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Paws and Royal Prestige: Inside the Glamorous 2024 Monaco International Dog Show

The 2024 Monaco International Dog Show marked a record-breaking year, boasting a staggering 1,400 dogs from 247 diverse breeds. Held under the grand Chapiteau in Fontvieille, this prestigious event witnessed the gracious presence of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, alongside Melanie-Antoinette de Massy, President of the Monaco International Dog Show.

The royal couple exuded elegance, with Prince Albert II adorning a tie emblemmed with graceful greyhounds, and Princess Charlene captivating onlookers with her timeless attire. As they strolled through the exhibition, their relaxed demeanor spoke volumes as they lavished affection upon the winning canines.

But beyond the glitz and glamour, the heart of the event lay in its competitive spirit. Melanie-Antoinette de Massy unveiled an exciting development – winners of this year’s show are granted a golden ticket to Crufts 2025, the pinnacle of canine excellence. If this were tennis Crufts would be Wimbledon with strawberries and cream. This announcement added an extra layer of anticipation to an already thrilling competition.

And The Winner Is …..!

From the majestic Australian Shepherd to the dignified Newfoundland, the showfloor was a mesmerizing display of canine splendour. Each dog, meticulously groomed and trained, showcased the epitome of breed standards, leaving judges faced with the arduous task of selecting champions.

In the final, it was the Australian Shepherd with a merle blue coat who was elected “best subject of the exhibition”, followed in second place by a bushy Pomeranian Spitz and, in third, by a Yorkshire Terrier with long, silky hair.

And so the most popular dog at the show, the Australian Shepherd, is the prize winner and qualifier for Crufts 2025.

But the Monaco International Dog Show isn’t just about accolades; it’s a celebration of a century-long tradition honouring our furry companions. Founded in 1927 by Princess Charlotte, this legacy lives on through generations, with Princess Antoinette and Baroness de Massy continuing the noble tradition of canine appreciation.

As the curtains closed on yet another spectacular event, echoes of barks and cheers lingered in the air, a testament to the enduring bond between humans and their loyal four-legged friends. Monaco may be known for its glitz and glamour, but it’s events like these that remind us of the simple joys found in the company of a faithful canine companion.

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