It looks like the organisers of the Antwerp dog show, called Brabo dog show, decided to no longer have 50 per cent Belgian judges. Two years ago there was a very high entry of over 2,400 dogs, probably as it was a Crufts qualifier.
For the second time Gent held its show over two days. For many years, (this is the 46th time for this bi-yearly show), was just a one day show. The Flanders Expo Halls were big enough to hold 2,000 dogs at once. There was only a very slight increase of entries, 1,966 to be exact...
Best in Show on Saturday at Maastricht was the Portuguese Water Dog, Patriot’s Life In The Fast Lane, owned by I. Griffione-van Beek. BIS Judge was Nicole Horsten-Ceustermans (Netherlands). Winner of Best in Show on Sunday was the Norwich Terrier, Wychcover Moonlight Dancer, owned by A. Schram. Group Judge was Rony Doedijns
While last year the show was granted only a CAC title and the number of entries was rather low with 1,245, this year can be called an explosion. A CACIB title was on offer this year and along with the fine reputation of the Leuvense Dog Club, Lovanium made history, breaking its own record with 1,884 entries, an increase of over 50%!!!
With 3,231 entries nothing was alarming for the committee of one of the most successful shows of Belgium. For years now this show has attracted over 3,000 dogs from all over Europe and a lot from the United Kingdom. This year 23 countries were represented and 202 UK entries. About half of the entries were Belgian dogs...
Last year was the first time round for this new show. In fact it was not a new show, as Libramont is the replacement of the Namur Dog Show, which was saved from disappearing by Mr Detry. While last year it was a CAC show, expectations were high this year for its first CACIB show.
I wondered if the increase in entries for the Belgian dog shows had something to do with the Baby Class that is always so lovely to see. All those little soldiers lining up in the main ring and presenting themselves to the world. The catalogue of the show of Liège has several statistics, and one of them shows the number of dogs per class.
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