The WGSDCA offers as many shows as possible each year. Our main focus is on conformation, but we also offer obedience, agility, fun classes, and occasionally Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog testing.
In conjunction with our conformation shows, we also offer a variety of programs to enhance the white German Shepherd Dog. We offer a Top Ten competition each year for the top dogs in the WGSDCA, based on the number of dogs beaten in conformation competition. We also recognize producers of great white German Shepherd Dogs through our Register of Merit program. Finally, we offer a Futurity and Maturity program for our up and coming young dogs.
Overview of classes and the Structure of a WGSDCA show
- Puppies 2-4 months, 4 – 6 months – These classes are for puppies under 6 months old to begin to learn how to behave in the show ring. Participants in these classes do not earn points and do not advance to the Winners class. The best dog and bitch in each class compete for Best Puppy and Best of Opposite Sex Puppy.
- 6-12 months(this may be divided into 6-9 months, 9-12 months) – Dogs entered in these classes must meet the age requirements for the class. The age of the dog is calculated up to and inclusive of the first day of a show. While it is recommended that dogs under 12 months be entered in one of these classes, they may instead be entered in one of the other classes.
- 12-18 months – Dogs entered in these classes must meet the age requirements for the class. The age of the dog is calculated up to and inclusive of the first day of a show. While it is recommended that dogs under 18 months be entered in one of these classes, they may instead be entered in one of the other classes.
- Novice – Dogs entered in this class must be six months of age or older and must have not, prior to the date of closing of entries, won three first prizes in the Novice class, or a first prize in Bred By Exhibitor, American/Canadian Bred or Open classes. Dogs in the novice class should also not have earned any points towards their championships.
- Bred by Exhibitor – Dogs entered in this class must be six months of age or older and must have been whelped in the United States (or if individually registered in the American Kennel Club Stud Book whelped outside the U.S). The person or the spouse of the person who was the breeder or one of the breeders of record must own the dog wholly or in part. Dogs in this class must handled by the breeder or by a member of the breeder’s immediate family.
- ” American-bred (in the United States) OR Canadian-bred (in Canada) – Dogs entered in this class must be six months of age or older and whelped in the U.S. (in the United States) or Canada (in Canada) as a result of a mating that took place in the U.S. (in the United States) or Canada (in Canada).
- Open – Dogs entered in this class must be six months of age or older.
- Veterans – Dogs entered in the veterans class must be seven years of age or older. They may be surgically spayed or neutered. Dogs entered in the Veteran Classes cannot be shown in any other Conformation class. The winners of the Veteran class for males and for females go on to compete for Best of Breed.
- Best of Breed – Dogs entered in this class must be WGSDCA champions of record. If a dog (according to their owner’s records) has completed the requirements for a championship, but the championship is unconfirmed, they may be shown in this class. The showing of unconfirmed champions in Best of Breed competition is limited to a period of 90 days from the date of the show where the dog completed its requirements for championship.
These classes are divided by sex. Dogs in each class are awarded first through fourth prize. Once the classes are finished, each dog that won a first prize competes for “Winners Dog” (for males) and “Winners Bitch” (for females). The other first-prize winners that do not win “Winners Dog” or “Winners Bitch” compete for “Reserve Winners Dog” and “Reserve Winners Bitch”. The “Winners Dog” and “Winners Bitch” then compete for “Best of Breed”. The “Best of Breed” class can also include any champion or veteran dogs (over seven years) at the show. If a veteran class is offered, the “Best Veteran Dog” and “Best Veteran Bitch” compete in the “Best of Breed” class. The judge will award the dog or bitch he/she feels is the closest to the standard “Best of Breed”. He will also award a dog of the opposite sex “Best Opposite Sex”.
The progress from a class to “Best of Breed” is shown in the following chart.