In the general meeting of the FCI Europa section on 07. September 2015 in Oslo / Norway the ÖKV was awarded the EURODOG 2019. The ÖKV Board would like to thank all delegates of the European FCI member countries, who voted for Wels as venue and Austria as organizer. We are pleased to be able to perform another major cynological event in Austria.
STOP PRESS!! over 19.000 dogs ENTERED at THE EUROPEAN DOG SHOW + Austrian Winner!!
A Welcome from the President of the OKV
On behalf of the Austrian Kennel Club (ÖKV) I would like to cordially invite you to the FCI Europe Selection Exhibition and Austrian Winner in Wels / Austria. These shows take place from June 14 to 16, 2019 at the Wels Exhibition Center.
Wels lies in the middle of the geographical and cultural center of Europe, has a perfect connection to the international motorway and railway network and the nearby Linz Hörsching International Airport.
Look forward to the historic old town of Wels and the internationally recognized Austrian hospitality. The exhibition center is located in the middle of Wels and offers with 65,000 m² of hall space and 4,500 parking spaces enough space for this major event.
I would like to cordially invite you to participate in this kynological festival - be it as a dog exhibitor, official, judge or visitor. Your kynological expectation will undoubtedly be fulfilled at the European Dog Show in Wels. Come to Wels / Austria in June 2019, celebrate with us the anniversary "110 years ÖKV" and combine the dog shows with a holiday in Austria.
Register your dog, set it off and spend pleasant hours in the circle of like-minded dog friends. The Austrian Association of Cynologists is looking forward to your visit!
An Interview with the President of the OKV
Vince: Firstly, congratulations on being awarded the honour of staging the European Dog Show in 2019 Michael. What does this opportunity mean for the OKV and bring to the dog people of Austria?
Michael Kreiner: First of all many thanks to the delegates of the FCI General Assembly who gave the Austrian Kennel Club ÖKV the chance to organize the EURODOG 2019 in Wels. The EURODOG 2019 offers the ÖKV a great opportunity to bring kynological activities in Austria closer to all European dog lovers. Thus, in addition to the typical Austrian style dog shows, many Austrian dogs and the five Austrian breeds will be presented. Not to be forgotten are the typical hospitality and the wonderful landscape with historic buildings that attract millions of tourists to Austria year after year.
Vince: You and your team have a lot of experience organising major shows in Austria and of course the WORLD DOG SHOW in Salzburg in 2012. That must give you a good idea of what is needed to organise a European Dog Show, which is of course much more intense than a national show. So what can we expect for the European Dog Show in Wels in terms of numbers, style of the show, facilities for car parking and camping etc?
Michael: The ÖKV organized actually already four World Dog Shows and two EURODOG Shows. Kynological big events are not anything new for us but they are a special challenge. In Wels in 2009 we had the ÖKV Centennial Winner show with approximately 9,000 dogs. For EURODOG 2019 we expect about 15,000 show dogs. The fairground offers two new halls to us, in which we will accommodate approximately 80 rings. The ring of honour is located in that directly following Rotax Hall. This hall offers over 1000 seats for visitors, a sufficient area for the press and a generous VIP Lounge.
The multi media equipment of the ring of honour will be sufficient for all requirements and the events in the main ring will be shared via livestream on the Internet. For camping there is a sufficient area in direct proximity of the exhibition halls and a parking area is available with over 5,000 parking spaces at the showground.