock Dog Champion, or MSDCH.

If your dog has previously earned a Stock Dog championship:
Your dog should be entered in the Stock Dog Champion Class to work towards the MSDCH. This class is only available to dogs 12 months of age or over.

If your dog has not previously a Stock Dog championship:
You are eligible to compete for the SDCH and your dog should be entered in either the amateur or expert class depending on the following:

  • Amateur – This class is for dogs six months of age and over, which have not, prior to the date of closing of entries, won one first prize in the Amateur Class, a first prize in the Expert class, or one or more WGSDCA Best Stock Dog wins.
  • Expert – This class is for any dogs six months of age and over. All dogs are allowed except dogs that have previously earned a SDCH.

How do I win a championship?
The Amateur and Expert classes are divided by sex. Each class is judged separately and the dogs are awarded placements – 1st through 4th. The 1st place dog from each amateur and each expert class goes on to compete for Best Stock Dog and Best Opposite Sex Stock Dog. The Best Stock Dog is the dog the judge decides is the best of all the amateur and expert dogs. The Best Opposite Sex Stock Dog is the best dog of the opposite sex as the Best Stock Dog. To earn a SDCH title your stock dog or bitch must win Best Stock Dog five times under five different judges. One of these wins must be against competition. A win against competition means there are 2 or more dogs or bitches entered and competing in the amateur or expert stock dog classes.

The dogs in the Stock Dog Champion Class compete totally separately from the dogs in amateur and expert. This class is not divided by sex, and the judge simply picks the best dog. This dog is the Best Stock Dog Champion. When a dog wins Best Stock Dog Champion five times with competition under three different judges, he is awarded the Master Stock Dog Champion title. A win against competition means there are 2 or more dogs or bitches entered and competing in the Stock Dog Champions class.