Max von Stephanitz was dreaming about a dog that was brave, agile, loyal, intelligent and temperament-sound.

In 1899 he founded the SV and registered the first German Shepherd,
Horand von Grafrath.

The first GSD arrived to Australia in 1904 and the rest is history as they say

German Shepherd dog

Max von Stephanitz (1864 –1936) defined the guidelines for the breed standard, and he was the first president of the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (S.V.).

FCI-Standard-Nr. 166/23.03.2010/D

  • Group 1 - Guard dogs and herd dogs

  • Section 1 - Herd dogs with working trial

  • Color: Black with red-brown, brown, yellow to light yellow marks. Black and grey unicoloured


Size and weight:

  • Dogs: 60-65cm, 30-40kg

  • Bitches: 55-60cm, 22-32kg


Family, sport, service, guard, rescue, therapy, guide, herd dog.

The German Shepherd dog is a secure and self-confident, robust, natural, attentive, very resistant physically and mentally.It has a good and secure social behavior, gets along very well with humans and animals in the family environment after corresponding socialization. It is an active dog that needs regular exercise (walks, swimming, cycling, jogging, dog sports) in order to be balanced.One of the iconic characteristics of the German shepherd is its versatility: The GSD wants to be challenged and stimulated. The GSDs therefore need regular physical and mental exercise to stay healthy and fit. German Shepherds that are challenged and stimulated enough are more balanced in their nature, more obedient and satisfied.

A versatile dog
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Efficiency tests were introduced in 1903 to enable identify breed-worthy animals
The approach was a huge success

The first vestiges of today's GSD
were born


The Seed of IGP Dogsport
Civilians formed clubs focused on training, testing and breeding.
The Scheme is critical for identification of workability and character.


Training is absolutely necessary but do not expect too much from puppies too quickly. It is not very difficult to educate a GSD, as the breed is indeed a very capable of working dog breed.  Consistent, patience and understanding are basic requisites.

People who have never trained a dog before will understandably have many questions. It is not the dog that makes mistakes, does not want to learn or is disobedient - the problem is usually at the other end of the leash.

If a dog and handler are a well-rehearsed sportive team, they can prove themselves and be awarded working titles and participate in WGSDCA sanctioned trials.