Transylvanian Hound

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Quick Facts

  • Weight: 55 – 77 pounds
  • Height: 18 – 26 inches

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.


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

Ideal Human Companion

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

What They Are Like to Live With

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.

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.

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