Have you ever wondered what countries dogs originate from? Some of the breeds are quite straight forward, like English bulldogs or Dalmatians. And some are a little misleading like Frenchies of Transylvanian Hounds. There are 9 Hungarian dog breeds, some of which go back 1000 years. Some are fierce guard dogs, and some are cute and loyal companions. One thing is for sure. They are loved all over the world!
The Hungarian Vizsla breed is thought to be one of the oldest hunting dogs in the world. The Vizsla’s eye, nail and nose colour blend in with its coat, which is a golden-rust colour. They are lively, gentle and have a protective instinct. Not surprisingly, they are great companions. A warm and friendly dog that will stick by your side no matter what! Vizslas were the preferred and trusted hunting dogs of early Hungarian tribes. The first Vizslas appeared in the Carpathian Basin as far back as the 8th century. Today they are a popular dog breed, and not just in Hungary. The United States, United Kingdom and even Australia have Vizsla Clubs. Photos of these elegant pups flood Instagram. A search for vizsla results in literally hundreds of thousands of photos, and you can tell Vizslas are much loved members of modern families. If you would like to know more about these beautiful dogs, read our article here.
Pulis are an iconic Hungarian sheepdog often with black, white or grey dreadlocks or cords. Pulis are intelligent and loyal, and they make good security dogs. They can snap if they feel threatened, although they are generally playful and friendly. These smallish shepherd dogs were introduced to the Hungarian region more than 1000 years ago as a livestock guard and herder. Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has a Puli called Beast. Not surprisingly, he has his own Facebook page. Pulis are self-confident, highly intelligent, and sensitive to their owners. Many tend to act as babysitters and guardians of children and other animals in the family.
They can be very sensitive to the needs of the elderly and the sick. These strong willed dogs might ‘boss’ you around in the nicest possible way. Therefore, I highly recommend to keep a consistent training style with them. These dogs have the tendency to remain much like a puppies even in their older days. Above all they make the perfect dog for children. Although if you choose a puli, bear in mind that their grooming is quite a handful, and that you should avoid getting one from puppy mills. Here is a very useful article if you want to learn more about these cute pups.
Pumis are highly energetic, intelligent and fearless. These cuddly charmers are shepherd dogs, and used to herd cattle, sheep and swine. So if you opt for a Pumi you can expect them to climb all over the furniture, as they are very energetic and like to explore. A Pumi will learn quickly and has a boundless willingness to work. They are active dogs, and if provided with daily exercise and mental activity they make a wonderful house pet. Because Pumis enjoy using their voices, barking should not be reinforced. Their coats consists of 50 percent soft hair and 50 percent harsher hair, all the same length. That’s why they need combing every three to six weeks, followed by a good wetting-down to let the coat curl back up. The Pumi doesn’t shed, but hair will come out during grooming.
They are large and powerful guard dogs, one of the oldest of Hungarian dog breeds. It originates from Turkish speaking nomadic people, Kumans, who settled in the Hungarian basin around 1239. The name first appeared in 1554. They are fairly large, with a long, thick coat that forms dreadlocks, just like Puli’s. Komondors are guard dogs, originally tasked to guard livestock. They have a friendly and calm temperament and they adore their family. However, they can be vary of strangers and anyone intruding their home or ‘territory’. They have an interesting way of fighting intruders. As they would knock them down, and keep them there until their owner arrives. Due to their speed and natural instinct to guard livestock, Komondors are becoming highly popular in the US too. They make excellent family dogs, due to their protective nature. However, I highly recommend obedience training with them.
The Transylvanian Hound is an ancient Hungarian hunter created by special climate, terrain and hunting conditions. Their whole appearance reflects nobility and harmony. Due to their medium-size, the body is athletic, lean, muscular, and exaggerated. They in a balanced and elegant way. Their basic nature is calm, balanced yet firm, temperamental and adaptable. Their playful nature makes them an ideal family favorite. Because of their balance and friendliness, they make the perfect indoors or outdoors dog. His courage and loyalty make him a good guard.
This scent hound is a basic dog, but it can also be used for retrieval. Hunting in a group or alone, you will hear a far-ranging, high, ringing tone indicating the direction of the game. Working far from the farm, they developed problem-solving abilities and through the centuries have become highly intelligent. They are quite stubborn, and intelligent, so these pups will benefit from obedience training. As one of the most noble and typical of all the Hungarian dog breeds, these pups have a sad history. They originate from Transylvania, and when the region got detached from Hungary in 1914 their numbers began to shrink. The breed was nearly extinct at the beginning of the 20th century, until in 1968 Hungarians began saving them. They rescued a few of the dogs and ‘snuggled’ them back to the country, where they began a careful breeding process. Today we can find a substantial number in both Hungary and Romania.