Country of OriginHungary
Nicknames and Other NamesHungarian Greyhound
Hungarian Agar
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupSighthound, Pariah
Bred ForHunting through sight
Recognized ByUKC, FCI
Life Span12-14 Years
Ideal Weight49-68 Pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 25.5-27.5
Female: 24.5-26.5
Fur TypeShort, dense, coarse and smooth
Common ColorsBlue, Brown, Blue and White,
Tri-Color, Black and Tan
AvailabilityModerately Available
Suitable for ApartmentsModerately Suitable
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToGreyhound

The Magyar Agar is a large-sized dog that is commonly known as Hungarian Agar or a Hungarian Grayhound. It is a loving and gentle dog breed that is best suited for an active family who can provide it with regular physical as well as mental activities.

Although it is bred as a hunting dog, it is also kept as companion dog due to their gentle, docile, and loving nature. They are suited in an apartment too as long as they are taken out for a walk or run regularly.

So, only own this dog breed if you can provide it with regular exercise and dog activities.

Origin and History

The Magyar Agar was originated in Hungary that was used as a hunting dog. It was used to hunt through sight and were excellent at their job. It is believed that the Magyar Agar used to travel with Magyars, who were the nomadic tribes of Hungary.

Agar means wind hound or gaze hound in Hungarian, so its name means Hungarian Windhound or Gazehound.

There were two versions of the Magyar Agar: big and small where big were used by nobility and smaller were used in farms to catch hare and deer. Although the smaller Magyar Agar is now extinct.

The American Kennel Club has not registered this breed in any category (as of 2019). Although the United Kennel Club has recognized this breed under the sighthound group.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Magyar Agar is friendly, gentle, and affectionate. Although they were bred as a hunting dog, they do best as a family companion as well. They are loving and affectionate that thrives in the human company and attention.

Behavior: Magyar Agar is an energetic breed that needs regular physical and mental stimulation. So, take them out for running or dogs sports daily to keep them happy and healthy. They get anxious and depressed if they do not find any job to do.

Personality: The personality of the Magar Agar is calm, reserved around strangers, and loyal to its family. They make an excellent family companion due to their friendly and loving nature. They can be shy and reserved around strangers but with early socialization, they will get along with them pretty well.

Magyar Agar running
Magyar Agar running in the water.
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Training Magyar Agar is not a hard job to do as they are eager to please their owner. They are smart and tend to catch on new commands and instruction quickly.

Reward them with delicious treats and lots of vocal praises as they tend to respond to positive methods of training well. Start from basic obedience training and slowly move to advance training.

Is Magyar Agar Child-Friendly?

Yes, Magyar Agar is friendly with children. They are loving and gentle towards them that is also tolerant of their harsh behavior. They are playful with them which makes them a great playmate for kids.

Small kids need to be taught to behave around dogs and be gentle with them. Supervise their interaction as to avoid any kind of harsh behavior from either party.

A boy climbing on the Magyar Agar back
A boy climbing on the Magyar Agar back.
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  • Magyar Agar that was used by peasants were known as Farm Agárs.
  • Today’s Magyar Agar very much resembles the English Grayhound.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesBloat, Obesity
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Distemper, Canine Coronavirus,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza,
Kennel Cough, Leptospirosis
SheddingLow Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingMinimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyLow Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergies
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 25%
Fat: 8%
Digestive Enzymes

Magyar Agar is generally a healthy breed that can face some canine health problems during their lifetime.

  • Entropion: It is a genetic health problem where a portion of the eyelid is folded inward. It can cause irritation and scratches on the surface of the eye which can lead to perforation. Consult a vet for proper treatment.
  • Bloat: It is a condition where the abdomen of your dog looks swollen like a balloon. It is caused due to indigestion and improper eating habit. If treated on time, it is not a dangerous problem.


The Magyar Agar comes in the following colors combination:

  • Brown
  • Black
  • White
  • Blue
  • Gray
  • Black and Tan


Magyar Agar puppies playing
Magyar Agar puppies playing.
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Cost: The average cost of the Magyar Agar puppy is between $800-$1200 USD.


Height: The average height of the Magyar Agar is between 24-27 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Magyar Agar is between 49-68 pounds.

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