Almost half a million friends and lovers of the German shepherd dog breed worldwide have come together internationally through the German shepherd dog associations of their countries.
German shepherd dog breeders’ associations came into existence in Europe
very soon after the SV (German Shepherd Dog Association of Germany) was founded.
Lovers and friends of the breed, which spread so quickly, joined forces
everywhere in their own associations. It was up to the SV, whose breeders were
already supplying animals throughout the world, to strengthen the links with
associations in other countries. In 1968, the Association introduced an initiative
that firstly aimed to promote international co-operation in all fields, and
secondly aimed to conserve the uniformity of the breed. For the time being,
its objective was to form a Europe-wide union of the associations in the
A few months later, the organisation achieved success. In May 1968, the
representatives of German shepherd dog associations from eleven nations met in
Augsburg, Germany to deliberate on the founding of a European Union of German
Shepherd Dog Associations (EUSV). After a busy weekend, it saw the light of
day: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria,
Switzerland, the then Czechoslovakia and the Federal Republic of Germany
founded the new union.
Just five years later, this supranational organisation paved the way for an
even larger and more important federation – a world union of German shepherd
dog associations. It was founded in 1974/75 – since then, the WUSV has grown
to 74 member associations in 63 countries. Its objective: uniform breed
standard, harmonisation of attitudes and assessment of German shepherd dogs
in breed and performance, clarification of open questions regarding breeding
and training, upbringing and deportment, and the control of hereditary diseases.
Their headquarters is housed under the same roof as the SV in Augsburg.
One of the high points of the WUSV’s work was reached in 1998: the European
German Shepherd Dog Championships were replaced by the WUSV World Championships.
Since then, these championships have represented one of the highlights in the
international world of the breed.