Istrian Coarse-haired Hound
Croacia FCI 152 . Medium-sized Hounds

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound

The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound it is an excellent hound for hunting hare and fox.



His story matches that of Istrian Shorthaired Hound, but the iconography in words and images is much more limited, as long-haired dogs are generally less attractive for renderings due to their outward appearance. However, the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound was described in detail by B. Laska in 1896 and 1905: under the name of “barbini” these hard elo hound dogs were put up for sale in the Pazin and Buzet area in Istria. During World War I the breed was almost extinct. From 1924 these dogs were registered in the Croatian Stallion Book. The FCI recognized the breed in 1948. The first standard dates back to 1969.


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Physical characteristics

The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound has strong and robust bones. With a stern expression, gives the deceptive impression of being a dark and taciturn animal. His somewhat hairy appearance was the cause of his near disappearance, as it is physically repulsive to some due to its coarse fur. However, its deceptive appearance hides a wonderful character and very beautiful qualities.

Between 45 and 58 cm. (17,72 - 22,83 inches) for the male
Between 45 and 58 cm. (17,72 - 22,83 inches) for the female

Between 16 and 24 kg (35,27 - 52,91 pounds) for the male
Between 16 and 24 kg (35,27 - 52,91 pounds) for the female

Its fur is white with orange spots, more or less big, on the body and often at the beginning of the tail. Their ears are generally orange.

Her hair is straight, hard and pointed. It usually measures between 5 and 10 cm long.

Its head has a domed skull and a slightly pointed cap. His big eyes are dark. Its slender ears are well set on the cheeks and tend to flare towards the middle. His nose is black. Its tail is quite long and reaches the hock.

Character and skills

His character is that of a gentle dog, obedient and calm at home, while hunting is active, independent and passionate. His temperament is moderately lively, expression indicative of a calm and balanced nature, the look is gloomy. His bark is loud, moderate to deep.

He stands out for his immense diligence, it is resistant and persistent. Can perform excellently even in the toughest terrain and weather conditions. The track never leaves. It is mainly used for hunting wild boar, Deer, foxes and hares.

Training / Education:

Education is not that simple. Because when hunting he always depends on himself and cannot wait for the hunter's instructions, is suitable for a wide autonomy, the owner cannot avoid the servile obedience of this breed. You need in this direction a little understanding from the owner or coach.

No harsh training methods, it would only interrupt her relationship with the man, what would be a double shame. Requires a certain amount of patience and empathy, benign and yet a totally consistent approach to both education and training. More than punishment it will help stimulate the positive voice (compliment, stimulus) and the material (a treat).

Care and health

This robust and resistant dog does not suffer from any genetic disease or any particular pathology associated with the breed. His health is excellent and he rarely gets sick.


Its rough appearance requires regular brushing to maintain its coat and ensure good health.

Images "Istrian Coarse-haired Hound"


1 – A female Istrian Hound, Coarse-haired. Colour: white & orange by Canarian, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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3 – Istrian Wire-haired Hound by
4 – Istrian Wire-haired Hound by
5 – Istrian Coarse-haired Hound at a dog show in Zadar, Croatia (CACIB 2006.) by Mirta12, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Videos "Istrian Coarse-haired Hound"

Type and recognitions:

  • Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds.
  • Section 1.2: Scent hounds, Trace dogs and similar breeds.. With proof of work..


  • FCI – Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds. – Section 1.1: Large-sized Hounds.
  • UKCScenthound Group

FCI breed standard "Istrian Coarse-haired Hound"

FCIFCI - Istrian Coarse-haired Hound

Alternative names:

    1. Istrian Rough-coated Hound, Istrian Wire-haired Hound (English).
    2. Chien courant d’Istrie à poil dur (French).
    3. Rauhhaarige Istrische Bracke (German).
    4. Em croata: istarski ostrodlaki gonic (Portuguese).
    5. En croata, istarski oštrodlaki gonič (Spanish).
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