June 14, 2015 marked the end of the World Dog Show in Milan, Italy. The winner was a bearded collie named “Ops I Did It Again Del Cuore Impavido,” (fans of Britney Spears: yes, the dog was named after her 2000 song “Oops, I Did It Again”) owned by Olga Klimova of Russia. Judges praised the dog’s silky coat and sunny disposition, two notable traits of the bearded collie breed that originated from England.
The Best Italian Dog award went to an Italian Greyhound named Lady Godiva dei Raggi di Luna. The dog and her owner originated from Lombardy, a province in northern Italy of which Milan is the capital. The Lombardian president, Roberto Maroni, personally gave Lady Godiva her award.
The most popular breeds at the World Dog Show were also the most popular breeds at American dog shows: German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador retriever, Jack Russel terrier, Chihuahua and Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Italian dog breeds such as the Maltese and Italian Greyhound got their own category, hence why there was a special award for Lady Godiva.
This was the first time in 15 years that the World Dog Show was hosted by Milan, and the coordinators consider it to be one of the most successful World Dog Shows in years. In addition to the presentation of dogs, there were performances by the world-renowned dance troupe Kataklò and a Junior Handler competition open to children ages 6 through 17.
Next year’s World Dog Show will be in Moscow. There was a special ceremony where the President of the FCI (Fèdèration cynologique international) passed the World Dog Show flag to the President of Russian Kennel Federation.