In January 2023 we started testing our Hungarian dogs for Brucella Canis, even though Brucella is not an issue in our country. If you are one of our 2023 adopters, you will find a stamp identifying the negative result on the inside back cover of your Passport.

Following an advisory (not legal requirement) from APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency), some UK vets have started to request Brucella testing of imported dogs. This is an unnecessary additional cost for adopters of Hungarian dogs. Hungary is not on the list of ‘at risk’ countries. However, to safeguard our adopters, we added the Brucella test to our pre-adoption medical routine.

It has recently come to our attention that some vets are now requesting an additional blood test to confirm negative Brucella after 3 months of the dog’s arrival.

PLEASE BE ASSURED that our governing body, DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), does not require us to test Hungarian dogs for Brucella at all, so the charity is already going beyond its requirements. Again, vets are only following APHA advice, it is not a requirement.

If your vet suggests Brucella testing, please feel free to ask why. Not all vets will insist on this procedure. If you wish, you can, of course, have the test done and continue to use your current vet, or you can visit another vet who may not suggest it. Please do keep us informed if you have the test done so that we can stay up to date with any developments on this.

Brucella testing is not a requirement for Hungarian dogs. Please rest assured that we will keep you informed should there be any changes to this. For further clarification, please read the attached document from the European Centre for Disease Protection and Control:

Thank you for taking the time to read and understand this and please continue to enjoy your Hungarian dogs without any Brucella concerns! ❤️