András Korózs, President of the National Association of Hungarian Dog Breeders, said at the press conference that more than 16,000 dogs from 57 countries will attend the event, which will be hosted by Hungexpo. Hungary will have more than 3,000 dogs participating in the show.
The European Dog Show is one of the world’s most important international dog shows held annually. It offers many professional programs such as special events organized by breeding clubs, club shows, and the World Meeting of Hungarian Dog Breeds on December 30. This year, it will be the celebration of the 30th World Dog Show.
The event will start on December 28 with the Grand Prix Winner CACIB Show, an international dog show for all breeds; on the following days, the European Dog Show will spotlight the best dogs of different breed groups each day.
Government Commissioner Zoltán Kovács said that the event was originally scheduled for May but had to be postponed to the end of December because of COVID-19.
Péter Ovádi, the ministerial commissioner responsible for the renewal and implementation of the National Animal Welfare Program, said that one of Europe’s strictest animal welfare laws was adopted by parliament in November. The law will enter into force on January 1, 2022, and is a milestone in Hungarian animal protection. Drafted in cooperation with MEOE, it defines illegal breeders in a unique way in Europe.