Plan for the future of the FCI

With a little over a century of history behind it, the FCI has a very promising future. I believe in this future, I believe in the FCI and I feel sure that in our hearts we know that, for the FCI, the best is still to come.

I have a vision of what the FCI should represent in the future, for every member country, for every breeder, for every competitor and for every dog owner. I see the FCI as a frontline organisation, which sets the tone for discussion in the international dog community, with a spirit of openness, in an atmosphere of intellectual dialogue and as a global brand which looks to the best interests of dogs and their owners worldwide.

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Rafael de Santiago
President of the FCI
Interview with Mr. Luis Pinto Teixeira, Portuguese judge officiating at the FCI World Dog Show 2013 in Budapest

Mr. Pinto Teixeira, how was your day (Sunday)?

It was a mess because the ring was so small with 40-50 dogs in the ring, the second round was really a mess. They have to take care about those big breeds with big entries to get bigger rings. When I judged Malamutes they had huge rings, really huge rings, they were too big. But today there were big classes in too small rings. I think they should improve the size of the rings for some breeds. But they were lucky with the weather. If it had rained they would have had a problem but with this nice weather they were lucky. I think for us, the judges, there could be a little bit more atmosphere but we are not so important, the most important in the dog world is the dog. Unfortunately some judges think they are, but they are not, that is my opinion.

Were you happy with the ring stewards and ring service?

I've heard from some colleagues that they had complaints with the language and communication, but I was lucky and did not have any complaints on the stewards, they knew the rules, they filled out the paperwork - I hate paperwork, when we come to dog shows we come to judge, not to do paperwork - and managed well during the four days and had no complaints at all.

And what about the main ring?

The size is OK, the timetable is also OK. To set up 3 prejudging rings was a very good idea, of course prejudging rings are not new, but 3 rings is a very good idea and that has certainly helped them to keep so close to the time schedule of the main ring judging.

Thank you for your input Mr Pinto Teixeira!

Interview by Karl Donvil