Madrid has become the world capital of the dogs. A fact that has not escaped the owners of the 16,500 animals who compete in the World Dog Showthe biggest canine event globally. Hence, thousands of breeders from around the world have concentrated on this event. They all pursue the same thing. Everyone wants their dog to be the most handsome in the world. One of these breeders is Jose Heredia Munoz (Grenade, 1989), who has attended the contest with his faithful friend helmesa precious giant poodle color black that, at the moment, “is only one obligatory point away from being the champion of Spain”, explains its owner to EL ESPAÑOL.

He says it with a special sparkle in his eyes, because it can be seen with the naked eye that this dog groomer this loved of your dog. It is his life and his “pride”. With only 26 months -a little more than two years–, this dog that cost Joseph near €3,000 “He has already been declared champion in Luxembourg and in Portugal”. “But really, what helmes winning contests doesn’t make me money. I spend more on their care than they give in prizes. For me, it is a passion and I do it for the love of art. For example, for make him handsome I can take until six hours since I bathe him, I put the conditioner on him, I comb him…”, says this breeder while practicing tricks with his obedient animal: makes him sit down, get up, give one leg, the other…

But helmes you are not alone in this vast contest. The giant poodle is surrounded by thousands of dogs of 250 breeds with different ages. They will all parade through the 70 rings that have been assembled in ships 6, 8 and 10 of IFEMAin Madrid. “The best specimens will dispute the B.I.S titlebest-in-show, the best in the world – in the dream central ring”, explain sources from the organization. will be 109 judges from around the world who will determine which dog will achieve this Sunday the coveted award.

José Heredia Muñoz plays with his dog and teaches him tricks during the event.

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Another candidate is alaskan malamutes of Josema Conde (Madrid, 1974). This man, official by profession, he wears32 years raising this breed” and acknowledges that he is truly passionate about these magnificent animals. In fact, this breed of dog from the arctic areas is well known for pulling sleds. But winsthe dog of Jose Maapart from harboring within it that natural force of a dog Of these characteristics, it has also stood out for its beauty. “Today it has become Spain champion in its category”, wields the breeder.

Until the daughter of winsa beautiful alaskan malamutes, has also won a decoration in the contest. Asked how much he has been able to invest in the breeding of these animals, Jose Ma answers that it is “an incalculable figure”, in which you have to count what you spent on trips to attend contests, subscriptions, etc. “It’s a very nice hobby,” he sums up.

Josema Conde, a dog breeder, and Wins, an Alaskan Malamute dog.

Josema Conde, a dog breeder, and Wins, an Alaskan Malamute dog.

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From everywhere

But what was in the air, apart from the smell of dog –clean, yes– was the shared passion for thousands of people present on the spot. Veterans and novices. Men and women. All with a faithful dog to his side It confirms that the dog is man’s best friend. A hobby that has transcended borders, as people from up to 65 countries. And, of course, from all corners of Spainsince this year it has been the venue.

It is the case of Mari Cielo Fernandez (Alicante, 1977), who has not minded at all driving the 425 kilometers that separate Alicante of the Madrid Fair just to attend the event. “Me bitch and I usually participate in competitions, but that the biggest competition in the world is held in Spain it is a delight. You had to come yes or yes”, she says while a young bitch of 11 months he pulls hard on his leash because he wants to play.

But really this 2022 the World Dog Show shouldn’t have been held Madrid. In fact, the edition that this newspaper has attended actually corresponds to that of 2020which had to be delayed until two years due to the consequences of the pandemic Covid-19. For this reason, according to the organization of the event, this year there will be an “exceptional” situation because there will be two world exhibitions: this month’s June in Madrid and of december of this year in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Mari Cielo Fernández, dog breeder, with Sheela, an 11-month-old German Mastiff.

Mari Cielo Fernández, dog breeder, with Sheela, an 11-month-old German Mastiff.

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But Mari Sky He did not want to miss the first opportunity to attend this World Cup. Therefore, she has come from the I raised with Sheelaits bitch of the german mastiff breed. “I have been raising dogs of this breed for 15 years Because I love them. They are super good and intelligent, but a little scared. Therefore, they must be educated well because when they are afraid they are action-reaction dogs. But they are great. I like them because they are the breed of Scooby Doo“, explain it Alicante breeder to this medium.

Until Sunday

Despite everything, the event organized jointly by IFEMA and the Royal Spanish Canine Society (CSR) has just opened its doors. What is more, although the first phases of the contest have already been held in which there will be eight categories –Baby, Cubs, Junior, Intermediate, Open, Work, Champions and Veterans–, the event has not even been officially inaugurated.

For this, the organization will have a very special guest: the queen emerita sofia. It will be she who presides over the opening of the contest this friday at noon. Something that is not foreign to him since the queen was already present in the other two World Dog Shows held in Spain. One was also in Madrid in 1983 and the other in Valencia in 1992.

A group of dogs, with their owners, parading in the central ring before the eyes of the public.

A group of dogs, with their owners, parading in the central ring before the eyes of the public.

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It will be the official starting signal for a great canine event that has already started. Once you choose the best dogs from each category will come the 10 finalists who will dispute the title, the absolute best dog of the World Show. Will the Great Dane make it Sheela, second in its category? Or the Alaskan Malamute wins, winner of yours? Or maybe helmeswho only lacks one point to be the Spain champion? Whoever he is, he Sunday we’ll see. But what is clear is that this appointment has excited the most enthusiastic of the dogs.

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J. A. Allen

Author, blogger, freelance writer. Hater of spiders. Drinker of wine. Mother of hellions.