The traditional Lahti spring show was the biggest show in Finland this year – so far. In many other traditional shows the entry figures have gone down, but the Lahti show was now bigger than last year, 4,400 entered dogs for this two-day international event.
Judging in America is always challenging for FCI judges, since both the FCI’s and AKC’s standards are different except for some breeds that originated in US and the FCI respects and uses it as the standard of origin.
Best in Show was judged by Laurent Pichard who awarded the top spot to the Yorkshire Terrier Int. Ch, Ch / 17.4, Ch (Eng, Esp, Por, Swe, Fin, Gbz) Royal Precious Jp’s F4 Conan, owned by Yoshiko Obana and handled by Sergio Amien.
The Best In Show winner at the Kawasaki Dog Club held in Tokyo, Japan was the Papillon Int Ch, Ch. Kiki Of Princess Fantasy JP handled by Masakazu Kamiyama. Pictured with Vince Hogan (MD Our Dogs), Rafael de Santiago (President of the FCI) and a representative from the Japanese Kennel Club presenting the winners Trophy.
Happy faces all over, the entry grew dramatically from 1,371 dogs in 2018 to 1,769 this year. That made a big difference! Could it be that people are finally finding their way to Weelde, which is a rather remote place.