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The dogs used to be shorn together with the sheep to keep them cool during the hot summers.
Today the characteristic coat is often left intact and grows into very long and ticks cords that compromise the agility of the dog. Photos copyright their respective authors: Komondor, Pumi, Puli © CALLALLOO Canis; Kuvasz © Callalloo Twisty; Wirehaired Vizsla © 4pfoten-design.
Many translations from Latin were made in the 13th and 14th centuries, but the only one that has survived, and also the oldest extant poem written in Hungarian, is a free version of a poem by Godefroy de Breteuil. The preachers Thomas and Valentine, followers of the Bohemian religious reformer Jan Hus, were responsible for this work, of which the prophetic books, the Psalms, and the Gospels have survived.
A great part of the vocabulary, created for the purpose, is still in use.
No written evidence remains of the earliest Hungarian literature, but through Hungarian folktales and folk songs elements have survived that can be traced back to pagan times.
Also extant, although only in Latin and dating from between the 11th and 14th centuries, are shortened versions of some Hungarian legends relating the origins of the Hungarian people and episodes from the conquest of Hungary and from the Hungarian campaigns of the 10th century.
The earliest known written traces of the Hungarian language are mostly proper names embedded in the Latin text of legal or ecclesiastical documents.
The first continuous example of the Hungarian language is the a short funeral oration written in about 1200, moving in its simplicity.
Hungarian dog breeds include flock guards and herding dog breeds, such as the Kuvasz, Komondor, Puli; pointers, such as the smooth-coated and wire-haired Vizslas; scenthounds and sighthounds, such as the Erdelyi Kopo and Magyar Agar, as well as two smaller dog breeds, the Mudi, and Pumi.