Celebrating 100 years of German Shepherd Dogs in America; A Century of Service for Mankind
By Mel Fabrikant Sunday, February 10, 2013, 06:52 PM EST
The German Shepherd Dog Club of America today announced the kick-off of a new website and a year-long celebration of 100 years of the Club’s establishment to advance the interests of the pure-bred German Shepherd Dog in America.
“The first recorded German Shepherds date back to 1899, and today they are one of the most iconic and popular breeds of pure bred dogs; rich in history with a broad range of capabilities from wartime service and law enforcement to service assistance dogs and even as actors in television and movies.
The GSDCA is proud to celebrate this diverse heritage in our 100th year by raising awareness about the breed and focusing on enhancing the character and quality of the next generations of German Shepherd Dogs that will continue to serve society in the future,” said Frank Fasano, President of the GSDCA.
“This Centennial year kicks off with the launch of a new website www.germanshepherd100years.com celebrating the history and accomplishments of the breed. The announcement is timed to coincide with the Westminster Kennel Club Show, which has a special place in the history of the GSDCA. In 1913, 49 German Shepherds were exhibited at Westminster and 24 people then came together and formed the German Shepherd Dog Club of New England, the precursor to today’s national club,” noted Fasano.
“A focal point of the Centennial year will be the GSDCA National Show and Centennial Gala at Dream Park in New Jersey October 7-13. We are especially honored that David Frei, Director of Communications for the Westminster Kennel Club and well-known voice of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Gala Celebration that will honor the German Shepherd’s role in law enforcement, the armed forces and as service dogs,” said Nancy Harper-Mulvaney, Chair of the GSDCA Centennial Committee.
“The American Kennel Club (AKC®) extends its congratulations to the German Shepherd Dog Club of America on its 100 years of advancing the interests of pure-bred German Shepherds,” said Alan Kalter, Chairman of the Board of the American Kennel Club.
In 2012, German Shepherds ranked as the second most popular dog breed in America according to the AKC®.
The GSDCA today represents over 3000 members in 94 individual clubs in 9 regions throughout the US, Alaska and Hawaii. The GSDCA is a founding member Parent Club of the AKC® Canine Health Foundation, and the American German Shepherd Charitable Foundations both of which were organized to fund health research. GSDCA members and regional clubs work to encourage responsible breeding, dog ownership, youth participation and education and to preserve the physical characteristics of the breed and to encourage the development of working abilities of the GSD.
The Centennial year celebration will include local and regional efforts and we are assembling a unique display that recognizes the rich history of the club and the breed, including historical artifacts, pictures, documents, and memorabilia. Participation by a number of VIPs representing German Shepherd Dogs service to all branches of the military and law enforcement has been confirmed and will be announced shortly.
More details will be provided on events and activities throughout the year and will be available on the Centennial website at www.germanshepherd100years.com.
For more information on the GSDCA visit www.gsdca.org