Germany finds itself in the spotlight this year with a series of big shows culminating in the biggest FCI show of the year with the World Dog Show in Leipzig in November 2017 being organised by the German Kennel Club, otherwise known as the VDH.
Recently the VDH organised two big shows running side by side…the International Show won by the Whippet and the Europasieger show won by the Miniature Smooth Dachshund as seen in our photos. The Dachshund Minidogland take after Sun is an Import from Russia Breeder: Irina Romashova and owned by Philippe Meier, Swissking kennel . The dog is still quite young, born in September 2017. His record includes Amsterdam Winner 16 BIG, Big Bleiswijk in Holland, winning in Rotterdam and Big 2 in Maastricht and now Best in show Dortmund 17 Europasieger 2017.
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A big crowd attended as normal to see over 8000 entries from 30 nations featuring 253 different breeds including 56 dogs from the UK. A number of judges from the UK and Ireland were officiating including Helen Davenport of Our Dogs who had a nice entry of Bernese Mountain Dogs. Frank Kane was busy judging and giving a seminar on Sunday as well. Judges included Graham and Ann Hill from Wales and from Ireland Ann Ingram, Colette Muldoon and Liam Moran.
The VDH team ran another excellent event which welcomed many visitors to both the dog and cat show which ran in a separate hall. This type of show is now traditional in that the VDH puts on many events alongside the dog show with a view to attracting and entertaining the general public. In May each year there is the cat show as well and in October at the same venue they put on the dog and horse show with the horse aspect also being organised by the VDH at the same time.
In fact this year the hall at Westfallenhallen is being redesigned so the front entrance is not so visible but this did not deter the crowds who flocked in to see the dog show judging plus many side events including the very popular dog diving competition which is something we do not have in this country…..maybe it’s time to try this UK? The redesign also meant a switch for the VDH admin area and VIP for lunches etc but everything seemed to work well.
Again there were many trade stands in evidence; Hall 4 always amazes me as to how many dog food companies there seems to be in Germany this time seeing a new arrival in a company called Core as well as established stands like Eukanuba, Purina, Royal Canin and Happy Dog.
Maximising the entry and the attraction for the exhibitors, the VDH runs two shows side by side, alternating the groups; the shows are the Europasieger and also the International show and both shows had a mixed German and International panel of judges It was nice to see Emma Gates and Shane over from Wales and in Gundogs there were some happy exhibitors.
At the International show Nicole Coe and Sue Pitman Int Sh Ch/ Lux Ch/ NL Ch/ Dt Ch VDH Pitwit Leeona took CACIB and Best Bitch. In GWP at the international show Nicki Johnson NL Ch/ Lux Ch Charmer Vs Tuindershof took CACIB Best Male and Best of breed, Gunner went on to G2 under Frank Kane Nicki also took Best Junior with Canis Fortuna Harda. So a busy weekend for all concerned. The VDH Peter Friedrich, the President of the VDH and the Board along with Managing Director Leif Kopernik are a well drilled team and have a great experienced show team.
Just as well as they have a number of shows coming up including Hannover 10./11th June , Bremen 5./6. August and then again Dortmund 13/15 October as mentioned earlier.
I love the way that the admin team give the press a print out of the group results in the main ring almost immediately after the judging is completed. It’s a German thing ! The BIG event of the year of course in Germany takes place in November and the WORLD DOG SHOW. First is a National show in Leipzig 8th November immediately followed by the World Dog Show Leipzig 9.- 12th of November followed by a meeting of the General Assembly of the FCI which is traditional at world shows.
That promises to be a big world show with over 20,000 dogs and run over 5 days plus a general assembly of the FCI. What a gathering of dogs and dog people that promises to be and OUR DOGS will be there to bring you all the news, views and photos from the show. Tschüss für jetzt bis und viel Glück!