National Specialty Show 

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Future National Specialties:




Back in Harrisburg, PA

Early details for 2018 (Boise, ID)†

NOTE: The hotel is NOT Ready to take reservations for our block yet but will be soon and we will post when it's all set up.

The Riverside Hotel
2900 W Chinden Blvd
Boise, ID 83714 

Tentative Schedule:
Apr 28-29 Sat-Sun Tentative Agility Trials
May 1 Tue Regional Specialty
May 2 Wed Sweeps, Obedience Supported
May 3 Thu Futurity , Obedience NSS
May 4 Fri Classes Dog, Bitch, Non Regulars
May 5 Sat BOB, Juniors, Annual Awards Banquet
Additional activities: Dock Diving, Water Test TBD

Regular & Non Regular Classes, Best of Breed: Karen Rooks Nauer
Futurity: Nancy Ward
Sweepstakes: Patty Crowley

Details for 2019 (Harrisburg, PA)†


†  All Judges pending AKC approval.
*  New Running Rule states that, starting in 2018, there will only be one judge for regular classes. Click for details.


The German Shorthaired Pointer National specialty show is a dog show which judges only the German Shorthaired Pointer, unlike other dog shows, which are generally referred to as "all-breed" because they are open to all breeds recognized by the sponsoring kennel club.  This National event is only held once a year, usually in the month of May.

German Shorthaired Pointers in all their glory are showcased at the Nationals competing in Conformation, Obedience, Agility, Rally, Sweepstakes and Futurity classes.   Also included is the Top 25 Gala and Art Auction event, which invites the top GSPs from the calendar year prior, based upon AKC statistical ranking, to compete to determine the Top 25 winner.

A "Best in Show" win at the National Specialty Show is tremendously prestigious, indicating that the winning dog or bitch triumphed at this show, which attracted entries from the most serious GSP fanciers in the country or continent.

Entries come from all over the United States as well as several foreign countries.  The show is held in conjunction with the GSPCA Annual Meeting and includes educational programs, health clinics, special events and festive activities, (Like the tippy toe award, and the Margarita tattoo party) which take place throughout the week.

There will be vendors for shopping, usually several silent auctions, a large trophy table, banners flying and ribbons galore.  This show features specially designed GSPCA Logo plate trophies offered for each of the placements in all classes, along with the many other trophies and ribbons!  This is the show to attend! Fun and camaraderie for all!

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