The Transylvanian Hound is a medium-sized hunting breed of dog. The dog is said to be a great addition as a family pet, known for being loyal and friendly. Transylvanian Hound is not only loyal, but also intelligent and easy to train. They are very good natured and well mannered with both people and other dogs. They form strong attachments to their owners and are very protective of family members. These hounds are energetic and hard working, while requiring daily exercise for their physical and mental stimulation. It can be used to hunt over any type of terrain, even during frozen winters, or sultry summers. These dogs are rare outside of Hungary, and were bred to hunt bear, boar and wolf. They are also used as guard dogs.
The Transylvanian Hound is a medium-sized dog with an average height of 21 inches. The limbs of this breed are well-constructed, always ready to spring. The breed has unwrinkled skin. Its coat is short, strong, and close to the body, with a black base color and tan markings along the snout, chest, neck, and feet. It has a short but not pointed head, with a straight nose and strong well-developed teeth. The eyes are oblique and dark brown in color. The ears are hanging, and without folds. The tail is hanging when it is at rest, and it becomes twisted on its back during the hunt. There are two varieties of the Transylvanian hound, long-legged variety and short-legged variety. Apart from length, they differ in coat color in general. Its gait is Long and ground covering, never mincing but with remarkable reach and drive. Overall expression of this breed is graceful, alert and keen.
Transylvanian Hounds were originated in Hungary over 1,000 years ago when the Magyars came to the area. Most likely, this dog breed is a cross-breed between the hounds brought by the Magyars and native dogs of Hungary. The Transylvanian Hound was used as a hunting dog, much favored by Hungarian royalty for hunting of bears and wolves in the mountains. Because of varying terrains, the breed developed into two varieties. The two varieties are used for different specialized purposes. The long-legged variety is for hunting boar, stag, and lynx, while the short-legged variety is for hunting smaller burrowing animals, especially fox and hare. However, over the time, the hound with longer legs prevailed and the other is no longer seen. During the beginning of the 1900s, the Transylvanian Hound was almost extinct but was revived by Hungarian breeders by 1968. The Transylvanian Hound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006, but is still considered a rare dog breed in the United States.
The Transylvanian breed is extremely loyal and friendly. They are extremely good-natured and well mannered with both people and other dogs but have low tolerance for non-canine pets. They establish strong attachments to their owners and are very protective of family members. It is very protective of its immediate territory and will appear very ferocious with an intimidating bark and growl towards strangers; however, it will instantly accept anyone who is welcomed into the area by its owners. They enjoy constant companionship and thrive in the presence of their owners.
This breed is known for its protective ways and is a good addition as a family pet. The Transylvanian Hound is intelligent, easy to train, confident, alert, fearless and sociable breed of dog. Bred for hunting purposes, the Transylvanian Hounds are high-energetic dogs who demand a continuous job to do. They require daily exercise to stay satisfied. It is important to keep them well exercised for their calm and peaceful state of mind. An unsatisfied dog would be boisterous and would be destructive with extensive barking, digging or chewing.
The breed is easy in socialization training if handled with gentleness. Harsh training methods are not appreciated at any level of housebreak. They need consistent, committed and patient owner who can demonstrate true leadership. Always keep your pets in right order of the pack, remember the dog should be aware of its position that is always below the human being. Once the dog recognizes its master as pack leader, it becomes more submissive and obedient. This breed is good in open houses, not suited for apartment life while less demanding in terms of grooming efforts.
Owner Should Know
The Transylvanian Hound requires little coat maintenance, shedding an average amount. An occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush is sufficient, and bathing should be kept to a minimum to maintain the natural coat.
This dog breed lives an average of 10 to 12 years, and is considered to be a generally healthy breed. Common health issues include hip and elbow dysplasia.
The Transylvanian Hound is a rare breed.
The breed is easy trainable but need consistency and commitment.
They can get along well with other pets if raised together; they are remarkable with other dogs too.
Good with older children, they should be supervised when around young toddlers.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.