Country of OriginCroatia
Nicknames and Other NamesIstrian Rough-Coated Hound
Scientific NameCanis Lupus Familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
Bred ForHunting Fox and Rabbit
Recognized ByFCI, UKC
Life Span13-25 Years
Ideal Weight25-56 Pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height17-23 Inches (male and female)
Fur TypeCoarse, slightly long
Common ColorsWhite and Yellow, White and Orange
AvailabilityModerately Available
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToIstrian Short-Haired Hound

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a medium-sized scenthound dog that is not commonly kept as a family companion. It looks little scruffy due to its wary, long hair that covers its body. The body as well as the legs are lean but are muscular and strong that gives them the ability to cover rough terrain quickly.

It is a dog breed that is not kept as a family companion. They are mostly kept by hunters or other families that are involved in hunting. Although they can also be kept as a family companion but in a rural area with big space and active family.

Origin and History

The Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound was originated in Istria, Croatia. It was developed when the sighthound and scent hound were crossed together. It was created by the Croatian and Slovene breeders who wanted a dog that can hunt in rough fox, hare, and wild bore in rough areas. Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound was on the verge of extinction during World War I and II.

The FCI recognized Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound as a single breed in 1948. There was a dispute with the FCI by Slovenia about Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound being originally from Slovenia. However, in 2003, the FCI concluded that the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound was originally from Croatia.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is willful, active, intelligent, and devoted. They are very much devoted to their human being that they see as a leader that they can follow. They are a brave dog breed that can face any challenges without hesitating.

Behavior: Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound needs a good amount of regular physical exercise. If they do not get the required physical exercise, they tend to become destructive and depressed.

Personality: The personality of the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is calm, obedient, well-mannered, and sometimes stubborn. They are a good-natured dog that is obedient and calm in front of their master. In the field, they are very alert and keen.

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound with its master
Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound with its master.
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Training Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is not a hard task to do as they are smart and quick at catching new commands. Although they need an experienced dog owner who can train them with firmness and consistency. They tend to respond well to a positive method of training, so reward them with delicious treats and a lot of vocal praises.

Is Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound Child-Friendly?

Yes, Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a child-friendly dog but they are not tolerant of kid’s harsh behavior. Therefore, they are mainly suitable with older children who can handle them well. If you are considering keeping one in a house with small children, it is necessary to supervise their interaction and to teach your kids to behave around dogs.

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound and a baby
Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound and a baby.
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  • Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a rare dog breed that is not found in a great number and is not popular outside Croatia and Slovenia.
  • It has not yet been recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Bloat, Glaucoma,
Lens Luxation
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Leptospirosis, Canine Coronavirus,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper,
Kennel Cough Canine Parainfluenza
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingAverage Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 23%
Fat: 8%-10%
Diegstive Enzymes

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is generally a healthy dog breed with few possible canine health conditions.

  • Obesity: Obesity occurs when your dog food consumption is more than it performs regular physical activities. They need to be fed a completely balanced diet with regular physical exercise.
  • Hip Dysplasia: It is a condition where the hip bone of your dog is either dislocated or underdeveloped. It is a genetic health issue, so before buying a pup from a breeder, check for its parent’s health issues.


Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound Puppies
Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound Puppies.
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Cost: The average cost of the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is between $600 to $800 USD.


Height: The average height of the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is between 17-23 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is between 25-56 pounds.

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