Transylvanian Hound

Hungarian Hound, Erdelyi Kopo

Not very demanding and easy to train, the Transylvanian Hound is nevertheless selective of his entourage. He is not very tolerant but very affectionate and attached to his family. This excellent hunting dog makes a good life companion as long as he is well-trained and certain conditions concerning his entourage and environment are respected.

Height 45 to 65 cm
Weight 30 to 35 kg
Life expectancy 10 to 12 years
Home country Hungary

Quick Overview of the Transylvanian Hound


  • Resistant and courageous
  • Tenacious in the hunt
  • Balanced and calm with the family
  • Doesn't appreciate intruders


  • Strong, muscular build
  • Short, dense coat
  • Ears falling down along the cheeks
  • Black nose


  • Very resistant and robust
  • No particular pathology
  • Rarely ill

Temperament of the Transylvanian Hound

Resistant, courageous and tenacious when hunting, the Transylvanian Hound is balanced and calm when in family. Very attached to his master, he does not appreciate intruders and is always ready to defend his own.

With a fairly strong temperament, he must be well trained very early as he is slightly stubborn.

An excellent hunting dog very resistant and brave, his sense of smell and bark allow him to do his job well. He is able to work alone and can track his prey tirelessly.

Breed Appearance

Transylvanian hound

The Transylvanian Hound is a very athletic dog with a neither fine nor heavy bone structure. He is muscular and strong, leaving a beautiful, well proportioned, sporty, hard-working impression.


Between 45 and 65 cm (17.72 to 25.59 inches) for the male
Between 45 and 65 cm (17.72 to 25.59 inches) for the female


Between 30 and 35 kg (66.14 to 77.16 pounds) for the male
Between 30 and 35 kg (66.14 to 77.16 pounds) for the female


His coat is generally black with tan marks usually around the eyes, on the sides of the muzzle and on the legs.


His short, tight coat is straight and flat.


His slightly domed head has a light pronounced stop. His eyes are medium size, almond-shaped and generally of a beautiful dark brown. His pretty ears fall down along the cheeks. His nose is black. His tail at rest is curved slightly upwards.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #241

Tips About this breed

Poorly adapted to city life, the Transylvanian Hound loves the great outdoors and exercise. His powerful bark annoys neighbors. The countryside or a secluded house with a large garden to run in are the perfect places for this beautiful specimen.

Not very sociable by nature, strangers need to behave themselves, as he won't let anyone in without a thunderous warning. He defends his domain and his own at all costs. Therefore, he must have a good, proper and firm education.

He is an excellent companion dog but not very suitable for young children. Inpatient by nature, he prefers adults to children.

Health of the Transylvanian Hound

Very resistant, he is robust and does not suffer from any particular pathology. He is rarely ill and lives a long time.


Like the majority of hounds, his lovely drooping ears should be checked regularly, especially after hunting episodes. His coat must be brushed on a regular basis to keep it beautiful and healthy. No other special care is necessary.

History of this breed

Originally from Hungary, the Transylvanian Hound once existed in two different sizes. This very old breed was created thanks to the development of forestry and agriculture in the Middle Ages.

He was a great success in the forests and mountains of the Carpathians, which were difficult to access in those days. The various difficulties of the terrain created two different sizes of the same breed.

At that time, the large one was used for hunting big game such as lynx, wolf, wild boar and even bear, while the small one for hunting smaller game such as hare and fox.

After almost disappearing at the beginning of the 20th century, the Transylvanian Hound resumed his growth in 1968 after the breed was taken over by enthusiasts at the time. Today, there are more hounds, but only the large size dogs remain, the small one having completely disappeared.

Particularly adept at tracking game and performing the work of a bloodhound without the presence of his master at his side, the Transylvanian Hound works very well alone or in pairs when tracking.

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