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Thursday, 17 April 2014

International Show, Reykjavik

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DOG judges are eager travellers, and Iceland is considered one of the most desirable European destinations for judging appointments. Thanks to the young age of the Icelandic KC and a small population, there are only four dog shows a year organised in this mystic and distant country. So to get a judging appointment there is quite an honour for a judge.

This show was  an International Show which took place in Reykjavik on 22nd and 23rd of February, 2014, and there were just six judges on duty: Kenneth Edh, Kurt Nielsen and Benny from Sweden, Arne Foss from Norway, Francesco Cochetti from Italy and myself from Slovenia.

As a judge I was initially curious about the quality of the dogs on show as Iceland has very complicated quarantine laws, but the dogs I found were very promising, excellent quality in most, specially in Groups 1, 2, 5, 8 an 9.

The Icelandic KC had hired two halls for this event. The first and smaller of the two was for the stands and the other bigger hall for the show rings. The ring staff (the secretary and two ring stewards in each ring), also club members, were absolutely professional and competent.

After the show there was an unforgettable dinner on Saturday night under the glass dome of the most exclusive revolving restaurant with breathtaking view of the capital and its surroundings.

The general impression about this show in Reykjavik was wonderful. Winter in this distant country is not mild and the wind is just about bearable, but the lively temperament of the Icelandic people and the positive atmosphere they are creating in everyday life is magnificent. I’ve been waiting my chance to come and visit Iceland as a dog judge. When my dream finally came true I thought as I was at Reykjavik airport with the sun low on the horizon it was definitely an experience worth waiting for.

History of the Icelandic Kennel Club


• The Icelandic Kennel Club was founded in September 1969 and is an association open to all dog owners in Iceland. 

• The Club has campaigned for special outdoor areas where owners can take their dogs, the latest one has been set up in Öskuhlí? in Reykjavík. 

• The Club runs a dog training school with various classes such as puppy training, obedience, tracking, agility, field trial and working trial.  

• The Club’s office is open daily from Monday to Friday and serves the needs of it’s members and all dog owners in Iceland. 

• The Icelandic Kennel Club publishes a club magazine three times a year; it goes by the name of "Sámur" and is the only magazine about dogs published in Iceland. It was first issued in 1978.

• The Club is responsible for the breeding, preservation and improvement of the Icelandic Sheepdog as well as being responsible for the Breed Standard for the breed. 

• The Club has founded several Breed Clubs within the Icelandic Kennel Club to promote responsible breeding within their respective breeds. 

• On 25th August 1973 they held the first dog show in Iceland in Hverager?i.

• In 1982 the first Icelandic judges were approved. Sigrí?ur Pétursdóttir qualified as a Show judge for all Spitz breeds in Group 5 with the exception of the working breeds and the Retriever breeds in Group 8. Tómas G. Ingólfsson qualified as a Field Trial judge for dogs in Group 7. 

• In 1991 the long-awaited quarantine station in Hrísey was opened. The Club had for a long time stressed the necessity of having quarantine facilities to enable the importing of dogs to Iceland. 

• In 2011 in corporation with The Danish Kennel Club, The Icelandic Kennel Club offered their members to join a judge course that was held in Reykjavík. 

• In 2013-2014 5 qualified show judges have been approved for breeds in Group 1, 5, 8 and 9.


Show Calendar


Double show: 

Reykjavík Winner on Saturday and 

International Dogshow on Sunday

21 - 22 June 2014

Judges: Gunnar Nymann (Denmark), Malgorzata Supronowicz (Poland), Tomasz Borkowski (Poland), Birgitta Svarstad (Sweden), Péter Harsányi (Hungary), Eivind Mjorum (Norway), Ann-Marie Mæland (Sweden), Vincent O'Brien (Ireland), Viktoría Jensdóttir (Iceland), Herdís Hallmarsdóttir (Iceland) og Sóley Halla Möller (Iceland).


Puppyshow (3-9 months puppies)

Reykjavík 26 July 2014

Judges: To be confirmed


International Dogshow 

6 - 7 September 2014

Judges: Jo Schepers (Netherlands), Saija Juutilainen (Finland), Jussi Liimatainen (Finlandi), Laurent Heinesche (Luxemburg), Yolanda Nagler (Israel), Paolo Dondina (Italy).


International Dogshow 

8 - 9 November 2014

Judges: Espen Engh (Norway), Juha Kares (Finland),  Carsten Birk (Denmark), Ann-Christen Johansson (Sweden), Viktoria Jensdóttir (Iceland) exc.  


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