World Championship for Rescue Dog Teams 2016

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BetweenAugust 25thand 28th, 2016, the Asociatia Chinologica Romana – A.Ch.R. (Romanian Kennel Club) through Centrul National de Educare Canina (National Centre for Canine Education) was the host of the biggest  F.C.I. world dog event for rescue dogs by organizing inCraiova, for the first time in Eastern Europe the FCI World Championship for Rescue Dog Teams 2016.

This edition rounded up 22 teams (over 100 dogs) from Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan (Champion of Asia), Sweden, Hungary and Romania.

The FCI World Championship had 4 sections: Area search, rubble search, tracking and Top. The most difficult one is the Top section because the registered teams need to be in all rescue sections.

There were both civil and military teams with a wide variety of breeds: Deutscher Schäferhund, Chien de Berger Belge (Malinois and Tervueren), Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Beauceron, Hovawart, Riesenschnauzer, Schnauzer, Jack Russel Terrier, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Flat Coated Retriever, Deutsch Kurzhaar. Training and participation levels were very high having in view that on this 2016 edition in Romania there were four World Champion teams and two World Vice-Champion teams.

The official opening of the Championship was held in the Old City Centre of Craiova (not on a stadium as on previous editions), an event attended by over 2000 people. It was a night show, with lights and music, and 22 vintage and collection motorcycles accompanied all the teams. To the official opening there attended the members of the F.C.I. Rescue Dogs Commission, the six judges, local officials, country? officials, representatives of the Internal Affairs Ministry and E.U. representatives on disaster and humanitarian issues.

The event was held simultaneously, on all grounds, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. under the strict judging of: Detlef Kühn (Germany), Walter Hoffmann (Germany), Alois Russegger (Austria), Peter Reding (Switzerland), Patrick Vilardry (France) and Anatolii Trubchaninov (Ukraine).

The prizing and closing ceremony took place on the modern stadium of the Carcea Cultural Sports Centre.


The winners of the World Championship 2016 organized by the National Centre for Canine Education, under the Romanian Kennel Club were:


World Champion: Czech Republic
Vice-World Champion: Germany

Area search:

World Champion: Italy
Vice-World Champion: France

Rubble search:

World Champion: Belgium
Vice-World Champion: Italy


World Champion: Czech Republic
Vice-World Champion: ROMANIA

Since the last edition of the World Championship for Rescue Dog Teams 2014 in Italy, Romania is the only country that keeps its position and title of Vice-World Champion, Top section.

Through the National Centre for Canine Education, Romania is a double Vice-World Champion!

The next World Rescue Championship for Rescue Dog Teams will take place in Belgium, in May 2018.

The National rescue dogs team is fully formed by members of N.C.C.E. (all from Craiova):

Radu Marin (Team Captain)
Ionescu Ovidiu & Life Transsilvana (Chien de Berger Belge Malinois) – RO.CH, BOB, BOG, BF, CACIT, National Working Champion IPO-R T, V.WCH. IPO-R M
Carmen Popescu & Oscar Liguard (Labrador Retriever) – Excellent, National Working Champion IPO-R FL,  V.WCH.IPO-R M
Mihnea Stanescu & Transsilvana Jocker (Chien de Berger Belge Malinois) - CAC, R.CACIB,  IPO-R F,  V.WCH.IPO-R M
OnSaturday, August 27th, 2016there took place the rescue judges Meeting within the Commission to which attended: Frans Jansen (Holland), Detflef Kühn (Germany), Alois Russegger (Austria), Walter Hoffmann (Germany), Liviu Ionescu (Romania), Peter Reding (Switzerland), Marko Brucan (Slovenia), Yannick Douaud (France), Jose Bodenhoot (Belgium), Bruno Picinelli (Italy), Janski Jeremias (Switzerland)


1.            Judging views and methodology for national exams, National Championships, World Championships.
2.            Discussions, analysis and suggestions on the new Working Regulation for IPO-R rescue dogs.

OnSunday, August 28th, 2016there took place the Extraordinary Meeting of the F.C.I. Rescue Dogs Commission which was attended by:

Holland - Frans Jansen – President
Czech Republic - Helena Sabatova – Vice-president
Japan - Ken Honda – Vice-president
Italy - Bruno Picinelli – Vice-president
Sweden – Leif Sundberg – secretary
Germany – Walter Hoffmann
Austria – Alois Russegger
Belgium – Jose Budenhoot
Estonia – Monika Rusing
Finland – Mia Sandelin
Romania – Liviu Ionescu
Slovenia – Marko Brucan
Switzerland – Janki Jeremias
France – Yannick Douaud

Organizing - Excellent

Image, information and lobby strategy – Excellent

Cynological results at World Championships – Very Good (in rescue – the country with the most rapid and utility development performance).

As to the above, the Romanian Kennel Club has decided the offering of the A.Ch.R. Golden Medal to the following organizations and people:

1.             Centrul National de Educare Canina (C.N.E.C.) (National Centre for Canine Education)
2.             Mr. Liviu Ionescu – President C.N.E.C.
3.             Mr. Radu Marin – Captain of the Romanian Team
4.             Mr. Ionescu Ovidiu – team member
5.             Mrs. Carmen Popescu – team member
6.             Mr. Mihnea Stanescu – team member.

At the same time, starting with the present date, the following dogs can be entered free and for life at shows and working trials in Romania for their whole life:

Life Transsilvana (Chien de Berger Belge Malinois)
Oscar Liguard (Labrador Retriever)
Transsilvana Jocker (Chien de Berger Belge Malinois)