Where people have an appetite for agility
In Hungary, agility began in the early 1990s. At first, only former obedience and guarding dogs were doing it. After a while, it became the most popular dog sport in the country, and that's when a lot of today's handlers bought their future agility puppies. Agility handler Bernadett Felleg explains...
Most agility dogs are Belgian Shepherds, but there are many other breeds doing agility as well. For example, there are some pretty good Hungarian breeds such as Pumi, Mudi and Vizsla. There are some Border Collies, but their handlers are not good enough yet to be on the top.
At this time there are about 20 agility clubs and 200-250 competitors in the country. Sorry to say, but agility is not a well known and accepted sport here. Those people who do it are fanatics and they do agility with at least two dogs.
Competitors from any country are welcome. We used to have trials where competitors take part from four or five states! I haven't heard of any European country which is barred. It will be nice to have the English competing too. Nor are there any problems in Austria, The Czech Republic, Slovakia or Slovenia, etc. The only thing you need is an agility workbook.
There are three levels of classes (A1, A2, A3 - FCI rules) for Standards and Minis. To enter in A2, you have to run 'Excellent' (no more than 5.99 faults) agility course three times. To be an A3 team, you need three agility course with no faults and you must be in the top three places on an A2 course. We also have jumping runs and courses for Teams (clubs).
Hungary first participated in the FCI World Championships as a national team in 1993. From that year onwards, we have taken part on the championships every year. The best place was Fifth of our Standard team and Sixth of the Mini team (1998). Unfortunately, we still haven't had any individual competitors in the top ten.
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Six year old Döme is one of the fastest dogs in Hungary. He became an A3 very early. They were members of the National Team at the World Championships in Copenhagen (1997) and were substitutes in Dortmund (1999). Her other dog, Döme's two year old son Spuri is also a fanatic agility dog, but is still inexperienced.
Bernadett lives in Budapest and trains with the Dogfit Club in Dunakeszi, near Budapest.
Just an aside
from Pat Knepley
Don't know if things have changed, but the entries are done very differently there. You pay at the post office. Interesting, eh?
Thanks to agility handler and referee Melinda Csecserits of Meda-garden Collie Kennel for
sending photos. You can visit her site at