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Transylvanian Hound Breed Information

Transylvanian Hound


Living with a Transylvanian Hound

Family Dog: The Transylvanian Hound can be very affectionate, but tend to remain slightly aloof, content to just be around family members.

Training: The Transylvanian Hound ranks highly in ease of trainability, being sociable with both children and other dogs. As is the case with any breed, these qualities are fine tuned with good training and exposure to a variety of people as well as other animals.

Living Conditions: Transylvanian Hounds are highly adaptable to various living quarters. They are able to live in cities as long as exercise is provided. They are happiest if given space to roam and play.

Transylvanian Hound Appearance

Appearance: This dog has a sleek appearance and stunning good looks. They are lean, appear very elegant and proud. Their erect posture and beautifully sculpted head portray great attentiveness and authority.

Size: The Transylvanian Hound is between 18 to 20 tall with an average weight of 48 to 55 pounds.

Transylvanian Hound History

History: The Transylvanian Hound originated in Hungary/Romania during the Middle Ages. Over 1000 years ago, the Magyars arrived in the region. They brought with them several types of dogs, including the hound. These dogs probably bred with native dogs to give the present version of the hound. In post World War II Europe, the Romanian government issued orders to exterminate the hounds, as they were perceived to be symbols of the Hungarian occupation of Romania. Limited numbers of the hounds were smuggled out of Romania into Hungary, where breeders have been trying to bring the dog back from the brink of extinction. These medium sized hounds were favored by the Hungarian kings and princes for hunting bears and wolves in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. The breed's great adaptability to the region's extreme climates of sweltering summers and frigid winters made it an excellent all season hunting dog. In modern times, the tall hound was used to hunt stag, lynx and boar. The short variety was used to hunt smaller game, including foxes and hares.

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