The most anticipated meeting of our four-legged friends returned to Monaco in a special September edition last weekend. The Monaco International Dog Show (Monaco International Dog Show) took place on saturday 11 and Sunday 12 To Space Marquee in Fontvieille by the will of Monaco Canine Society – Monaco Kennel Club (member of Federation Cynologique Internationale – FCI) chaired by Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy (former vice-president).
An exciting edition behind closed doors due to strict sanitary measures involving both humans and furry friends. Not by chance, Monaco International Dog Show is rooted in the history of the Principality, founded in 1927 by SAS Princess charlotte who chaired the exhibition until 1950, when she passed the presidency to her daughter, Princess Antoinette, then to Baroness Elizabeth-Ann de Massy who held the position from 2011 until his death in 2020.
“We are one of the most respected canine associations in the world with a long history behind which the CACIB (Certicat d’Aptitude au Championnat International de Beauté) provided on this occasion has great value.“, underline Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy, expressing his long-standing passion for each type of dog.
Over seven hundred dogs representing 191 breeds from twenty-one different countries marched over the two days to secure the best result based on the scrupulous judgment of seven international judges appointed by the Federation Cynologique Internationale. The harmony of features, lines and shapes according to the standards of each breed, a healthy appearance to the smallest detail, proper posture and education are some of the usual criteria assessed.
As in previous editions, it was not so easy to declare the winners because of the high level of the dogs who have walked the Monegasque “red carpet”. And this applied to all categories: Minor-Puppy (3 to 6 months), Puppy (6 to 9 months), Youth (9 to 18 months) and Veterans (Starting from 7 years old). Special breeds of the year where the Irish wolfhound (1st classified), Whippet (3rd classified) and the Afghan hound (2sd classified) whose effigy was recently used to create a special Monaco stamp dedicated to this prestigious dog show.
A real “red carpet” of unusual and rare dogs paraded in the Marquee and HelloMonaco was there to get some feedback.
“I am really happy to attend this pivotal event in Monaco and having my puppy in the final fills me with real joy ”, underlined Valérie Camera from the region of Nîmes (South-West of France), to cuddle its softness Neo’s Bushido, a precious German spitz.
“The Monegasque event is always well organized and I am always happy to come back with my top ranked dogs ”, underline Yvette Michel of Poitiers (Center of France) ‘mother of Melody of the Alizès de l’Eden, A wonderful Peruvian hairless dog awarded several times in Monaco as Olyana of the Abbey of Calmetie, a nice lady Moth dog.
“It is always a pleasure to be present at this show despite the missing supporters which is very important for the dogs as well as for us humans“, highlighted Irene Castelli from Italy presenting Samarcanda ad Maiora, nicknamed Mr. Filippo, a remarkable Standard poodle with fantastic grooming. “I am so excited to come back to Monaco after attending the 2019 edition; this year is even more livable and I can more enjoy my dog in competition, that’s what interests me“declared Alessandra rizzo from Italy playing with Akna Mountain Aven a beautiful and rare lady Canadian Eskimo.
“I am so delighted to be at the Monaco Dog Show for the first time, to visit the Principality since I was a child. My private and professional life is entirely dedicated to dogs, which is why I take care of them including my kind beloved Brussels Griffon, Chewbecca, which had already been awarded as the best junior and race ”, concluded Elisa De Angeli, expert in canine grooming from Ventimiglia (Italian border).
Sunday afternoon, the final Best in Show Dog Parade among the ten favorite breeds of the 2021 edition really put in the spotlight dogs of various sizes and shapes. The Bobtail race took the third position, Alaskan Malamute breed was ranked in second place while the german teak was decreed with an ovation as the best breed for 2021. The prizes were presented in the presence of HRH Princess of Hanover and Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy. A beautiful end that gives hope for a new big edition in 2022.