Afghan Hounds World Congress Italy 2014
April 30th & May 3rd 2014
“THE AFGHAN HOUND …. HUNTING MACHINE OR BEST IN SHOW MACHINE?”
The 8th Afghan Hound World Congress is over and I would take the opportunity to thank the people who attended the event once again.
The audience was interactive with our panellists who did a great job jumping from the technical to the “heart and artistic” areas of the breed… very suggestive and improving.
Some people travelled from great distances to be with us to share their love for the future of the breed.
We all love our breed but attending the World Congress means to love the future of the breed as well. We are all concerned and feel the responsibility of what we carry on to the next generation of breeders.
We were glad to welcome many Italian Judges of the breed that joined us and shared this experience.
You are probably wondering if The Congress answered the big question… Is our Afghan Hound a “HUNTING MACHINE OR A BEST IN SHOW MACHINE”? Well I can say that unfortunately few “élite” of fanciers are still convinced that our Afghan is a hunting machine, or at least have this concept in mind when considering the breed. However, from my observations, the majority of the world fanciers think of the Afghan Hound as a Best in Show machine. I noticed it by looking outside the congress meeting room and watching the large number of people focused on grooming, bathing and making their potential BIS winner ready for the Specialty of the day. Then comparing them to the much smaller group of people who were discussing how functional the breed characteristics are to have a hunting machine…
For the very first time an International Afghan Hound Committee has been elected! The 3 official members and 2 “reserve” members have a lot of hard work and planning ahead of them.
The three members are Mr Ulf Jorgensen from Denmark, Mr Michael Canalizo from the USA and Mr. Willem Buitenkamp from The Netherlands. The two “reserve” members are Mrs Cinzia Aymaretti Camia from Italy and Ms Iren Naarits from Estonia.
We send the best wishes to them.
The Congress accepted the nomination of Holland for the 9th World Afghan Hound Congress that will be held in 2018.
In closing I would again like to thank the Panellists for studying and developing the Congress speeches. Ulf Jorgensen who trusted us in promoting the event in Italy. Our sponsors, Purina Proplan, Laser Lites Australia, Taku Boutique, Acqua Fonte S. Antonio, Azienda Agricola Bottarelli del Garda and the Italian Kennel Club (ENCI), who believed in our effort and supported our work to build a spectacular event.
The AIALA’s Board of Directors: Luigi Durando, Cristina Leonardi, Agnese della Rocca, Simonetta Ghioni and Elena Bergamini for planning and preparing the event with me. Stefano Marelli for his great job as moderator, Lara Rigato for helping in translations and Jessica Sola for working on the beautiful web-site.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2018!
CONGRESS TOPICS & SPEAKERS
“The Afghan Hound… hunting machine or Best in Show machine?”
The goal of the 8th AHWC is to investigate the condition of the breed after 100 years of breeding selection.
1) The different stocks that developed in the early decades are now globalizing into a sole model.
Is it important to keep a morphological diversification?
Speakers: GUIDO PEROSINO (I) – GORAN BODEGARD (S)
2) Fro……m Ghengis Khan’s dog to Barbie’s pet.
The different models evolve, and breed features inevitably become extreme: is the “hyper-type” drifting us away from the Standard?
Speakers: SUSAN RHODES (UK) – MARK COCOZZA (UK)
3) Afghans bred for Lure coursing and Racing purposes drift away from the “globalized” type bred for show purposes.
Comparison between models.
Speaker: MARIO CANTON (I)
4) Which model is nearer to the so far unchanged Standard?
– is it better judged in the show ring or on the field?
– development of the temperament within the coursing field would it be appropriate to consider the license of coursing compulsory to the confirmation of a champion title?
– Is the coat of today’s Afghans typical?
– Despite what the Standard says, stripping is widespread and tolerated.
– Can we breed without using scissors?
Speakers: ESPEN ENG (N) – AGE GJETNES (N)
5) The conformation judge today.
Are judges still able to influence breeding choices? What’s their role today? Are the new generations of breeders aware that Afghans are supposed to hunt in Afghanistan or are they solely aiming to get to the Best in Show ring?
Speaker: LOTTE JORGENSEN (DK)
6) Proud or aloof?
How the meaning of two simple terms has influenced the interpretation of the Standard – “proud” (UK/FCI), “aloof attitude” (USA), by its breeders and fanciers.
As well eventually the evolution and the future of the Afghan Hound.
Speaker: CINZIA AYMARETTI CAMIA (I)