Hungarian Greyhound

FCI standard Nº 240

Origin
Hungary
Translation
Brought up to date by Dr. Paschoud and Mrs Elke Peper
Group
Group 10 Sighthounds
Section
Section 3 Short-haired Sighthounds
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Friday 29 March 1963
Publication of the official valid standard
Thursday 06 April 2000
Last update
Wednesday 13 September 2000
En français, cette race se dit
Lévrier hongrois
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Ungarischer Windhund
En español, esta raza se dice
Lebrel húngaro
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Hongaarse windhond
In his country of origin, his name is

Magyar Agard

Usage

Hunting and coursing dog which hunts the game by sight. His nose is nevertheless noteworthy. He is especially skilled in coursings and race tracks, yielding good results particularly in longer distances. He is a very good companion and a loyal watch dog.

Brief historical summary

The Magyar Agar is an original hunting breed. His origin goes back to the times when the Magyars conquered the country. This is proved by archeological findings of skull bones. To increase the dog's speed the breed was crossed with different sighthound breeds in the 19th century.

General appearance

Gives the impression of strength; bone structure and musculature very strongly developed. Elegant.

Important proportions

. The length of the body sligthly exceeds the height at the withers.
. The length of the muzzle is approximately half of the length of the head.

Behaviour / temperament

Untiring, full of stamina, fast, tough and robust. Excellent on the race-course; he is on some distances faster than the Greyhound. Somewhat reserved by nature, but not shy, sensible, intelligent and faithful. He is watchful; his instinct to protect people and their houses and property is developed, yet he is not aggressive or vicious.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Wedge shaped with a rather broad base, seen from above and in profile.
Skull
Moderately strong, broad; the forehead fairly wide. 
Stop
Pronounced.

Facial region

Nose
Relatively large, well pigmented; with large, wide open nostrils.
Muzzle
Strong, elongated, not too pointed.
Lips
Close-fitting, tight, well pigmented.
Jaws and teeth
Jaws powerful, strong; well developed, strong and complete scissor bite, according to the dentition formula.
Cheeks
Strong, muscular.
Eyes
Of medium size, dark. Neither deep-set nor protruding. The expression is keen and intelligent.
Ears
Rather large; their texture is distinctly thick; set on at medium height, well carried rose ears clinging to the neck. When the dog is alert, they are raised up. The heavier ears are more desirable than the light ears. Permanently pricked ears are faulty.

Neck

Medium long, yet elegant, dry, muscular. Without folds.

Body

Withers
Well developed, muscular, long.
Back
Broad, straight, firm, very well muscled.
Loin
Very broad, straight, strongly muscled.
Croup
Broad, slightly sloping, strongly muscled.
Chest
Brisket deep and distinctly rounded for providing adequate room for the heart and the big lungs. Ribs well arched, extending far back.
Underline and belly
Moderately tucked up.

Tail

Strong, thick, set on at medium height, tapering only moderately, slightly bent, reaching to the hocks. The underside is covered with wiry hair. In repose carried hanging down; in action it may be raised up to the level of the topline.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Forelegs strong and sinewy; seen from the front and the side, they are straight and parallel.
Shoulders
Shoulder blade moderately oblique, mobile, muscular, long.
Upper arm
Long, slightly slanting, muscular.
Elbows
Fitting flexibly to the chest, mobile, neither turned in nor out.
Forearm
Long, straight, of strong bone structure and with lean muscles.
Carpal
Broad and strong.
Pastern
Short and vertical.
Forefeet
Relatively big, elongated; strong pads; strong nails kept short.

Hindquarters

Generality
Hind legs well angulated, though not excessively so; strongly muscled, with plenty of bone. Seen from behind, standing parallel.
Upper thigh
Powerfully muscled, with muscles rather longish in shape.
Lower thigh
Long, with lean muscles.
Stifle
Moderately angulated, strong, neither turned in nor out.
Metatarsus
Viewed from behind parallel, when standing and moving.
Hock
Strong, well let down.
Hind feet
Relatively large, slightly elongated, with strong pads and nails.

Gait and movement

Ground covering, elastic trot; viewed from front and behind the limbs move in parallel planes.

Skin

Relatively thick, fitting well all over, without folds or dewlap.

Coat

Hair
Short, dense, coarse, smooth. In winter time a considerable amount of dense undercoat may develop.
Colour
All colours and combinations known in sighthounds are admitted, except the colours or colour-combinations mentioned as "Eliminating faults".

Size and weight

Height at withers
Ideal height at withers for dogs : 65 to 70 cm. Ideal height at withers for bitches : 62 to 67 cm. The size measured in centimetres at the withers is less important than the overall balance of the dog.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy.
 Atypical head.
 Undershot or overshot mouth, wry mouth.
 One or more missing incisors or canines or premolars 2-4 or molars 1-2.
 More than two PM1 missing; the M3 are disregarded.
 Entropion, Ectropion.
 Colours: blue, blue-white, brown, wolf-grey, black and tan; tricolour.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

 

Additional information from visitors

Relatively unknown outside Hungary and Romania, the calm and intelligent Magyar Agar is descended from early herding dogs like the Kuvasz and working sighthounds of Asian heritage, such as the Saluki, Azawakh, Transylvanian Hound and English Greyhound, among others. This ancient breed has traditionally been used as a racing dog, large game hunter and also for the sport of hare coarsing, the roles it successfully maintains to this day. Quiet, friendly and trainable, the Hungarian Greyhound makes an excellent pet, although its tendency to chase may sometimes prove troublesome in urban surroundings. Lightly built and muscular, this is a very fast and athletic breed. The short smooth coat gets longer in the wintertime and is usually white with patches of various darker shades. Average height is around 27 inches.

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