Transylvanian Hound Dogs

When it comes to the Transylvanian Hound, there is much to love. It has a gentle, adaptable personality that comes from centuries of working with people in the wide-ranging climate of Hungary. Gentle and good-natured, it grows very close to family members. This is the type of dog that will romp through the wilderness and cuddle on the living room floor.

Transylvanian Hound

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Quick Facts

  • 55 - 77 pounds
  • 18 - 26 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Hunters and hikers
    • Families with older children
    • Active singles
    • Experienced dog handlers

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Trademark Traits

    • Obedient
    • Amiable
    • Great sense of direction
    • Intelligent
    • Inquisitive
    • Loving

What They Are Like to Live With

Intelligent, curious and protective, the Transylvanian Hound also serves as an admirable watchdog. It has very keen instincts, however, and knows the difference between real danger and a letter carrier, for example. Once a friend or stranger is welcomed into the house, the Transylvanian Hound relaxes and becomes more social.

Things You Should Know

The Transylvanian Hound can live as long as 12 years with relatively few health issues. Grooming is simple: Brush occasionally with a bristle brush, and bathe when necessary. The Transylvanian Hound sheds during the spring and fall.

Transylvanian Hounds love the outdoors, but they will be perfectly happy in an apartment as long as they get plenty of exercise outdoors. Make sure you always keep the Transylvanian Hound on a leash: It has an especially sensitive nose and an intense curiosity.

Transylvanian Hound History

Transylvanian Hounds, it is believed, derived from a cross between dogs brought to Hungary by the Magyars and various European hounds. The result was a loyal, determined scent hound prized by Hungarian nobles for its ability to hunt deer, boar, bears, wolves and lynxes. Still rare in the U.S., they are slowly gaining popularity.

The Look of a Transylvanian Hound

The Transylvanian Hound has a medium-sized, sleek, athletic frame covered in a short, dense coat that usually comes in black & tan. Both short and tall versions can be found. Its handsome, sculpted head has hanging, Beagle-like ears, and dark, oval-shaped eyes. Its saber-like tail either hangs low or curls up slightly.

Talk About Transylvanian Hounds 

Diggers with lots of energy

I own a Transylvanian Hound mix (short variety), and he is amazing! They rip apart toys, so try for things like tires or pipes, not stuffed animals and ropes. They love to be chased for a toy, and they love to wrestle. They're very smart, and they learn things after showing them one or two times. They love to run around and explore.

Unfortunately, they enjoy the taste of nature -- in other words, they eat plants. They are diggers, but they know when they did something wrong. They are very fast and jump very high. My dog, Kobe, uses his paws as hands and sometimes plays soccer with his tennis balls.

When you first get them they will be shy, but after a few days they act excited. They have a lot of energy. If you want to own this type of dog you should have a lot of space for them to explore. Some of them can be afraid and bark at things that are bigger than them. They have a very deep bark.

Their coloring is beautiful! The dogs are very intelligent, but very stubborn. If they don't want to do something, don't expect them to do it. They get very attached to people, so they are glad to snuggle, which makes them good for children and families, even babies or puppies. They understand that the baby or puppy is fragile. Unless the baby or puppy starts to play with the dog, they are very calm.

They will bite, but only when wrestling, and they do so very lightly. If they start to bite too hard you can tell them to calm down and they will do so very quickly. If they accidentally bite when playing with a toy it can draw blood, but it usually will not. They shed a little when they lose their puppy fur and a lot every spring, so brush every day.

They love to hunt things, so use a laser pointer, a mirror, or a flashlight to play with them. They might also go after flies and bees, so be careful. They will think of ways to solve their problems, so if they want something, make sure they can't get it. They know they're cute, so they use that to their advantage. Overall they are wonderful, smart energetic dogs who will steal your heart if you own one.

~Danielle G., owner of a Transylvanian Hound