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Hungarian Greyhound
Characteristics, History, and Health

Hungarian Greyhound

The Magyar Agar, also known as the Hungarian Greyhound or Hungarian Sighthound, is an ancient dog breed native to Hungary. It is believed to have descended from ancient Eastern sighthounds brought to the Carpathian Basin by nomadic tribes around a thousand years ago. The breed was highly valued for its exceptional hunting and coursing abilities, primarily used to pursue game such as hare, fox, and deer. Throughout its history, the Magyar Agar has been treasured by Hungarian nobility and used for sport and hunting.

Main Info
Alternate Names
Magyar Agar, Hungarian Sighthound
Life Expectancy
10-14 years
Average Male Height
25.5-27.5 inches
Average Female Height
24.5-26.5 inches
Average Male Weight
49-68 pounds
Average Female Weight
49-68 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Smooth, Dense
Coat Colors
All Colors (Except Blue, Blue & White, Brown, Wolfgray, Black & Tan, or Tri-color)
Coat Pattern

Genetic Predispositions and Health

There is little information about the genetic predispositions of the Hungarian Greyhound (Magyar Agar) breed, but they can be prone to entropion, ectropion, hip dysplasia, and hypothyroidism. They may suffer from degenerative myelopathy and progressive rod-cone degeneration, as these are common genetic conditions from which many other dog breeds are known to suffer. can suffer from bloat, also known as gastric dilation volvulus (GDV). This is a life-threatening condition that can come on suddenly, so it’s important to know the warning signs and get an affected dog immediate veterinary care. As a Sighthound breed, they are known to be more sensitive to barbiturate anesthetics. Thiopental, or any other thiobarbiturate, should not be used on these dogs.

Personality and Behavior

Magyar Agars are intelligent, independent, and fiercely loyal dogs. They possess a strong prey drive, which may lead them to chase after smaller animals. Due to their hunting background, they may not be the best fit for households with small pets like cats or rabbits. As social animals, they enjoy the company of their family members; however, small children are known to make these dogs nervous, so this should be taken into consideration. Their independent nature may make them somewhat aloof with strangers. Early socialization and consistent training is important.

Fun Facts

The Magyar Agar is one of the fastest dog breeds in the world, capable of reaching impressive speeds during hunting and coursing activities.

The breed is recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) under standard number 240 in Group 10: Sighthounds.

The Magyar Agar played a significant role in Hungarian culture and was often depicted in ancient Hungarian art and literature.

They have a unique and elegant appearance, characterized by their slim, muscular bodies and elongated, graceful strides.