The extinguishing of the Olympic flame recently signalled the end of the 30th Modern Olympic Games, which will be remembered for a long time by a lot of people in many respects. The British surpassed themselves, so to speak, with the organisation and running of the games. They proved just how important careful and detailed preparation is for every event. And this is no different for canine events, although even our biggest events can nowhere near match the participation and response levels of the Olympics, of course. You have to wonder why even little known sports can lure so many viewers to the TV screens while our major events, which undoubtedly exist, are mostly well and truly ignored by the TV stations. This topic was dealt with to some extent during the scientific symposium held last year, at which ways were demonstrated in which this aspect can be improved. It is now up to us to analyse and improve this situation. The likely answer to this question is “action”. Nowadays, this requirement would appear to be best met by the Agility discipline, which can usually also attract large numbers of spectators.

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Hans W. Müller
FCI President
FCI international dog show held in Buenos Aires (AR), 5-8 July 2012

The FCA-FCI International Dog Show was held at the Centro de Convenciones Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires from 5th to 8th July 2012.
This is our major international show which the Federación Cinológica Argentina traditionally puts on over four days in July.
This year, with the cooperation of all the participants, our show featured more than 850 dogs per day and, indeed, the last few years have seen a rapid rise in the number of both breeds and dogs on show at the event.

We had a number of very well-known judges at the show, including Mr Salvatore Tripoli from Italy, Mrs Elena Agafonova from Russia, Mr Mario Di Vanni from Chile, Mr Fernando Da Costa Maia from Brazil, Mr Ricardo Saldaña from Mexico and Mr Jaime Ganoza from Peru.

Participation by exhibitors from other Latin American countries such as Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico and Peru also brought an international flavour to the proceedings.

One of the most attractive ingredients for the visiting dogs taking part in this international show is that they have the opportunity to win the titles of Joven Campeón Argentino (Young Argentinean Champion), Campeón Argentino (Argentinean Champion) and Gran Campeón Argentino (Grand Argentinean Champion).

As part of the international dog show, the “Copa Confraternidad Purina-Proplan” was held on Saturday 7th July, with shows by clubs specialising in the following breeds: English Bulldog, Schnauzer, Dogo Argentino, Dobermann, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Afghan Hound, English Pointer, Rovidszoru Magyar Vizsla, Brittany Spaniel, Beagle, Basset Hound, Siberian Husky, Kuvasz, Bearded Collie, Dalmatian, Collie Rough, White Swiss Shepherd Dog, Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Fox Terrier, Shih Tzu, French Bulldog, Pug, Dachshund, Maltese, Poodle, Chihuahua, Shar Pei, Bernese Mountain Dog, Neapolitan Mastiff, Saint Bernard and Dogue de Bordeaux.

We would also like to highlight the Junior Handling competition and the Special Pups show.

We are sure that all our visitors and exhibitors enjoyed this wonderful event to the full.