Transylvanian Hound

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Transylvanian Hound History

The Transylvanian Hound, also known as the Transilvanian Deerhound, is a Hungarian sighthound that has a distinctive elongated head. The Transylvanian has been officially recognized by the Hungarian Kennel Club since 1970. The Belgian and Luxembourgish kennel clubs recognize the Transylvanian as a scent hound, and the American Kennel Club recognizes the variety as a hound. This medium-sized, muscular, athletic, and graceful hunter, the Translyvanian can chase deer, bear, wolf, fox, rabbit, hare, squirrel, and wild boar. The origin of the name “Transylvanian” is uncertain. It might have been named after the region of Transylvania, or after the ancient kingdom of Transylvanie, or after the German city of Târgu Mureş. Another theory suggests that the name is of Polish origin, and that “Tatra” means “mountain” in Polish.

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Transylvanian Hound Physical Characteristics

The Transylvanian Hound is a medium sized, short-coated breed of hounds that originated in Romania and Hungary. The breed comes in two varieties: Haired and Smooth. Both varieties have a distinctive long head, straight, harsh, and hanging ears, and muscular body. The hairless variety is light in color with pink skin, and the long haired is dark colored with black eyes.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 18 – 21 inches

Female Height Range: 18 – 21 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 66 – 77 lbs

Female Weight Range: 66 – 77 lbs

Transylvanian Hound Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Transylvanian Hound Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Hip And Elbow Dysplasia

Transylvanian Hound Temperament and Behaviour

The Transylvanian Hound is a muscular, medium-sized and athletic breed of hunting dog. They are calm, confident, and good-natured at home, but can be territorial and aggressive with strange dogs and people.

Transylvanian Hound Activity Requirements

The Transylvanian Hound is a Hungarian hound that is also known as the Hungarian Wolfdog. Like their wolf ancestors, these dogs are intelligent and independent, and they have a natural tendency to roam. These dogs require a great deal of exercise and thrive with a lifestyle that includes lots of outdoor time. This is an athletic dog that enjoys participating in activities like hiking and running. The Transylvanian Hound is a high-energy, athletic dog. They require daily walks, as well as frequent trips to the dog park. They also like to play hide and seek and chase after their toys. The Transylvanian Hound is not recommended for first-time dog owners. They have a strong prey drive and may behave aggressively towards small animals. They need an experienced owner who can meet their strong physical and social needs.

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Daily Food

2.6 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Transylvanian Hound is part of the Foundation Stock Service group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Transylvanian Hound is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Transylvanian Hound is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Transylvanian Hound is part of the Unclassified group.

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