May 26, 2002 we went to the Czech Republic, in the town of Litomerice, because
I had received the invitation of their Sarplaninac Club to judge their special
exhibition of the breed. The same day, in the next ring Mr. Novak Radulovic
judged the breed at the international exhibition. At this exhibition the
Sarplaninci are always judged outside, on the grass.
At both exhibitions 33 Sarplaninci were registered, it concerned more or
less the same dogs. We were lucky, the weather was beautiful, I was surrounded
by qualified people, as translator we had our countrywomen, the correspondent
of Zov, Mrs. Dasa Pavlovic.
Here are the results of this judgement:
back today, I noticed I have made 2-3 errors: in the open class males,
I should not have given the titles; in the intermediate class females,
today I would have ranked as following : Deila, Elza, Dora, in open class
females Bella was to receive a VG. I comfort myself that Mr. Radulovic
also made some errors, whereas he judged much more frequently than me.
The atmosphere was very pleasant, the exhibitors were super disciplined,
and nobody made any comment for the obtained result.
Compared to the year 2001 I noticed significant changes in the composition
of the population of Sarplaninci in Czech Republic. It is only in the
open class males that there were still atypical dogs for the breed, some
very long, some with a huge hair, but silky, flat and rather black, some
with a heavy and lymphatic head. The only more pleasant male, Billy-Brik,
did not have any training in the ring and did not show that he was able
In the classes of the young and intermediate males the presence of another
population was significant, the descendants of Meron and especially of
Taras, i.e. lot of karabas, those of Taras were tall and sometimes with
angles of the rear limbs rather open, but with the splendid typical heads.
The descendants of Meron were also well represented, I liked all except
Don-Denar, which has a rather narrow skull, with rather high implanted
ears and an ocular problem on which I did not succeed to put the label.
This anomaly was not always visible, but when it was, it caused the reduction
in marks. Beside that his lower line I did not like at all, he had a little
bit big belly, like some Labradors are inclined to obesity.
A big step forward from Polgar side was the import of Meda and Meri, as
well as younger Murko and Murka. These very interesting bloodlines, in
which they all are of the same mother, originate from mountain, the exceptional
bitch Bona, arrived like great refreshment. The temperament and the behaviour
of Meda in the ring created a big admiration in me.
The ring of honour was a separate event. Sarplaninci took part in all
the categories, in couples, groups, and as representatives of all the
classes. I always admire the Polgars because they have such an influence
on the owners of their dogs or such luck that those take part in a significant
number in the Czech exhibitions and abroad. How many already took part
in special exhibitions in Serbia! Or, it is the Czech nation which is
very sporty and having a competitive spirit. It is that that I miss much
in my breeding, it is only from time to time that one or the other person
decides to try with its dog to take part at one or other exhibition. There
are some who, hardly bought the pup, plan to castrate it, because they
are afraid that they may have a problem with education, or they are afraid
that the dog would escape, because the fence is partially absent or failing,
or it is the veterinary who advises that to them with a purely lucrative
aim!! For my misfortune, generally the best dogs of my breeding are never
shown anywhere. Our trip lasted another few days, the Polgar family pleasantly
invited us after the exhibition and thus we had the occasion to see their
dogs, the house, and the village where they live and also to visit the
neighbour towns. The continuation will be in the next update!