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Transylvanian Hound

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Transylvanian Hound puppy Canada

“Max”

Transylvanian Hounds, as you might expect, originated in Hungary in ancient times. They evolved from dogs brought in by the invading Magyars that mixed with local dogs including the Celtic Hounds brought by the Romans.

By the Middle Ages, the dogs’ heydey, they were the darling of the Hungarian aristocracy and had developed into two types: a long-legged variety and a short-legged variety. Both hunted together.

 

Photos displayed courtesy of Doru Olaru, Transylvanian Hound Canada, Ontario

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As forestry and agriculture took hold, the dogs declined and were nearly extinct by the beginning of the twentieth century. Although the short-legged variety has disappeared, the long-legged hound has made a come back and is the Transylvanian Hound we see today.

Transylvanian Hounds were used to hunt large game in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. They are classified as scent hounds, using their superb noses to find their quarry: bison, bear, deer, boar and lynx on the heavily forested mountainsides.

The Transylvanian Hound stands between 22 and 26 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a dense, generally short, coarse coat that can be black with tan markings or black with tan and white markings.

Transylvanian Hound Adult Canada

“Lexi”

Transylvanian Hound adult Canada

“Max”

 

Although described as having a good-natured, quiet, and even temperament, he is also a lively animal with a high-pitched, ringing bark that he uses to good effect while on the hunt. As you might expect of a big game hunter, he is courageous and determined.

Properly trained, these hounds can hunt basically independently ranging far from the hunters, either alone or in packs. As well as tracking by scent, they will also point and drive game. Able to withstand extreme weather and with the endurance to travel far over uneven terrain, this is an animal that needs exercise to keep him happy and balanced.

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