Welcome to the 2018 FCI World Championship for Utility dogs in Lignano Sabbiadoro.
The international dog sport finds its yearly high point in the FCI IPO World Championship. The 2018 FCI IPO World Championship for working dogs will take place in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.
Lignano is a very beautiful place at the Adriatic sea and in spring, summer and autumn it is a lively place with many tourists from all over the world. Lignano, close to Venice, has all the things you may expect and whish for when you are on holiday. You will find this a place to come back to, for enjoy.
With regards to this World Championship for working dogs, we should pause and think for a few moments about our four legged friends, helpers, and lifetime companions. Being together with these wonderful animals is a foundation of human survival and a source of respect for nature and all living creatures. Whether it is for competition, companionship, assistance, security or search and rescue, in good and bad times, dogs are man’s best friend. All dog handlers, especially those entering this competition, prove that training dogs is worthwhile and is fun for both, dog and dog handler.
The permanent, sport-orientated training of our IPO dogs from the lowest up to the highest level of a world championship, offers useful information to all responsible and success-oriented breeders. In addition, the world championship is a demonstration of a dog’s stability and obedience under the pressure of the public eye.
Organizing a World Championship requires many months and long hours of preparation, voluntary work and a lot of effort and stress. At this point I want to thank our host, the Italian kennel club : ENCI and especially Daniele Peres, and all his team members who did all the work to be sure to have a great event.
I wish all the best to all competitors, who managed to pass through qualifications in their home countries.
I also whish the best to the judges who need a wealth of experience and a full measure of objectivity in order to be able to observe and mark the competitors fairly.
I hope all the competitors, guest and friends of dog sport will enjoy their stay in Lignano Sabbiadoro and experience the hospitality of the Italian people first-hand.
May the competition run smoothly and according to plan and may it be success.
On behalf of the FCI Utility Dogs Commission