My name is Ildikó Koczkáné Szabó. I was born in Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary. I consider myself a lucky person because ever since I can remember, animals have surrounded me. When I think about my childhood, I find it difficult to recall a time when we haven’t had at least 5-6 dogs around. Not to mention other animals too – my father, apart from being a dog breeder, was also raising pigeons. Later on in life, my son became very fond of horses. So horses joined the backyard, too.
For me, my real passion in life remained the breeding of dogs. First with my father, and then later on with my husband, Ferenc Koczka, I continue to enjoy this beautiful, but demanding hobby. We’ve always bred two different breeds of dogs, though I don’t know why. It just happened this way. With my father, the two breeds were first the Boxer, and then the Giant Schnauzer, and with my husband, the Rottweiler joined in.