Just back from Paris and the World Dog Show. Having been at Denmark last year the
"bar" was set very high so were our expectations for this show. This was an opportunity
for France to show how they could better the World Show 2010. Unfortunately this
years organisers could not have been to last years show. On arrival no signs, posters
or banners to indicate the venue. The access way had dog mess all along it with no
encouragement to clean up after the dogs as there were no bins to be seen so people
just left it. Have they any idea what disease is being spread by allowing dog mess
to be trampled by people, dogs and trolleys over the four days. Not a single bin
was provided inside or outside the halls for doggy doo. Even the carpet in the rings
was dirty on day 1 of the show.
I had a list from family and friends of goodies to buy and take back to the UK. Statues,
collars, pictures, all of which we fully expected to see at the show. This has to
be a first for me as I only managed to spend 12 euros on ice cream and cold drink.
The stalls were very sparse and only what we would traditionally see at a UK Champ.
show, so I came back empty handed. (David was pleased). The show fitted in two halls
5 & 6 of a very large venue which was still enough to wear us out by the end of showing
on each day. Fortunately our rings were in hall 5 where we had space to set up and
sit. Hall 6 was rammed full, in some areas wall to wall crates, tables, people and
The Show was a combination of two shows the World Show and a French Championship
Show at the same venue. What seemed to happen in most cases was the French Championship
Show took place in the Morning starting at 08:30am and the WDS in the afternoon starting
at 12:30pm. This gave most exhibitors an early start one day and a late start another
day which we welcomed the late start on the Saturday. But this then caused both our
breeds to overlap so I had to rush straight from the Cirnechi ring to rescue David
from the Pharaoh ring.
The judging in many breeds was something to write home about. Judges asking stewards
what nationality the dogs were before placing them right through to judges doing
two breeds at the same time. For a lot of the UK exhibitors it was their first time
showing in Europe and many said it would be their last. I can only say that it was
a far cry from the quality of Denmark and no comparison to the Professionalism of
Day one was the French Championship and our judge was Mr. H. Lehkonen. His best of
breed was the male, Colisto's Vincenzo. Hadranensis Remo won CAC for Jane Moore and
bitch CAC was my own Anharbn White Wedding.
Day two was the WDS and our judge was Mr. Giovanni Battista Tabo from Italy. BOB
was Remo for Jane Moore and Dominic Tricomi.
It was nice to see that Remo who was born in the UK took top honors as did my own
Anharbn White Tiger last year in Denmark. This shows that the UK has some quality
What was also encouraging was the Cirneco ring on both days had plenty of spectators
and support from the visitors. I did manage to get to speak to most and appologise
if I missed some out. With plenty of photo's being taken during judging I would expect
that facebook will be the place to look for photos and the full results can be found
on the WDS site.
In Viljandi, Estonia Jokinen (Anharbn Yellow River) was BOB and finished his Estonian
Ch title. His daughter Hertta (Vespinja's Hazel River) was BOS and junior BOB. In
the group finals Jokinen was group 3 and BIS4 brace with his daughter.
Jokinen's son will be joining the Anharbn kennels this winter after the Finnish Winner
Congratulations to all the above winners with their well deserved placings.
A full weekend of Cirnechi and Pharaoh showing and a very long drive home after leaving
Paris to go via Brittany to drop off our new puppy at his foster home where he will
stay until January when he should be eligible to come home on the new defra scheme.
The summer Cirneco Club newsletter will be available to members at the end of July
via e-mail and posted to the few that do not have access to the Internet
In November the Club will once again be supporting the Kennel Club with a booth at
Discover Dogs London. If you can spare time to help on one or both days 12th & 13th
November please get in contact.