The biggest dog show in Russia, in fact one of the largest anywhere these days, is called Eurasia and is held in Moscow each year. It’s been called “the Crufts of Russia,” and entry figures seem to increase every year. This year’s show, held on March 27 and 28, had nearly 13,000 entries: 6,633 on Saturday, which was the “real” Eurasia Show, and 6,211 on Sunday. The show covered more than 60 rings in three separate pavilions of the vast Crocus Expo and Convention Center in the outskirts of Moscow.
Western-style dog shows are a relatively new phenomenon in Russia and have only been held since the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The “baptism by fire” will come in 2016, when Russia has been assigned to host the FCI World Show for the first time. Many are looking forward to this as Russia’s official entry on the world scene, although some wonder if the organizers will learn to deal with all the practical problems. Judges’ assignments, for instance, are still often changed at the last minute without advance warning; at the 2013 show exhibitors sometimes didn’t know who would be judging their breed until just before judging started. Foreign exhibitors who travel long distances will want to be sure their dogs will be judged by whomever they have entered under.
In some breeds, Russian dogs have already started to make names for themselves on the international show scene, and have even won at the “real” Crufts. It was interesting to note, however, that the two Best in Show winners at these important events were a Labrador Retriever from the Ukraine, bred from part U.S. blood, on the first day and a U.S. imported Scottish Terrier on the second.
We are very grateful to photographer Lana Valoueva who provided images of all the major winners to Best In Show Daily. Because of the size of the shows and the number of photos we’ll present separate reports: day one today, day two on Sunday, with a pictorial of some interesting native Russian breeds – many of them unknown in the U.S. – on Wednesday next week.
International all-rounder and FCI official Karl Reisinger from Austria judged the Eurasia finale. The yellow Labrador Retriever who won Best in Show, Ch. Etu Asti Mondoro, is less than 3 years old and bred in the Ukraine. He is sired by a Finnish dog, Ch. Strongline’s Yo-Yo, who is a half-American son of Am. Ch. Sure Shot HySpire Impressive, a top stud dog and multiple SBIS winner from the Veteran class in the U.S. Etu’s dam, Ch. La Bomba Asti Mondoro, was also bred in the Ukraine, but further back in the pedigree you find well-known British names, such as Carpenny and Jayncourt.
Runner-up to BIS was the Beagle Ch. Varinhouse Eashley Lucky Choice, bred and owned in Russia. Third place in BIS went to the Norfolk Terrier puppy Allright Desert Prince, bred in Germany but exported to Russia. The breed was judged by Mike Macbeth from Canada, who says Desert Prince was “fabulous” and won BOB over specials.
With three dogs placed in the Best in Show finale, an additional seven Group winners were left unplaced. As always at FCI shows, the more than 300 breeds were divided into 10 Groups, many of them very differently composed than what we are used to from AKC shows.
Champion titles are not included in the list of results (nor are full names of owners or breeder, or sires and dams for that matter), so I have simply added some information I’ve found elsewhere. Obviously it’s not 100 percent complete.
The Group winners were, respectively:
FCI Group 1
FCI Group 2
Judge Petrus Roosenboom of Belgium selected Bernese Mountain Dog Rossii Senator as the winner of Group 2.
FCI Group 3
FCI Group 4
FCI Group 5
FCI Group 6
FCI Group 7
Judge Sigrid Jarmer of Austria chose Weimaraner Hunting Collection Beauty as the winner of Group 7.
FCI Group 8
FCI Group 9
FCI Group 10
There is also a “Pride of Russia” competition for Best National Breed, judged by Russia’s own Revaz Khomasuridze and won by the Black Russian Terrier Ch. Dorofey Iz Russkoi Dinastii. Best Baby in Show, judged by Augusto Benedicto Santos from the Philippines, was the Bernese Mountain Dog Apriori Nike Sennenhund Rossi, and Puppy BIS, judged by Nils Molin of Sweden, was the Miniature Pinscher Slavjan Depadieu. Best Junior in Show under Mexican judge Juan Luis Martinez was the Borzoi Soloviev Triumph. Best Veteran in Show was judged by Sylvie Desserne from France and won by the Scottish Terrier Ch. Arsenika iz Kel’tskoi Legendy.
Best National Breed
Best Baby in Show
Best Junior in Show
Best Veteran in Show
Results and photos from day two in Moscow – when BIS went to a U.S.-bred Scottish Terrier – will be published on Sunday.