Delhi herding dogs take prizes at competition

By Brian Sweeney
A pair of herding dogs from Delhi recently brought home a number of prizes competition at the FCI World Dog Show in Budapest, Hungary.

Ildiko Sulyok traveled to Europe for the May 16-19 dog show, which featured approximately 18,500 canines (721 breeds) from more than 70 countries. She and her husband, Laszlo, have a pair of Pumis (a Hungarian herding dog) that actively work on the couple’s Delhi farm and the dogs made a strong showing at the event.

Competing in the Junior World Cup of the Hungarian National Breed, the younger dog, Kaffogo Agyag, age 1.5, won the Junior Grand Prix Title and the Raisits Cup (named for the person who standardized the Pumi breed back in the 1920s). In addition, she won two more international confirmation shows that earned her the Junior Hungarian Club Champion Title in competition held May 25-26.

Three-year-old Fruska earned an “Excellent 3” rating (third place) both days in Open Class. Her mother was Open Winner last year.

Both dogs qualified for the FCI Sanctioned International Herding Trial that makes them eligible to enter in the “working class” competition at International Confirmation Shows.
“Not too many dogs go from Delaware County to world dog show,” Laszlo proudly pointed out.
While the dogs are doing very well in the show circuit, they still have their “day jobs” herding at the farm.

The owners plan to breed both of their award-winning dogs.
Laszlo explained that the Hungarian competition include obedience training, is similar to American Kennel Club competition. He noted that the Pumi breed is not fully accepted by the AKC because there are not enough dogs of the breed in the country. Pumis are entered in a miscellaneous category in AKC shows.