Istrian Short-haired Hound
Other names: Istarski Kratkodlaki Gonic
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
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
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Istrian Short-haired Hound
Female : Between 18 and 23 in
Male : Between 18 and 23 in
Female : Between 40 and 44 lb
Male : Between 40 and 44 lb
The Istrian Shorthaired Hound has a distinctive white coat that is highlighted with patches of orange or fawn.
Type of coat
Short, smooth, glossy, and hard coat.
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.
This hound is usually quite affectionate with his trainer or owner.
The Istrian Shorthaired Hound will play enthusiastically with children. He will, in fact, form a strong bond with children of the family.
According to the breed standard, the Istrian Shorthaired Hound is calm and docile, yet enthusiastic and lively when hunting.
This dog has a high intelligence that makes him obedient and easier to train.
As an exceptional hunter, this dog is able to track rabbits, foxes and hares with great endurance.
Fearful / wary of strangers
Often very uncertain or wary around strangers.
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
This dog does not like being left alone for long periods of time, preferring to spend it with his master.
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.
This breed has a very prominent and pronounced bay or cry when hunting, which is very sharp and persistent.