FMBB IGP World Championship 2021 Team Canada Regulations and Selection Criteria



Members of the CWBSA in good standing are eligible for the CWBSA IGP FMBB Team if their dog is a CKC registered Belgian Shepherd. 

Candidates who qualify to represent the Canadian Working Belgian Shepherd Association (CWBSA) in the FMBB IGP World Championship must demonstrate the following:

1. Conduct that exemplifies good sportsmanship and self-discipline.

2. A strong desire to attend the FMBB World Championship and represent Canada and the Canadian Working Belgian Shepherd Association in an international competition.

3. The handler must be a CWBSA member in good standing from January 31, 2020 (year during which the qualification competitions occur) and maintain membership without interruption for 2021, the year the event is being held.

4. The handler must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

5. The dog-handler team must remain the same throughout the qualification process and the FMBB championship.

6. The handler is not required to be the owner of the declared dog

7. The handler may apply with only one dog, as the FMBB IGP WC is restricted to one dog per handler.

8. Handler/dog teams must meet eligibility requirements of the FMBB


Qualifying for the Team

Due to the COVID-19 situation, Team Canada selection process for the 2021 FMBB World Championship has been revised.


Given the cancellation of the 2020 FMBB world championships, the CWBSA Board of Directors decided to extend Christine Kisser and Bill Coulson’s qualification for that event to the 2021 FMBB world championships in Greece.

As every member country can send up to 6 members on their national team, this leaves 4 spots still available. With the cancellation of many events, we recognize that it is a challenge to earn points towards earning a spot via the point system this year.

To mitigate this issue, we have altered the scoring system somewhat. We have also developed a plan for selecting these 4 remaining spots in the event that the 2020 Canadian All-breed IGP National Championship does not take place. Please see below.


Scenario 1: If the 2020 Canadian All-breed IGP National Championship takes place.


The top three dog-handler teams at the CWDF Nationals with a minimum score of 80 in each phase and that meet the required prerequisites earn positions on the FMBB World Team.

The remaining 1+ spot(s) will be selected via the point system below, with a minimum 3 points and 1 trial (club, regional or national).

Scenario 2: If the 2020 Canadian All-breed IGP National Championship is cancelled.


All 4+ spot(s) will be selected via the point system below, with minimum 3 points and 1 trial (club, regional or national). All handler/dog teams must meet the prerequisites.


The point system:


The table below defines qualification points that can be earned during trials. Points are awarded per trial type and overall score category (S = 210, G = 240, SG = 270, V = 286). All points earned must be with the same handler/dog team only at the IGP 3 level. The time period to earn qualification points will run from January 1 to December 31, 2020. Positions for the team will be filled in order according to the number of points earned. A tie in points will be broken by the highest average score.


If there is still a tie, then it will be broken by highest average protection score, then the highest average obedience score, then the highest average tracking score.

If less than 6 handler/dog teams qualify points earned by the handler/dog teams in 2019 will be considered as well.



Note that all relevant world championships are cancelled this year so are not included in the point system. All Club trials, Regional and National Championships in Canada and the USA will be considered eligible.


Declaring for a Team Position

Handlers are responsible for filling the online form at, and provide copies of the following items to the CWBSA board upon request:              

  • Rabies vaccination certificate
  • CKC registration
  • FCI recognized scorebook (front page, dog identification page and applicable trial date entries)
  • Photo of handler
  • Photo of dog
  • CWBSA Membership Card

Failure to send the completed form and all supplemental documents constitutes a rejection of a team position.

The declaration must be received by December 31, 2020.

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