Top 7 Hungarian Dog Breeds

  • 4 Jul 2023 10:55 AM
Top 7 Hungarian Dog Breeds
Expats fond of 'man's best friend' will be happy to hear that Hungary is a land of dog lovers. Everywhere you go here you’ll see a dog, in the park, on the tram and even in bars, so many places go out of their way to be dog-friendly.

 Some parks have special areas where dogs can exercise, such as the Kutyás Elménypark on the Hermina út side of City Park.

Many of these dogs you’ll see are Hungarian, some bred for hunting, herding and guarding livestock. Here are the seven of the most popular to look out for:

1. Vizsla

The vizsla is a versatile and athletic breed that excels in various roles, including hunting, agility and companionship. Known for their striking rust-coloured coats and graceful appearance, vizslas are highly energetic, intelligent and affectionate dogs. Their exceptional scenting ability and trainability make them popular among hunters and families.

2. Komondor

The komondor or Hungarian sheepdog is instantly recognizable thanks to its distinctive corded coat, which resembles long, matted dreadlocks.

Originally bred as a livestock guardian, komondors are large, powerful, and fearless. Their protective nature, loyalty and calm temperament have made them excellent guard dogs and loving family companions.

3. Puli

Another Hungarian breed with a unique coat is the puli. These lively, medium-sized dogs have dense, corded fur that gives them a distinctive mop-like appearance. Pulis are intelligent, agile and energetic, making them well suited for herding tasks. They are also known for their friendly and playful nature, making them wonderful family pets.

4. Kuvasz

The kuvasz is a majestic, large-sized breed with a white, double-layered coat that provides them with protection from harsh weather conditions. Originally used for guarding livestock, kuvasz dogs are intelligent, loyal and protective.

They form strong bonds with their families and make excellent watchdogs – which is probably why Hungarian Renaissance King Matthias Corvinus is said to have kept several of them in his court.

5. Wirehaired vizsla

The wirehaired vizsla is a cousin to the smooth-coated vizsla (see above) but with a distinct wiry coat that provides protection in rough terrain.

These dogs are known for their versatility, excelling in hunting, tracking and obedience trials, as well as pointing and retrieving. Wirehaired vizslas are friendly, eager to please and make great companions for active individuals or families.

6. Mudi

The mudi is a highly intelligent and active herding breed. With their distinctive curly or wavy coats, these medium-sized dogs are known for their agility and versatility in various dog sports. Mudis are alert, loyal and easily trainable, making them excellent working dogs and devoted family pets.

7. Hungarian pumi

The Hungarian pumi is a small to medium-sized herding breed known for its playful and energetic nature. They have a unique, curly coat that requires regular grooming.

Pumis are agile, intelligent and highly trainable, making them excellent working dogs. They have a cheerful disposition and form strong bonds with their families.

Words by Peterjon Cresswell for
Peterjon has been researching the byways of Budapest for 30 years, extending his expertise across Europe to produce guidebooks for Time Out and his own website

Click here to know more about the Hungarikum dog breeds (page only available in Hungarian):

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