All eyes will be on Moscow as it hosts the 2016 World Dog Show, June 23 to 26. In the event’s 45-year history, this is the first time the WDS will be held in Russia. To commemorate the Russian Kynological Federation’s 25th anniversary, which happens to coincide with the World Show, a presentation of national breeds in traditional Russian style will take centre stage in the main ring.
The four-day celebration of all things canine is expected to host more than 25,000 dogs from 40 countries, representing 300 breeds/varieties, with over 100 world-renowned judges on hand. While the dog show itself is the main attraction, there are many other canine activities scheduled, including junior handling, freestyle, police-dog demonstrations, Frisbee competition and obedience.
On the first day of competition, the largest International Dog Show of Terriers, INTERRA, will take place. More than 1,500 entries are expected to participate, judged by 12 international terrier specialists. Another highlight of the WDS will be the three days of the Dog Dance World Championship. More than 80 dogs and their owners will strut their stuff, vying for a spot on the final day of competition where the World Champion will be chosen from the 10 best dance couples.
The World Show provides plenty of opportunity to showcase rare and unusual dog breeds. The final entry numbers have yet to be posted.
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