Show Regulations

Show Regulations

Useful information:

Show Rules (VDH)

FCI Show Rules

1. Owners acknowledge the binding character of the show regulations of VDH and FCI with the submission of their entries.

2. Only those pedigree dogs for which a breed standard has been adopted by the FCI and/or VDH and which are registered in a stud book or register (livre d’attente) recognized by the FCI and/or VDH may be admitted for showing. The identity of dogs entered for showing may be verified.

3. Dogs from Germany and abroad are banned from being shown if they display the following:

  • cropped ears
  • docked tail (Exception: Dogs used for hunting in accordance with the German Animal Welfare Laws/only for FCI-recognized hunting breeds of dog).

4. The exhibitors are responsible for the welfare of the dogs at a FCI International dog shows. It is forbidden to expose a dog to a situation that can be dangerous for its health and welfare, such as for example leaving it in the car in excessively hot or cold weather and/or treating it in a cruel manner. A violation of this ruling will result in an exclusion from the ongoing and future dog shows.

5. Dogs which bite, are ill, or are infested with parasites are not permitted to enter the show venue. This restriction also applies to bitches that are visibly in whelp, lactating or accompanied by their puppies. Any person who brings a diseased or ill dog into a show shall be liable for any consequences which result. Dogs which are evidently deaf or blind are not permitted to take part in the show. Bitches in heat may be shown at dog shows for which permission has been granted by VDH.

6. Any dogs which have demonstrated over-aggressive or snappy behaviour towards people or other dogs at a dog show may be barred from showing on either a temporary or permanent basis. This also applies to dogs who have undergone irreversible interventions.

7. The owners of exhibited dogs are liable for all damages caused by their dogs.

8. Specific areas solely designated for exhibitors can be found close to all rings and the preliminary ring. We have to make sure that the escape routes in the halls are free and are not blocked by any equipment (transport boxes, trimming tables, chairs, etc.). In these areas the exhibitors have the opportunity to prepare their dogs and to wait for the competitions. In each hall you will find special areas which are only intended for exhibitors. We request that you make use of these designated areas near your ring. Our on-site personnel is available to answer any questions and will show you your respective spaces. Because of security reasons it is forbidden to use crate fences.

9. For each registered dog, one person has free admission. The respective ticket will be send in advance and has to be shown at the entrance. Tickets for accompanying persons can be purchased in the online shop.

10. The halls will be open for the exhibitors from 7.00 a.m. onwards. Visitors have access from 8.30 a.m. The judging of the dogs will start on 9.00 a.m. The exhibitors will receive the timetable with the judging times of the several breeds in advance. The judging of the dogs does not start before the indicated times.

11. The vaccination certificates of the dogs will be checked at the entrance. Please keep the vaccination certificates ready. Please take note of the valid vaccination against rabies.

12. In the show area, dogs may only be prepared for showing by combing and brushing without the use of any substances or grooming aids. Tying dogs to so-called “gallows” is not allowed.

13. The use of laser pointers is prohibited. It should also be noted that no information which might indicate the pedigree or kennel of a dog may be given (through, for example, prints on clothing).

14. Exhibitors acknowledge that qualifications and placings awarded by the judge are incontestable and shall not be subject to review. Public expressions of criticism or insults directed at judges are impermissible.

15. Each exhibitor/handler is personally responsible for presenting dogs punctually for showing.

16. Pedigrees of dogs registered for showing, performance certificates for working dogs and proof of Champion titles are to be presented on request.

17. The show organizers are entitled to replace a judge.

The event shall be supervised by an Official Veterinary Surgeon. Order and instructions given by him/her shall be strictly observed by the show management as well as participants.

Dogs presented must have been vaccinated against Rabies a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the show (proof shall be furnished).

The antirabic vaccination shall be valid for 12 months from the date of vaccination. If a longer validity is to be asserted then this must be proven by an entry in the validity of the vaccination certificate or the EU Pet Passport in the “valid until” field.
If the vaccinated dog is revaccinated before the expiration of the previous vaccination, then the so-called 3 weeks limit shall not apply.

Young dogs born and raised in Germany (age less than 15 weeks), which have not been vaccinated against rabies, or have not yet been vaccinated against rabies, are only if the owner presents a veterinary certificate stating that the dog has been examined and is dog has been examined and found to be free of clinical signs of rabies.

This certificate must not be older than 10 days.

Young dogs or cats from abroad (age less than 15 weeks) are not admitted.

Rules on travelling with dogs within the EU

A maximum of 5 dogs may be carried per person when travelling. The animals must not be intended for a change of ownership.

If this is not the case, then the rules for trade in animals apply. For more detailed information, please refer to the Ordinance on Intra-Community Movement, Import and Transit of Live Animals and Products (Ordinance on Disease Control).

Pursuant to Regulation (EU) no. 576/2013 and implementing Regulation (EU) no. 577/2013, that have applied since 29 December 2014, dogs, cats and ferrets transported across borders within the European Union must always be accompanied by a pet passport of a standard type.

It must be possible to clearly assign this passport to the respective animal, i.e. it must be possible to identify the animal by tattoo or microchip and the identification number must be entered in the passport. Since 3 July 2011, micro-chipping has been mandatory for newly identified animals (Technical requirements for transponders (PDF, 31 KB, not barrier-free)).

EU pet passports can be issued by a veterinary practitioner. However, the practitioner needs to be authorised for this purpose by the authorities competent under national law.

The maximum number of 5 pets may be exceeded if the animals are being moved for the purpose of participating in competitions, shows and sporting events or of training for such events (no change of owner). These animals must be at least 6 months old and evidence in writing must be provided that they have been registered for one of the above-mentioned events. If more than 5 animals are to be moved for other purposes, then the rules for trade in animals apply. For more detailed information, please refer to theOrdinance on Intra-Community Movement, Import and Transit of Live Animals and Products (Ordinance on Disease Control).


Vaccination against rabies

In addition to information on the animal and its owner, the pet passport must include a statement by the veterinarian providing evidence that the animal has a valid rabies vaccination.

Given that a time period of 21 days needs to elapse in order to develop effective immunity, the primary vaccination must be administered 21 days at least prior to crossing the border.

If a repeat vaccination is administered only after expiry of the last vaccination's period of validity, this vaccination shall be deemed a primary vaccination (period of validity of the vaccination is indicated in the passport).


Ban on entry and transit with puppies/kitten under 15 weeks of age

Puppies may only be imported into Germany or pass through Germany in transit with adequate vaccine protection against rabies. In view of the fact that the primary vaccination against rabies may be administered at the age of 12 weeks at the earliest and given that it takes a further 21 days afterwards to develop effective immunity, puppies may only enter or pass through Germany at the age of 15 weeks at the earliest.

More Information

Cropped and docked dogs

In accordance with the VDH show rules the following dogs are banned from participating at dog shows both at home and abroad:

  1. Ears cropped
  2. Tail docked (exception: for FCI recognized hunting dogs used for hunting in accordance with German law for the protection of animals)


The following gradings are to be awarded:

Very good
Cannot be judged

Title, title entitlements and form value grades

There is no legal entitlement to titles, title entitlements and grades.


The four best dogs of each class will be placed if graded at least "very good". Only the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th places will be awarded. Best of Breed will compete for the Best in Group.