IFR World Show 2012 – Spain, Barcelona

Castellar del Vallés– a cozy small town on the south of Catalania lies about 20 km north of Barcelona – hosted a meeting of owners, lovers and fans of rottweilers during the weekend 28.–29. April. Everybody could enjoy the IFR World Show 2012 there. The weather was quite chilly and windy on Saturday but on Sunday the light sunshine finally came and so the warmer air.

The catalogue promised a wonderful number of 336 dogs in all age categories as well as the abundantly filled competiton of dog pairs and the same situation was with the breeding groups. The exhibitors came from Ukraine and many also from south-Slowanian countries but on the other side suprisingly quite a few came from Anglo-saxon countries. And what about the judges? They were Uwe Petermann from Germany, Christian Bernbacher from Austria, Vinicio Italo di Paolo from Argentina and Antonio Rojo Fajardo from Spain. The organising of the event was entrunsted to Spanish rotweiler club with the Pedro Pujals Prat as its head and to whom great thanks for organising of such an event belong. At the opening ceremony the representatives of the town who supported this event were also present and as well as for the IFR, of course, the president Mr. Dieter Hoffmann and viceprezident Mr. Dirk Vandecasteele.

The traditional Spanish dance and music opened the first day – Saturday. After the opening ceremony, the judging itself came up. For each judge there was one of four big circles on the grassy area of the stadium and each of them assigned to the particular categories. Everything proceeded in all four circles at once that is why it was the visitors´ choice which circle to choose or to go through and watch all the circles simultaneously. The judges then chose four the best in the class and in the afternoon those competed in the final festive show for the winning order. The viewers could really enjoy the final show of the best performances.

I have to appreciate the large and sufficient exhibiton circles. The stadium which hosted the event provided a wonderful place and the circles fitted in perfectly. Even the biggest groups of more than 40 dogs had no problem to get in but of course the referees judged them in smaller groups. Most of all, I have to highlight friendly approach of the judges who with their calm behaviour did not make the dogs nor owners nervous. They were also very careful while examining the teeth and the build of the dog bodies. Particularly when being in touch with young dogs which are still stubborn  and time to time unpredictable the judges were patient and had the understanding for a kind of „uhrály“ exhibition behaviour. I did not notice any agresive behaviour at all.

The dogs You could see on this exhibition were those with massive head, high stop, round eyes and strong compact build.The motion had a significant role by each of the judges, the handlers had to walk in the circles for long minutes, took turns and were really happy when the judges ended their „suffering“.

Moreover, there was double-handling. The judges tolerated a bit of it because a rottweiler is a temperament breed which when being just placed in the show position without any protests or any movement, you then get a kind of passive „teddy-bear“ without any expression or energy. The rottweiler simply needs to energise and to „be boosted“. Of course, as the final was approaching more extremes came and the double-handling was returned behind the circle bands by organizors.

I am convinced the organizors did their best they could. Yet there was one thing I really missed – the score schedules or tables by the exhibition circles. Also the system of categories in the catalogue was in my opinion a little bit non-systematic and messy and unfortunatelly, for example the information from which country the dog came, was not mentioned there.

The next international exhibition will be in Danemark the following year and I am really looking forward to nice meetings with owners and all friends of the rottweilers as well as to new experience.

 The word comes to the judges

No exhibition would be proper one without the qualified and respected judges. Four of the best ones came to judge more than three hundred rottweilers at the current World Show in Spain. Three of them – Uwe Petermann from Germany, Christian Bernbacher from Austria and Vinicio Italo di Paolo from Argentina – found the time to talk about their observations and impressions.

 What comes first to Your mind when remembering this last world exhibition in Spain?

Uwe: First of all high quality of the dogs and of course it was very nice to meet the people from different parts of the world, the friends of rottweilers and to talk over opinions with them and discuss everything.

Christian: Bad weather but at the same time amazing amount of dogs and my friends from the RTWs world.

Vinicio: Of course I will remember the event where all lovers of rottweilers from all over the world meet so as to enjoy beautiful moments.

 How would You evaluate the level of the exhibited individuals?

Uwe: I was a judge for the following categories Puppy class Male, Young class Female, Working class Female, Champion class Male and Veteran class Female. I have to point out at the very high quality of the individuals in young and working female class. I also liked four of the best in the puppy and zouny vlase, I enjoyed the dogs being open and I liked the working class as well. On the other hand, I have to say that the dogs in the champion class were badly prepared, they were too much fatty and with not solid back. Logically, the dog which won was definitelly not the best but the one with the smallest „failures“.

Christian: The quality was really high and we could see the very best of the European top dogs from all the countries.

Vinicio: The quality differs. As soon as we realise that we talk about a show of Beauty and Structre, then a kind of natural filter is made. The competitors usually choose their best individuals they have in the kennels or at home. Nevertheless I saw some surprise.

 What in particular is most important for You while judging?

Uwe: The movement comes out of the proper build. If the build is not good the dog cannot have the good technique of the motion – both are deeply and inseparably connected.

Christian: For me, the most important thing is the anatomy. Of course, I have to mention that the individual body parts are best to be judged in motion. Rottweiler is a working breed and this is why they shall be performed in the corresponding condition. Some dogs are perfect in static positions but in motion they have problems with performing. We could see they are not trained.

Vinicio:  My prosedure while judging is connected with finding the complexity and balance of the dog. What does it mean? When the dog has a wonderful fenotype but their temperament  and behaviour in the ring are not good, then the dog is not for me a complex individual. If I shall answer precisely, I say that the most important factor for me is the motion but at the same time it must go hand in hand with the good build because I am convinced that the one is connected with the latter.

 What role plays the dog´s temperament and expression in Your evaluation?

Uwe: A rottweiler without expression and temperament is absolutelly unacceptable for me. Rottweiler is a working breed and so they must show they have the will to go ahead. During the final evaluating this aspect was cruitial for me. Some of the sporty cynologists mark our rottweilers as slow and without expression. I am strongly against and I cannot agree with it. I personally do not support the dogs without temper and energy.

Christian: Temperament is absolutelly important! The dog without temper has no expression, will never stay on a tight lead and will have some problems while presentation!

Vinicio: Very important! A healthy and balanced dog, even with strong temperament, will be and look good at the ring (of course must be in proper hands). On the other hand it is very difficult for a dog with weak temperament to be the star at the show.

 Rottweler is a working breed – what do You feel about this aspect by the exhibited dogs?

Uwe: My feeling is that I do accentuate the right action and technique of the movement. The dog must also have some stamina or grit and energy, not that they drop off after two rounds. And last, I also do not appreciate and do not judge positively too long or too high back.

Christian: The working dog simply should behave as a trained and fit individual. I do not regard if the dog has IPO1, 2 or 3 or what exams and how successful they were. That does not make any benefits for me.

Vinicio: I did not judge woking  categories but yet I think there are not a lot of dogs which keep the status of the working breed. This is caused by the fact that many owners do not support this characteristics, which shall never disappear.

 Do You think there was a kind of change in the quality of the exhibited dogs in the long time horizont, e.g. last decades?

Uwe: Yes. In the recent years we have a lot of dogs with wrinkled skin od the head. I would also add extremely high stop together with the smaller cheek bone and as a consequence the rottweilers lose their typical appereance. The public prefers this excessive head – this is why we have to return to standard as to stop that slowly changing new apperence of the breed.

Christian: In the last ten years the quality has not changed. But we must be careful that the head does not expends much, we cannot get far from the standard.

Vinicio:  As all of the fashion or trendy influences bring more problems than benefits or solutions, we can see the dogs being cumbersome or clumsy, with very short muzzles and excessively massive heads. They look like other breeds or we define them as so-called hypertypes which is definitely not good for the breed. On the other hand, the sweeping communication and globalisation made the market, which was led by Germans, wider. The domination of them is no longer true.

 What changes in the development of the breed do You regard as positive and what on the other hand to be careful about?

Uwe: I already mentioned the negative aspects in the previous anwers and as for the positive ones, we have no problems with the eye colour and in many countries there is also no problem with the pigmentaton in the mouth.

Christian: As I already indicated, I regard the changing shape of the head as negative aspect – in particular it means we have to focus on the lenght of the muzzle regarding the tendency towards the broad and big heads and short, in the short muzzle the teeth have not much space. The heads are getting bigger and stard look closer to molossoid breeds with a lot of wrinkles and skin. The eyes then have no loner almond shape, they are just round and raised.

Vinicio: The question of frozen sperm enables the possibilities to count on that dog genetics which would otherwise not be possible because of the distance. In this point of view I see it as a kind of reasonable and useful means. On the other hand I think the breeders are more interested in the broadening their knowledge in many factors which influence the possibility of becoming a good breeder. Maybe it could be good to find again such breeding way which is the closest to the standard ideal.

 Is it in Your opinion possible to combine the working characteristics of the breed with the top exterior?

Uwe: Of course they go together and we are successful to pass it on.

Christian: I think this is really no problem. I personally still do sport cynology. I can asure You that a good cynologist with a perfect dog which is said not to be fitted for work will regardless be very successful in sport cynology with such a dog. The dog is only as good as the one who leads!

Vinicio: I suppose the goal is to be successful and have an ideal dog as for the body build, temperament, character and working capabilities. What we pursue is the search for a comlex dog.

 What do You think of double-handling in general and how did You feel about it during this show?

Uwe: As for me, it is not a big problem but I let just one handler to be present in the circle, and I do not mind changing of them. Nevertheless, one thing I really do not like – when the dog is being fed in the circle and the handler shows the dog the way that he has his hand in front of the dog´s mouth.

Christian: I do not mind double-handling when presentation in statics. What I do mind is the changing of the handlers while running – it is confusing because the referee connects the number with the runner.

Vinicio: Double-handling is very important, it enables to perform the dog better and not to harm that with personal limitations. Nevertheless it must come along with absolute respect or the pairs, referees, viewers and organizors. I personally demand respect and order in the ring, without them You cannot have a successful exhibition because the very first demaged individual is the competing dog. I am convinced that during this exhibition we could see both variants and it was visible in the results.

 Would You share Your opinion about organisation, backstage and also the overall atmosphere of the exhibition?

Uwe: So ss such a big event turns successful and proceeds without problems, you need a wonderful team and diligent hands.  And the people from Spanish club under the leadership of Pedro Pujals managed. I would like to express big thanks to him again.

Christian: However this or that could have been better during the event, the most important thing is how good and strong the team is – one person alone can do nothing. The atmosphere of the exhibition was very pleasant.

Vinicio: Organising of such an event on this level is very difficult. I know it beause I personally was in charge of organising the exhibition in Argentina in 2008. At the same time I suppose it is also a question of pride and of course a wonderful and beneficial experience. In this case, as for me, I have to express just the words of deep thanks towards CRE Organisation (The Spanish RTW Club) which took care of me perfectly. Of course, it is possible that at the very beginning there could happen some minor problems which is quite normal until everything is being balanced. When talking about what feelings such actions awake in participants, viewers, organizors or referees – it is simply amazing.

 What made You especially happy and what was the best experience from this competition?

Uwe: For sure it is the fact that I could see my friends and had the chance to interchange opinions about this breed with them.

Christian: The most exciting moment for me was giving the title of the World Winner to the young dogs and also the world´s best female. I especially enjoyed the meeting with my colleague referees as well as friends within the breeders and owners all around the world.

Vinicio: First of all, the fact that I was invited to be the part of the referee group which had the responsibility of judging the presented individuals. Secondly, I had the honour to share the circle with my referee colleagues as well as the world top and famous breeders. And finally also the fact that this all happened under the coverage and support of IFR.

 Do You have in mind anything else You would like to point out to the exhibition?

Uwe: I point out again we have to act strongly against exaggerated typing of the dog – e.g. against the very short muzzle, too much outstanding stop and missing cheek arcs.

Christian: I would definitely like to express my thanks to IFR for invitation, it was a great honour for me. I would also like to thank my referee colleagues because we were balanced and coordinated in judging. And I also cannot forget the handlers and viewers who filled this event with perfect atmosphere and strenghten my opinion it was extraorinary experience.

Vinicio: I suppose the broadening of social and public knowledge of different cultures and producing the high-quality show in many different parts of the world is really positive thing and it supports the participation. I think the change of right politics inside IFR and creating the world beauty contest and world working championship in various parts of the world opens a new place for the breed quality increase.

 And some message to the breeders and owners of rottweilers?

Uwe: Not be annoyed by rumors or tales that float around rottweilers but on the contrary to give those dogs a lot of love.

Christian: Dear friends, be careful when breeding or buying of the dogs that they are from a controled breeding!

Vinicio: To work on and on with the standard one should have in hand while breeding, be fair to yourself as well as to others, to respect and fully support the institutions, and above all to align to the goal to raise the RTW breed nad help to get it at the very top where it deserves to be. Great thanks come to breeders and exhibitors as well as to organisers and members of IFR for respecting my referee work. I hope I did not disappoint them. Very kind regards to all friends of rottweilers and see You soon!


Uwe Petermann had his first rottweiler in 1976 and from 1977 he is member of ADRK. He established his own kennel called „vom Godewind“ in 1983.

 Christian Bernbacher comes from Austrian city Braunau am Inn and this palce also gave the name to his rottweilers kennel – „vom Branauer Wappen“. Since 1980 he actively participates in sport cynology, he had his first rottweiler named Hanko vom Fohlenbach in 1983. Yet he regards Gringo vom Grüntenblick his best dog. Since 2005 he is an exterior judge.

 Vinicio Italo di Paolo has been breeding rottweilers for 14 years. He is the founding member of Argentinian rottweiler Club called ACRR as well as ACAR which is the American Association of the rottweiler Clubs. His rottweiler Tyson Black del Samurai was one of the very first in Argentina. He is the owners of kennel„von der Krone“ and his litters have many best places in Argentina.

 Draha Mašková, www.gingertaffy.com

Photo: Hana Toušková, www.hargulak.com

 Baby class Male

Gallardo des Princes d Aragone – VP1;* 23. 12.2011, f. Faridon Crni Lotos, m. Erra des Princes d Aragone; b. R. Ouldabbou, o. A. Darnet

Puppy class Male

Buster Haus of Lazic – VP1; * 30. 7. 2011, o. Sting Haus of Lazic, m.Ultra Haus of Lazic, b. B. Lazic, o. H. Meho

Young class Male

Arataz von Hause Leroy – V1, CAJC, Nejlepší mladý, * 29. 10. 2010, o. Leroy van Haysherak, m. Bella of Nicolas Lion, b. a o. V. Bonfardino

Intermediate class Male

Tarantino Unserbund – V1; * 10. 10. 2010, o. Giant Unserbund, m. Zhalo Unserbund, b. and o. V. Komarov

Open class Male

Baster of Silver Fild KG – V1; * 18. 4. 2010, o. Astor von Junipera, m. Candy of Silverfild KG, o. I. and b. M. Ristovie

Working class Male

Burning des Princes d Aragone V1, Champion World; * 26. 11. 2006, o. Ben von langen Grund, m. Tina des Princes d Aragone, b. R. Ouldabbou, o. L. and V. Zec

Champion class Male

Santo von Kalenborn – V1, Vice Champion World; * 22. 1. 2009, o. Pummel von Kalenborn, m. Odenka von Kalenborn, b. H. Weiler, o. L. Fekete

Baby class female

Elin vom Hause Edelstein – VP1, Best Baby; * 16. 12. 2011, o. Bomber od Lovrica, m. Evelyn vom Hause Edelstein, b. and o. M. Modrusan and P. Kovacic

Puppy class Female

Xena del Norte – VP1, Best Puppy; * 3. 10. 2011, o. Indios del Antico Guerrieho, m. Wenn del Norte, b. and o. G. Alvarez Cuesta

Young class Female

Asia Elite Rotts – V1; Champion Young World; * 15. 1. 2011, o. Astor von Junipera, m. Rommy of Sanny Hill, b. A. Milanovic, o. R. Bobby-Elite

Intermediate class Female

Iris – V1; * 28. 8. 2010, o. Champion, m. Cin Cin, b. N. del Vecchio, o. N. del Vecchio

Open class Female

Farina vom Hause Edelstein – V1, Vice Champion World, * 29. 1. 2009, o. Kris Klaid, m. Destiny od Dragicevica, b. and o. M. Modrusan and P. Kovacic

Working class Female

Fibi van Gorgar – V1, Champion World, BIS; * 21. 8. 2008, o. Kris Klaid, m. Teuta, b. I. Đuriš, o. S. Gitton

Champion class Female

Tess von der Crossener Ranch – V1, * 11. 8. 2009, o. Danjo von der Tonberger Höhe, m. Kira von Mühlberg, b. M. Litzbach, o. S. Mihajlovic