Istrian Wire-haired Hound
Other names: Istarski Ostrodlaki Gonic, Istrian Coarse-haired Hound, Istrian Rough-coated Hound
The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound originates from the Croatian peninsula of Istria. This breed has been used for hunting game, rabbits and hares over many terrains. He is a medium sized dog, a scent hound, who is thought to be a rare breed.
Key facts about the Istrian Wire-haired Hound
Origins and history
The French Griffon Vendeen scent hound and the Istrian Short-haired Hound were bred together around the middle of the 19th century. This resulting offspring, a longer haired hunting hound, is one of the oldest Balkan hounds. The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is not an internationally well-known breed and numbers have dwindled in recent years. It is now considered to be a rare breed with the UK Kennel Club.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Istrian Wire-haired Hound
Female : Between 17 and 22 in
Male : Between 17 and 22 in
Female : Between 40 and 44 lb
Male : Between 40 and 44 lb
The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound should have a “snow-white” coat, with orange-lemon markings on his body and ears. No other coat colour is recognised.
Type of coat
The coat of the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound should be dull and wiry, straight but with a dense undercoat.
This breed can be recognised by its rectangular body shape. His head is rounded with a dark, wide nose and his very muscular legs end in “cat like” feet. The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound has a fur moustache over the bridge of his nose and thin ears that hang close to his cheeks.
Good to know
As is true with many intelligent dog breeds, early training and socialisation is very important. If the dog is to be used for hunting purposes, training routines need to be commenced when the dog is at the puppy stage. Likewise early socialisation is necessary if he is to mix and work with other dogs, or in a home with children or other pets.
The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound will form strong attachments with the main person that looks after him, yet over time will show some affection and respect to other family members.
As this breed was never intended to be a family companion, he needs plenty of one to one attention with his master. Not really a playful dog.
Well-mannered and docile when in the home.
This dog is of average to high intelligence.
The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound has a well-developed sense of smell that permits him to track and hunt down game, including foxes, rabbits and hares.
Fearful / wary of strangers
This dog will certainly try to avoid a meeting with strangers if possible. He tends to be wary around them.
This dog can be stubborn and strong-willed.
Behaviour of the Istrian Wire-haired Hound
The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound does not like to be alone for long periods of time.
Easy to train / obedience
Obedience and good manners don’t come quite as easily to the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound. Certainly quite stubborn at times, he needs an experienced owner who is able to dedicate time to his training, exercise needs, and socialisation.
There will be some barking, but not consistent.