The Club is registered at the Kennel Club and also a member of the German Shepherd Dog Breed Council of Great Britain. The Breed Council allows member clubs to be represented by a united voice in their dealings with outside agencies.
The Club was formed in 1960 by Edna Day and Jill Ash and classes were held in the Octagon in Plymouth. Several new homes followed over the years until the Club settled in the hall of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Southway, Plymouth. Obedience classes were held inside the hall while ringcraft classes were held on a grass area outside.
In about 1988 the grass area outside the Church Hall was sold off for building work. The Chairman at the time, the late Mr Tony Trant, offered one of his fields at Hennock for the training of ringcraft and obedience therefore starting a second branch of the Club. At about the same time the Club was offered the use of a field on the Kitley Estate, Yealmpton, by kind permission of the owner, a German Shepherd enthusiast. This was the home of the Agility section of the Club for many years until the owner passed away and the use of the field was withdrawn.
In 2004 Mr Trant passed away leaving the Hennock branch facing the loss of its home. Fortunately funds had been saved over many years to purchase a permanent home for the Club and with the help of Mr Trant's son, David, the Training Ground was acquired.
Unfortunately, due to falling numbers at the Plymouth training sessions, that branch had to be closed at the AGM in 2007, the first time in 47 years that the Club did not have a presence in Plymouth. The Hennock branch is going strong and has become the Headquarters of the Club with 6 acres of grass, more than enough outdoor space for ringcraft and two classes of obedience.
As well as our normal training sessions and a number of social events the Club holds two "Open" Breed and Obedience shows each year.