As every show, it all started small. In 1964 Mr José Misselyn organised the first edition in Menen, a small town near Kortrijk. In 1970 I entered my Great Dane for this show and I remember that it took place in the first Expo Halls of Kortrijk. Twenty-five years ago I started to work as a reporter for the national magazine in Belgium, WOEF, the Eurodogshow was my first show, and since then I have been a yearly visitor and have seen it grow larger, bigger and more professional.
It was a great pleasure judging the Porvoo 60th Anniversary Show and I would like to thank Kirsi Lankola and her team for putting on an excellently run show.
The showground was laid out very well although a little spread out. The standard of the dogs were of a high quality and my group winner went to the Cairn.
BIS went to the gorgeous Lhasa Apso Chic Choix Cleopatra Eurydice (pictured above) owned by Piia Helistölä-Laurila.
For the first time in Dutch history, Maastricht was allowed to organise two international all breed shows in one weekend.
The entries and the organisation were a great success. Nearly 2,000 dogs in 2012, Maastricht hosted over 3,600 dogs in 2013. With a special camper location in the direct neighbourhood and over 800 hotel rooms booked in Maastricht and surroundings the show was also an economic success for the region.
The dog culture in Iceland is fairly new. The Icelandic Kennel Club (HRFI) was founded in 1969 and got a full membership to the FCI just last year. HRFI hosts three international shows each year, one national and occasional club shows.
At the all breed shows there are around 700 to 800 dogs entered of over, or around, 80 different breeds. That might not seem so much but the country is very closed off. No dogs from abroad are entered for shows because all dogs coming to Iceland must go through a four week expensive quarantine.
I will never understand why the autumn show still remains less popular than the spring show, but I think that a lot of Kennel Clubs envy the Luxembourg Kennel Club for their two successful shows every year.
This show had only 36 dogs less than last year but compared to the spring show, there is still a big gap of 45% and that is a big difference.
The jewel in the crown of the European Dog Show in Geneva proved to be the Scottish Terrier, Filisite Brash Koh-I-Noor, owned and bred by Valentina Popova from Russia.
Topping the lot out of 8,000 dogs in Switzerland, the Scottie had been sent through from the breed by well known Swedish judge Dan Ericcson, the Group by former AKC Chairman Ron Menaker and then taking the ultimate award from Switzerland’s famous Hans Muller, now retired from duties at the FCI but an appropriate judge for the show in his home country. Unusually a Karelian Bear Dog owned by Dawne Deeley from Canada was Reserve BIS to big cheers from the crowd.
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