Hungarian Greyhound

The Hungarian Greyhound, also known as Magyar Agár, is an elegant and athletic breed of dog noted for its speed and agility. Originally from Hungary, this sighthound has historically been used for hunting fast prey such as hares and foxes.

General details

The height at the withers for males of this breed is 65 to 70 cm, while for females it is 60 to 65 cm. As for weight, it is estimated to range from 25 to 40 kg, depending on the sex and structure of the individual. Its life expectancy is around 12 years. The Hungarian Hound belongs to Group 10 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) classification, which includes sighthounds.

Breed history in brief

The Hungarian Hound, or Magyar Agár, has a history that dates back to ancient Hungary. It is believed to be descended from ancient sighthounds used by the Magyars, a nomadic people who settled in the region in the 9th century. These dogs were selectively bred to be fast and agile, which made them ideal hunters for fast prey such as hares and foxes. Over the centuries, the Hungarian Hound was highly valued by the Hungarian nobility and aristocracy, who appreciated its elegance and hunting abilities. Their importance in hunting was reflected in the fact that only the nobility was allowed to own these dogs, which made them status symbols.

Breed characteristics

Its head is elongated and narrow, with small, triangular-shaped ears. The eyes are medium-sized and expressive, generally dark in color. The neck is long and arched, which contributes to its noble and distinguished bearing. As for the coat, the Hungarian Wolfhound has a short, dense outer coat that provides protection against inclement weather. Its coat can be of different colors, including solid shades such as black, white, red and cream. One of the distinguishing features of the Hungarian Wolfhound is its incredible speed and agility. They are extremely fast dogs, capable of high running speeds. It is a breed of dog with a friendly, loyal and energetic temperament. They are very loving and affectionate dogs with their owners and tend to get along well with children and other family pets.

Common health problems

Some of the health conditions that have been observed most frequently in this breed are progressive retinal atrophy, cataract, glaucoma, hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism.

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