A team of four Welsh Pembroke Corgis has won the first ever ‘Obreedience’ competition at Crufts, beating eight other breed teams to prove their worth as the most obedient breed in a fun competition at the world’s biggest dog event.
Obreedience, the new and exciting team obedience competition, was introduced at Crufts this year as a special display event, and fans of each of the nine breeds – Hovawarts, Spanish Water Dogs, Tibetan Terriers, Rottweilers, Papillons, Afghan Hounds, Corgis, Boxers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers – watched in their droves as the Welsh Pembroke Corgis achieved their victory.
The winning team members were:
Second place went to the Hovawart team, third place to the Rottweiler team and fourth place to the Boxer team. Obreedience has been developed to showcase obedience as a competitive activity in which all breeds can take part, and the nine breeds involved at Crufts carried out some of the exercises generally associated with obedience in a less formal, but nonetheless competitive, environment.
Maria Carter – team leader and handler for the Welsh Pembroke Corgis said: “It was like winning the world cup. Two of our team were competitive novices and were very nervous on the day.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are thrilled that the Welsh Pembroke Corgi team have been crowned Obreedience winners at Crufts. They worked brilliantly as a team and completed the obedience exercises very well, which was impressive to watch.
“We developed Obreedience to be launched at Crufts to show off the fact that any breed, given the right training and socialisation, and of course patience from their human counterparts, can do well in competitive obedience, and the Corgis showcased this wonderfully.
“Everyone who took part was very enthusiastic and supportive of the other breeds, whilst maintaining a healthy level of friendly competition which is what we wanted to see. Huge congratulations to the Corgi team and we hope to see them back next year.”
Each Obreedience team comprised four handlers and four dogs, who took part in two rounds. The first was a heelwork round completed as a group, with the dogs being assessed on their ability to complete different moves whilst remaining synchronised with their team mates, which was marked out of ten points. The second round featured four set exercises and each member needed to successfully complete one of the four different exercises. Points were deducted for any faults and the team with the most points won. The exercises included a Retrieve (handler’s own article), a Send to Bed, Stop the Dog, and Scent Over Articles. This round was marked out of 40, ten for each exercise.
For further details about obedience, please visit the Kennel Club website www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/obedience. For more information visit www.crufts.org.uk or go to http://www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2014/ for free downloadable images from Crufts 2014.