Magyar Agar

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49-68 lbs
24-26"
Hungary
Hungarian Greyhound, Hungarian Agar

The Magyar Agar originated in Hungary and is a large sighthound. Because of his look and stamina, the Magyar Agar is also called the Hungarian Greyhound. However, he does not descend directly from the Greyhound. He is an intelligent and well mannered dog that loves to run and play. He does require a significant amount of exercise and can become a nuisance if he does not get to run. Originally bred to be a hunting and coursing dog, the Magyar Agar is mainly a companion dog today. He is not known to be an aggressive dog and does well with children but should be closely monitored with small pets in the home. 

Purpose
Hunting and Coursing
Date of Origin
1400's
Ancestry
Egyptian Agar, Sighthounds

Magyar Agar Health

Average Size
Male Magyar Agar size stats
Height: 25-27 inches Weight: 49-68 lbs
Female Magyar Agar size stats
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 49-68 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Drug Allergy or Sensitivity
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • CERF
  • Blood Analysis
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Magyar Agar Breed History

The Magyar Agar said to have come into the Great Alfold a little over a thousand years ago. He was used extensively in the counties of Somogy, Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg, and Hajdu-Bihar. The Magyar Agar’s history dates back much farther than that, though. It is believed that his history goes back at least eleven hundred years but there is no written record until the 1800's. Historians think that the Magyar Agar traveled with Magyars, a nomadic tribe in Hungary, when they lived in the Ural Mountain Range of Eurasia. With no written records, this is simply a theory. Archaeologists did find evidence of the Magyar Agar in the Carpathian Mountain Range. These mountains are located along the eastern and northern border of Hungary. The Magyar Agar had to be adaptable to his surroundings when he was accompanying the Magyars. The big question that remains unanswered is did the Magyar Agars accompany the Magyars to the Carpathian Mountains, or did they arrive after the Magyars were already there. The Magyar Agar today very much resembles the English Greyhound with the exception of being slightly taller and heavier. Hungarians are very fond of the breed but he is virtually unknown outside of his native land. Many Hungarians do take exception to the name Magyar Agar; they feel that it does not accurately represent the breed. In Hungarian, the word agar means wind hound or gaze hound. Magyar is the Hungarian word for Hungary. Therefore, his name means Hungarian wind hound or gaze hound, not Hungarian Greyhound. 

Magyar Agar Breed Appearance

The Magyar Agar is a strong, fast sighthound that gives the appearance of elegance without being dainty. He has a large nose with wide, open nostrils. His nose should be black and well pigmented and his lips should also be well pigmented and close fitting. The Magyar Agar has medium sized dark brown eyes that should not be protruding. His expression should be alert and intelligent. Eyes that are too small, round or large are considered a fault. Ears should never stand straight up. He has thick, large ears that should be carrier erect when he is on the hunt. His coat is short and coarse to the touch, coat that is soft is a serious fault. The Magyar Agar does have a dense undercoat in the winter. The Magyar Agar is found in all colors and color combinations except any color or color combination listed in eliminating faults of the breed standard. The most acceptable colors are blue, blue-white, wolf-grey, brown, black and tan, or tri-color.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Magyar Agar eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Magyar Agar nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Magyar Agar coat
Black
brown Magyar Agar coat
Brown
gray Magyar Agar coat
Gray
blue Magyar Agar coat
Blue
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Magyar Agar straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Magyar Agar Breed Maintenance

The Magyar Agar is not a hypoallergenic breed. He has a very dense coat in the winter and does shed significantly twice a year. He will also shed slightly between the seasonal shedding. The Magyar Agar should be brushed weekly using a slicker brush and a hound mitt. When he is shedding heavily, he will need to be brushed more often to keep the hair from accumulating around your home. A deshedder may also be beneficial when your Magyar Agar is shedding heavily. Because his coat can be dense, he does have somewhat of a doggy smell and should be bathed every few months using a mild shampoo. Check his ears weekly and clean them as needed to prevent infections. Sight hounds are not fond of having their feet touched, but his nails should be checked weekly and trimmed. Nails will generally need to be trimmed every 2 to 3 weeks. 

Brushes for Magyar Agar
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Magyar Agar requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Magyar Agar Temperament

The Magyar Agar is an extremely fast, untiring sight hound that loves running. Many people claim that the Magyar Agar is even faster than the Greyhound. He does require a lot of exercise each day. As long as he gets to run and play outside, the Magyar Agar can thrive in an apartment setting. Being reserved by nature, he will not immediately be accepting of strangers. He should never exhibit shyness or aggression towards people or other dogs. The Magyar Agar is very loyal to his family; he makes a good playmate for children although he may be a little unsure around toddlers or babies. Being a sighthound, he will be sensitive to movements; therefore, any small pets should never be left alone with him. Some Magyar Agars may do well with cats that they are raised with, but generally they are not suitable for a home with many diverse pets. 

Magyar Agar Activity Requirements

The Magyar Agar is a high energy canine and not suited to novice dog owners or people who do not consider intensive exercise to be part of their routine. He loves to run and will need to do so very often. In fact, an experienced dog owner looking for a long distance running partner need look no further. He will be happiest when hiking, jogging or exploring nature. He does get along well with other dogs; visits to the dog park can be taken in between runs. He'll need a secure yard in which to explore but do not leave him outside unattended.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Magyar Agar Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $42

Magyar Agar Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Magyar Agar size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Female Magyar Agar size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 25 lbs
12 Months
Male Magyar Agar size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 46 lbs
Female Magyar Agar size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 46 lbs
18 Months
Male Magyar Agar size stats at 18 months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 58 lbs
Female Magyar Agar size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 58 lbs

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