Judges finished their breed judging at 9pm and we then went for dinner on the showgrounds.
Judging commenced again around 10pm starting with junior handlers then the Groups followed by best junior, best puppy, best babyand finally Best in Show.
It was now 1am, but I have to say, a great atmosphere and many exhibitors stayed to watch the finals, great cheering and a real carnival feel.
I think everyone enjoyed it… all this was organised by Carla Molinari, and for those of you who know her, you can understand when I tell you, although she was confined to a wheelchair with her leg in plaster Carla was everywhere making sure all was in order and that the judges and exhibitors had everything they needed; she is an amazing organiser and with her great team from the Portuguese Kennel Club all ran smoothly.
The shows were on Friday and Saturday with my fellow British judges Frank Kane, Maria and Paul Harding and Ronald James we also managed to see the historic sites of Lisbon.
I had some lovely dogs in my various breeds and even at 1am the puppies that came in for Best Puppy in Show had great energy and showed themselves like real troopers.
Rafael de Santiago, FCI President, writes about Lisbon and the Clube Português de Canicultura
There are countries that, after your first visit, you just want to go back to. Portugal is one of them. Its people’s hospitality, rich history, great food and very impressive quality of dogs is the perfect combination for a person to return to Lisbon and to the shows organised by the Clube Português de Canicultura.
In my opinion this year the CPC had a great success, not only did they organise an impeccable show, but also increased the entries compared with last year. I am very proud of the CPC for putting the health and the well-being of the dogs first, by celebrating these shows at night to avoid high temperatures, making it a very pleasant show for the dogs, handlers, public and judges as well.
In addition to an excellent show organised by the CPC, they made one of their dreams come true, the publication of Cães Portugueses, an excellent book dedicated to their national breeds. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the CPC, its President, Mrs Carla Molinari and its staff for their hard work and dedication on making the book a reality.