There are 9 classic Hungarian Dog Breeds. How many do you know?
The 2013 World Dog Show will be held in Budapest, Hungary. It is the third time that Hungary is hosting the show. In fact, the first-ever World Dog Show was also held in Budapest, in 1971.
Of the 350 dog breeds that will be at the show, these nine originated in Hungary.
Komondor. categorized as a herding breed, but the Komondor does more than herd. It’s a livestock guardian. The temperament for that job is to be mellow during normal grazing, but fiercely protective when there is trouble. This means that the Komondor thinks, acts, and makes decisions. The thick cords that resemble dreadlocks help the Komondor blend in with the herd and look different than an attacking wolf or feral dog. The cords also protect the Komondor from rough weather (it’s virtually waterproof when it rains), and during an attack.
Kuvasz. Don’t be fooled by the puffy white coat, cheery disposition, and clownish behavior. The Kuvasz is a livestock guardian. Like the Komondor, the Kuvasz has been bred to blend in with the herd and look distinctive to the human eye during a battle.
Magyar agar. a fast sighthound used in hunting. Some call the MA a ‘Hungarian greyhound,’ but that’s a misnomer because the Magyar agar has a more rugged build than greyhounds. The Magyar agar is not recognized as an AKC breed, but the MA is recognized in most other registries around the western world.
Mudi. a versatile farm dog, the Mudi herds farm livestock and hunts rodents. Mudi is recorded in the AKC Foundation Stock Service, which guides the development of purebreeds.
Puli. similar to the Komondor, the Puli is a herder and fierce livestock guardian. The Puli’s dreadlocks make it virtually waterproof. The Puli is smaller than the Komondor, which makes it a more agile herder.
Pumi. The AKC reports that the Pumi originated in the 17th or 18th century as a mix of the Puli, other herding dogs, plus some terrier. That makes the Pumi a good general farmdog as a herder (that can herd pigs and other livestock) and an alert ratter.
Transylvanian Hound. Sometimes called a Hungarian Transyvlanian Bloodhound, which makes me think that if Dracula had a dog it would be this breed (now that’s a fresh idea for a vampire movie). Long-legged varieties hunt boar, lynx, and stag. Short-legged Transylvanian Hounds hunt burrowing animals. The breed isn’t AKC-sanctioned, but will be shown at the World Dog Show in Budapest, Hungary.
Vizsla. Sleek-coated hunting breed that point (they have “great noses”) and retrieve on land and in water (they’re good swimmers). It is believed that Vizlas were first bred by Friars in the 1300’s. Vizslas were used to develop the Weimaraner breed; that’s why they look similar. Vizlas were also used to develop the Wire-haired Vizsla and German Shorthair Pointer, and some say those breeds helped re-establish the Vizsla in the late 1800’s (though others disagree).
Wirehaired Vizsla. Very similar in ability and temperament to the Vizsla, the Wirehaired version was developed in the 1930’s by breeding a Vizsla with a “liver-colored” German Shorthaired Pointer in order to make a Vizsla-like dog that would be warmer in cold weather and cold water.
Learn more about Hungarian dog breeds here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Dog_breeds_originating_in_Hungary