Bosnian Broken-haired Hound – Barak
Bosnia FCI 155 . Medium-sized Hounds

Sabueso de bosnia de pelo duro - Barak

The Bosnian Hound, nicknamed Barak, It is a dog developed in Bosnia.



This medium-sized breed of hound has been bred in Bosnia since the 19th century, at that time still under the name of “Illyrian Hound“. Later the name was changed to “Bosnian Broken-haired Hound – Barak“. It is also called “Bracke Bosnia“. They have a full and deep bark.

Its origin dates back to the crossing of local dog breeds (for example, Pariah) and greyhounds, from the Mediterranean area. With his resilient and persevering nature, shows itself as an excellent hunting companion, but he also serves in his home country as a companion, family and guard dog.

The famous ancestor of the Bosnian Hound is the St. Hubert Hound (or Bloodhound), It was par excellence the hunting dog in the 7th century.

It is believed that the name Barak comes from the Turkish word 'Barak', the nominaban dogs of hard hair or thick hair.

Physical characteristics

The Bosnian Broken-haired Hound – Barak he is a very robust dog, with a long, somewhat broad head and bushy, pronounced eyebrows. Therefore, a serious, partly strict but also cheerful facial expression develops in this breed. The back is very muscular and wide, the loin is short and also muscular, while the rump is broad and slightly sloping (especially in females). The so-called hip humps are slightly prominent. The ears are of medium height, wide, droopy and a little thick. Towards the tip, they get thinner and in the end they get rounded.

The coat of the Bosnian hound it is very long, hard and hairy, with a lot of inner layer. Therefore, is especially in harsh climates and in cold and humid climates, broad protection.

The Barak has a size of 46 - 56 cm with a weight of 16 - 24 kg. Their life expectancy is of 12 - 14 years.

Their fur can be yellow-red, wheat yellow, earth gray or a little blackish. There may be white marks on the head (fire or star), down the throat, below the neck, on the chest, under chest, on the tip of the tail or on the legs. Coat colors can also appear in different color combinations.

The Bosnian hound requires a bit more grooming, the coat must be combed regularly and freed from coarse dirt.

Character and skills

The Bosnian Broken-haired Hound – Barak appears with a lively temperament, great resistance and a lot of courage. The breed is very hardy and was used as a sniffer dog in the mountainous landscape of Bosnia. But besides being a hunting dog, the Barak it is also an excellent watchdog, that hardly ever breaks or bites. It is a typical working dog, where excellent skills are the main focus of parenting.

However, he is a friendly dog, that gets along well with children and their peers. Therefore, he is also a great companion and a family dog, he likes to be close to his owners and is always happy to be caressed.

The Bosnian Broken-haired Hound – Barak needs a lot of exercise and occupation possibilities daily. Whoever decides on a Barak, you should consider that this breed is not at all suitable for a life as a city dog. The best thing would be to keep it in a rural area, with a large property and sufficient runoff area.
Also in breeding their owners must be consistent, because this breed has a certain stubbornness and a strong hunting instinct. However, if you use the docile nature of the Bosnian hound, you will get an anxious dog, loyal and hardworking, who likes to take on new challenges. Further, scores with excellent social demeanor and irresistible charm!


It is virtually unknown outside the territory of the former Yugoslavia.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds
  • Section 1.2: Medium-sized hound-type dogs.. With proof of work..



  • FCI – Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds. – Section 1.2: Medium-sized Hounds.
  • UKCScenthound Group

FCI breed standard "Bosnian Broken-haired Hound – Barak"

FCIFCI - Bosnian Broken-haired Hound – Barak

Alternative names:

    1. Bosnian Broken-haired Hound, Bosnian Rough-haired Hound, Bosnian Rough-coated Hound, Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound, Bosnian Hound, Illyrian Hound, Barak (English).
    2. Chien courant d’Illyrie, Barak (French).
    3. Barak, Illyrischer Laufhund (German).
    4. Sabujo-da-bósnia, Barak (Portuguese).
    5. Cazador bosnio, Sabueso bosnio, Barak (Spanish).
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