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Swiss International Championship Brings 3,500 Dogs to Geneva

It is tradition that prior to the FCI European or World Dog Show, the organizing country holds its international championship show too. If so many dogs come from all over Europe and even the world, it is a good idea to combine those two shows so that a dog can compete for a national championship, as well as for a European championship. The judges are there and can be moved to other breeds, saving a lot of costs, while for the exhibitor it only costs a little extra to compete in this show too.

Judges, exhibitors and visitors arriving in Geneva are treated to this view. Photos by Karl Donvil.

Judges, exhibitors and visitors arriving in Geneva are treated to this view. Photos by Karl Donvil.

Almost 3,500 dogs competed in Switzerland’s international championship on Thursday, August 29, 2013, in Geneva. The number of entries was limited to 4,000 dogs, so it wasn’t fully booked. Switzerland is not the cheapest country to visit, and maybe that was one of the reasons. If your breed is on Sunday only, that would mean that you had to stay a few days in a hotel, and that makes it a lot more expensive. Many exhibitors have been seeking hotels, guesthouses and bungalows over the border in France, and the prices are significantly lower there. Geneva is surrounded by France along two-thirds of its border.

You never know where you might see a dog in the city. Banners and videos on public transportation are advertising this year's European Dog Show.

You never know where you might see a dog in the city. Banners and videos on public transportation are advertising this year’s European Dog Show.

The venue, Palexpo, is large and located next to the airport. The complex has eight halls, but only one is in use for the show. That can give you an indication of the size of the halls. Tomorrow I will give some more details.

Between ring times, Geneva offers plenty of beautiful sights.

Between ring times, Geneva offers plenty of beautiful sights.

The public transport in Geneva is excellent, and that helps a lot. In the city, I have seen some publicity panels announcing the show, and in the bus a short video was shown. I am curious to see what this will produce in the coming days. Will Geneva residents and visitors be interested in dog shows or not?

The catalog has no statistics, but I hope to find more info the coming days. The press conference is tomorrow, and maybe we will find out more there. I promise to share with you as much as possible.

Thursday Results

Swiss Junior Winners
Judge Mrs. Carla Molinari, Portugal
1st Place: Rhodesian Ridgeback Veldtkammer Matter Of Honor, Elena Vargina, Russia
2nd place: Pharaoh Hound Adrianna All Angels In My Soul, Maria Pochtar, Russia
3rd place: Standard Wirehaired Dachshund If U Dont Know Me By Now Del Wanhelsing, Gabriel Pascarella, Italy

Swiss Championship Group Winners
Judge Mr. Rafael de Santiago, FCI president
Group I: Bearded Collie Absolument Des Emeraudes Du Lac, Andre Thierry, France
Group II: Bull Mastiff Game Keeper´s Play My Game, Baev Todor, Bulgaria
Group III: Kerry Blue Terrier Ch. Vaya Tela Bronto, Baños Loriente Marian, Spain
Group IV: Dachshund Zimerbude Marseleza, Zhanna Lukoshko, Russia
Group V: Tai Ridgeback United Joe´s Angel Pha-Rung-A-Roon, Wanida Busakornnt, Thailand
Group VI: Bloodhound Farlap Guesswork, M. Doroshina, Russia
Group VII: English Pointer Ridanflight Revelation To Kanix, Ekaterina Thomas and Voloshina Wastiaux, Slovakia
Group VIII: English Springer Spaniel Sieger’s Match Point, Alberto Abajo Romo, Spain
Group IX: Pug Pitch Black Face Pugs Highness High Born, Christine Sonberg, Belgium
Group X: Whippet Heroic Tradition Du Manoir De La Grenouillere, Victoria Thompson, France

Swiss Championship Best in Show
Judge Mr. Rafael de Santiago
BIS 1st place: Tai Ridgeback
BIS 2nd place: English Pointer
BIS 3rd place: Bull Mastiff

Karl Donvil lives in Belgium, where he is a freelance photographer and reporter specializing in dogs. He founded the World Dog Press Association in 2001 and is the current CEO. He is a member of the editorial board of the FCI newsletter and covers shows throughout Europe, including Crufts and the World Dog Show.

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