It was somewhat cloudy on the second day of the World Show, but no rain was to be expected. This is important, as at Hungexpo, the showground and the pavilions are not linked, and going from one hall to another means going outdoors. But so far, with the nice weather, this is the perfect place to be, cozy and with lots of stands with goods and food for sale.

Dog lovers from throughout Hungary and beyond have traveled to the Hungexpo in Budapest to attend the 2013 World Dog Show. All photos by Karl Donvil.

Dog lovers from throughout Hungary and beyond have traveled to the Hungexpo in Budapest to attend the 2013 World Dog Show. All photos by Karl Donvil.

Again, there were no traffic problems and no rain to spoil things, so there were few if any complaints. The big problem with the traffic in 2008 had to do with the fact that the exhibitors needed to pay for the parking as they came in, and who has Forints, the Hungarian money, when arriving? This year visitors only need to pay on leaving, which is more logical. The Kennel Club is also working in much closer cooperation with the police. Bathing everything in a more relaxed atmosphere, these and a few other small changes have done wonders. If one is already overstressed before everything starts, you can only expect bad tempers and troubles to come.

These changes are, in fact, the positive outcome of the big troubles the show encountered months ago, when preparations for the show were already in an advanced phase. The concurrence of a separated Kennel Club lobbied with the government and brought the Hungarian Kennel Club, the MEOE, into an outlaw situation if the World Dog Show would take place. Big penalties were imposed, too much to bear for the MEOE. But so many dog lovers would have been affected and would have led to a year in history without a World Dog Show, as there was no time for another country to take over. Fortunately, the FCI could impose enough weight to make the government capitulate.

On Friday there was one Group scheduled, the biggest in the FCI system, the Guard and Protection dogs, good for as many as 62 breeds or varieties. And the numbers are accordingly high, with 4,598 entries, only slightly less than the total number of the three Groups the first day. But apart from the World Show, there was today also the INTERRA Show, the International Terrier show, with around 600 entries from what I heard, as there is little information to be found on this.

The most numerous breed was the Cane Corso, with no fewer than 317 entries. Dobermanns ended up with 250 in total, the brindle and fawn Boxers were good for 282, and there were 252 Great Danes, 213 Bernese Mountain Dogs and 400 Zwergschnauzers (Miniature Schnauzers), all colors. Rare breeds were of course not numerous by definition, including four Cimarron Uruguayos, three Danish-Swedish Farmdogs and their eight compatriots, the Broholmers, 14 Tornjaks, nine Ciobanesk Romanesk De Bucovina, two Cao Fila Sao Miguel, three Cao de Castro Laboriero and even three Kraski Ovcar. Probabably due to the overwhelming presence of Russian exhibitors here, it was interesting to see so many of their native breeds, like the 102 Kaukasian Ovtcharkas, 112 South Russian Ovtcharkas, and of course the Russkiy Tchiorny Terrier, or Black Russian Terrier, good for 132 specimens. A few additional popular and well-represented breeds were the Dogo Argentino with 177 entries, the Bulldog with 173, the Bullmastiff with 163, the Dogue des Bordeaux with 142 dogs to colour that ring, the 114 Newfoundlands, the 102 Tibetan Mastiffs and a nice number of 213 Bernese Mountain Dogs.

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
Friday, May 17, 2013

Group 2 – Pinscher and Schnauzer, Molossoid and Swiss Mountain Dogs
Judge Ole Staunskjaer, Denmark
1st: Leonberger Skjaergaardens Valentine Rua Soleil, owned by Natalia Romanova, Russia
2nd: Miniature Schnauzer (Black/Silver) Steadlyn Recognition, owned by Irene Ejerstad Conti Mia, Estonia
3rd: Chinese Shar-Pei Jade East Catch Me If You Can, owned by Esmae Minne, L.B. Anders, K.R. Nijholt, Netherlands
4th: Dogo Argentino Mojave Do Bravure Del Ayar, owned by Leonardo Grazio, Italy

Junior Group 2 – Pinscher and Schnauzer, Molossoid and Swiss Mountain Dogs
Judge Rafael Malo Alcrudo, Spain
1st: Great Dane Diamante Della Baia Azzurra, owned by Fabio Ottaviani, Italy
2nd: Bullmastiff Maya Amber Dream, owned by Katarzyna Piesecka, Poland
3rd: Bulldog Big Maple V-Storm, owned by Jose Antonio Garcia Garrote, England
4th: Caucasian Ovcharka Al Halil Han Krepkiy Oreshek, owned by N. Khalilova, Russia