ABOUT THE UNITED BELGIAN SHEPHERD DOG ASSOCIATION
A "continental" approach to BSDs in the United States
The UBSDA is the parent club for Belgian Shepherd Dogs affiliated with the United Kennel Club (UKC). The UKC was established in 1898 as a registry for purebred dogs, dedicated to the "total dog" concept. UKC clubs offer obedience trials, conformation shows, and other events for the 145 plus breeds it registers.
The UKC accepted registration of Belgian Shepherd Dogs in March of 1991 for their full program, including conformation shows, in conjunction with the birth of UBSDA. Prior to that time BSDs were eligible for competition in obedience trials only.
The founders of the UBSDA embraced the UKC's decision to register the BSD as one breed with four varieties here in the United States as they are world-wide. UKC's standard for the Belgian Shepherd Dog is based upon the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) standard. UBSDA also heartily approves of the UKC position supporting the sport of working dog training (Ring and Schutzhund) and its "total dog" concept. The United Kennel Club is also applauded for its active role in combating puppy mills and anti-dog legislation.
UBSDA's membership has grown steadily since its inception in 1991. Members represent all four varieties from all parts of the United States and beyond. UKC shows offering conformation classes for BSDs are being scheduled with increasing frequency. One advantage to exhibiting at UKC shows is that only knowledgeable, experienced breeder-judges are licensed to judge BSDs in conformation.
Our shows are just a little bit different from what you may be used to. The pace is relaxed, and exhibitors are encouraged to wear casual clothes as it the dogs' appearance, not their own, which is being evaluated. All dogs are given the opportunity to look their best using UBSDA's unique feature of "assisted animation" and each owner receives a written critique.