Other names: Magyar Agar, Hungarian Agar
Although commonly known as the Hungarian Greyhound, the Magyar Agar (AH-gar) is not a direct relative of the common or garden greyhound. They look kind of alike and are both hunting ‘sight hounds,’ but the name is misleading. The Magyar Agar is a complex character of ancient stock, clever, kind, and generally obedient – but a lot depends on the training. In the wrong hands, he will soon become dissatisfied with civilian life which could lead to trouble. Other than that, he tends to be a friendly and sociable addition to the home, and requires a significant amount of exercise each day to keep him trim and happy – making him an ideal partner in crime for a cyclist or jogger.
Key facts about the Hungarian Greyhound
Life expectancy :
Origins and history
The Agár probably followed the native Hungarian Magyars to the region around Transylvania and the Carpathians (in today’s Romania) in the 10th century. He remained a common hunting dog throughout the centuries. Indeed, it is suggested that in Socialist times, these dogs roamed the streets, and hunters might pick one up for a job! Over years of working around mountainous areas and travelling with nomads, the Magyar Agar has become a truly long-range, high-stamina hunter.
Group 10 - Sighthounds
Section 3 : Short-haired Sighthounds
Physical characteristics of the Hungarian Greyhound
Female dog : Between 24 and 26 in
Male dog : Between 26 and 28 in
Female dog : Between 55 and 66 lb
Male dog : Between 55 and 66 lb
Any colour is acceptable except blue, blue-white, brown, wolf-grey, black and tan, or tricolour.
Type of coat
Dense, coarse, and smooth, with the possibility of a dense undercoat in cold seasons.
He looks greyhoundish. But his bones are more substantial. His head has more of a wedge shape, his skin is thicker and his fur denser, to cope with that harsh Hungarian winter. Thus he comes across as stronger, tougher than the classic greyhound. He has a biggish nose for his size, with large, sensual nostrils to keep the air circulating as he runs. Seductive eyes and large, rose ears. See him run in dots, patches, or striped like a tiger: the Magyar Agar will not be pinned down, aesthetically!
Good to know
Being a sighthound, the Magyar Agar is among those breeds who are known to respond badly to anaesthesia.
This dog tends to grow fond of his human family and is widely considered to be an affectionate fellow around the home.
He is not the most gregarious pup, but will willingly agree to spend time with his humans.
He is usually calm indoors, saving his energy for the big adventure.
The Magyar Agar is an intelligent dog who quickly understands what is expected of him.
This dog is a natural hunter and retains his instinct still.
Fearful / wary of strangers
The Magyar Agar is a very reserved with strangers. He very often avoids their contact and does not generally seek encounters.
He is not especially noted for his independence, and needs regular contact with his masters.
Behaviour of the Hungarian Greyhound
Unlike other more independent greyhounds, this one does not like to be alone and does not handle the absence of his masters well, especially if he didn’t get used to periods alone from a very young age.
Easy to train / obedience
The education of greyhounds must always be delicate, gentle and positive to achieve great results. Brutality and violence absolutely do not work and make these dogs very unhappy.
The Magyar Agar is not noticeably barky.