The Hungarian Greyhound, or otherwise known as Magyar agar, is a sighthound that originates from Hungary, a country in Central Europe. They can grow up to 70cm in height, and can be practically any color. Preferably, they should be called Hungarian gazehounds or Hungarian sighthounds, but the Greyhound name stuck because they resemble this particular breed. They are super adaptable and affectionate dogs, who can get along with kids and other animals quickly, and their good nature makes them the perfect pet to have!
Since Magyar agars or Hungarian Greyhounds are known as sighthounds, they react to movement. This means that they can spot even a fly and they have eyes on the back of their heads. And while this is a fantastic trait to have, mainly because they never have to worry about getting glasses, it also means that they need a lot of visual stimuli to stay focused and exercise their abilities. Luckily, humans are also a sort of a sighthound, although we would argue a bit on the hound part, and we are also stimulated by what we see, so coming up with a perfect sight-based activity for your dog should not be super hard. In comes the iconic Cup Game (with a twist!).
Magyar agars are fantastic dogs. They do not require insane amounts of exercise, so they are perfect to take care of even on lazy days. However, this does not mean that you should binge watch shows on Netflix for days on end, only bringing your dog for a short walk. Hungarian Greyhounds need to run, and they love to run, so you can teach them how to compete in this activity by signing them up for a racing class! There is quite a fantastic sport called Amateur sighthound racing and comes in two varieties – sprint racing and oval track racing.
Lure coursing is another excellent sport meant for sighthounds. As they react to the visual stimuli, this game is perfect for them since it includes a mechanical hare they can chase around and wake up the hound in them. As most sighthounds were used in rabbit hunts, lure coursing comes as second nature to them, so try to find a nearby organizer and sign your dog up for a few hours of fun! If you are up for some competition, lure coursings are sanctioned by the American Sighthound Field Association, United States Kennel Club, and National Lure Coursing Club.
Gather some friends and make a dull afternoon a fun one! Us humans tend to be couch potatoes, so playing capture the flag with your doggo is a great way to burn some calories and burn the tinder of love between you and your pup. Get a flag or make one, go outside, find a big field, and play until you run out of steam! This will guarantee a good night’s sleep for both of you!
If you are lucky enough to have a backyard, play a chasing game with your dog! They love chasing and running after their prey, so, become prey for a day and run around your backyard with their favorite toy! You’ll probably lose, but if you happen to be Usain Bolt, let your dog win once in a while, they will be thankful.
Your Hungarian Greyhound is a majestic doggo that proves that anything is pawsible with a little bit of love and affection. Whichever activity suits them best, make sure to include praise and affection, hugs and kisses, and maybe an occasional treat to reward their good behavior. Remember, happy dog, happy life!