Transylvanian Hound

Other names: Hungarian Brachet, Hungarian Hound, Erdélyi Kopo

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The Transylvanian Hound is a robust, athletic dog whose physical characteristics are typically those of a Central European Hound: shape and carriage of the head, general proportions, tail attachment and strength of the limbs, among others.



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Hair type Short
Origin Hungary
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 30 kg to 35 kg From 54 cm to 56 cm
Male From 30 kg to 35 kg From 54 cm to 66 cm
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History of the breed

The Transylvanian Hound breed is of very ancient origin. Developed very early in Hungary for hunting, it was very successful during the Middle Ages, where it was particularly appreciated by the nobility. The Transylvanian Hound   will experience, thereafter, a gradual decline, until it finds itself on the verge of extinction at the beginning of the 20th century. In the meantime, 2 varieties have been developed: the small and the large Transylvanian scent. The first variety, intended for hunting small game (fox, hare, etc.), ended up disappearing. The second, which specializes in big game (bear, lynx, wild boar, buffalo, etc.), has been saved thanks to sustained breeding, especially from the end of the 1960s. Today, the Transylvanian scent hound has a strong presence in Hungary and Romania.

The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on March 30, 1963. Its official FCI standard in force was published on April 6, 2000.

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Physical features

His hair: short, tight, straight, well laid. Longer on the neck, withers, posterior side of thighs and underside of tail. Coarse in texture and shiny in appearance. The outer coat is associated with an undercoat.
Its color: black, with fairly clear tan markings clearly defined on the muzzle, on the limbs and in the form of dots above the eyes.
His head: rather long but not pointed. The skin of the head is devoid of folds. The skull is slightly domed, the occipital protuberance very little marked, the superciliary arches poorly developed, the stop not very pronounced, the nose of black color, the right muzzle, the dry and well applied lips, the strong and articulated jaws in scissors, the cheeks rounded but weakly developed.
Its ears: rather light, set at mid-height, falling along the cheeks, widening from their base, then tapering towards their end, which is rounded.
His eyes: medium in size, slightly oblique, almond shaped and dark brown in color.
His body: writable in a rectangle. The top line is straight, the withers accentuated, the back straight and well muscled, the croup slightly inclined, the sternum not protruding, the rib cage wide, long and not excessively lowered, the belly very slightly raised.
Its tail: attached at mid-height, strong at its base, curved above the line of the back when the dog is excited, but without being curled.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Transylvanian Hound is an alert, courageous and determined dog. His temperament is at the same time calm, balanced and well asserted . In hunting action, the Transylvanian Hound demonstrates autonomy and endurance. When he is on a cool track, he will emit a characteristic bark, which can be likened to a kind of moan. He generally prefers to pursue big game alone or in pairs.

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As with most hunting dogs and especially scent hounds, he needs to be introduced to recall as soon as possible. the   Transylvanian scent requires patience , steadfastness and justice in its upbringing, which remains fairly straightforward.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Transylvanian Hound   is especially made to live surrounded by nature and to indulge in his favorite activity: hunting . It can adapt to an urban setting if it is given enough exercise and freedom. It is much less suited to apartment living.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Transylvanian Hound is a healthy dog. Thanks to its double coat, it tolerates difficult climatic conditions quite well.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies.

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Transylvanian Hound dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Transylvanian Hound is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Transylvanian Hound is an easy dog to maintain .

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week to keep his coat clean and remove dead hair. It is also advisable to regularly check the inside of his ears to prevent deposits of debris and residue.

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. If they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Transylvanian Hound is between € 800 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Transylvanian Hound is between € 450 and € 650.

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If not sufficiently exercised, the Transylvanian Hound tends to gain weight. Its rations are to be divided into 2 meals per day . He needs a high quality diet suitable for his level of exercise, size and age.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Transylvanian Hound requires long walks every day , especially if he lives in the city and does not have the opportunity to hunt regularly. He must be able to remain active and stimulated both physically and psychologically. He needs to run in order to develop fully.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1963


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