USA’s German Shepherd Dog Sieger Show


By Tamara Sevigny

If you ever wanted to attend a European dog show here is your chance. April 21-23, to be held in Danbury at Ridgebury Park Stadium, is the United Schutzhund Clubs of America’s German Shepherd Dog show.

The Sieger Show is a national conformation event held at various locations around the country each year. Last year over 300 dogs were entered at the Reno show and this year they expect more. People of all ages and from all over the world are expected, especially with the show being on the east coast this year, many more European entries are expected.

The German Shepherd Dog, commonly referred to as the German Shepherd, is known for its service in guiding, military, police patrol, search and rescue, herding, protector and much more. The dogs being shown at the Seiger Show will not look like the typical American German Shepherd Dog. This is because the USA has very strict breeding rules from Germany, making them perfect examples of what the German Shepherd Dog should be, even today, with the breed more then 100 years old.

The organization that puts on the event, United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USA), started in the 1960’s with only 20-30 trainers from all over the United States. They now have over 5,000 members and 250 clubs. They are modeled after the German Shepherd Dog club in Germany (the SV), and therefore the same training and breeding rules apply. In addition, the show is also German style. Differences you will see include an outside atmosphere (rain or shine); large rings with lots of running and activity, therefore handlers are more casually dressed; dogs stay in the ring for an hour or more; males and females are judged separately; noise makers and attentions getters are used to keep the dogs alert; and dogs over 12 months are tested for gun shyness.

“Schutzund” is about promoting the most utilized dogs for therapy, police work, seeing eye schools, scent detection, sport and search and rescue. The sport began in the early 1900’s as part of a 2-fold process of good breeding and training. The Seiger Show will demonstrate this with their European judging techniques; performance testing and showing of two types of groups – the Progency Groups and Kennel Groups. In addition there will be vendors offering a variety of unique products and gifts, making for a fun-filled day.

For more information about the show and the German Shepherd Dog breed visit www.germanshepherddog.com or call 530-795-2709. The Seiger Show will be held April 21-23 at Ridgebury Park Stadium in Danbury.

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