Welcome to the FCI IGP World Championship for Utility dogs in Schwechat, Austria.

The international dog sport finds its yearly high point in the FCI IGP World Championship. The 2019 FCI IGP World Championship for Utility Dogs will take place in Schwechat.

Schwechat with its about 17.000 inhabitants, is a small town near Vienna and close to the Vienna airport. It belongs to the Bruck at the Leitha district and also not far from the border with Hungary.
With regards to this World Championship for Utility dogs, we should pause and think for a few moments about our four-legged friends, helpers, and lifetime companions. Being together with this wonderful animal 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 should also be fun for both, dog and dog handler.

The permanent, sport-orientated training of our IGP 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, at the world championship it is a demonstration of a dog’s stability and obedience under the pressure of the public eye.

Organizing a World Championship requires many days and long hours of preparation, voluntary work and a lot of effort and stress. At this point I want to thank our host and all the members of the teams who did all this work.

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 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 Schwechat and experience the hospitality of the Austrian people first-hand.

May the competition run smoothly and according to plan and may it be a success.

On behave of the FCI Utility Dogs Commission

Frans Jansen

Author's imageFrans JansenFCI President