Insight into Dog Breeding: Health, Temperament, and Selection - An Interview with Astrid Hübner (Part 1)

In an interview with K9andSports, Astrid Hübner, founder of the "Malinois Diversity" project, shares her experiences and insights into dog breeding. She describes her journey and highlights the importance of health tests for breeding dogs. Furthermore, she discusses various aspects of breeding selection, including temperament traits and environmental behavior, as well as the challenges of selection for different dog sports.

Statement on Ban of Working Dog Sports in Austria

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In this letter, we address the pressing issue of the impending ban on working dog sports in Austria. As an organization deeply committed to the preservation of capable and healthy working dogs, we aim to present our concerns and arguments against this ban. Within this correspondence, we shed light on the diverse roles that working dogs play in society and illustrate the potential adverse effects of such a prohibition. We invite you to delve into our arguments and engage with this crucial issue.

"New Times in SV: 'The Era of Going Alone is Over!'

"We as the German Shepherd Dog Club (SV) e.V. have been very reserved in recent years regarding education in training activities and specifically in protection work. ... it requires ordinary protection work photos of situations as they are seen day by day on our training grounds. Also, there has been no further attempt to explain the reasons for protection dog sports. ... therefore, the SV board has decided to support and promote K9andSports. The era of going alone is over!"

An Interview with Florian Knabl

A strong work ethic, resilience, and noise tolerance – that
are just a few traits of working dogs. The initiative K9and
Sports advocates for working dog breeds. Their goal is to preserve the
exceptional qualities of service dogs used in roles such as police, military, or
Customs, explained by organizer Florian Knabl.

Versatile School Therapy Dogs: A Teacher, Her Four-Legged Colleagues, and Their Passion for IGP Sport.

Lena, a primary school teacher from the Palatinate region. Her dogs Anni (Border Collie, 7 years old) and Saru (Malinois, 3 years old) are school and riding companion dogs, as well as active in IGP sports. They have undergone extensive training, are calm in their interactions with children, and have experience in the film industry. We critically question the working dog sport and emphasize responsible training.

VIKA BEZUS, Ukrainian National Guard, Breeder: 'Our working dogs are important for our society.'

Our working dogs are important for our society. Dog sports ensure that there are enough well-trained dogs available.

I am not sure if everyone realizes that there is a connection between sports and service:

Sports test the nerves; we see if our dog is still under control and cooperates with the handler over a long distance. In the context of IGP tests, we determine if our dogs are ready for deployment.

At some point, the lives of people depend on it!

K.-J. Glüh, Vice President of the FCI Working Dog Commission: 'It is incomprehensible that our sport is being questioned!'

As the Vice President of the International Working Dog Commission of the FCI, I have been advocating for quality in dog training for years. The primary goal is the control and humane treatment of dogs. Therefore, I find it incomprehensible that our sport is being questioned, especially considering that bite incidents overwhelmingly occur with dogs owned by non-affiliated individuals.

Tracking Secrets for you by K9 Ambassador Stefan Mueller

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Yes, in my opinion, the most suitable dog for tracking comes from the working dog area, the German Shepherd, because you often see a very good predisposition for nose work, combined with calmness, not quite as hectic. The Malinois can also search well but often tends to be hectic in response to certain intense environmental stimuli.

K9-Ambassadors win IGP DM of Boxers: an interview with Kathrin Heldt and Mareike Loges

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K9: Kathrin, wie hast du die DM empfunden? Was bedeutet dieser Start für dich? KH: Für mich ist die Deutsche Meisterschaft IGP im Boxer-Klub schon deshalb etwas ganz Besonderes, weil es sich eben nicht „nur“ um eine sportliche Veranstaltung handelt, sondern um einen Wettkampf eines Rassezuchtverbands, bei dem sich Vertreter dieser wunderbaren Rasse untereinander messen […]