Country of OriginBosnia and Herzegovina
Nicknames and Other NamesBarak Hound, Bosanski oštrodlaki gonič,
Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound,
Bosnian Hound, Illyrian Hound
Scientific NameCanis Lupus Familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupScenthound Group
Bred ForHunting large game
Recognized ByFCI, UKC
Life Span12-15 Years
Ideal WeightMale: 44-53 Pounds
Female: 35-44 Pounds
Ideal HeightMake: 20-22 Inches
Female: 18-20 Inches
Fur TypeCoarse, Double-Coated, Dense, Shaggy
Common ColorsRed, Wheaten, Yellow, Gray
AvailabilityRarely Available
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToIstrian Coarse‑haired Hound

Broken-haired Hound or Barak Hound is a medium-sized dog breed with shaggy hair. It is also commonly known as Barak Hound including other names like Bosnian Rough-haired Hound and Bosnian Rough-coated Hound. The name refers to its texture of coat which looks broken, rough and hard when touched.

The most noticeable feature of the Barak Hound is it’s shaggy, broken hair. It has longer legs than most of the scenthound out there which makes it a distinct dog. The chest is deep and the legs are relatively thicker. The tail is thick and slightly curved and held upright.

Origin and History

Bosnian Broken-haired Hound was originated in Bosnia. It was bred by the local hunters who wanted an efficient scenthound. Seeing its taller height than most of the nearby scenthound whose legs are relatively shorter, it is believed that Istrian Shorthaired Hound has some contribution in the breeding Bosnian Broken-haired Hound.

The FCI first recognized Bosnian Broken-haired Hound under the name “Illyrian Hound” in 1965. The FCI later changed the name to Bosnian Broken-haired Hound in 1973. In 2006, the United Kennel Club recognized it in the scenthound group as the ‘Barak’.

Bosnian Broken-haired Hound History
Bosnian Broken-haired Hound.
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Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Bosnian Broken-haired Hound is courageous, lively, persistent, and alert. They are a very devoted hunter as they were bred to chase and hunt small animals. They have a high prey drive due to which they should be kept with small pets from an early age so they get along with them well.

Behavior: Bosnian Broken-haired Hound is very vocal as they were bred to ‘bay’ when they track a game. It cannot be trained out of them but you can reduce its innecessary baying by proper training.

Personality: The personality of the Bosnian Broken-haired Hound is protective, affectionate, and sometimes stubborn. This breed is not widely kept as a companion dog but it is said that they are very devoted and affectionate towards their master. They are protective and alert which makes them a great watchdog and sometimes guard dog.


Barak Hound is an intelligent dog breed due to which it makes any experienced master easy to train them. They are very eager to please their master, so train them from an early age and always use the positive method of training.

Never be harsh or forceful on them as it will only lead to their aggression or it will make them scared. Be gentle and always give them a gentle pat on the back and vocal praises as to keep them motivated.

Bosnian Broken-haired Hound running
Bosnian Broken-haired Hound running.
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Is Broken-haired Hound Child-Friendly?

Bosnian Broken-haired Hound is not generally kept as a family companion but they are known to be very patient and gentle with children. They love to be by their side and play with them. However, it is originally bred as a hunting dog and its energy cannot be handled by small kids and toddlers. Therefore, they do great in a house with older children.


  • Although Bosnian Broken-haired Hound is not recognized by most of the major kennel clubs, the minor kennel clubs, internet, rare breeds registries are promoting this breed as a unique pet.
  • It has a big mustache and thick beard on the face.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation,
Dental Problems
Vaccination RequiredKennel Cough, Rabies, Canine Coronavirus,
Leptospirosis, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza
SheddingAverage Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingAdvance Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergy
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 22%
Fat: 8%

Broken-haired Hound can face the following canine health problems during their lifetime:

Bloat: It is a condition where the belly of your dog looks like it is filled with gas. It is also called gastric dilatation which is caused due to improper diet and poor digestion. Therefore, feed your dog a properly balanced diet and avoid food that causes bloating of their stomach.

Patellar Luxation: It is a skeleton problem that is commonly seen in small dogs. It occurs when the kneecap of your dog is dislocated from its original place. Patella is located in the hind limbs of the dog, so it affects the hind legs only. In minor cases, the dog will face mild pain on the hind legs and in severe cases, it will face extreme pain making it unable to even move.


Bosnian Broken-haired Hound comes in the following colors:

  • Blackish
  • Reddish-yellow
  • Earthy Gray
  • Wheaten Yellow


Bosnian Broken-haired Hound Puppy
Bosnian Broken-haired Hound Puppy Sitting.
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Cost: The average cost of the Bosnian Broken-haired Hound puppy is between $600-$800 USD.


Height: The average height of the Bosnian Broken-haired Hound is between 18-22 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Bosnian Broken-haired Hound is between 35-53 pounds.

Similar Dog Breeds to Bosnian Broken-haired Hound

  • Istrian Coarse‑haired Hound
  • Serbian Hound
  • Styrian Coarse‑haired Hound

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