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Eurasia 2013: The Crufts of Russia

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.

The Ukranian-bred yellow Labrador Retriever Ch. Etu Asti Mondoro and his handler enjoy a moment together on their way to winning Best in Show at Eurasia 2013. All photos courtesy of Lana Valoueva.

The Ukranian-bred yellow Labrador Retriever Ch. Etu Asti Mondoro and his handler enjoy a moment together on their way to winning Best in Show at Eurasia 2013. All photos courtesy of Lana Valoueva.

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

The Group-winning Australian Shepherd Ch. Triplemoon Absolute Storm with judge Roger Van Hoenacker from Belgium.

The Group-winning Australian Shepherd Ch. Triplemoon Absolute Storm with judge Roger Van Hoenacker from Belgium.

FCI Group 2
Judge Petrus Roosenboom of Belgium selected Bernese Mountain Dog Rossii Senator as the winner of Group 2.

FCI Group 3

Best in Show 3 Norfolk Terrier puppy Allright Desert Prince.

Best in Show 3 Norfolk Terrier puppy Allright Desert Prince.

FCI Group 4

Best Dachshund – Group 4 consists of nine Dachshund varieties in their various sizes and coats – was the Smooth Standard Ch. Norden Lihs Unkas.

Best Dachshund – Group 4 consists of nine Dachshund varieties in their various sizes and coats – was the Smooth Standard Ch. Norden Lihs Unkas.

FCI Group 5

The Cirneco dell’Etna Ch. Colisto’s Vincenzo won Group 5, possibly the biggest international win ever for this rare breed.

The Cirneco dell’Etna Ch. Colisto’s Vincenzo won Group 5, possibly the biggest international win ever for this rare breed.

FCI Group 6

Best in Show 2 Beagle Ch. Varinhouse Eashly Lucky Choice.

Best in Show 2 Beagle Ch. Varinhouse Eashly Lucky Choice.

FCI Group 7
Judge Sigrid Jarmer of Austria chose Weimaraner Hunting Collection Beauty as the winner of Group 7.

FCI Group 8

BIS at Eurasia, Labrador Retriever Ch. Etu Asti Mondoro, with Group judge Carlos Fernandez Renai from Spain.

BIS at Eurasia, Labrador Retriever Ch. Etu Asti Mondoro, with Group judge Carlos Fernandez Renai from Spain.

FCI Group 9

Miniature Poodle Ch. Extra Girl S Tsvetochnoi Poljany, winner of Group 9.

Miniature Poodle Ch. Extra Girl S Tsvetochnoi Poljany, winner of Group 9.

FCI Group 10

The Italian Greyhound from Latvia, Ch. Eledi Grace Velvet, took the blue ribbon in Group 10, Sighthounds.

The Italian Greyhound from Latvia, Ch. Eledi Grace Velvet, took the blue ribbon in Group 10, Sighthounds.

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

“Pride of Russia,” or best of the Russian breeds, was the Black Russian Terrier Ch. Dorofey iz Russkoi Dinastii, pictured with judge Revaz Khomasuridze.

“Pride of Russia,” or best of the Russian breeds, was the Black Russian Terrier Ch. Dorofey iz Russkoi Dinastii, pictured with judge Revaz Khomasuridze.

Best Baby in Show

Best Baby in Show, Bernese Mountain Dog Apriori Nike Sennenhund Rossii, with judge Augusto Benedicto Santos from the Philippines.

Best Baby in Show, Bernese Mountain Dog Apriori Nike Sennenhund Rossii, with judge Augusto Benedicto Santos from the Philippines.

Best Junior in Show

Best Junior in Show, Borzoi Soloviev Triumph, with judge Juan Luis Martinez.

Best Junior in Show, Borzoi Soloviev Triumph, with judge Juan Luis Martinez.

Best Veteran in Show

Best Veteran in Show, Scottish Terrier Ch. Arsenika iz Kel’tskoi Legendy.

Best Veteran in Show, Scottish Terrier Ch. Arsenika iz Kel’tskoi Legendy.

Results and photos from day two in Moscow – when BIS went to a U.S.-bred Scottish Terrier – will be published on Sunday.

Written by

Bo Bengtson has been involved in dogs since the late 1950s and judged since the mid-1970s in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Holland, Italy, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan, China and Russia. He has judged twice at Westminster, twice at Crufts and four times at the FCI World Show, as well as the U.S. national specialties for Scottish Deerhounds, Whippets, Greyhounds and Borzoi.

1 Comments to “Eurasia 2013: The Crufts of Russia”

  1. Burton J. Yamada says:

    Hi Bo,

    Sorry that we missed each other at Eurasia 2013 shows in Moscow, Russia. Just thought that I’d let you know that my wife and I were at the Eurasia 2013 Shows too. I was judging, but I did not judge any Groups… just Akitas (55), Samoyeds (46), and Siberian Huskies (91)….no Groups or BIS’s. I think that the Groups and BIS are reserved for the Russian and European judges. I was the only American judge and there was one Canadian judge, Only two (2) judges from North America out of a total of 60 judges on Saturday and 65 judges on Sunday. The Samoyeds that I judged were outstanding…. any one of them would win easily at our AKC show…. Oustanding type, size, movement, heads/expression and especially coat. The Samoyed coats were to die for…..but I guess minus15degrees for 2-3 months is the secret. While we were there the low was -10degree and the high was +15degrees and snowing 6 out of the 8 days. Tthe Moscow River that goes around the Kremlin froze over for the second time this spring…..See you at the next AKC Dellegate’s meeting in June at Raleigh, NC.

    Best regards,
    Burt Yamada

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