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Montenegrin Mountain Hound

Other names: Crnogorski planinski gonič

Montenegrin Mountain Hound

Previously known as the Yugoslavian Hound, this dog looks like a typical hound with his brown, black and white coat colours. He is a medium-sized scent hound used to track large game and feral pigs. The Montenegrin Mountain Hound is a loyal and loving dog, very popular both for working and companionship.

Key facts about the Montenegrin Mountain Hound

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Origins and history

The Montenegrin Mountain Hound has the same origins as the other common dogs of the Balkans. The first standard of this breed, which has also been called the Black Hound in the past, dates back to 1924. The FCI officially recognized the breed in 1969.

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the Montenegrin Mountain Hound

Adult size

Female : Between 17 and 21 in

Male : Between 17 and 21 in


Female : Between 44 and 55 lb

Male : Between 44 and 55 lb

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Agile, lean and muscular, the Montenegrin Mountain Hound is an athletic dog. It has a rectangular-shaped body, a powerful neck, a broad back and deep chest. The head is somewhat narrow with well-developed muscles. The dog’s ears are moderately long, oval in shape and set high on his head. 

Good to know

When the Montenegrin Mountain Hound has puppies, the average litter size can be between just 3 to 6 pups. The offspring will require a standard puppy feed to support healthy development and growth. If you intend to use the pup for hunting purposes, early training and socialisation is necessary.


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    Although originally bred for hunting purposes, the Montenegrin Mountain Hound is also a wonderful companion dog. They are affectionate, loyal and devoted, providing they are properly socialised

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    These hounds have boundless energy and a playful nature and make good playmates for children.

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    The Montenegrin Mountain Hound is prized for his energy, vivacity and even temper.

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    A very smart and intelligent hound.

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    Originally bred as hunting dogs but in more recent years they have become more of a family pet. Certainly tenacious when used for hunting, capable of chasing after hares and foxes, deer and wild boar. 

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    These dogs are friendly around strangers in the home.

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    A very self-assured, friendly, independent dog.

    Behaviour of the Montenegrin Mountain Hound

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      Tolerates solitude

      Certainly a very loyal and loving dog who will form a devoted bond with the family. Because of this, he won’t be too happy being left alone for long periods.

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      Easy to train / obedience

      This is an intelligent dog who responds well to training. Keep in mind however, that he can be quite headstrong too, so probably not ideal for an inexperienced dog owner. This breed does best when trained with persistence and patience.

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      As a scent hound, the Montenegrin Mountain Hound will tend to bark to alert his master to his prey. Likewise, in the home, unless trained otherwise, he can be quite noisy.

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