5+ Popular Hungarian Dog Breeds That Originated In Hungary


Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Dog

Of the five national breeds of dogs of Hungary, the Vizsla is the sole sporting dog, a breed that combines the duties of Pointer, Setter, and Retriever. It is admirably suited to the game and conditions of the puszta. The Vizsla is expected to work fast, first finding his game by scent, then pointing, and, after it is shot, retrieving it. The breed is attracting attention in this country at the present time and appears to have a bright future.

  • Height 25 in (63.5 cm)
  • Weight 70-75 lb (31.8-34 kg)
  • Coat type/colour The coat is short and dense and without undercoat. Colour dark sandy yellow. Tail docked to about two-fifths.

Hungarian Puli Dog

Although it may appear that a Puli’s coat is somehow prepared by artificial means, its dreadlocks are actually` quite natural. The breed originated in Hungary, and its name is derived from the words puli hou. This translates literally as ‘destroyer Huns’, and refers to a tribe of Magyar warriors who invaded Hungary from the East about 1,000 years ago, bringing with them their livestock, which included the ancestors of the Puli. The plural form of their name is Pulix in Hungary but tends to be Pulik elsewhere.

These are herding dogs, originally used to watch over flocks of sheep. Although in the country Pulik and Pumik are recognized as separate races, in town society they are both embraced in the term Juhász Kutya or Shepherd’s Dog.

The traditional form of the Puli appears to be black, but grey forms are also known. In spite of its rather unkempt appearance, the Puli’s coat needs considerable attention. The individual cords, which tend to be thinner in dogs kept in North America and Europe than in Hungary itself, must be carefully groomed by hand. Proper brushing will also be necessary to maintain their distinctive appearance.

The Puli only became known outside Hungary at the end of the Second World War. Occasionally, in the United States, you may see their coats prepared in a woolly ‘Afro’ style, although the corded appearance is still more typical. They have proved to be both loyal and intelligent companions, as reflected in their working ancestry. The first British Puli was shown at Stafford, 1950.

  • Height 16-17½ in (40.5-45.5 cm)
  • Weight 28½-33 lb (12.9-15 kg)
  • Coat type/color Coat long, profuse, and of fine hair that mats easily, giving a corded appearance. Solid colors, black, shades of grey or white. Ears V-shaped and hanging down; back very slightly roached, and tail set low and usually carried low.

Hungarian Kuvasz Dog

This is the best known of Hungarian breeds and at least 1,000 years old as a pure race. Its name is probably derived from the Turkish Kawasz (Guardian of Nobles), as the breed was a great favorite of Mathias I, and the Transylvanian Dukes. Kuvaszok on the plains are often ill-tempered and made to wear iron hoops to restrict their nomadic tendencies. More are going to town as police dogs and companions.

There are none of the Kuvasz breeds in England, though the race is known in America. In Germany, two types exist, but this is against all edicts of the Hungarian Kennel Club.

  • Height 26 in ()166 cm, bitches 25 in (63.5 cm)
  • Weight about 70 lb (31.8 kg)
  • Coat type/colour Coat soft, sometimes undulating on the flanks. Colour white.

Hungarian Vizsla Dog

Of the five national breeds of dogs of Hungary, the Vizsla is the sole sporting dog, a breed that combines the duties of Pointer, Setter, and Retriever. It is admirably suited to the game and conditions of the puszta. The Vizsla is expected to work fast, first finding his game by scent, then pointing, and, after it is shot, retrieving it. The breed is attracting attention in this country at the present time and appears to have a bright future.

It is also a famous Hungarian hunting dog breed.

  • Height 25 in (63.5 cm)
  • Weight 70-75 lb (31.8-34 kg)
  • Coat type/color The coat is short and dense and without an undercoat. Colour dark sandy yellow. Tail docked to about two-fifths.

Kuvasz Dog

This is the best known of Hungarian breeds and at least 1,000 years old as a pure race. Its name is probably derived from the Turkish Kawasz (Guardian of Nobles’), as the breed was a great favorite of Mathias I, and the Transylvanian Dukes. Kuvaszok on the plains are often ill-tempered and made to wear iron hoops to restrict their nomadic tendencies.

More are going to town as police dogs and companions. There are none of the Kuvasz breeds in England, though the race is known in America. In Germany, two types exist, but this is against all edicts of the Hungarian Kennel Club.

  • Height 26 in ()166 cm, bitches 25 in (63.5 cm)
  • Weight about 70 lb (31.8 kg)
  • Coat type/colour Coat soft, sometimes undulating on the flanks. Colour white.

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