The WUSV ninth ‘Universal Sieger’ German Shepherd dog championships took place at the Weaver Stadium in Nantwich from 7th to 9th June 2019.
Universal Sieger (sieger is the German word for winner) was held for the first time in the United Kingdom and was hosted by the German Shepherd Dog League of Great Britain in their centenary year.
All competing dogs passed important health tests and a veterinary check at the start of the competition and an assessment of their character was made throughout all parts of the competition.
German Shepherd dog discipline classes being judged were: protection, tracking, obedience and show.
Protection, obedience and show judging took place at the Weaver Stadium, whilst tracking took place on grassland nearby.
The coveted title of Universal Sieger was awarded to the best performing male and the best performing female was crowned Universal Siegerin.
There was also a prize for the best performing team.
70 entries in 20 teams from around the world participated – including Great Britain, Germany, France, Holland, Poland, Switzerland, Spain and the USA.
Local community radio station The Cat 107.9 FM kept visitors entertained with a selection of upbeat music tracks.
The Fairfax Suite bar was open and catering was provided by Cheshire College – South & West.
There were also numerous trade stalls selling dog food, leads, collars and training equipment as well as promoting a pet hotel and canine photography.
Nantwich Town Football Club’s Weaver Stadium was chosen for its modern and well-maintained premises and the proximity of its motorway and airport links.
Next year’s Universal Sieger takes place in Strasbourg, France.