I was delighted to receive the judging invitation from The Heartland French Bulldog Club in Kansas, USA, which is well known for the 1950 movie The Wizard of Oz. I have never judged in the USA so was really looking forward to it.
The annual gathering of Shih Tzu affectionatos from around the world was staged in the ‘sun destination’ of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida when the American Shih Tzu Club invaded the iconic Pier Sixty-Six 5 Star Hotel and Marina from April 23-26, 2019.
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.
The 143rd Best in Show Winner at the Westminster Dog Show 2019 was awarded to the "King" the Wire Fox Terrier, GCHB Ch Kingarthur Van Foliny Home. The eight-year-old star is owned by Victor Malzoni Junior and was bred by R De Munter & D Uiterwijk & was piloted to his success by ace handler, Gabriel Rangel.
A glowing tribute from the American dog fancy to Mrs Dodge – in the form of 4,456 dogs entered at this year’s Madison event. This mark eclipses Crufts’ highest figure and without any doubt establishes Morris and Essex as the world’s greatest dog show.” Of course, this review of the show was written in 1939. Crufts has continued to grow and prosper, with current entries in excess of 20,000.
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