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“Hungarian Lassie” Won The World’s Greatest Dog Exhibition

Robert Velkey 2017.03.22.

The Hungarian collie called Zara has outshone her 282 opponents and won the award for the most beautiful female dog in the world at the 2017 Crufts Dog Show!

Crufts is one of the largest dog events in the world. No longer purely a dog show, Crufts celebrates every aspect of the role that dogs play in our lives. It has changed in ways that couldn’t possibly have been imagined when the show was set up in Victorian times by the late Charles Cruft. Although it was a very different event in 1891, Charles Cruft was a great showman and would surely have enjoyed the size and scope of the event today, which is an essential date in any dog lover’s calendar.


This year the Cruft Dog Show was held between the 9th to 12th of March in Birmingham, England. The event even has a qualification round, the Crafts Qualification Competition, where the doggies are evaluated by the jury and thus get chosen for the show. The Hungarian Prince of Sunlight, Naomi, nicknamed Zara, is a three year old beauty. She was found worthy of carrying the title of the most beautiful female dog.

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.


 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 before a prestigious English judge with an English breed who was bred abroad is regarded as quite a rarity, according to