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116th Winner 2005 Amsterdam RAI

On 3 & 4 December 2005 the Amsterdam RAI Congress & Exhibition Centre will host the annual Winner International Dog Show, this year being the 116th of the series.

The Winner is the largest 2-day international dog show in the Netherlands. The previous show saw 4500 wonderful dogs and included 280 breeds. They competed in the various breeds and classes to qualify for titles like Youth Winner / Youth Winster, Winner / Winster, Best of Breed, Best of FCI Group and ultimately Best in Show.

The most popular breeds were the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retrievers, American Staffordshire Terrier and English Cocker Spaniel. The rarer breeds that could be seen were the Bayerische Gebirgschweisshund, the Broholmer, the Cirnecco dell ‘Etna, Drever, the Hannoverischer Schweisshund, the Kishu, and the Otterhound.

The international character of the show means that dogs come from far and wide, is proven by the fact that about 30 % of exhibitors and visitors come from outside the Netherlands. An increasing number of entries has been registered from countries like Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and - not to be forgotten - Ireland and the United Kingdom, even the United States.

This year the team has carefully selected a body of well-known and internationally esteemed judges, who will be assisted by about 200 ringmasters and -stewards. The Winner, Amsterdam is the only dog show in the Netherlands where participating dogs can qualify for participation at Crufts.

The Winner 2005 will take place at the Europa Complex (i.e. Europahal-hall 1, Verbindingshal-hall 6 and the Amstelhal-hall 7) of the Amsterdam RAI Congress & Exhibition Centre.

The programme is as follows: Saturday 3 December FCI-Group 2 Pinschers, Schnauzers,Molossians, Swiss Mountain & Cattle Dogs; FCI-Group 3 Terriers; FCI-Group 5 Spitz- & Primitive Types and FCI-Group 9 Companion & Toy Dogs Sunday 4 December FCI-Group 1 Sheepdogs & Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs); FCI-Group 4 Dachshunds; FCI-Group 6 Scent Hounds & Related Breeds; FCI-Group 7 Pointing Dogs; FCI-Group 8 Retrievers, Flushing Dogs, Water Dogs; FCI-Group 10 Sighthounds

Entry fee per person/per day: Adults 9euros.- Children up to 12 years 5.50euros Over 65 years 5.50euros Children 0 through 2 years free - doors open at 07.30 hrs.

Special entrance fee arrangements are available for groups of 20 or more people. The condition is, however, that the entry tickets are ordered and paid for ahead of time. Please take up contact with us: tel. 00-31-343-473710 or E-mail:

Further information is to be found on our websites and
E-mail your questions to phone 00-31-343-473710 or fax 00-31-343-473719 We hope to welcome you on 3 or 4 December at the Amsterdam RAI.