Congratulations once again to the VDH (German Kennel Club) on the record entry which it has attracted for the FCI World Dog Show which it is to stage in Leipzig from 9th to 12th November.
The entry of 24,692 individual dogs for the main show, and 6,423 for the German Winners Show, will create a record breaking occasion for any FCI show. The previous record was achieved by the SCC (French Kennel Club) in Paris in 2011 with 21,588 dogs
The entry compares favourably with Crufts which these days achieves around 22,000 dogs and where the record entry was 22,991 at its Centenary event in 1991. This was closely followed by an exceptionally high entry in 2008 when 22,964 entries were achieved. That puts this year's VDH FCI World Dog Show entry at 1,701 dogs more than the previous Crufts record, which itself appeared in the Guinness Book of Records.
This year in Leipzig the following breeds are the to be the top twenty for entries:
1. Miniature Schnauzers, 562*; 2. Labrador Retrievers, 375; 3 Golden Retrievers, 373; 4. French Bulldogs, 356; 5 Bernese Mountain Dogs, 349; 6 Great Danes, 337*; 7 Rhodesian Ridgebacks, 320; 8 Beagles, 318; Bulldogs, 312; 10 Jack Russells, 298; Dalmatians, 295; 12 Siberian Huskies, 294; 13 Pugs, 286; 14 Akitas, 238; 15 Flat Coated Retrievers, 237; 16 Cocker Spaniels, 230; American Akitas, 235; 18 American Staffordshire Terriers, 215; 19 Cane Corso, 214; 20, Boston Terriers, 206; 20, Border Collies, 206; 20 Weimaraners, 206.
The breeds marked above with an asterisk are shown under separate colours at FCI shows but the figures shown above are the accumulated entries for all colours of the breeds involved.
Of the breeds which usually appear in the top ten entries at Crufts, the following haven't made it to the top twenty in Leipzig 2017, these are Whippets at 198, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 169; Staffordshire Bull Terriers at 166 and Irish Setters, 124.
Dogs from a total of 73 countries will be represented in Leipzig with the following being the top fifteen
1. Germany, 8,577; Russia, 3,463; 3 Italy, 2,295; Czech Republic, 1,770; 5 Poland, 1,737; 6 Sweden, 1,460; Denmark, 1,421; 8 France, 1,219; 9 Finland, 1,174; 10 Netherlands, 796; 11 Hungary, 687; 12, Norway, 655; 13, United Kingdom, 621; 14. Spain, 539 and 15. Ukraine, 510
The Best in Show Judge on the last day of the show will be Horst Klibenstein. He says that he grew up with dogs as his father had German Shepherds, and later Black Miniature Schnauzers.
At the age of 16 he bought his first dog, a Deutche Dogge (Great Dane) and his first litter was in that breed.
Later he bred Basset Hounds, Standard Wire Haired Dachshunds and West Highland White Terriers.
In 1964 he became a judge of Great Danes and one year later of Basset Hounds and the various French Bassets and Dachshunds.
Since 1974 he has been a Group Judge for the old FCI Groups 5 and 6, and in 1986 he became an all-breed judge.
From February 1998 until 2014 he was President of the FCI Judges Commission after which he became its Honorary President.
He says that his most memorable moments as a judge have been while officiating at all twenty of the FCI World Dog Shows he has attended, his first invitation to Sydney Royal, and his first time judging in South America in Argentina and Brazil.
UK resident judges
Of the 191 judges at the show the following are listed as from the UK: Chris Amoo, Ronnie Irving and Frank Kane.
Stephen Seymour who is resident in the UK, is listed under Australia and Liz Cartledge is scheduled as the judge for the Finals of the Best Junior Handler Competition.