The dogs of the corresponding class (e.g. youth class) are called into the judging ring by the ring staff and sorted in the order of the catalog numbers. The judge gets a first overview of the dogs presented.
Purebred dog competitions
Among the highlights of the fair are the major pedigree dog competitions of the VDH European Winner & Spring Winner Exhibition Dortmund. Dogs from over 240 breeds are expected in total.
The dog breeds will be judged on different days. If you are interested in specific breeds, find out in advance about the daily schedule and the schedule for the evaluations.
FCI groups: 3, 7, 8, 10
FCI groups: 2, 4, 5
FCI groups: 1, 6, 9
FCI groups: 1, 6, 9
FCI groups: 3, 7, 8, 10
FCI groups: 2, 4, 5
ab 8.30 Uhr
Einlass der Hunde
10.00 – ca. 16.30 Uhr Bewertung der Hunde
How is a dog evaluated?
At a dog show, the dogs are sorted by breeds, classes and sex, judged one after the other in the individual evaluation rings by the breed judge. The first ring is for the males of a breed, followed by the evaluation of the females. The dogs are judged by the breed judge according to the standard for the respective breed set by the World Federation FCI, of which the VDH is a member.
Then the evaluation of the individual dogs of the class takes place. Among other things, the breed judge checks the dog's teeth for correctness of the dentition according to the specifications required by the breed standard.
During the individual evaluation, the breed judge checks the dog for anatomical correctness according to the specifications of the breed standard as well as the social compatibility of the dog.
This is followed by the gait check with the verification of the correctness of the movement.
Upon completion of the individual elements, the Breed Judge will dictate to the Ring Recorder a brief description of the dog presented and award one of the following conformation scores. Excellent (V), Very Good (SG), Good (G), Sufficient (GGD), Disqualified (disq). A dog that cannot be judged will be dismissed from the ring without being evaluated.
After all individual evaluations of the dogs in a class have been completed, the breed judge decides on the placement of the individual dogs.
Placements will be made from place 1 - 4, provided that enough dogs have been presented in the corresponding class, which meet the requirements for a placement (conformation grade Excellent or Very Good) The placed dogs will be presented to the audience accordingly.
Classification according to FCI groups
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) is the world organization of cynology. It currently comprises 99 member and contracting countries (only one association per country), which in turn issue their own pedigrees and train the judges. The VDH represents Germany in the FCI. The FCI guarantees within its organization the mutual recognition of the pedigrees (pedigrees) of the countries, as well as the judges. At present the FCI recognizes 353 different breeds. For each breed there is a so-called standard, in which the ideal type is described in terms of appearance and behavior. The breed standards are maintained by the FCI member associations where the breed originates. Germany is the standard-setting country for 32 dog breeds.
These internationally recognized breeds are divided into different FCI groups:
Here you can find all those breeds whose main task was and still is herding or driving livestock.All breeds of these FCI groups
Pinscher and Schnauzer belong to the domestic dogs, they differ mainly in coat type and size and are bred for versatile purposes. The term Molosser stands for large, heavy dog beasts, Swiss farm dogs are called Sennenhunde.All breeds of these FCI group
Terriers were originally bred as hunting dogs to drive foxes and badgers from their burrows. As a rule, they are small to medium-sized breeds. A distinction is made between "High-legged Terriers", "Low-legged Terriers", "Bull-type Terriers" and "Dwarf Terriers".All breeds in this FCI group
The term Dachshund indicates the original breeding purpose of the breeds known as Dachshunds or dachshunds. As a pronounced hunting dog, used for hunting work under the ground, for rummaging and for welding work, he enjoys high esteem. At home, however, he is also an attentive guard.All breeds in this FCI group
In the case of Spitz, a distinction is made between European and Asian breeds, which, by the way, are not genetically related to each other, with a few exceptions. The term Urtyp stands for the Urrassen of the domestic dog. Group 5 also includes the Nordic sled and hunting dogs and the Nordic guard and herding dogs.All breeds in this FCI group
Breeding for hunting purposes is the origin of many breeds. Running dogs are supposed to be able to track game over long distances, welding dogs have the task of tracking down injured game - in hunter's language "welding" stands for bleeding. What they all have in common is a pronounced hunting instinct and excellent scenting ability, which makes them particularly capable of working out and following game tracks.All breeds in this FCI group
Pointing dogs are the most common and versatile hunting dogs, which indicate to the hunter that there is game in front of him by pausing without making a sound.All breeds in this FCI group
To search for something and bring it to the master is what the term retrieve stands for and that is also what distinguishes the retrieving dog. A retrieving dog searches independently for game in unclear terrain and drives it to the hunter. The water dog supports fishermen and hunters in water game areas. They are all characterized by the impulsive disposition to rummage and retrieve.All breeds in this FCI group
Companion dogs have above all the task to keep the human company and to serve him as a social partner. The name of the companion dog also says it all: it is supposed to accompany people. According to the VDH guidelines, a dog is also considered a companion dog if it has taken the first step in the multi-stage training system by passing the companion dog test.All breeds in this FCI group
Hardly any other animal can keep up with them. Greyhounds, especially the Greyhound, are among the fastest land animals in the world, only the cheetah is faster. The English name "sighthounds" expresses that it is typical for the greyhounds to use speed and sight to overtake the prey to be hunted.All breeds in this FCI group