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Tuesday, 30 April 2024

World Dog Show 2024 Winners

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BIS at the World Dog Show 2024 and BIS at the Spring Show (which was held on the Wednesday) was the Afghan Hound, Zaida Bint Muti Von Haussman owned by Ramón Podestá (Chile) and handled by Willy Santiago. Pictured here with Spring Dog Show BIS Judge Tamas Jakkel. BIS at the World Dog Show 2024 and BIS at the Spring Show (which was held on the Wednesday) was the Afghan Hound, Zaida Bint Muti Von Haussman owned by Ramón Podestá (Chile) and handled by Willy Santiago. Pictured here with Spring Dog Show BIS Judge Tamas Jakkel. Chris Chou - Bestshot

What a week at the Zagreb Fair, the home of the world dog show in Croatia for the last few days, writes Vince Hogan. Watched by an enthusiastic crowd on Sunday night in Hall 5 at the showground, and by thousands online with P1 Dog Shows and OUR DOGS live streams, Zaida the Afghan Hound bitch flowed around the ring like liquid honey piloted by top handler Willy Santiago. 

In fact, it was a stunning show for Willy, who is based in Miami, Florida, and owner breeder (the one and only) Ramon Podesta from Chile, South America. The Afghan was clearly a crowd favourite, although many people said it was such a strong line up, anyone could win. On Wednesday, ‘Zaida’ had taken Best in Show at the Spring Show under Tamas Jakkel and then Sunday, the supreme win for Croatian all-rounder and best in show judge Niksa Lemo.

For Niksa it was the ultimate honour having been asked a few weeks earlier by Croatian KC President Branko Sare; looking very dapper, like a Croatian James Bond in bow tie and evening suit, Niksa went over a top class line up, also placing  ‘Blondie’ the OES from Greece in second spot and the brindle Scottie in third, handled by top American handler Rebecca Cross, no stranger to the winners podium. Earlier Matthew Fan (China) had taken Best Junior in Show with his Chow.

The show had been originally planned to take place in Kyiv, but world events overtook things and so Croatia had stepped in. One visitor commented, “I think the whole show went very well. Croatia is a small country and their Kennel Club is not so big compared to larger dog countries; they had much less time than usual to organise everything. They also have many knowledgeable judges, well-known in the world and some skilful breeders.”

Many exhibitors came from the UK and Ireland. OUR DOGS stand and live streams were as popular as ever. The main show sponsor was Farmina and official photos by Mak Dodan.
A more complete report and extra photos will appear in a forthcoming issue of OUR DOGS.

Photos by Chris Chou, Mak Dodan and Vince Hogan

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