Zara, the Hungarian collie outshone her 282 opponents and won the award for the most beautiful female dog at the 2017 Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, writes nlcafe.hu.
This year the Crufts Dog Show was held between March 9-12 in Birmingham and, among the collies, it lined up 283 doggies, of whom the Hungarian Prince of Sunlight Naomi, nicknamed Zara, was found worthy of carrying the title of the most beautiful female dog.
Established in 1891, the Crufts Dog Show became the biggest dog show of the world over the years, celebrating not only the beauty of human’s best friend but the role these wonderful four-legged creatures play in our lives. The event even has a qualification round, the Crufts Qualification Competition, where the doggies are evaluated by the jury and thus get chosen for the show.
József Szalczinger, breeder of Zara, told the site how happy he became because of the success of his dogs and their descendants throughout Europe. He added that dogs have always had an important role in his life, for he fell for collies at first sight when he and his sibling got one in their childhood. Later he graduated as a livestock engineer and wrote his thesis on collies.
No wonder that then, after university, he established his own kennel, named Prince of Sunlight, which had its first little ones in 1992. The perfect collie for Szalczinger has a special and smiling look, nice body composition and health. In order to ensure that only 1-2 breeding are carried out annually they plan the pairing well.
Also, the dogs intended to be introduced learn how to pose and handle the stress evoked by travelling and the show itself, already in their cubhood. They are trained and cared for to get as close to the standard as possible. Naomi, that is, Zara is turning three this year and was already known and successful in England, for she won in the cub’s category of Crufts two years ago, and in other shows, too.
Furthermore, she lives with the English breeder friends of Szalczinger. Still, the victory came to him as a surprise, because winning in England at a prestigious English judge with an English breed who was bred abroad is regarded quite a rarity. Moreover, Zara’s half-sibling, Prince of Sunlight Play with Fire, who lives in Norway, also participated at the show and was succesfull as well.
Source: nlcafe.hu, collielife.com