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Istrian Short-haired Hound

Other names: Istarski Kratkodlaki Gonic

Istrian Short-haired Hound

The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is from the peninsular of Istria, in the Balkans. They are bred for their eager attitude and hunting abilities. When in the hunting field and giving chase to a rabbit or fox, the hound will bark constantly to let his owner know of his whereabouts. This barking technique is quite melodious, yet noisier than other hunting dogs. 

Key facts about the Istrian Short-haired Hound

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Temperament :

Affectionate Playful Intelligent Hunter

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Origins and history

Although there is not much documented around the heritage of the Istrian Shorthaired Hound, it is thought that frescos depicting a similar-looking breed were found dating back as far as the 15th century. It is understood to have stemmed from a mix of European scent dogs and dogs traded from the ancient civilisation of Phoenicians, on the Mediterranean coast. Throughout their history, the Istrian Shorthaired Hound has been respected for their prized hunting skills. 

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the Istrian Short-haired Hound

Adult size

Female : Between 18 and 23 in

Male : Between 18 and 23 in


Female : Between 40 and 44 lb

Male : Between 40 and 44 lb

Coat colour

Type of coat

Eye colour



The Istrian Shorthaired Hound has a narrow, long-shaped head, with a rounded skull. This dog has a slightly arched neck and a sloping back. His front legs are perfectly straight while his back legs are at a slight angle. This hound has medium-sized ears that fold over. 

Good to know

The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is an enthusiastic and lively hunting dog, with a noble appearance. Many dog lovers are not aware that this breed actually exists, yet, it has been around for centuries. As a scent hound, he uses his nose to sniff out and hunt his prey, rather than his sight, as with many other working dog breeds.


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    This hound is usually quite affectionate with his trainer or owner.

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    The Istrian Shorthaired Hound will play enthusiastically with children. He will, in fact, form a strong bond with children of the family. 

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    According to the breed standard, the Istrian Shorthaired Hound is calm and docile, yet enthusiastic and lively when hunting. 

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    This dog has a high intelligence that makes him obedient and easier to train.

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    As an exceptional hunter, this dog is able to track rabbits, foxes and hares with great endurance.

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    Often very uncertain or wary around strangers.

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    As a very quiet, obedient and gentle dog, he loves being around his owner and family. However, when in the hunting field, the Istrian Shorthaired Hound is totally independent. 

    Behaviour of the Istrian Short-haired Hound

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      Tolerates solitude

      This dog does not like being left alone for long periods of time, preferring to spend it with his master.

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      Easy to train / obedience

      As very intelligent dogs, these canines are easy to train. He has a direct eagerness to please his master in all disciplines. 

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      This breed has a very prominent and pronounced bay or cry when hunting, which is very sharp and persistent. 

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