Control of Breeding.
The German Shepherd Dog Federation of South Africa is a member of the World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs (WUSV) and generally follows the rules laid down by that body.
Indiscriminate breeding is not allowed within the Federation. Before being bred from, it is compulsory that all dogs must:-
• be identified by a permanent tattoo number
• be of a minimum age (20 months for bitches, 24 months for males)
• have passed the Federation's hip dysplasia scheme
• be DNA tested, and
• have been evaluated by a Federation-approved judge (dogs have to receive a minimum grading of "Good") before they may be bred from. Animals who are gun shy, over-aggressive, do not have stable temperaments or have serious anatomical faults, cannot be awarded a grading.
Breed shows are held regularly throughout the country. Although these events are held primarily to identify and qualify potential breeding animals, many people enjoy actively competing purely for fun.
The Club prides itself to have a number of National foundation members/breeders amongst its members who provide a major contribution to the education of first time German Shepherd Dog owners.
Purchasing your first Puppy:
Our club can assist you in the purchase of your puppy should puppies not be readily available from our member breeders. Alternatively you can consult the German Shepherd Dog Federation website which lists more than 70 subscribing breeders and provide information on puppies available.