The maintenance and development of the group of nine Hungarian dog breeds declared to be Hungarikums are helped by the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, thanks to which issuing pedigree certificates for the puppies born becomes essentially free for breeders. The reduction of breeding costs contributes to the growth of the population of purebred Hungarian dog breeds.
The nine Hungarian dog breeds in question are: the Short-haired Hungarian Vizsla, the Wire-haired Hungarian Vizsla, the Transylvanian Hound, the Komondor, the Kuvasz, the Hungarian Sighthound, the Mudi, the Puli, and the Pumi. The purebred, registered population of these breeds has declined in recent decades.
Breeding activities require significant investments, the return on which may be uncertain because of the presence of non-certified animals on the market, born in uncontrolled conditions.
The new legislative amendment makes it possible to reduce the cost of breeding by reimbursing the breed society for the costs of issuing a certificate of origin for the animals, thus exempting breeders from paying it. From 1 January 2021, breeders may submit their application for the preferential service at the breeding organisation of which they are a member.
The amount of support is HUF 7,000 per certificate of origin issued.
Regarding the nine Hungarian dog breeds, an average of two thousand animals receives a certificate of origin every year. However, this reproduction rate only serves to maintain the current stock level.
According to the hopes of the Ministry of Agriculture, “by reducing the breeding costs, we will be able to improve the breeding spirit and increase the number of purebred Hungarian dogs”.
There is some good news as well.
The National Sighthound Association received the Hungarikum trademark.
The trademark is not the same as the inclusion in the Collection of Hungarikums. In December 2020, the National Sighthound Association signed an agreement on the use of the Hungarikum trademark with the Hungarikum Trademark Commission operating under the auspices of the Hungarikum Department of the Ministry of Agriculture. Accordingly, the association is entitled to use the Hungarikum trademark, writes 24.hu.
“The Hungarikum trademark is not a certification mark, meaning it does not in itself certify the quality of the product or service registered as Hungarikum for which its use has been authorised. According to the legal regulations, this trademark is used to display the activities of the Hungarikum Committee and to promote the Hungarikums in the Collection of Hungarikums,” writes the hungarikum.hu portal.
The Hungarian Sighthound as an ancient Hungarian dog breed has been a Hungarikum since 2017.
The trademark certification refers to the activities of the association, and it was awarded in recognition of the long-standing professional work of the organisation.
The Hungarikum qualification is also a serious responsibility. They must report to the Committee by 15 December each year on their annual activities and must meet high standards on an ongoing basis in order to remain trademark holders.