Another WORLD DOG SHOW has come and gone and people and dogs will have returned to all corners of the world writes Vince Hogan and Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen...
Best in Show in the colourful main ring arena at the Amsterdam World Show was the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Ch Frosty Snowman, owned by Gwen Huikeshoven, Netherlands, (bred by Phil Reid, but out of dogs bred by Gwen). The BIS judge was Rony Doedjins, Netherlands. This dog and his owner have been many times on the podium in many big prestigious shows, so he wasn’t actually a ”dark horse”. Reserve BIS was the Bouvier des Flandres from Russia, Ch Family Flight Fine Chalet, owned by Irina Mescheriakova.
It was a huge and truly international event featuring winners from Asia Pacific, the USA and the Americas as well as Europe. In Hall 1 there were many Kennel Clubs from around the world promoting their own major shows. Crufts was represented well by Sue Sampson.
There were 17 628 dogs entered in the World Show itself, but with the Benelux Winner Show which was held on Thursday and the breed club specialty shows, which were judged in the same venue in the afternoons, total entry was about 33 500.
This total gave the show the claim of being the world’s largest dog show under one roof at the same time. Those numbers certainly presented a lot of challenges to the organisers, the Dutch Kennel Club and the President of the world show, Mr Gerard Jipping. Parking issues, shortage of catalogues were the kind of issues that needed attention and also the worry of any demonstration regarding China as the next host for the world show.
The committee operated a zero tolerance policy regarding dogs in cars following the hot summer in Europe. All of these matters were discussed at length in the daily press conferences where OUR DOGS were the international media partner with John Wauben, Press Officer.
In the event, all passed off peacefully and the flag handover went without a hitch. The CKU are well aware that they must use this opportunity to promote dog welfare in their (massive) country, as stressed by Mr Jipping in his speech at the gala dinner on Saturday night.
362 different breeds or varieties were shown, exhibitors coming from 72 different countries. The most numerous breed was the Miniature Schnauzer with 323 entered dogs, but they are judged in the FCI shows as four colour varieties. The Great Danes were second biggest with 275 entered dogs and they are judged as three colour varieties. Then French Bulldogs, 236, Labrador Retrievers, 227 and Golden Retrievers, 209, were really well represented. The UK had nearly 1000 entries at the show, probably one of the highest ever as the Brits enjoyed a weekend away, not just at the show. Huge numbers also came from Russia. Full details will follow in future reports in OUR DOGS alongside the results of the WDPA photo competition organised by Yossi Guy of the WDPA.
The whole event didn’t go quite without a controversy. Dachshunds were judged on Friday and the group winner was later disqualified, because its owner-handler was also invited to judge some other breeds in the show. His judging appointment was cancelled, too and another judge was appointed for the breeds he was planned to judge. According to the FCI rules, it is not allowed to enter a dog to the same show one is judging, even if these are going to happen on different days.
FCI delegates travelled on to Brussels to continue the FCI General Assembly that failed to complete its business when meeting last in Leipzig late in 2017.
A full report will appear in August 31st issue of OUR DOGS and again in the European Dog Show issue for Poland in October