The World Dog Show is a Fédération Cynologique Internationale-sanctioned, four-to-six-day long international dog show, held yearly since 1971. It has been called the most important dog show in the world. The World Show includes agility, obedience, junior handler,conformation, and other events and demonstrations. Dogs who win in any category are awarded the title "World Champion". The show places a special emphasis on rare and unusual dog breeds. It is one of the largest dog shows in the world. It is held in a different country each year.
Some people feel that a win at the World Dog Show is worth more, reputation-wise, than the same win at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Entries in the World Show are from Fédération Cynologique Internationale member clubs, and non-member clubs (such as the American Kennel Club) by invitation.
2014 saw Helsinki Finland host the World dog show with more than 29000 dogs entered. WOW what a trip it was and will hold special memories for me for the rest of my life.
I had the opportunity to visit breeders inviting me into their homes with their wonderful hospitality , talk to a lot of very knowledgeable breeders and judges at the show itself. I also met Merja and her family. Merja had helped me plan my trip to Finland and the WDS booked my hotel and took me to her gorgeous cottage and home. Attending the seminar on Maltese and Bolognese was also a highlight. Conducted by allbreeds judge Francesco Cochetti and long time breeder of exqisite maltese (Cinicitta) Stefano Paolantoni. For a week Merja and her family showed me some spectacular and breathtaking sites.
For the second week I took off on some memorable travels with Sirkka (Downslopes Maltese) in her motor home, the breeder of my Finnish boys Teddy and Ivar. We traveled far and wide through the countryside of Finland and again the hospitality of friends that i had met along the way will stay with me forever.
Thankyou to the wonderful friends that i met on my travels for opening your homes, introducing me to some great traditions that are your country FINLAND. Your food was amazing you all kept me so well fed.
You are ALL amazing people.