Welcoming speeches

Mayor of the city of Paderborn

Dear Sirs, Madams and canine friends,

The city of Paderborn becomes one more time from the 17th to the 19th of June this year the center of an important dog sport event. I am glad that the association for German shepherd dog (SV) e.V. has chosen the stadium Hermann-Löns of our city Paderborn as venue. As a canine friend I accepted with great pleasure to be the patron of this major sport event.

The city of Paderborn is a center for this popular and high performance sport. Different associations have established a national and international level. So it’s a good thing that we provide dog sport of such a highlight and therefore contribute to the several sides of the city of sports of Paderborn.

You can during three varied days in Hermann-Löns stadium see for yourself, which exceptional performances men and dogs as a team can achieve. The top team of the WUSV-member countries in the areas “Performance” and “show” will provide proof of their qualifications. Then on Sunday the universal winners will be elected. You’ll enjoy a high delight for all the shepherd dogs fans.

My sincere thanks go to the initiative and commitment of the Association for German shepherd dogs (SV) e.V. by carrying out this competition.

I wish all the participants success in this competition and for all the guests exciting impressions and great entertainment.

Yours sincerely

Michael Dreier
Mayor of the city of Paderborn




President of the SV an the WUSV

115 years ago, when Rittmeister Max von Stephanitz founded the “Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) e.V.” and with this laid the cornerstone for breeding German Shepherd Dogs according to plan his target was clear and simple: breeding a working dog for an all-purpose use.

Today, we are still bound to this target and, although the German Shepherd Dog is so unique, the possibilities to use him are so universal. Whether the dog is used for sports, for families, in the task as police dog or guard dog, as rescue dog or therapy dog, as guide dog for blind persons or as herding dog: because of the versatility of the possibilities to be used for, the dog is respected and appraised all over the world.

The WUSV Universal Competition includes a breeding competition as well as a performance competition; in both of them the dog handlers and their four footed partners have to deliver an optimal performance.

The WUSV Universal Competition 2016 in Paderborn is the sixth competition in this vein and, as President of the organizing Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) e.V. and also President of the World Union for German Shepherd Dog Clubs (WUSV), I gladly welcome you.
We would like to express our thanks to the organization team of the regional group Ostwestfalen-Lippe, in front Gerd Dexel, chairman of the regional group and supervisor of this event. The organization team made the preparations in the forefront of this event with so much efforts and engagement to ensure that the international participants can enjoy conditions, as optimal as possible.

Also, thank you to the city of Paderborn and the municipal authorities and offices, as representative mayor Michael Dreier, who supported us in a professional way when we prepared the event.

To the participants from all countries I would like to wish the proverbial “ounce of luck” which is, besides the extensive work for the preparation of this event, needed to have in the end the success as hoped for.

I may introduce you to watch with us from June 17 to June 19 in the Hermann-Löns-stadium in Paderborn an exciting competition and the fascination “German Shepherd Dog” and I wish you, the interested visitors and spectators, eventful days in Paderborn which you will gladly remember.

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Meßler

Head organizer and Chairman of the regional group Ostwestfalen-Lippe

Dear German Shepherd Dog Enthusiasts,

As chairman of the organizing regional group Ostwestfalen-Lippe, I would like to cordially welcome you and to thank you for visiting this year’s WUSV Universal winner Championship – the world union of German Shepherd Dog clubs. All over the world, in 81 countries, nearly half a million friends and enthusiasts of the breed are united through the Shepherd Dog Clubs of their countries.

This year, for the first time the homeland of the breed is the host of this unique major event in dog sports. The universal nature results from that as well appearance, expression, movement and performance as the willingness to work are highlighted in this event. Today, specialization and optimizing at smaller parts of life is very popular. However, this should not be the foreground of the German Shepherd Dog and therefore, our special passion is breeding an all-round, tough dog which is also a family dog. Not least, these are the qualities that made the German Shepherd Dog to a brand label for Germany.

After many weeks full of work, planning and preparation we can feel a positive thrill and anticipation in the team of volunteers. Therefore, I would like to thank in advance all the busy helpers. In detail, these are first of all the mayor of Paderborn, Michael Dreier, the Paderborn city administration with its friendly officials, the main office’s always competent team of the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) e.V., the voluntary helpers from the SV and LG board and not least the many helpers from the members of the regional group. A very special thank you also goes to the farmers and game tenants for using the tracking ground.

I wish the participants from the 18 different nations that they can reach their targets and also, I hope that the friends of the German Shepherd Dog will enjoy watching the presentation.

Yours Gerd Dexel

Head judge

On the weekend of June 17 to June 19, 2016 Paderborn will be hosted for the sixth WUSV Universal competition of the World Union for German Shepherd Dogs. For the first time, this competition will be held in Germany, the homeland of the breed.

In 2011 in Austria the competition has been held for the first time and, since then, enjoys a rising number of participants. Since 2011 a large number of the most beautiful and most usable German Shepherd Dogs have been presented to the WUSV Universal Competition. Dog handlers from all over the world show their dogs in the competitions “Show” and “Performance”. My tribute to the participants who will present their dogs on one weekend in both competitions to the judges. The versatile possibilities to use our German Shepherd Dog made him famous all over the world.

My best wishes to all the participants; may their intensive work be rewarded with the best possible results.

Also, may the officiating judges have a good and objective view for the performances and comprehensible and conclusive judgements which are useful for breeding.

We also thank the experienced team of the regional group Ostwestfalen-Lippe, first the chairman and event supervisor, Gerd Dexel, for the willingness to take over the hosting and organization of this sixth WUSV Universal Competition.

Beautiful and eventful days in Paderborn to the spectators and visitors of this event.

A heartfelt welcome in the homeland of the German Shepherd Dog to our foreign guests and dog handlers.

I wish all of you a pleasant time and a cross-national, companionable cooperation and many new contacts to friends of the German Shepherd Dog all over the world.

Egon Gutknecht