Hungarian Hound (Transylvanian Scent Hound)
Hungría FCI 241 - Medium-sized Hounds

Transylvanian Scent Hound

It is used in hunting fox and hare; the larger variety is used in hunting wild boar, deer and lynx.

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History

The Transylvanian Scent Hound it is a very old hungarian breed, whose development has been influenced by climatic conditions, the nature of the terrain and hunting methods in this part of the world.

The breed had its golden age in the Middle Ages, When the Hungarian Hound He was the favorite hunting dog of the nobility. The development of agriculture and forestry moved away from hunting grounds, and its use moved to the inaccessible mountains and forests of the Carpathians.

This change in territory and habit has led to the creation of two different varieties of Transylvanian Scent Hound: one bigger and one smaller.

  • Long-legged variety: height 56-66 cm.; black with white markings on the front, chest, feet and tip of tail. Used for fox and hare.
  • Short-legged variety: height 46-51 cm.; red-brown base color with white markings. Used in bear, deer and lynx.

Both varieties were always bred together. Originally, the great Hungarian Hound it was used to hunt big game: first buffalo, later bear, wild boar and lynx. The “Small-sized Hounds” they were used to hunt small game (foxes, hares) in covered terrain and for hunting “chamois” in rocky areas.

In the early 20th century, the threatened Transylvanian Scent Hound almost completely disappeared, but it was recovered in 1968. Today there are a large number of dogs of Transylvanian Scent Hound in Hungary and neighboring Romania. The variety of “Small-sized Hounds” has become extinct.

Photos: Male, 1 year old Transylvanian Hound, in Hungary by Jahnna river, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Physical characteristics “Transylvanian Scent Hound”

The dog Carpathian Hound grows up 65 cm and weighs at least 25 kg. Whole body, including lower belly, is covered in short hair, dense, smooth and thick that rests well against the body. The basic color is black with tan on the muzzle and legs. The tail is and is carried above the top line when awake, slightly bent up. Hanging ears, set at mid-height, lie close to the cheeks without wrinkles, put forward barely cover the eyes.

Character and skills “Transylvanian Scent Hound”

Expressive and loving nature – a dog with very good skills.

Transylvanian hound female
Transylvanian hound female by Lnko2323, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Transylvanian Scent Hound adapted perfectly to the extreme climatic conditions of his homeland. Here the robust breed had to struggle not only with the cold and snowy winters, but also with hot summer days. Hunting in the Carpathians was very demanding due to the dense and hardly accessible mountains. To be able to work all year round in these treacherous areas, the Hungarian Hound developed not only his physical stature but also his mental abilities.

With its marked sense of smell, his extraordinary sense of direction, his great resistance and his enormous dexterity, This race, in addition to qualities such as self-confidence and predatory instinct, provides everything an excellent hunting dog needs. They are capable of making smart decisions in almost all hunting situations and communicate their success with a clear voice. Like many hound dogs, the Hungarian Hound is a professional at hard work.

At home, the Transylvanian Scent Hound he is a very friendly and calm dog, that is closely tied to its owner, to children and family members. As it is also highly regarded as a guard dog, behaves suspicious of strangers, at first it tends to be a bit reserved, but it doesn't seem dangerous or aggressive at all.

If the dog is well socialized and educated at a young age, relaxed demeanor is expressed, obedient and social, also together with conspecifics.

The Transylvanian Scent Hound need plenty of exercise, preferably combined with work, such as hunting. Their owners must have an active lifestyle to meet the requirements of keeping a hunting dog.. If sufficient conditions for exercise and employment are met, this breed can be kept in the house or apartment without problems.

Ratings of the Hungarian Hound (Transylvanian Scent Hound)

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Hungarian Hound (Transylvanian Scent Hound)” you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Videos “Hungarian Hound (Transylvanian Scent Hound)”

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Type and recognitions:

  • CLASSIFICATION FCI: 241
  • Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds.
  • Section 1: Scent hounds – 1.2: Medium-sized Hounds. With working trial.

Federations:

  • FCI – Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds. – Section 1.2: Medium-sized Hounds.
  • UKCScenthounds

FCI breed standard “Hungarian Hound (Transylvanian Scent Hound)”

“Hungarian Hound (Transylvanian Scent Hound)” FCI Hungarian Hound (Transylvanian Scent Hound) FCI

Alternative names:

    1. Hungarian: (Erdélyi kopó), Transylvanian Bloodhound, Hungarian Hound (English).
    2. Hungarian: (Erdélyi kopó), Brachet hongrois (French).
    3. Hungarian: (Erdélyi kopó), Siebenbürger Bracke (German).
    4. Hungarian: (Erdélyi kopó) (Portuguese).
    5. Hungarian: (Erdélyi kopó), Braco húngaro, Cazador húngaro, Sabueso de los Cárpatos (Spanish).
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