Eighty years ago the Hungarian Kennel Club became a member of the FCI, and on this anniversary the FCI members granted the Hungarian Kennel Club the honor of organizing this year’s World Dog Show. It had been only five years since the HKC had the opportunity to organize the European Dog Show.

That edition was one that brings back bad memories to many exhibitors. As only one gate was open to get onto the show grounds, and due to the underestimated traffic, a lot of exhibitors were stuck in traffic for hours, some no more than a couple of hundred meters from the halls. Leaving the car was no option, despite driving many hours to arrive. It was a big frustration to many. But there was no repeat this year. There was no queue at the gate, and the first 4,776 dogs and their owners managed to get in well in time. No fewer than 72 countries are participating, giving the prefix “World” real meaning.

FCI board members and dignitaries honored outgoing FCI President Hans Müller at the National Championship Show that preceded the World Dog Show. From left are Mr. Tamas Jakkel, FCI and Hungarian Kennel Club board member; Mr. Yves Declercq, FCI CEO; Mr. Hans Müller, outgoing FCI president; Mr. Rafael de Santiago, new FCI president; and Mr. András Korózs, Hungarian Kennel Club president. All photos by Karl Donvil.

Hungary itself has 3,374 entries, followed by Russia with 2,837 dogs and Italy with 1,734. But dogs came from as far as Argentina (17), Australia (13), Brazil (38), South Korea (5), Egypt (6), Ivory Coast (4), Indonesia (2), Iceland (1), Israel (40), Japan (41), Canada (20), China (8), Kazakhstan (5), Kirgizstan (1), Colombia (1), Malaysia (1), Mexico (20), Philippines (1), Peru (3), Puerto Rico (4), Taiwan (1), Turkey (7), Uruguay (1) and even Rwanda (2). The United States had a good entry of 57 and the United Kingdom, 215. Amazing, in fact!

Budapest has welcomed dog fanciers from more than 70 nations to the 2013 World Dog Show on the 80th anniversary of the Hungarian Kennel Club’s membership in the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.

The breed with the largest entry is the American Staffordshire with 420 specimens. The second largest on Day 1 was the Siberian Huskies with 199 entries. Other high entries were found in Akitas, with 150 entries, while the American Akitas had 158 altogether.

Imagine 156 Pomeranians turning in circles at the ends of their leashes or looking up to their masters, 189 Jack Russells making noise, 169 Staffordshire Bull Terriers hanging on the leashes, and no fewer than 172 Yorkshires trying to please their masters, playing statues on their red little tables. And here is another list – the rare breeds. Have you ever seen a Hokkaido or a Kai, two breeds that are very rare outside Japan? Even in Japan they are regarded as special. Do you have any idea what a Jämthund looks like? Or the Korean Jindo Dog? And what about the Thai Bankaew Dog? All of these were found at the World Dog Show on Day 1.

Karl Donvil lives in Belgium, where he is a freelance photographer and reporter specializing in dogs. He founded the World Dog Press Association in 2001 and is the current CEO. He is a member of the editorial board of the FCI newsletter and covers shows throughout Europe, including Crufts and the World Dog Show.

Main Ring Results – World Dog Show 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Group 3 – Terrier
Judge András Korózs, Hungary
1st: Wire Fox Terrier Travella Starlord, owned by Victor Malzoni Jr., Brazil
2nd: Cairn Terrier Hjohoo’s Save Hjour Love For Me, owned by Victor Malzoni Jr., Brazil
3rd: American Staffordshire Terrier Don King of Rings, owned by Miloje Cirovic, Serbia
4th: Welsh Terrier Nagant From Michel, owned by Pmj Krautscheid, Netherlands

Junior Group 3 – Terrier
Judge Martha Heine, Germany
1st: Manchester Terrier Burmack’s Something To Talk About At Aztec Sun, owned by Jo Acton, U.S. (Junior Best of Day Winner)
2nd: Australian Terrier Mongrel’s Dingo, owned by Kudinova Natalia, Russia
3rd: Sealyham Terrier All About Aksel of Cesky Dreams uelle, owned by Michael Weser, Germany
4th: Yorkshire Terrier Eagle Heart Stribrine Prani, owned by Alena Bystranska, Czech Republic


Group 4 – Dachshunds
Judge Luis Pinto Teixeira, Portugal
1st: Rabbit Smooth Dachshund Formula Uspeha Colibri, owned by I. Yu, Hapaeva, Russia
2nd: Rabbit Wirehaired Dachshund Magik Rainbow Primadona, owned by Victoria Ivanova, Russia
3rd: Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund Enrique Boza Alpheratz Kennel, owned by Enrique Boza Alpheratz Kennel, Spain
4th: Standard Smooth Dachshund Zoldachs Filosofic, owned by Eva Majoros, Romania


Junior Group 4 – Dachshunds
Judge Horst Kliebenstein, Germany
1st: Standard Smooth Dachshund Konijak Iz Strani Grez, owned by Natalia Ozeryanskay, Russia
2nd: Miniature Longhaired Dachshund Janis Toklarama’s, owned by Attila Schlosser, Hungary
3rd: Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund American Express, owned by Eleonora Azzini, Italy
4th: Rabbit Longhaired Dachshund Zhemchuzhina Peterburga Marseillise, owned by E.I. Fomicheva, Russia


Group 5 – Spitz and Primitive Types
Judge Kari Jarvinen, Finland
1st: Samoyed Cabaka’s Pretty Good Ideal, owned by Gitte Morell, Denmark
2nd: Siberian Husky Pourple Rain Galladria Novitaris, owned by Bartosz Staszek, Poland
3rd: Xoloitzquintli (Standard) Tecoman, owned by Hugo Fernando Avalos Gutierrez, Mexico
4th: Xoloitzquintli Un Papalote Caliente Mex, owned by Criadero Caliente, Mexico


Junior Group 5 – Spitz and Primitive Types
Judge Svend Lovenkjaer, Denmark
1st: Siberian Husky Bright Colour Dream Speigas, owned by Viktoria Rozanova, Russia
2nd: Cirneco Dell’Etna Quincy Del Gelso Bianco, owned by Giovanna Motta, Italy
3rd: American Akita Estava Rain Play Magic, owned by Friedrich Birkmar, Norway
4th: Basenji Taji Hodari Flies To Loango, owned by Dorota Muller, Poland