Become a member

Your benefits:
  • You are interested in the German Shepherd Dog and you would like to become active with this wonderful dog?
  • You are looking for like-minded dog enthusiasts and for communication with experts?
  • You always would like to be up-to-date regarding dog sports and competitions?
  • Then become a member in the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) e. V.
  • You receive free access to our SV-DOxS-database (data packet with a value of 41,88 €)
You are in good company:
  • With over 50.000 members SV is the largest dog breed club all over the world
  • With 19 regional groups in Germany
  • With about 1.800 local SV groups which offer access to dog sports and dog education all over Germany.
This is what we do for you:
  • Assistance and guidance in the local groups all over the country
  • Various offers in education, recreational activities and dog sports
  • Preparation for trials, competitions, conformation shows, Agility and Obedience events
  • Youth work
  • Support of scientific studies and medical research
  • Monthly, you will receive your free SV Magazine with many tips and stories about the German Shepherd Dog
  • The SV sports insurance as casualty insurance for all members
  • The HDI assurance company offers low priced rates for animal holder’s liability insurance, kennel liability insurance and automobile insurance for SV members
Your personal data
The one-time entrance fee is EUR 40,00 for full members and EUR 20,00 for memberships with a reduced annual fee.
from 18 years on
from 18 years on - only if a full member has the same postal address
from 65 years on - please submit a copy of your identity card.
please submit a copy of your disability card (front and back).
Please submit a confirmation of your municipality/regulatory authority that you are a professional shepherd.
Please submit a certificate from your employer that you are a police dog handler.

until age of 18 - please send us the signed confirmation of your legal guardian.

until age of 18 - please send us the signed confirmation of your legal guardian.

until age of 16 - please send us the signed confirmation of your legal guardian.
full member existent?

from 18 years on - please submit confirmation from school, a copy of registration at university or indenture
(As of January 01, 2024)
The correct passport photograph
A resent picture of you is optimal; it doesn't need to be biometric. Your passport photo should meet the following criteria:
  • File format: jpg or png
  • Size: ca. 35 x 45 mm (portrait format)
  • Picture definition: 150 dpi - or better 300 dpi
  • Background: as possible neutral
  • Picture: face clearly visible, frontal view
Select 'payment by debit entry' within the EU to reduce your annual fee by EUR 3,50.
The collection by debit entry will be used for every future membership invoice.