The WUSV is comprised of member clubs from all inhabited continents and was founded in part by the GSDCA. The GSDCA sent its first participants to the World Championship in the late 1970’s. After the GSDCA-WDA was formed, the competition participants from the GSDCA were determined by the outcome of the GSDCA-WDA National Championship. “Team America” consistently performs well in the competition. In 2006, the United States team, made up of GSDCA and USCA members, won the WUSV Team title.
WUSV member clubs take turns organizing the prestigious competition each year. The GSDCA, with the support of the GSDCA-WDA, has the honor of hosting this esteemed event in 2013. The event will take place October 16 to 20, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and will be held in association with the GSDCA Centennial Celebration.
What is the 2013 WUSV World Championship XXVI?
Dan Yee, 2013 WUSV World Championship Chair
The World Championship, referred to by many as the World Cup Competition, is an international IPO3 Championship Trial where the best teams from throughout the world gather to compete for ultimate recognition as the World’s Best IPO3 Dog Competition Team.
The German Shepherd Dog Club of America (“GSDCA”) and the German Shepherd Dog Club of America-Working Dog Association (“GSDCA-WDA”) have consistently supported the World Championship event since its inception more than 30 years ago.
History of the WUSV World Championship
Originally known as the European Championship, the competition began in 1975 in Salzburg, Austria, and involved competitors exclusively from Europe. Interest and participation in the competition grew rapidly, however, as teams from outside Europe entered with increasing frequency. In 1988, the event was officially declared the “WUSV World Championship”, highlighting its intercontinental participation and its connection with the World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs (“WUSV”). Today, the event is closely followed by the nearly 300,000 members of the WUSV member clubs, thousands of whom make the trek annually to the Championship’s nomadic locale to see it “live”.