There is obviously a need to ensure that the GSDL/WUSV System is
more clearly understood. Over the last year or so some people in our
breed have made some astonishing assertions, astonishing because
they have absolutely no basis in truth. I have heard it said that
the WUSV constitution does not allow GSD shows/events to be held by
any WUSV member club without the express agreement of their relevant
Kennel Club, this statement is absolutely WRONG. I have heard
is said that legal advice had been obtained which indicated that no
Kennel Club licensed GSD Breed Club would be able to hold any GSD
Event organised under any rules & regulations other than the Kennel
Clubs rules & regulations, and if this occurred the GSD Club
involved would lose its Kennel Club license, this statement is also
Several people in our breed who hold responsible positions have made
these statements and also made many other false
allegations directed at myself. The clear objective of these
numerous allegations is to undermine my apparent influence on the
establishment and development of the GSDL/WUSV System here within
Great Britain and to undermine the system itself.
Some of you may be aware that I have made some contributions to the
introduction and progress of our new and exciting GSDL/WUSV System.
This became apparent when I received three (yes THREE)
presentations at the GSD League’s (GSDL) Annual General meeting of
2010. Just to give you a few examples of my contributions, I wrote
the rules for the GSDL/WUSV Events and I wrote “Our Future Plans”
for the GSD League which can be read under the “GSD IN GREAT
BRITAIN” on my website. I also wrote and distributed many documents
to the WUSV member Clubs throughout the World, and through emails,
as well as articles in the “Das Schaferhunde” Magazine in Germany
which has a huge world-wide subscriptions and distribution.
Because of these efforts I have become a target for the “British GSD
traditionalists” who either mainly or solely support Kennel Club
Shows. It is their ignorance, lies and deceit which I will never
tolerate and which I have every intention to tackle head on with
absolute determination and with all the resources at my disposal,
which are quite considerable; this article is just a small part of
this process. I hope this article helps many readers to understand
more about our GSDL/WUSV System, which is now established and
growing here in Great Britain, contrary to the false statements I
refer to in the first paragraph of this article.
There are three major GSD organisations covering the whole of Great
Britain - I don't count the "UK Alsatian Club” as relevant to this
The GSD Breed Council (BC) and The GSD League (GSDL) are the two
major National GSD Organisations. The other major GSD organisation
BAGSD are mainly engaged in their branch network which covers
socialising and basic training for the numerous pet GSD, a valuable
role indeed for our breed.
The GSD Breed Council is NOT a Kennel Club “licensed breed club”; it
is a forum for discussion for the GSD, with representation channels
to the Kennel Club, although this has never been as effective as
many would wish. The BC may also co-ordinate various GSD shows and
GSD seminars and also the Breed Council publishes a monthly
The GSD League introduced and is steadily developing the GSDL/WUSV
System into Great Britain. The GSD League is constantly assessing
future progressive developments for our GSD breed within the UK, and
has many supporters throughout Great Britain and around the World,
including the WUSV, and its numerous National GSD Breed Club members
from other nations. This is indeed very influential, meaningful and
The GSDL/WUSV System has now embraced a GSDL/WUSV British Regional
Group of affiliated GSD Clubs and they are examining many options
regarding "the way forward". There are many matters which the
“Regional Group” will be aware of which are at various stages of
discussion within the group. These matters will tend to be
confidential until agreements are reached; however there have been
some headline communications from the Regional Group as to some of
the key issues under discussion, which includes the possible
inclusion of the opportunity to gain a “British Champion” title.
There are several very exciting ideas under discussion within the
GSD League and the “Regional Group”.
I hope readers readily understand the need for some restraint from
GSDL/WUSV Regional Group members on making any public comments.
Progress must be measured and very carefully considered. Negatives
must be minimised and positives maximised for there to be successful
development of this exciting system.
The issue of the GSD Breed Survey is a case in point. I am very
firmly of the opinion that in Great Britain we need to ensure that
we include within the Breed Survey those very important aspects
which are centred on IDENTIFICATION, e.g. Microchip/Tattoo and DNA
parentage Tests (crucial), and also Health Screening Tests, e.g.
Hips, Elbows etc. I also very firmly believe that we should NOT
include any working or Training tests in the GSD Breed Survey until
such time that it has achieved well in excess of 2000 - yes two
thousand GSD - going through our GSD breed Survey each year. I will
make further comments on this point later.
The most crucial aspect of our GSD Breed Survey is for it to gain
universal and widespread use by British GSD Breeders. This will then ensure
that it becomes the norm for GSD breeders throughout Great Britain
to have their prospective breeding GSD “Breed Surveyed” and it will
become normal for the British GSD Puppy buying public to insist on a
GSD puppy from GSD Breed Surveyed parents, just as they do now with
For the Breed Council to have introduced the Kennel Club Good
Citizens Bronze Award as a requirement in our GSD Breed
Survey is what I firmly considered a very serious risk to the “Breed
Survey becoming widely used by GSD breeders” and a serious
retrograde step to the future development of the Breed Survey and
the much desired potential growth in the GSD numbers that could be
put through the GSD Breed Survey. The KC Good Citizens Bronze Award
proves nothing of any additional importance, and it has introduced a
Kennel Club qualification into our GSD Breed Survey which is
not recognised in any way for ANY Kennel Club licensed show ENTRY
On the other hand for the GSDL/WUSV Regional Events and also for
our annual GSD British Sieger, the GSD Breed Survey is
FUNDAMENTAL to their ENTRY CRITERIA.
REMEMBER: Kennel Club
Shows do not have any entry requirement for tattoo/microchip or for
hips & elbow scores. Entries simply have to be Kennel Club
I am definitely not trying to demean the KC Good Citizens Scheme.
It is fine for those that wish to participate in it for their
pleasure and want to achieve this Kennel Club qualification. I am of
the very firm opinion that it has absolutely NO place forming any
part of the requirements for our GSD Breed Survey Scheme.
When our GSD Clubs/Organisations consider it is time to introduce
some initial working Tests/Qualifications into our GSD Breed Survey,
I sincerely believe they must base their considerations on elements
of the SV BH (traffic of life) test and maybe some elements of the
SV Körung and maybe the SV AD (endurance) test. However I must
stress my very firm opinion of waiting until our breed has
over 2000 GSD per year going through our GSD Breed Survey, although
once it reaches over 1000 per year preliminary consideration to
introducing some initial working test at some future date could
We should all be aware that our GSDL/WUSV Events are very clearly TWO
systems running together and this must be maintained to retain
CHOICE and INCLUSIVITY for all participating GSD
owners, it must never become an elitist system.
ONE is the full SV/WUSV System which culminates with
the Working Classes, which require the FULL SV/WUSV qualifications,
e.g. AD, BH, SchH1, 2, 3. and/or IPO1, 2, 3. A Show grade and the
SV/WUSV Körung (SV/WUSV breed survey = allowed to breed).
TWO is the GSDL/WUSV British System which culminates in
the Adult Classes which requires the “GSD Breed Survey”.
It is very important to remember that GSD following either system
will compete together in ALL OTHER CLASSES. And
always remembering that Long Coats classes are scheduled separately.
Importantly, the future development of our GSD Breed Survey should
only consider elements within the SV/WUSV System, for I strongly
advocate the absolute RETENTION of the ADULT Classes
and therefore the GSDL/WUSV British System, (because not
everyone wants to train their dogs and qualify under the SV system,
most particularly the protection phase), we must
therefore ensure that the differences are only by comparison with
the FULL SV/WUSV System. This clearly facilitates any owner
who may wish to progress from the GSDL/WUSV British System to the
SV/WUSV System with any of their dogs.
To introduce the KC Good Citizens test into our GSD Breed Survey is
totally unnecessary and this is something that should be strenuously
avoided. I was delighted when I was informed that a meeting of our
GSD Breed Surveyors voted in favour of making the KC Good Citizens
Test “OPTIONAL” rather than a “requirement”. It appears good sense
If any further changes are made to the GSD Breed Survey, through the
GSD Breed Council, which cause some difficulties for the GSDL/WUSV
System, then clearly the GSD League would have to very seriously
consider introducing its very own GSD Breed Survey along with its
own GSD Breed Surveyors (known in Germany as “Körmeisters”)
The Kennel Club have their system - The GSDL/WUSV System has “TWO”
Any GSD can participate in ALL THREE Systems
as long as their GSD meet the ENTRY CRITERIA