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Monday, 27 April 2020

German KC releases crisis statement

Featured Written by Our Dogs - 24/04/20

THE VDH (German Kennel Club) has received many inquiries relating to the planning and implementation of events. Their President Peter Friedrich wrote the following statement for clarification.

“Last week the federal and state governments updated and modified their provisions and at least some of them can already be interpreted, I would like to keep you up to date on the conditions at the VDH. “Like all other animal lovers, dog athletes also suffer massively from the Corona crisis.

Your training options are extremely limited and the exam season is interrupted. With a heavy heart, one of the VDH German Championships of 2020 had to be cancelled without replacement.

This is the winning test for working dogs (IGP). Everything speaks for the fact that this must also be done in most other sports. The responsible specialist committees advise in this regard. “In my opinion, club reviews cannot be carried out until the end of May. It certainly makes sense if the clubs concerned get together again in mid-May and then plan the next phase with the current information. It has not escaped me that there are association officials who would prefer to see the VDH issue appropriate temporary ban on events.

Our legal basis does not allow this. That is why we are forced to stick to recommendations. “The situation also remains difficult in the exhibition sector. Our VDH state associations are often forced to reschedule, have to cancel exhibitions or find new dates. We immediately update the overview of international and national shows on the Internet when appointments are cancelled or postponed. As I write these lines, requests for changes are still being received at our office.

That is why I cannot provide you with a reliable tabular list here and now. Innovations “As far as the main VDH events are concerned, there are two innovations so far. We already have to do without the European Winner exhibition in Dortmund due to the existing official ban on major events in 2020.

For the German Winner Show in Leipzig, we are aiming to move it towards the end of the year. There is still a big question mark as to whether the Bundessieger exhibition, as is now planned, can actually take place in mid-October. And hopefully it will soon be possible to predict when special pedigree dog shows can be staged again.

Here we are dependent on the intervention of government agencies, which determine the conditions and requirements under which meetings of various sizes will be permitted. “It is very much to be welcomed that the great majority of the breeding clubs affiliated to us have created special regulations to meet the crisis situation, which on the one hand continue to guarantee high quality and on the other hand keep breeding alive even in adverse conditions.

“Let us continue to make the best of the situation, enjoy the company of our dogs, keep in touch with each other and constructively work out solutions to problems that can be deduced conclusively from the current state of information. I wish you all the best.”

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