Serbian Tricolour Hound

Other names: Srpski Trobojni Gonic, Yugoslavian Tricolour Hound, Jugoslavenski Trobojni Gonic

Serbian Tricolour Hound

The Serbian Tricolour Hound is considered to be one of the rarest breeds in existence. Previously known as the Yugoslavian Tricolour Hound, the Serbian Tricolour Hound was bred as a running hound, typically used to follow feral pigs and large game. This medium sized dog is a loyal and loving breed, popular both in the hunting field and in the home. This dog is very popular in its native country of Serbia, yet very rarely seen elsewhere. 

Key facts about the Serbian Tricolour Hound

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Origins and history

The Serbian Tricolour Hound has been in existence for many years, yet his exact origins are unclear. Many breeds of scent hound have lived in the Balkans for decades, and in fact, this breed was recognised as just another Serbian scent hound. However, as the breed has certain characteristics that differentiate it from other hounds, it was granted independent status in 1961 by the FCI. 

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the Serbian Tricolour Hound

Adult size

Female : Between 17 and 21 in

Male : Between 18 and 22 in


Female : Between 44 and 55 lb

Male : Between 44 and 55 lb

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This medium sized canine has a slightly rounded skull. The dog’s ears are medium in length and set high, yet pendulous and hanging close to the dog’s cheeks. They have a rectangular body shape and a strong, well-muscled back. The hindquarters are straight and strong, with powerful thighs. The tail curves up slightly, but is never lifted above the line of the back.

Good to know

When the country of Yugoslavia was disbanded in 1991, the name of the Yugoslavian Tricolour Hound was changed to the Serbian Tricolour Hound, in a bid to avoid any confusion. Many dog lovers assume that the Serbian Tricolour Hound is just the same dog as a Serbian Hound, with different colouration, but this is not the case. They are in fact two totally separate breeds. 


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    The Serbian Tricolour Hound is a devoted and loyal dog who loves his master without question. 

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    Certainly a playful hound, who loves to entertain the family with his little tricks.

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    This dog has a gentle temperament and a well-balanced character. 

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    This very smart dog usually responds well to training.

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    The Serbian Tricolour Hound is a tenacious hunter, who often prefers to go hunting alone. In most cases, this dog prefers to be off leash, hunting, tracking and in some cases, killing his prey too. 

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    This dog has a friendly nature that he shows to strangers too.

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    When the Serbian Tricolour Hound is used for hunting purposes, he is definitely a very independent dog. 

    Behaviour of the Serbian Tricolour Hound

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      Tolerates solitude

      These canines are very devoted to their owners. They will love and obey their masters without question, but as such, when left alone for long periods, can become very unhappy. 

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      Easy to train / obedience

      The Serbian Tricolour Hound does best with patient, persistent and positive reinforcement training regimes. This hound can become bored quite easily with repetitive tasks so it’s important to keep training sessions short and fun. If you plan to keep your hound among other animals or children, they need to be socialised from a very young age.

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      This dog will typically alert his master when he has tracked and discovered any game. His booming voice will certainly be heard for some distance.

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