Transylvanian Hound – Lean and Elegant

What makes the Transylvanian Hound Unique?

Historically, Transylvanian Hound are know primarily for hunting. These dogs re characterized by a black body, and sometimes white markings on the muzzle and they are medium-sized dogs. they are sweet, energetic, loyal and fearless.


Size: Males – 46 to 53 cm (18 to 21 inches)
Females – 46 to 53 cm (18 to 21 inches)
Weight: Males – 30 to 35 kg (66 to 77 pounds)
Females – 30 to 35 kg (66 to 77 pounds)
Origin: Hungary
Life Span: 10 – 12 Years
Colour: Black, Tan
Litter Size: up to 8 puppies

Is the Transylvanian Hound Right For You?

They are known for being protective and is a good addition as a family dog. The Transylvanian Hound is not only loyal, but also intelligent and easy to train. Bred for hunting purposes, the Transylvanian Hound is energetic, requiring daily exercise.

In 5 Words

  • Courageous
  • Protective
  • Loyal
  • Good-natured
  • Intelligent
Fun Fact

The Transylvanian Hound is thought to have descended from dogs brought to Hungary by invading Magyar tribes during the ninth century. They were bred with various local hounds and Polish hound breeds.


Health Issues

Learn About the Transylvanian Hound



General Description

The Transylvanian Hound also known as the Transylvanian Scent Hound or Hungarian Hound is an ancient Hungarian dog breed, and was historically used as a hunting dog. A strong, medium-sized and characterized by a black or tan body with white markings on the muzzle.

The body is slightly longer than tall in proportion. The chest is wide, long and not too deep. The tip of the sternum does not extend. The withers are pronounced and the top line is straight. The croup is slightly sloping and there is a stick-up light.


On average, these dogs measure between 18 and 21 inches (46 to 53 centimeters) at shoulder and weigh between 66 and 77 pounds (30-35 kilograms).


Coats on Transylvanian Hound is a black base color and tan markings along the muzzle, and is short but dense coat.

Short History

Short History of the Transylvanian Hound

It is believed that the Transylvanian Hound originated in Hungary over 1,000 years ago when the Magyars came to the area. This dog breed is most likely a crossbreed between the hounds brought by the Magyars and native dogs of Hungary.
The Transylvanian Hound was used as a hunting dog, especially favored by Hungarian royalty while hunting for bears and wolves in the mountains of Transylvania. Because of varying terrains, the breed developed into two versions of the Transylvanian Hound, one with shorter limbs than the other. However, over time, the hound with the 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 breed is very loyal and friendly. They are very friendly and polite to people and other dogs. They form strong attachments to their owners and are very protective of their families. It is very protective of its immediate territory (house and yard ie owners), and appear very ferocious with an intimidating bark and growl towards strangers, however, is willing to immediately accept anyone who is invited to the area by their owners. They enjoy the constant companionship and tend to remain in the presence of their owners. They have an excellent sense of direction.

Caring for Your Transylvanian Hound


General Health

This Transylvanian Hound dog breed lives an average of 10 to 12 years, and is considered to be a generally healthy breed. Some health issues to be aware of are hip and elbow dysplasia.

Grooming & Bathing

Grooming & Bathing

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.

Exercise & Training

Exercise & Training

This Transylvanian Hound dog is a very energetic dog so it needs more exercise.