Rules for participation


  • Only dog handlers who can prove a valid membership in WDSF member associations or clubs may participate. Here is a list of member associations and clubs: https://www.wdsf.nl/members/
  • Each country must designate one team leader. 
  • Only dogs of the breed dutch shepherd are allowed to participate. 
  • Only dogs are allowed to compete which are registered in the studbooks or the appendix to the studbooks of an FCI member organization or contract partner as well as those registered with the studbooks or appendix to the studbooks of a non FCI member organization with which the FCI has entered into a cooperation agreement of mutual recognition of studbooks (AKC, KC, CKC).
  • On the day of the World Championship, the dog must be registered in the studbook of the country, which is represented by the participants.
  • The participant shall represent the country of which he or she is a citizen. If a participant should have a double citizenship, this participant may decide which country to represent. 
  • Dogs that appear sick and are suspected of being infectious are not allowed to  participate. This will be determent by a veterinarian at the veterinary check before the beginning of the competition. 
  • The participants must submit their updated pet passport/health certificate during the  veterinary check.
  • Female dogs in heat are allowed. They have to be isolated from the other competitors. 
  • The use of prong collars, electric collars/devices, whips, sticks and other coercive tools  are prohibited in the entire event training facilities and surrounding areas. If one of the  above or other coercive tool is used, this shall lead to automatic disqualification. This is  according the FCI rules. Any accusation must be accompanied by written evidence and  witnesses.
  • The law in every organizing country concerning animal abuse must be followed at all times. More information about Swedish animal welfare law can you find here: https://www.wc-wdsf2022.eu/useful-information/swedish-animal-welfare-laws
  • Participants by entering the championship and signing the trial entry form, will follow  instructions of the promoter and organizer.
  • The participants must, at all times show good sportsmanship.
  • A lack of sportsmanship from the participants in regards to the judges, the organizers or  the officials, can lead to disqualification and all results set to zero.
  • Out of control dogs and with excessive aggressive behavior to the participant(s) will be disqualified.
  • It is allowed to change class within the discipline that you are registered to. If you wish to do this you must inform the organizer by email no later than 25 April

  • Special rules for each sport: 
    • IGP: 
      • Basis of the examination are the currently valid international rulebook of the FCI and its implementation regulations. 
      • The examination level entered must have been passed at least once before the World Championship. 
      • Competitors are not allowed to participate in more than one discipline with the same dog at the WDSF World Championship. 
    • Mondioring: 
      • Basis of the examination are the currently valid international rulebook of the FCI/SMCU and its implementation regulations. 
      • Competitors are not allowed to compete in more than one discipline a day with the same dog at the WDSF World Cup.
      • Competitors are allowed to present two dogs in Mondioring.
      • The conditions for the examination stages Mondioring 1-3 arise from the valid FCI/SMCU rules.
    • Agility: 
      • Basis of the examination are the currently valid International rulebooks of the FCI and its implementing regulations.
      • The participant is allowed to compete with maximum two dogs at the World Cup. The running orders can't be changed. If a handler with 2 dogs would have consecutive numbers, ten minutes will be given to change dog and number.
      • The minimum requirement for participation in grade 0 and 1 is the national minimum requirement of the country, which is represented by the participant.
      • The Worldcup Agility is awarded to the winner of the WDSF open class. In this class all participants of classes 2 and 3 start. To start in the WDSF open class, the respective qualification of classes 2 and 3 must be completed before the event. 
    • Obedience: 
      • Basis of the examination are the currently valid International rulebooks of the FCI and its implementing regulations. For the categories beginner, 1 and 2 the valid national examination regulations apply. For the category 3, the international examination regulations of the FCI apply. 
      • The minimum requirements for participation in the categories beginner, 1 and 2 apply national auditing regulations. 
      • The conditions for the category 3 arise from the valid international rulebook of the FCI.