Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
I would wait until your pup is a little more mentally mature before showing. Some training clubs have a class for conformation showing, which is worth your while if you're planning on going into the ring.
I'm going to disagree with some of the others who say it isn't worth it to show in AKC. You will not win, of course, because working line dogs will always be beaten by show line dogs. But I love to see working dogs, of any breed, in the show ring. People complain about the extremes of the show dogs, but unless we show our working dogs, judges never really get to see what a "real" GSD looks like. If all they have to choose from are extreme show dogs, that's what they will reward, and it won't change unless we give them something else to choose from.
But this is a long-term goal, not about winning, but about getting your dog out there and being seen. If everyone with correct working dogs gets their dogs seen in the conformation ring, eventually things might change, and more moderate "working" structure will stand a fighting chance. So I do think it's worth it, if you can afford to do it. You just have to go in there with a good attitude, be gracious, and not expect to win.