World Championship for Search and Rescue Dogs
The best search and rescue dogs from all over the world compete every year at the annual IRO World Championship. Mission scenarios are reconstructed here with great effort, meaning that the participants have to face conditions similar to those found in a real emergency. Up to 150 teams face the challenges of Tracking, Area and Rubble search, fighting for the top ranks. As with all other IRO Championships, the IRO World Championship is also an international IRO testing event, where IRO training standards have the first priority. Training with search and rescue dogs is a very demanding passion, which requires time, patience, consistency and teamwork from the dog and dog handler, since the dog handlers must read their dogs and provide them with support and motivation if necessary. At the World Championship, spectators also have the opportunity to observe the teams in search and rescue dog work up close.
The 25th IRO World Championship for Rescue Dogs took place from the 17th to the 22nd of September 2019 in Paris (FR). The IRO member organisation CSP was the host of this event. For information and results, please visit the WCH website.
The 26th IRO World Championship will take place from 23th to the 27th of September 2020 in Craiova (RO), hosted by CNEC Romania. Please check the WCH website for regular updates.
Information on hosting an IRO WCH, on the qualification requirements, as well as the current qualification lists are available in the Download section.