Originating in the 9th century when Asian Hounds accompanied tribes migrating to Transylvania, the Transylvanian Hound (Hungarian: Erdélyi Kopó) is found today in Hungary and Romania.
A favorite of Hungarian aristocracy at its peak of popularity in the Middle Ages, it has a high-pitched, ringing bark for a dog of its size.
There were two varieties of the Transylvanian Hound. The tall variety was used for hunting woodland and grassland big game such as European bison, bear, boar, and lynx, while the short variety was used for hunting fox, hare, and chamois in overgrown or rocky terrain. Today, only the tall variety survives.
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) officially recognized the breed in 1968.
Weight: 55-77 pounds
Height: 18-21 inches
Coat: Short, smooth, shiny and dense.
Color: Black and Tan combined with white markings.
Litter size: 6-8 puppies
Life span: 10-14 years
Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Courageous, Protective, Friendly.
Health: Hardy breed with no major health issues. Some may be susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia.
• Also known as the Transylvanian Scent Hound or Hungarian Hound.
• Nearly became extinct in the early 20th century..
FCI: Group 6, Section 1.2 Scenthounds: Medium-sized #241