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FCI President
22nd International Dog Show “Russia-2015” (CACIB)

The main canine event before the WDS-2016 took place on 31st October – 1st November in Crocus Expo IEC, in Moscow

About 11,843 dogs of 250 breeds took part in the largest dog show, which was traditionally opened by the RKF president, a famous stunt man, director and producer – Mr. Aleksandr Inshakov. The participants came from all over the country and from abroad. The most numerous groups were Italian Cane Corso, Labrador Retrievers, Siberian Huskies and Pomeranian Spitzs. About 95-125 dogs of these breeds were in the rings every day of the show. The guests could see at the Dog Show some rare breeds for our country: Cesky Terrier, Russian Piebald Hound, English Toy Terrier, Bavarian Mountain Hound, Field Spaniel.

Movie stars and celebrities came to the show to support homeless dogs from shelters: "Reflection", "Home", "Sheremetyevsky" and "Super Dog". These shelters are participants in a traditional charity campaign "Give the house to a dog!". At the show the volunteers of “Sheremetyevsky” shelter found a family for an American bulldog Sam and American Staffordshire Terrier Ranil. Several families with little children decided to come and choose a pet. The dog shelter “Super Dog” made a photo presentation and one of the kennel names donated the “Super Dog” all the dog food they won as a prize. The representatives of the “Reflection” shelter told that some people had also donated some dog food to them and they pointed out that after the show a lot of people started calling them in order to take a shepherd.

The RKF is actively supporting various social organisations. Patients of the rehabilitation centre "Overcoming", where people with severe spinal cord and cerebral palsy are being treated, arrived at the Dog Show "Russia-2015".

One of the highlights of the show was the performance of the instrumental group “Verona Violin Show” and the performance of Anna Volkova, who is a young four-time European and World champion in the Dance Show.

A special guest of the Award ceremony of Sport and Dog Training Championship was Mrs Elena Istyagina-Eliseeva, the director of the State Museum of Sports. She also conducted the Award ceremony for masters in Sport and Applied Dog Breeding.

Within the framework of “Russia-2015”, visitors were able to see the spectacular sport competitions such as Agility and Flyball Championships. 93 participants from 16 cities took part in Dog Dance Championship. Each pair (a dog and its owner) performed not just a dance, but a complete composition where everything was important: music, dance, interaction between a man and a dog. The winners of this Championship got the right to participate in the Dog Dance World Championship within the framework of WDS 2016 in Moscow.

Frisbee lovers had the opportunity to see incredible tricks made by Frisbee stylers Alexey Novikov and a twice champion Aleksandr Aleksandrov, Sergey Gurov and the Malinois, Victoria Ulyanova and her Whippet and others.

In addition to many sports performances, guests of the show were very pleased to see the Dog Fashion competition where owners and their pets were dressed up. The judge of this competition was one of the most famous fashion designers in Russia- Mrs Elena Suprun. There were more than 15 participants. Elena Abdullina and a five-year old girl with Yorkshire Terrier and a half-breed took the first place with their outfit “Commander and his team”. The second place went to the outfit “Chess tournament” presented by Oleg Grekov and the Tatra Shepherd Dog. Tatyana Sukhareva and her Yorkshire terriers presented the outfit “Russian Sarafan” and took the third place.

On the second day of the Dog Show “Russia-2015”, the RKF President Mr Aleksandr Inshakov congratulated Mrs Elena Yerusalimskaya on her 60th anniversary and 35th anniversary in the canine world. Mrs Elena Yerusalimskaya is an international all-round judge who is one of the founders and inspirers of the dog show “Russia”.

Final competitions took place in the afternoon on the Main Ring. The most well-known judges were choosing Best Couple, Best Breeder, Best Progeny, Best Baby, Best Puppy and finally the winner of Best in Show.

There was a special contest “Pride of Russia” which was held among Russian national breeds. On the first day of this competition the winner was the Samoyed dog - SMILING SNOWBALL MOON WALK (owner Dombrovskaya О.), on the second day – Moscow Watch Dog ZLATO EKATERINY GUBERNATOR (owner Komaristaya Е.).

Best in show competition was the show final and the most important part of the show. On the first day the BIS winner was Deutscher Spitz - Wolfspitz SHOWTYME ADMIRAAL THE MIGHTY SVEN (owner HOOPER; WOODLIFFE; DE BRUN). The Kaninchen Wire-hired Dachshund BALTIYSKIY TALISMAN ISTORIYA LUBVI (owner Kuropatkina Yu.) took the second place. The third place went to the Irish Red Setter APPLEGROVE BECHAMEL (owner Trusov I.). The BIS winner of the second day was awarded with the RKF President Cup and it was the Boxer SATELIT VAN HELSING (owner Gornova E.), Welsh Corgi Pembroke ANDVOL PINKERTON (N/B) (owner Shuvalova O.) took the second place, the third – Pharaoh Hound REEDLY ROAD ILLUMINATED (owner Evteeva М.).

It is remarkable that cynology unites all dog lovers who also were among the staff of the ambulance. They were glad to support the show organisers, providing their best team.

During the final competitions, online broadcast was available on the RKF show official website Around 4,000 people not only from Russia but also from England, Poland, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Finland and the United States were watching it simultaneously.

2015 has become a significant year for Russian cynology. The BIS winner at the World Dog Show in Milan was a Russian dog – the Bearded Collie OPS I DID IT AGAIN DEL CUORE IMPAVIDO (owner Klimova O.). A Russian dog the Scottish Terrier MCVAN'S TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE (owner Khenkina М.) firstly became the winner at the most prestigious Dog show in the UK - Crufts Dog Show. The fourth winner in the BIS at the European Dog Show was the Afghan Hound AMAL SALAND COEUR D'COEURS (owner Shirokov D.).

For the first time in Russian canine history the IPO-FH World Championship was held by the RKF with the cooperation of the Ministry of Sports. Russian national team (RKF) became a vice-champion in the Tracking work. The sport couple (Fedorova G. and the Border Collie WONDER WESTSPASY) from Russia became a bronze winner in the Obedience World Championship. The Russian team (RKF) took the third place in the first Mondioring World Championship and won the silver medal in the Agility World Championship in the “jumping-mini” discipline and others.

The sponsors of the International Dog Show “Russia-2015” ,which attendance was more than 50,000 people, were the famous brands such as Royal Canin, Pro Plan, Eukanuba, Monge, Brit, Pedigree. Also the winners of different competitions received pleasant gifts from show media partners: a magazine «DRUG for dog lovers» and a TV channel «Zoo TV».

© Aleksandra Morrison
Russia-2015. 31-st of October. Moscow. Best veteran competition. 1-st place - welsh corgi pembroke ANDVOL PINKERTON (N/B), ow. Shuvalova O (Russia). Judge – Valentina Ivanisheva (Russia). President of RKF – Aleksandr Inshakov. Photo – Boris Glukhariov
© Aleksandra Morrison
© Aleksandra Morrison
Russia-2015. 31-st of October. Moscow. Best breeder competition. Judge Cathy Delmar (Ireland). Photo – Aleksandra Morisson
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Russia-2015. RKF President’s Cup. 1-st of November. Moscow. Competition of Russian breeds “Pride of Russia”. Judge – Ekaterina Senashenko (Russia). Winner – samoyed SMILING SNOWBALL MOON WALK, ow. O. Dombrovskaya. Photo – Aleksandra Morisson
© Aleksandra Morrison
Russia-2015. 31-st of October. Moscow. Best in show. BIS1 - Deutscher spitz – wolfspitz / keeshound SHOWTYME ADMIRAAL THE MIGHTY SVEN ow. HOOPER; WOODLIFFE; DE BRUN. BIS2 - Kaninchen-dachshund (teсkel) – Rauhhaar BALTIYSKIY TALISMAN ISTORIYA LUBVI ow. Julia Kuropatkina, BIS3 - Irish red setter APPLEGROVE BECHAMEL ow. Igor Trusov
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