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Show Regulations

Various regulations must be observed for participation in the show. From the VDH and FCI show regulations to compulsory vaccination, we have summarised the most important regulations for you.

FCI and VDH Show Rules

With their entry, all exhibitors accept the show regulations of the FCI and the VDH.

Animal Protection Dog Ordinance

The Animal Welfare Dog Ordinance provides for a ban on showing dogs that exhibit certain breeding characteristics.

Link to the Animal Protection Dog Ordinance

Admitted dogs

Only pedigree dogs whose standard is deposited with the FCI and which are entered in a stud book or register recognized by the FCI are admitted. Identity checks of the registered dogs are possible. Please bring the pedigree to the show.

Dogs that bite, are sick or infested with vermin, as well as bitches that are visibly pregnant or in the lactation period or accompanied by their puppies, may not be brought into the show grounds. Anyone bringing sick dogs into a show is liable for any consequences arising therefrom. Proven deaf or blind dogs are not allowed to participate in a show. Bitches in heat may be exhibited at termed purebred dog shows.

Dogs that have been found to be biting or unreasonably aggressive towards people or other dogs at a pedigree dog show may be subject to a temporary or permanent show ban. This also applies to dogs on which irremediable manipulations have been carried out.

Ban on docking

The following dogs from Germany and abroad are prohibited from showing in accordance with the VDH Show Regulations:

  1. Ears cropped
  2. Tail docked (Exception: for FCI recognized hunting dogs used for hunting in accordance with German law for the protection of animals)

Rabies vaccination

The dogs brought to this event (show) must have been verifiably vaccinated against rabies at least three weeks before the event (bring vaccination card/EU pet passport).

The rabies vaccination is valid for 12 months from the day of vaccination. If a longer validity is to be claimed, this must be proven by entering the validity in the vaccination certificate or in the EU pet passport in the field "Valid until". If a dog vaccinated against rabies is revaccinated against rabies before the end of the validity of the existing vaccination, the so-called 3-week period does not apply. In the case of a first vaccination, the dog must have been at least 3 months old at the time of the vaccination and the vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days ago at the time of the event.

Young dogs born and raised in Germany (age under 15 weeks) that have no or not yet effective vaccination protection against rabies are only admitted if the owner presents a veterinary certificate stating that the dog has been examined and found to be free of clinical signs of rabies. This certificate must not be older than 10 days.

Young dogs from abroad (age under 15 weeks) are not admitted.


The owners of the dogs exhibited are liable for all damage caused by their dogs.

Exclusion of exhibitors from Russia and Belarus

By decision of the VDH Executive Board, exhibitors and sportsmen from Russia and Belarus are excluded from VDH shows, tests and sporting events until further notice. No dog belonging to a (co-)owner resident in Russia or Belarus shall be admitted to VDH shows, tests and sporting events.

To the decision

Preparation of the dogs

On the show grounds it is forbidden to groom the dog using any means or aids other than combing and brushing. The use of so-called gallows is prohibited.

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