Hungarian Greyhound

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49-68 lbs
25-27"
Hungary
Magyar Agar, Hungarian Agar

The Hungarian Greyhound is a docile and loving dog. They love people but may be a little nervous around small children. Being a sight hound, the Hungarian Greyhound is drawn to movement so children or smaller animals will draw their attention. They do make excellent guard dogs when they bond to their new home. Expect them to be very reserved when they meet a stranger, but they should never exhibit shyness or fear when in new situations. Early socialization is an absolute must for the Hungarian Greyhound. They are easy to train and will bond closely to their family. This breed is elegant, sturdy and intelligent. 

Purpose
Hunting and Coursing
Date of Origin
1400s
Ancestry
Unknown

Hungarian Greyhound Health

Average Size
Male Hungarian Greyhound size stats
Height: 25-27 inches Weight: 49-68 lbs
Female Hungarian Greyhound size stats
Height: 25-27 inches Weight: 49-68 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Bloat
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • CERF
  • Blood Analysis
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Hungarian Greyhound Breed History

It is thought that fossils of dogs closely resembling the Hungarian Greyhound were found in the Carpathian Mountain Range and date back hundreds of years. The Carpathian Mountain Range is located along the northern and eastern border of Hungary. This gives strong evidence that the Hungarian Greyhound accompanied their Hungarian masters throughout their travels. It is also suggested that these dogs were more than just hunting dogs; they were also family pets for the nomadic people that inhabited the Ural Mountains of Eurasia. Even though the Hungarian Greyhound has a long history, it is uncertain exactly what breeds contributed their DNA in the creation of the breed.  There has been no written record for the Hungarian Greyhound until the 1800s. This breed has an elegant look about them but they were not only for the aristocracy of Hungary. They could be owned by anyone and were favored by hunters because of their unending stamina and impressive speed. They were mainly used to hunt deer and hare while the hunters traveled on horseback to keep up with them. The Hungarian Greyhound is well loved in his native land but is virtually unknown anywhere else in the world. The Hungarian Greyhound is an adaptable breed that was able to move with the nomadic Magyars as they traveled through the Carpathian Mountains. Some theories claim the Hungarian Greyhound was actually already established in the Carpathian Mountains before the Magyars arrived instead of the dogs traveling with them up into the mountains. The Hungarian Greyhound was officially recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

Hungarian Greyhound Breed Appearance

The Hungarian Greyhound is an elegant sight hound with long, muscular legs and a sturdy body. They have thick skin that fits close to their body. Their coat is dense, short and smooth. They do have an undercoat that grows in during colder months and then sheds when the weather turns warm. The Hungarian Greyhound has a large nose with nostrils that are well opened. The nose should be black in color and fully pigmented. Their eyes are medium in size, slightly round and dark brown. They should have an intelligent and keen expression. The ears of the Hungarian Greyhound are large and carried back when not alert. Their ears should never fully fold over, hang down or stand erect. The Hungarian Greyhound can be found in a variety of colors. The United Kennel Club standard states that there are colors that are not acceptable including brown, wolf-grey, black and tan, blue, blue and white or tricolor. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Hungarian Greyhound eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Hungarian Greyhound nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Hungarian Greyhound coat
Brindle
fawn Hungarian Greyhound coat
Fawn
red Hungarian Greyhound coat
Red
black Hungarian Greyhound coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Hungarian Greyhound straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Hungarian Greyhound Breed Maintenance

The Hungarian Greyhound has a short coat that is relatively easy to maintain. They do need to be brushed at least once a week using a slicker brush or a natural bristle brush; a hound mitt may be used. After brushing, wipe their coat down with a damp cloth to remove any loose or dead hairs and keep their coat glossy. They do shed in the spring and fall, during this time they will need to be brushed more often. The Hungarian Greyhound does not have a strong smell and does not need to be bathed often. Plan on bathing a Hungarian Greyhound only two to three times a year using a mild shampoo. During the weekly grooming session check their ears and clean as needed, check the pads of their feet for cracks or soreness, and clip their nails as needed. The Hungarian Greyhound is not a hypoallergenic breed because they do shed and have dander that can trigger allergies. 

Brushes for Hungarian Greyhound
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Hungarian Greyhound requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Hungarian Greyhound Temperament

Generally the Hungarian Greyhound is a docile breed. They do very well with other dogs and love playing with children, although they can be a little nervous around small children or overly exuberant children. Once they have bonded with their family, expect the Hungarian Greyhound to become a great guard dog which is unusual for a sight hound. They will be standoffish with strangers but should never exhibit shyness or aggression towards people or other dogs. The Hungarian Greyhound does require early and continual socialization to ensure they do not become shy or unwilling to meet challenges. Being a hunting and coursing breed, they have amazing stamina and love to run. They require a significant amount of exercise each day to keep them content. These dogs do not do well in an apartment setting or living in a small yard. They need room to stretch their legs and play games. 

Hungarian Greyhound Activity Requirements

The Hungarian Greyhound is a smart dog that needs plenty of human interaction that stimulates their mind and tires their body. Long walks or runs are great ways for them to get plenty of exercise, build muscle and create a close bond. This breed does need at least an hour of activity a day along with toys that will occupy their time and make them think. Interactive toys that make them work for a treat or think to complete a puzzle are excellent tools to keep them busy when you simply do not have enough time. Lure course training and competitions are great ways to keep the Hungarian Greyhound active and in shape. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Hungarian Greyhound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Hungarian Greyhound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Hungarian Greyhound size stats at six months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 28 lbs
Female Hungarian Greyhound size stats at six months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 28 lbs
12 Months
Male Hungarian Greyhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 41 lbs
Female Hungarian Greyhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 41 lbs
18 Months
Male Hungarian Greyhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 58 lbs
Female Hungarian Greyhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 58 lbs

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