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Istrian Coarse-haired Hound – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 25 to 56 pounds
Height: 7 to 23 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound, Dog Breed Guide


The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is one of two Istrian Hound dogs. This particular breed is slightly shorter compared to the Istrian Short-haired Hound

Official Name

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound
Other Name:
Istarski Oštrodlaki Gonic
Istrski Ostrodlaki Gonic
Istrian Rough-coated Hound


Date – No Precise Date of


Country – Croatia and Slovenia
Family / Group – Hound, Scent Hound

Recognized By

Fédération Cynologique Internationale


The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound or Istarski Oštrodlaki Gonic in Croat and Istrski Ostrodlaki Gonic in Slovene, is a scent hound dog breed that originates in the region of Eastern Europe that covers modern day Croatia and part of Slovenia during the middle part of the 19th century. This Croatian hound was bred to hunt foxes and hares. To produce this breed, Croatian and Slovene dog breeds crossed the local smooth coated Istrian Shorthaired Hound with the French Griffon Vendeén, combining sight hounds and scent hounds to produce a more versatile hunting dog.

In 1886, the world first saw the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound in a conformation show held in Vienna. Today, it is still primarily a hunting dog and rarely kept as family pets. Croat and Slovene huntsmen continue to hunt rabbits, hares, foxes and wild boars with these hounds.


The Istrian Short Haired Hound is purely a hunting dog breed and was not meant to keep as a family pet. This makes the breed lacking the suitable disposition to make them docile household pets. They are willful dogs that are very lively and display admirable enthusiasm when out hunting.

Bred For

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound was bred primarily as hunting dogs that will go after hares and foxes. They were not meant to be household pets


Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are not dogs for the city. These scent hounds from Croatia are not suitable for apartment life. They are naturally hunting dogs that will require large open spaces in rural areas to move about.


Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds may be field hunters but they still require regular grooming attention. The breed’s long and rough coat should be brushed every day.


Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are dogs that will be willful and this makes them difficult to train. It is advisable to have them socialized and trained for obedience at an early age.


This Istrian hound breed is generally healthy.


The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is a working dog that will demand vigorous exercise if not put to work. This breed should be taken outdoors as regularly and should be taken for long walks every day.