The AWDF IPO Championships are to be held April 9-12, 2015. The event will be held in Farmington, Missouri. We are expecting this year's event to be spectacular. Many thanks to Eric Beasley and the St. Louis Schutzhund Association for hosting the event. For those of you familiar with the AWDF IPO Championship in 2007, the fantastic venue is the same this year.
The AWDF had a slate of top-notch helpers apply to participate in the 2015 AWDF championships. While the choice was a difficult one, the following individuals were selected for the championships. We strongly encourage anyone interested in participating in future championships as a helper to continue gaining experience and to apply again.
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 produced without consideration of the standards that define those working breeds.
The goals shared by all member clubs of the AWDF include: