|World Dog Show 2012|
|Letter from the President|
|Interview with Austrian KC President|
|Information on the Show|
|Entries Fee's& Deadlines|
Introduction World Dog Show 2012
Dear Exhibitor, dear Visitor,
Once again, the FCI has entrusted the Austrian Kennel Club with the organisation of a world dog show. It is not the first world dog show that has been organised and held in Austria - in 1976 Austria was awarded this honour for the first time, in that year the World Dog Show was held in Innsbruck, in 1986 and 1996 Tulln and Vienna were the respective venues and focus of the dog breeding world.
This year we warmly welcome exhibitors from all over the World to the Mozart City of Salzburg.
An entry of 18607 dogs is something we are proud of, especially considering the fact that under the Austrian animal welfare laws it is forbidden to accept docked and cropped dogs, a practice still allowed in many neighbouring countries. Linked to the World Dog Show we are holding the World Club Winner Show in the Park grounds of Schloss Anif with an entry of more than 5000 dogs. Our exhibitors come from 55 different countries, the majority of them from Germany, then Italy and Russia.
About 60 Youngsters from 28 Nations are taking part in our Junior Handling competition; all of them arriving with great expectations, hoping to win the Juniorhandling Finale.
Dog Dancing qualifying rounds with “Heelwork to music” and “Freestyle” will take place on 18th and 19th May, the finals being held on 20th May all in the Salzburg Arena.
The supporting programme running daily from 2 pm onwards in the Salzburg Arena covers a broad spectrum of the diverse possibilities in working with dogs. The daily FCI group competitions are preliminary selections which will lead to the final competition for BEST IN SHOW of the World Dog Show 2012 on Sunday.
Simultaneously, the Word Championships in Obedience are being held in the Ice Stadium in Salzburg. 22 Nations have sent their best “Perfect Obedience” representatives to Salzburg hoping to lay claim to the title of World Champion for their country. An exciting competition.
During this time not only the City of Salzburg but much of the surrounding country of Salzburg is focused on the theme of this Canine Festival. Dozens of breed related seminars and symposiums are being simultaneously organised, taking advantage of the presence of so many fellow breeders and friends from far and wide.
It is my privilege to give a heartfelt welcome to each and every one of you. I wish all of our exhibitors a successful and eventful weekend, enjoy this show, enjoy Salzburg. I hope that our visitors will take home a wealth of new and interesting impressions of the dog world.