Posavac Hound is a hunting dog which is known as Posavski Gonič in its native land that means ‘Scenthound From The Sava Valley’. It looks stretched version of the Beagle with large, floppy ears. This dog breed may be new to many but once they get to know about its nature and skills, they will fall in love with its loyal, loving, and gentle disposition.

The Posavac Hound has a strong physique with a round, deep chest. They have large floppy ears, short coat, long tail. The muzzle is quite long, the forehead is broad and the eyes are large that gives an intelligent expression. Their whole face gives a gentle and sweet expression.

Origin and History

Posavac Hound was originated in Croatia as a scenthound that was used for hunting fox, hare, and other small game. Although there is no actual proof from when this breed was around but the modern breed resembles images seen in frescoes that date back to the 16th century. In the 1800s, the hounds from the Sava Valley were sold to Croatia as ‘Boskini’.

The FCI recognized Posavac Hound in 1955 and the name was changed from Boskini to Posavac Hound in 1969. The FCI clarified the name after and it has been known as Posavac Hound since then. The United Kennel Club recognized it under the scenthound group in 2006.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Posavac Hound is docile, lively, sweet, and affectionate. They are an active dog breed that needs regular physical exercise and mental stimulation. They are a fun companion that gets along well with family members as well as other dogs in the house.

Behavior: Posavac Hound has a high prey drive which is why they are not suited in a house with small animals like rats. They are active dog but they do not require vigorous exercise. A good bit of exercise regularly will keep them happy and content.

A Posavac Hound with a fox
A Posavac Hound with a fox.
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Personality: The personality of the Posavac Hound is friendly, loving, and devoted. They love to spend time with their people and are very devoted to them. They do not do the best in an apartment and need a house with a yard. Posavac Hound is suitable in the countryside than in the cities.


Training Posavac Hound is not a tough job as they are smart and intelligent. A novice owner cannot train them and they need an experienced dog owner that can train them with firmness and consistency. They are a pack-minded dog, so establishing a leadership upon them from an early age is necessary.

Use positive reinforcement as a method of training. Reward them with delicious treats and lots of vocal praises to keep them motivated and encouraged.

Is Posavac Hound Child-Friendly?

Posavac Hound gets along with children very well as they are playful, gentle, and loving dogs. They are gentle with small kids but due to their high energy, it can be too much for small kids. Therefore close supervision is necessary whenever they are interacting with each other.

A boy and a Posavac Hound playing
A boy and a Posavac Hound playing.
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  • The Posavac Hound has not yet been recognized by the American Kennel Club.
  • The minor kennel clubs, registries, hunting clubs, and the internet has been promoting Posavac Hound as rare and unique breeds.

Health Issues

Posavac Hound can face the following canine health issues:

  • Hypothyroidism: It is a condition that occurs when the thyroid glands do not produce enough thyroid hormones. It causes hair loss, weight loss, tiredness, inability to tolerate cold, and many more. consult a vet for medication and provide your dog with a complete balanced diet.
  • Obesity: When the amount of fat is more in your dog’s body, your dog will face the problem of obesity. It s mostly caused due to imbalanced between the intake of food and physical exercise.


Posavac Hound comes in the following colors:

  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Fawn
  • White markings


Posavac Hound Puppy
Posavac Hound Puppy.
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Cost: The average cost of the Posavac Hound puppy is between $500-$700 USD.


Height: The average height of the Posavac Hound is between 17-23 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Posavac Hound is between 35-45 pounds.

Similar Dog Breeds to Posavac Hound

  • Istrian Shorthaired Hound
  • Beagle
  • Istrian Coarsehaired Hound

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