Hungarian Hound - Transylvanian Scent Hound
Other names: Erdélyi kopó, Transylvanian Hound
The Transylvanian Hound is a hunting dog from Hungary, specially developed to suit the climate, hunting conditions and terrain. This medium-sized dog looks very noble, with an athletic, muscular body and elegant gait. He is very similar in looks to the Rottweiler, as he has the same coat colouring. However, this hound is a slimmer dog with a more athletic look. As well as being a proficient hunting breed, he has a lovely personality and makes a fine family pet.
Key facts about the Hungarian Hound - Transylvanian Scent Hound
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Origins and history
The Transylvanian Hound, or Erdelyi Kopó as he is known in Hungary, is an ancient breed. It came about because of the hunting conditions, territory and climate of the area in which it was first bred. During the Middle Ages, this hound was a favourite hunting dog used by the Aristocracy. Initially, two different varieties evolved: a short-legged dog which was used for hunting hares or foxes and a long-legged hound which hunted lynx, wild boars and bears.
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Hungarian Hound - Transylvanian Scent Hound
Female dog : Between 22 and 26 in
Male dog : Between 22 and 26 in
Female dog : Between 55 and 66 lb
Male dog : Between 55 and 66 lb
Black with tan markings.
Type of coat
This breed has a short, smooth coat that is very shiny and dense.
The Transylvanian Hound is a medium sized canine, with a noble appearance and the build of an athlete. With a dome-shaped skull, a black nose with wide nostrils and almond shaped dark brown eyes that are very expressive. The ears have curved tips and hang close to the dog’s face. With a wide chest and long straight legs, this dog is certainly built for speed.
Good to know
The Transylvanian Hound was almost extinct at the beginning of the 20th century. A determined breeding programme was set up in 1968 and to date, a significant increase in the number of dogs from this breed exist. It is worth noting that the long-legged variety of the Transylvanian Hound is thriving, whereas the short-legged variety has disappeared.
This dog is very amiable and friendly, especially towards his family.
He is an ideal family favourite with a playful nature.
The Transylvanian Hound is quite adaptable, very calm and well-balanced.
An intelligent canine, who enjoys any opportunity to use his brain. While he is excellent at tracking and retrieving, he can also adapt to other activities, such as obedience and agility.
This dog was originally bred as a hunting dog.
Fearful / wary of strangers
Initially a little wary around strangers. However, once they get to know the person, the dog will relax and become quite friendly.
Often independent, especially when in the hunting field. He is capable of hunting over long distances alone, away from his owner.
Behaviour of the Hungarian Hound - Transylvanian Scent Hound
The Transylvanian Hound has no issues being independant.
Easy to train / obedience
This breed excels at various dog sports, and will easily be trained at tracking game. This dog needs a firm and consistent hand and positive reinforcement methods work best.
A very observant dog, who will get his owner’s attention by barking, often with loud and persistent barks.