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IFR World Show 2021

The event will be organized by the Rottweiler Club in France, Union Française pour  le Rottweiler (UFR) on 15 and 16 may 2021.

We hear that a website on the event will shortly be availabe but at this moment, all information can already be found on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/IFR2021/

Please check this information.     It does not only hold details on the organization (entry form etc....) but also essential information on national legislation and on the national conditions that must be fulfilled to be allowed to participate the character test (Utility Dog Character Test) that is needed to be eligible for the title of World Winner (cfr. also our IFR show regulations). 

 

Passing of Mr. Gabor Haas - our condoleances.

We learned of the passing of Mr. Gabor Haas.  He was the former president of the Hungarian Rottweiler Club that was originally the member of the IFR and also a Rottweiler specialist judge.    With him, we lose an ardent lover and defender of our beloved breed. On behalf of all Rottweiler enthusiasts, I offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Awareness of genetic diseases : NAD and LEMP

Dear Friends,

The fact that canine breeds are affected with genetic diseases is long known (1).  However, for a long time, the Rottweiler world gave only attention to HD and ED and contrary to the growing awareness in other breeds, we hardly considered the existence of other genetic diseases and the degree of their presence in our breed.   Even the publication by the FCI of it’s “International Breeding Strategies” and it’s warning for the consequences of a reduced genetic diversity in canine breeds, was mostly ignored.          

Proposal to forbid all protection work in dog sports (France)

Dear Friends,

You may have learned of the proposal in France to forbid all protection work in canine sports.    As this would touch the core of all utility breeds, the IFR Board has reacted on this.

Under these links you will find the letter that was send to our French Rottweiler Friends to be distributed to their members of parliament and all others concerned : French / English.

We will follow up on this and will keep you informed.

I am convinced that the French member club of the IFR would appreciate the support of your national club too.    For this, please contact it’s Delegate, Mrs. M. Makomasky

With friendly greetings,

IFR World Show 2020 - N. Macedonia - CANCELED = final decision.

Dear Rottweiler Friends,

The COVID-19 crisis seems to be far from over.   Even in countries where the crisis seemed to be under control, shortly after the easing of government measures, new flares of infection are established and governments are forced to take action again, tightening existing measures, imposing regional or even national lock-downs, travel restrictions, quarantines, etc.….

In close consultation with the Rottweiler Club of North Macedonia, even on their own initiative, it was decided to cancel the IFR World Show 2020 and postpone it to 2022.

 

The show, which would normally be held in the Netherlands in 2022, will be postponed to 2023.

 

I need not explain the rationale for this decision: our concern for human lives and subordinate the knowledge that it is impossible to host a World Show if it is not open to free and unimpeded international participation as this would turn the event into little more than a local event.

This decision is final.

I thank our friends from North Macedonia for their wisdom and their courage to make this decision and we look forward to their successful organization in 2022.

In the meantime I hope that this e-mail will reach you all in the best of health and that this terrible crisis will soon be over and we will be able to world wide fully experience and share our love for the Rottweiler again, no longer hindered by this terrible virus or any other reason.

On behalf of the IFR Board,

D. Vandecasteele.

 

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