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Monday, 07 April 2014

Martinidogshow

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The Martinidogshow in Groningen in The Netherlands is traditionally held the weekend before Crufts, and is therefore a show that lots of exhibitors from Scandinavia, Germany and Eastern Europe go to on their way to Birmingham.

The show has a very interesting judge’s list with many international specialist judges and a lot of foreign exhibitors; from England Mrs Marilyn Prior, Mr Ray Strudwick and Mr Hugh Jones were invited to judge Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Shetland Sheepdogs and Bearded Collies.

This year was the 54th International Show organised by the Northern Canine Association, Noorder Kynologen Club, one of the oldest clubs in the Netherlands.

Like so many countries these days also in Holland there is a lot of criticism on dog breeding and the health problems present in some breeds. The Dutch Kennel Club and the Judge’s Association have introduced the Breed Specific Instructions since 1st January, 2011, all judges have to fill out a form after judging so called Attention Breeds, breeds in which health problems are common. Also there are forms to register problems in other breeds. The aim being a population of purebred dogs that are sound in both body and mind.

This year’s Best in Show winner was a beautiful Shikoku; judge of the breed and also Group Judge was specialist Mr Guido Schäfer from Germany. Best in Show judge was Mr Hans v.d. Berg from the Netherlands.

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