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:
- Maria Carter and her dog Carina, from Cheltenham
- Jan West and her dog Rhoda, from Gloucester
- Emese Kovacs and her dog Badger, from Wadhurst
- Sally Corbet and her dog Charlie, from Tewksbury
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,
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
"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
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.