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Top 9 amazing Hungarian dog breeds

By Justine Seraphin Country Manager

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You’ve surely heard of Hungary’s amazing spas, impressive architecture, and perhaps even its stunning classical music. But can you name some of their national dog breeds?

Hungary probably has the most unique set of dog breeds. And though you might think you’ve never seen or heard of one before, we can guarantee you you have. 

So if you’re looking for a dog breed that’s going to make people do a double-take when you’re out on a walk, one of these guys might be perfect for you. Remember though, don’t let their appearance be the only factor in your decision and make sure you do your research before you adopt one of these dogs. Most dogs that originate in Hungary are high-energy and all of them are still considered working dogs. But, if you’re still curious, here’s the low-down on 9 amazing Hungarian dog breeds!


Pulis' coats require a lot of attention ©BORINA OLGA - Shutterstock

Pulis are medium-sized dogs with corded coats, making them look like living mops! Pulis were originally bred as livestock guarding and herding dogs in Hungary. Due to this, they make great guard dogs and can be persistent and stubborn in personality. They are, however, extremely loyal to their owners and will become the best lap dog when given the chance. 

Pulis require an extensive grooming routine due to their dreadlocks, which need to be separated down to the skin and one by one, which can take hours. Their corded coat is also perfect for picking up dirt and leaves on walks. People considering a Puli as a pet should take their high-maintenance coat into account.

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Pumis are very active little dogs ©Enna8982 - Shutterstock

Pumis are considered to be a small size to medium size dog. They have folded but upright ears, which give them a happy-go-lucky appearance. Pumis were originally bred as herding dogs and as such, they are highly active and intelligent dogs.

Pumis don’t shed and are quite easy to groom due to their thin coats. They are, however, more high-maintenance when it comes to their exercise needs. Pumis need regular physical activity and mental stimulation. They are active little dogs who excel at dog sports, but also enjoy training and playing fun games and puzzles.

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Komondors make excellent guard dogs ©Lenkadan - Shutterstock

Much like the Puli, the Komondor boasts an impressive corded coat. This unique coat evolved so that the Komondor could blend in with the herds of sheep it guarded. The thickness of the coat also protected the dog in case of an attack from wolves. 

Komondors have certainly kept their protective instincts and make large, intimidating, and effective guard dogs. For this reason, they are better suited to experienced homes who will know how to properly train and handle their pet. Of course, their high-maintenance coat is another very important factor to consider.

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Hungarian Kuvasz make loyal and devoted companions ©vagabond54 - Shutterstock

The Hungarian Kuvasz is a large white dog which was originally bred as a livestock guardian. Kuvasz have retained their guarding instincts and can therefore be extremely protective of their family members and territorial of their homes.

Kuvasz need experienced owners who know what they’re doing. They need a firm hand who will know how to teach them boundaries and how to socialise them properly. Their thick double coat is something else to take into consideration since it sheds heavily year around.

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Mudis carry the gene for blue-merle coats ©Aneta Jungerova - Shutterstock

Mudis are medium-sized dogs that are a result of crossbreeding between the Pumi, Puli, and probably some German spitz breeds. Originally bred as herding dogs, Mudis are extremely high energy and are also very intelligent.

For this reason, Mudis can make great pets for active people who are interested in training and possibly even in dog sports. Mudis need at least 2 hours of exercise a day and really thrive on mentally challenging activities as well. A well socialised and well trained Mudi can make a family-friendly dog, but this really depends on how you raise your pup!

Learn more about the Mudi


Vizslas make active and affectionate companions ©Ivanova N - Shutterstock

Hungarian Vizslas are arguably one of the most beautiful dog breeds in the world, which is probably why they have gained such popularity in recent years. Vizslas were originally bred as hunting dogs, and as such, they require lots of outdoor time and exercise. A Hungarian Vizsla will simply not be satisfied with a short walk around the block or city-living.

If you do have the time and energy to care for such a dog though, then you’re in luck. Not only are Vizslas known for being clean, they are also known as “velcro dogs”. They are extremely affectionate and follow their owners everywhere. In fact, if they have the opportunity to come lay on your lap while you relax, then they’ll definitely take it!

Learn more about the Vizsla

Wirehaired Vizsla

The Wirehaired Vizsla is very similar to the smooth-coated Vizsla ©Shakarrigrafie - Shutterstock

Wirehaired Vizslas are, in essence, Vizslas with wire-haired coats! They also have a heavier bone structure than smooth-coated Vizslas, and as such, make more robust gundogs in the field.

Apart from these slight physical differences, however, the Wirehaired Vizsla is much like its smooth-coated cousin in personality. This gorgeous Hungarian dog is very loyal and affectionate, loving nothing more than to be close to its owner.

Hungarian Sighthound

Hungarian Sighthounds are very loving towards their owners ©Dora Zett - Shutterstock

Hungarian Sighthounds are large dogs and one of the rarer Hungarian breeds. Like many sighthounds, they are extremely loving and affectionate towards their family, but actually make decent guard dogs when it comes to dealing with strangers.

Hungarian Sighthounds need to run every day and shouldn’t be trusted with small furries around the house, for obvious reasons! As a large breed, these dogs are prone to hip dysplasia as they get older, but are otherwise pretty low-maintenance. Their coat sheds very little and is easy to care for. 

Learn more about the Hungarian Sighthound

Transylvanian Hound

The Transylvanian Hound can make a great family pet ©Mircea Costina - Shutterstock

Translyvanian Hounds are large black and tan dogs who were originally bred as scent hounds. As such, these dogs are prone to selective hearing when they catch a scent that they’re interested in. Recall is a very important command to teach this dog.

Translyvanian Hounds can make playful and friendly family pets, but they do require proper training and socialisation. They also need lots of exercise, so do best with active families. They are one of the healthiest dogs in this list - they are not known to suffer from any breed-specific health problems.

Learn more about the Transylvanian Hound

So, have you found the perfect Hungarian dog breed for you? 

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