All 9 Hungarian Dog Breeds
9) Magyar agár
The first breed in this video is also the only sighthound of this video and it is the Magyar Agar, also known as the Hungarian Greyhound. This is a quite big dog with typical slender sighthound body, long legs and deep chest.
The Magyar Agar is a very strong and athletic hunter, who is excellent at coursing. This breed is typically very affectionate and docile with its family, but also somewhat reserved and they have higher protective instinct in comparsion to other sighthounds. But they should not be agressive without a reason.
Next we have three closely related small Hungarian sheepdogs. The first one is Puli and it is famous for its corded coat. They look similar, but are much smaller than Komondor, which is another Hungarian breed i will talk about later.
The Puli is very old and ancient dog breed, and it is believed that they were brought to the area of todays Hungary by the migration of Magyars from Central Asia more than 1000 years ago. Since than, they were used for herding purposes and they are amazing at it! They are pretty brave, extremely intelligent and lively and they just have natural herding tendencies.
The Puli is pretty energetic breed who needs daily proper exercise, but if they are provided with several daily longer walks and some interactive playtime and training that will occupy their mind, than this is amazing family companion who is totally family friendly, devoted and social.
The second small hungarian sheepdog is the Pumi. It is also amazing and versatile herding breed who is great at gathering the livestock, but also at driving it. It is believed, that the Pumi was developed by crossing the Puli with some German or French herding breeds.
The most distinctive feature of the Pumi is their folded but upright ears, which gives them their characteristic alert and happy appearance. The Pumi is a very lively and playful, brave and couragous, intelligent and trainable dog breed who makes excellent companion dog.
And the third small hungarian sheepdog is the Mudi who is closely related to the Puli and Pumi, from which it was separated in the 1930s. The Mudi is pretty rare breed, who is still use for herding purposes, but they also excell at various dog sports like agility or flyball.
Mudi does not have the cords or tight curls like Puli and Pumi and their coat gives them little bit mischevious appearance. This is also very lively and playful dog who is always ready for any kind of an outdoor adventure.
Definitely the most popular and worldwide famous Hungarian dog is the Vizsla. The Vizsla is a medium sized hunting dog breed, which has excellent sense of smell and high prey drive which makes it extraordinary hunter.
The Vizsla is pretty tough and versatile breed and they are capable of hunting even in harsh terrain, forrests, or even in bodies of water. When they are on the hunt they are absolutely determined and fearless. On the other hand, when they are with its family, than they are gentle, lively and absolutely affectionate, which makes this dog a great and highly trainable family companion.
The Vizsla has very attractive appearance, they are very athletic, strong and they have beautiful short and glossy coat which tends to be in solid golden rust color in several shadings.
4) Wirehaired Vizsla
The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla is closely related to the shorthaired Vizsla, but it is a separate breed. They were developed by crossing Long-haired puppies in litters of Hungarian short-haired vizslas were crossbred with German wirehaired pointers. The breeding goal was to develop a dog that combined the temperament and color of the Vizsla with a heavier coat, and a more substantial frame, better suited for working in cold weather and retrieving from icy water of German Wirehaired Pointer. And indeed, thanks to the coat, the Wirehaired Vizsla has a slight edge over the shorthaired Vizsla when they are hunting in rough terrain.
Next to the three small hungarian sheepdogs, who were mostly used for herding, there are also two strong and large dogs, that were used for livestock protection. The first one is Kuvasz. Just like the Puli, the Kuvasz is a very old dog breed that came to the area of Hungary with migrating Magyars, who used this dog as livestock guardian.
This is a very large dog with beautiful dense fluffy white coat which is also odorless. This might be a very large and strong dog, but they have gentle soul. The Kuvasz is known for its loyal, patient and protective temperament. Especially thanks to their big patience they are good with kids, but of course, you should never leave any dog breed with a very young child unsupervised.
The second corded Hungarian dog is Komondor. The Komondor is another ancient breed and they were brought to Hungary by Cumans who settled in Hungary during the 12th and 13th century. BTW the name Komondor probably comes from Koman Dor which means Cuman dog.
The heavy, matted and corded coat is always white which is about 20-27 cms long and it is the heaviest amount of fur in the canine world. The coat serves a purpose, because when the Komondor is guarding the livestock, he needs to deal with some dangerous enemies and the coat should protects the Komondor from possible wolves' bites as the bites would not penetrate the thick coat
1) Transylvanian Hound
Probably the least known dog from Hungary is the Transylvanian Hound. Just like all the hungarian dogs, even the Transylvanian Hound is a very courageous and fearless dog, traditionally use for hunting.
The FCI describes this dog as good-natured, courageous and enduring. The Transylvanian Hound is also very lively, fast and quick dog with strong prey drive and amazing sense of smell. They are also very loyal and devoted to its owner and family.
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