Proud of this international big event in Lower Austria

As the provincial governor of Lower Austria, I am always very happy when our federal state is the venue of big international events and I would therefor like to welcome all participants to the world championship for working dogs in Schwechat-Rannersdorf.

The world championship for working dogs is a highlight for every participant in the current sports year, after all, the best of the best compete here. Such an event also gives an impressive picture of the high standard of breeding and training dogs. Additionally it is not only a performance show that is offered here, but also always an exchange of experience about dog breeding and proper training of dogs.

Such a big event creates a lot of work and countless preparations with it. My special thanks go to the organizer, the Austrian Working Dog Sports Association based in Biedermannsdorf, Lower Austria, whose work always focuses on the successful relationship between human beings and dogs as well as well-founded dog training. I would also like to thank the numerous voluntaries, without whose participation the implementation of such a major event would be unthinkable.

In this sense, I wish the World Championships for working dogs a good progress, the participants and guests an interesting competition and a nice stay in Schwechat-Rannersdorf. I hope that they can take many positive impressions from Lower Austria home.

Johanna Mikl-Leitner

Author's imageJohanna Mikl-LeitnerProvincial Governor

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

Zum Geleit

Nach 1999 und 2009 ist es das dritte Mal, dass die FCI-Weltmeisterschaft für Gebrauchshunde in Österreich ausgetragen wird. Es ist für den Österreichischen Kynologenverband eine große Freude und Ehre, dass wir mit der Austragung dieser wichtigsten und größten Veranstaltung im Gebrauchshundewesen betraut wurden.

Bei der Weltmeisterschaft zeigen nicht nur die besten Gebrauchshunde der Welt ihr Können und haben einen fairen Wettstreit um den Titel Weltmeister, sondern diese Veranstaltung bietet auch einen internationalen Vergleich über den Ausbildungsstandard in den verschiedenen Mitgliedsländern der FCI. Dieser Standard hat sich in den letzten Jahren nicht nur deutlich verändert und verbessert, sondern auch weitgehend angeglichen.

Es freut mich, dass wir 140 Teams aus nahezu allen Erdteilen in Schwechat begrüßen können und wünsche jedem Hundeführer mit seinem Hund viel Erfolg. Das Zusammentreffen von Hundesportlern aus so vielen Ländern bietet auch die Möglichkeit des Meinungsaustausches und der Knüpfung oder Festigung von Freundschaften.

Dem Österreichischen Gebrauchshundeverein danke ich für die Vorbereitung und die Durchführung dieser Großveranstaltung. Das Organisationsteam war bereits mehrere Jahre im vorhinein mit der Vorbereitung beschäftigt und sind bemüht, dass diese Weltmeisterschaft zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis für jeden Starter werden soll.

Author's imageRobert MarkschlägerLeistungsreferent des ÖKV

Dear dogs (sport) friends

It is a great honor for me to be able to provide this venue and infrastructure to this FCI World Championship! As a convinced dog lover, I am particularly pleased to be able to experience an exciting competition weekend together with you!
I would like to wish all participants fair and exciting competition conditions. And I also wish that all two / four-legged friends will be happy, satisfied and above all healthy to go home … hopefully with a small piece of “Schwechat” in your heart!

With dog-friendly greetings
Yours Karin Baier

Author's imageKarin BaierMayor Schwechat