On behalf of the AWDF, we would like to thank the St. Louis Schutzhund Association for their time, effort and all the hard work that clearly went into this year's AWDF IPO Championships. We sincerely appreciate their commitment in providing such a first rate venue for the event!
We would also like to express our appreciation for our judges, Nathaniel Roque, Frank McEniry and Geert Verlinden, our track layers, our helpers, our competitors our spectators as well as the tireless behind-the-scenes hard workers who attended to insure the event went smoothly for without all of you, there would have been no event.
Due to violation of FCI residency requirements, Effective February 1, 2015, titles awarded by the following individuals under an FCI license shall not be recognized by the AWDF or its member clubs. This declaration is not retroactive concerning titles awarded prior to February 1, 2015.
The following individuals are neither FCI licensed through the United States nor are they internationally licensed by the FCI; therefore, with one exception, titles granted under an FCI license by the following individuals shall not be recognized by the AWDF or its member clubs.
*A title granted by Ivan Balabanov shall be recognized only if that title is granted within the country of Bulgaria.
**A title granted by Peter Oja shall be recognized only if that title is granted within the country of Panama.
The American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) was founded on June 17, 1989 in St. Louis, Missouri. Its ongoing purpose is to develop awareness in the United States of the need to provide a strong foundation for, and to represent the working dog throughout the world.
Unfortunately, the character of many working breeds has been weakened. The type of dog that is currently being produced in their homelands differs considerably, both physically and mentally, from those dogs being produced without consideration of the standards that define those working breeds.
The goals shared by all member clubs of the AWDF include: