AMSTERDAM – Last week, more than 40,000 dog lovers enjoyed the World Dog Show, the largest dog show in the world. Under the motto “Show the world your talent” more than 33,500 dogs from 74 countries were shown to the public. The Dutch Kennel Club ‘Raad van Beheer’, the national organization in the field of breeding and keeping dogs, was responsible for this unique event. During four days it was all about enjoying dogs.
This official world championship for dogs had more participating dogs than the last World Championships in Milan, Paris and Leipzig, and broke all records. More than 200 judges from all over the world judged an average of 8,500 dogs from 350 different breeds per day. The best dogs of each breed may call themselves world champions. On Sunday, the overall champion of all world champions was chosen. The final ‘Best in Show’ title of the World Dog Show 2018 went to a Dutch exhibitor. All-round judge Rony Doedijns chose the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, Frosty Snowman of Gwen Huikeshoven, with a thunderous applause in the final. There was more Dutch success. Also the title “World Champion Junior Handling”, a sport in which young people are active with their dogs and learn to show them, went to the Netherlands. Priscilla van Oosten beat more than a hundred participants from 40 countries and took home this coveted title.
The Dutch Kennel Club believes the health and well-being of dogs is very important, also during the show. The organizer therefore put together a Dog Welfare Team that closely monitored the welfare of all dogs. Things like not having fresh drinking water, standing on the (trim) table for too long and sitting in a bench for too long were points of interest for the team. A Zero Tolerance Policy was even drawn up for leaving dogs in vehicles. In cooperation with veterinarians and the local police, the Dog Welfare team maintained very strict. This policy resulted in several dogs being rescued from vehicles. The owners were directly punished: their results of the show were canceled and they were excluded from participation for the remainder of the show.
The program of the World Dog Show did not just stand for 33,500 dogs. A varied program was put together for visitors and participants. In the so-called “Special Events Ring” dogs showed their work and sport qualities. Dogs with a job, such as assistance dogs and rescue dogs, put their best paw in it. Of course, shopping could also be done to your heart’s content. The more than 150 stands offered a wide range of dog food and snacks, and various types of accessories such as dog figurines, feeders and belts.
The Dutch Cultural Heritage was not forgotten during this event with international allure. In the decoration of the halls and the opening ceremony Dutch symbols such as traditional costume, tulips and the Dutch DJs passed by. There was also special attention for the nine Dutch dog breeds. Together with the 350 dog breeds present, this ensured that visitors from all over the world felt for four days in a dog encyclopaedia that had come to life.