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Hungarian Greyhound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Hungarian Greyhound so you can get to know the breed more.

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Hungarian Greyhound
OriginHungary
Other Names
What other names does the Hungarian Greyhound have? The dog breed also known as...
Hungarian Greyhound, Hungarian Agar, Hungarian Gazehound, Hungarian Sighthound, Magyar Agar
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Hungarian Greyhound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Hungarian Greyhound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Hungarian Greyhound breed?
Federation Cynologique InternationaleUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Hungarian Greyhound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Hungarian Greyhound price:
$400-$800
If you choose to purchase the Hungarian Greyhound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Hungarian Greyhound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Hungarian Greyhound gets to a happy place.

Hungarian Greyhound History

Introduction

Among Hungarian dog breeds, the Hungarian Greyhound is a true uniqueness. However, on the other hand, the breed is perhaps the least well-known four-legged Hungarian. Although the Hungarian Greyhound is a very valued and affectionate companion with remarkable hunting talent, the breed has been threatened with extinction multiple times during its existence. Due to its rarity, it has been crossed with other dogs over the years, which is why many people today do not consider that the Greyhound non-hunter kept for hobby purposes is a Hungarian Greyhound pure breed.

Origins

The ancestry of this Hungarian breed, like all Greyhounds, came from Egypt. According to the earliest discoveries, they originally appeared around the third millennium BC. Several other ideas and theories have been proposed as to how the breed was formed, but the only certainty is that the first archeological evidence for Hungarian Greyhounds was discovered in the Carpathian Mountains, which run along Hungary’s northern and easter borders. Around the 10th century, the breed first appeared in northern Hungary and the Great Alföld (Hungarian Plain), where Hungarian invaders used the dogs for hunting. However, as there is no evidence, it is unclear whether the breed existed before the Hungarians arrived in the Carpathian basin or it came with them. Although they have lived throughout the Great Alföld, they have had a strong hunting history in the three countries of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, Hajdú-Bihar, and Somogy. Furthermore, the breed became very popular in the days of Matthias Hunyadi. The king himself often spent his time hunting with them on horseback, however, after his death, with the country divided into three parts, the breeding of the Hungarian Greyhound started to decline. Moreover, under Turkish control, the breed was crossed with eastern greyhounds because it was the easiest way to hunt without attracting attention and hunting shifted from being a serious passion to poaching.

In the 19th-20th centuries

Moreover, in the 19th century the reformist count István Széchenyi popularized greyhound racing and as a result of this, the Hungarian Greyhound eventually became the national dog. Greyhound races were regarded as special and significant social events at the time. Almost every year, new organizations were founded to deal with the breed and its hunting. Horse and greyhound racing also attracted foreigners in Hungary. As a result, English thoroughbreds and the “Greyhound” were born. However, despite the fact that the Hungarian Greyhound’s speed was quick, it did not correspond to the speed of the English Greyhound. This led to the frequent crossing of the two breeds, through which the Hungarian Greyhound lost its distinctive personality.

Furthermore, after the Second World War, the breed was on the verge of extinction again. In 1963, a film about King Matthias was filmed for which Hungarian sighthounds were required. However, the Hungarian Greyhound was so uncommon than finding one in the country was nearly impossible. Kálmán Szigethy, a nature filmmaker, and hunter, located three specimens, acquired them and began breeding them for the film. The Hungarian Greyhound has resurrected thanks to Szigethy and was formally recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in 1966. The breed has slowly but steadily spread over Europe since then, and it is no longer in danger of extinction.

Recognition

In 2004, all breeds of domestic dogs, including the Hungarian Greyhound, were declared a national treasure by the Hungarian parliament, and in 2017 it was even named Hungarian heritage dog. The Hungarian Greyhound was also recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

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Hungarian Greyhound General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Hungarian Greyhound size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Hungarian Greyhound weigh? Hungarian Greyhound weight:
Male: 55-66 pounds (25–30 kg), Female: 52-64 pounds (23.5-29 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Hungarian Greyhound? Hungarian Greyhound average weight:
Male: 60.5 pounds (27.5 kg), Female: 58 pounds (26 kg)
Height
How tall is the Hungarian Greyhound? Hungarian Greyhound height:
Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Hungarian Greyhound average height:
Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hungarian Greyhound Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Hungarian Greyhound have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseRoughThick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Hungarian Greyhound's coat?
Black & WhiteWhite & BrownMerleSpottedBrindleSpeckledWhiteCream
Grooming
How to groom the Hungarian Greyhound and how often?
Effortless: The Hungarian Greyhound requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Hungarian Greyhound is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Hungarian Greyhound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Hungarian Greyhound? Hungarian Greyhound shedding level:
Hungarian Greyhounds are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Hungarian Greyhound Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Hungarian Greyhound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
LoyalGentleEnergeticIntelligentDocileLivelyTireless
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Hungarian Greyhound? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Hungarian Greyhound's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Hungarian Greyhound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Hungarian Greyhounds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Hungarian Greyhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Hungarian Greyhound sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Hungarian Greyhounds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Hungarian Greyhounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Hungarian Greyhound need? Hungarian Greyhound social needs:
Hungarian Greyhounds are kinda antisocial. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time, they tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Hungarian Greyhound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Hungarian Agar bark?
Low: The Hungarian Greyhound barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Hungarian Greyhound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Hungarian Greyhounds are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Hungarian Greyhounds will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Hungarian Greyhound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Hungarian Greyhounds strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Hungarian Greyhound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Hungarian Greyhound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Hungarian Greyhound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Hungarian Greyhound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Hungarian Greyhound do?
Hungarian Greyhounds have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Hungarian Greyhounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Hungarian Greyhound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Hungarian Greyhound roam?
Hungarian Greyhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Hungarian Greyhound have high prey drive?
Hungarian Greyhounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Hungarian Greyhound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Hungarian Greyhound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Hungarian Greyhound fajta. Jó, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, így nem jelenthet gondot Hungarian Greyhound tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Hungarian Greyhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Hungarian Greyhounds handle alone time quite well. They are not prone to have separation anxiety.
Fighting Dog
Where Hungarian Greyhound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Hungarian Greyhound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Hungarian Greyhound temperament with other people:
Hungarian Greyhounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Hungarian Greyhound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Hungarian Greyhound temperament with children:
Hungarian Greyhounds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Hungarian Greyhound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Hungarian Greyhounds are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Hungarian Greyhound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Hungarian Greyhound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Hungarian Greyhounds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Hungarian Greyhound can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Hungarian Greyhounds good office dogs? Do Hungarian Greyhounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Hungarian Greyhounds be office dogs?
No
Hungarian Greyhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Hungarian Greyhound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Hungarian Greyhound temperament with senior people? Are Hungarian Greyhound dogs good for elderly owners?
Hungarian Greyhounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Hungarian Greyhound dogs get along with other pets? Are Hungarian Greyhound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Hungarian Greyhounds do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Hungarian Greyhound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Hungarian Greyhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Hungarian Greyhound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Hungarian Greyhound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Hungarian Greyhound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Hungarian Greyhound be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Hungarian Greyhound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Hungarian Greyhound be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Hungarian Greyhound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Hungarian Greyhound be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Hungarian Greyhound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Hungarian Greyhound be a boat dog?
Not really
Hungarian Greyhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Hungarian Greyhound be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Hungarian Greyhound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Hungarian Greyhound Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Hungarian Greyhound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Hungarian Greyhound rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Hungarian Greyhound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Hungarian Greyhound be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Hungarian Greyhound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Hungarian Greyhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Hungarian Greyhound have? What is the activity level of the Hungarian Greyhound?
Hungarian Greyhounds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Hungarian Greyhound dogs require per day?
Hungarian Greyhounds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Hungarian Greyhounds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Hungarian Greyhound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Hungarian Greyhound risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Hungarian Greyhound's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Hungarian Greyhound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Hungarian Greyhound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Hungarian Greyhound drool?
The Hungarian Greyhound is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Hungarian Greyhound could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Hungarian Greyhound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Hungarian Greyhound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Hungarian Greyhound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Hungarian Greyhound have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Hungarian Greyhound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies

Hungarian Greyhound Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Hungarian Greyhound's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Hungarian Greyhounds are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Apartment Friendly: Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Hungarian Greyhound fajta.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Hungarian Greyhound requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Hungarian Greyhounds are low shedders.
  • Drooling tendency: The Hungarian Greyhound is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Hungarian Greyhounds are good watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Hungarian Greyhounds have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Hungarian Greyhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Hungarian Greyhounds handle alone time quite well.
  • Child Friendly: Hungarian Greyhounds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Hungarian Greyhounds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Hungarian Greyhounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Hungarian Greyhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Hungarian Greyhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Hungarian Greyhounds are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Hungarian Greyhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Hungarian Greyhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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