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Helsinki & Finnish Winner Shows

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Every fifth Household in Finland has a dog. For many Finns, their dog is not only a member of their family, but a whole lifestyle with shows, training, sports trials and being involved in canine clubs locally or nationally. Agility, hunting and obedience training are among the most popular activities besides attending dog shows. Over 145,000 enthusiasts took part in different trials in the year 2011. Finnish Kennel Club is very active in promoting responsible dog ownership and proud to announce that out of 600,000 dogs in Finland about 450,000 are purebred.

A world record for the largest FCI one-day show was set by the Finnish Kennel Club on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Helsinki Winner International Dog Show that had entry of a little over 7,500 dogs and broken on Sunday December 9 at Finnish Winner International Dog Show with entry of over 8,100 dogs that competed in conformation rings for the prestigious titles. 

Eindhoven International Dog Show

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At the 36th International Dogshow De Kempen, held on 1-3 February and located in Eindhoven, it was Nagant From Michel that stole the show and all the silver and gold coloured trophies for Best in Show.

After winning the Terrier Group, the small equivalent of the King of Terriers, this very special Welsh Terrier from P. M. J. Krautscheid made the difference in the grande finale, judged by Simon Oates. Runner-up was  the Italian Spinone, Novella dal Podere Antico, loved, bred and owned by Jenneke van Doorn and Trudie van Lieshout-Pennings. The third place went to the representative of a Belgian breed, the Schipperke, Monterrez Jingle Belle for Hantraved, owned by J. Lawless. 

Brno International & National Show

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The DuoCacib Brno, organised by the Czech Moravian Kennel Club, took place on the first weekend in February. The Best in Show on Saturday, judged by Vaclavik Miroslav, went to the Schnauzer (Pepper-Salt), Ave Concord Magnifique and Sundays BIS, judged by Ridarcikova Gabriele (SK), went to the Landseer, Arun Z Laderova both from the Czech Republic.

With a few more than 8,000 dogs over the two days the entry was quite comparable with the year before.

Historic win in Milan Featured

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ONE of the most important Italian shows of the year was held in Milan on the 12 & 13 January. Held over two days, there were 2,300 entries and with the club shows as well, nearly 4,000 dogs were here. This was also the Crufts qualification Show of Italy. There weren’t too many foreign dogs on show, but one of them, a Karelian Bear Dog was the Best in Show winner.

Milan is the second largest city in Italy and this show was held in quite a new exhibition centre, the Fiera Milano-Rho, outside the Milan city centre, in Rho, but there good transport links to the city, a great motorway, and its at the end of the red metro line from Milan. From the middle of Milan, you can be at the showground in 30 minutes by metro. On Sunday, especially, there were lots of members of the public who attended. The shows were in two great halls. These show halls will also hold the World Dog Show in two years time.

Joey... Top Banana at The Garden

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Michael Dougherty had the honour of judging Best In Show at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Show. This year saw the introduction of a Reserve Best In Show award and in-keeping with the American tradition of showmanship, this was announced in advance of the ‘big one’.

To a hushed Madison Garden Arena and to millions of Americans watching on live television, not including all those who were monitoring the event on social media and the internet, Reserve Best In Show was the Old English Sheepdog, Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect, owned by Colton & Heather Johnson. ‘Swagger’ was clearly popular with the audience who responded with a roar of approval. Best In Show was the Affenpinscher, GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, handled by Ernesto Lara and co-owned by Zoila ( Tina ) Truesdale and Mieke Cooymans. The roof almost came off with the cheering and applause for ‘Joey’, a favourite of both the audience and yours truly, as everyone rose from their seats to show their approval.

Sabaneev Memorial Show, Moscow 2013

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The Russians are coming!

OUR DOGS’ Vince Hogan looks at the rise and influence of the Russian dog scene following his recent trip to Moscow in the snow!

Perestroika and Glasnost changed Europe and the World forever in the late eighties and early nineties. The demise of the old Soviet Union created a new set of rules and changed countries around Europe. Now, coming out of the old Soviet block, undoubtedly the new force in European dog showing terms and perhaps even on the world stage, is the rise and rise of the Russian dog showing fraternity; this is a phenomenon that has caught the eye of many observers in the world of dogs.

Hungarian Show of Champions

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From the 14th to the 17th of February, Hungary held 5 dog shows in 4 days. The most important was the Hungarian Show of Champions, where the BIS was the OES, Bottom Shaker So Easy To Love ‘Gina’, bred by Dr István Szetmár and owned by József Koroknai from Hungary and handled by Zsolt Hanó. Res BIS was the Miniature Black Schnauzer, Tajinastes Perla Negra, bred by Martin Del Rio Alvarez Pedro Luis and owned by Osvaldo Piuzzi from Italy and Third was the Papillon, Queen Bless JP Principal Sun, bred by Ejima Chie, owned by Balázs Német from Hungary. Also pictured are Judges Marija Kavcic (Slo); Zsolt Csaa Lokodi (Ro); Manuel Loureiro Borges (P); Dr Tamas Jakkel; Andras Korozs, President of the Hungarian KC; Jo Schepers (NL) and Anatolij Zhuk (Rus).

‘Cold, Yet Cool Britannia: success in snowy Slovenia’

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The weekend of the 12-13 January saw more evidence of the growing numbers and success of British exhibitors abroad, when a small group of British exhibitors travelled to Slovenia to take part in three FCI championship shows including the two CACIB international shows in Ljubljana. As featured in the Our Dogs Annual 2013 (p.309).

British exhibitors have come to relish the different challenges and fun accompanying showing in Europe, and that weekend saw a whole lot of fresh challenges as they braved the winter snowy weather across Europe! 

Mouscron celebrates its 40th show

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It is interesting to find out what makes a success of something and what doesn’t. Belgium has several shows, most of them in Flanders. Kortrijk is probably the most famous, and Brussels is its biggest challenger. Shows in Wallonia have struggled and some disappeared, such as La Louvière and Namur. Charleroi is back but still recovering. The two remaining shows, however, are doing very well, Liège on one side, and Mouscron on the other side of the linguistic border that divides Belgium. The success of Mouscron has lasted now for 40 years, so it’s time to celebrate!

Ambiorix Trophy maintains entry numbers

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The first show of the year in Belgium was almost a nightmare for the committee. Two weeks before the show was due to take place, only a little more than 600 entries were registered. That would mean a big financial fiasco for the club, but fortunately the weekend of the closing date ended in euphoria with 1,369, two entries more than last year’s show. 

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