Istrian Short-Haired Hound

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Working    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 40 pounds     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Brown & White


Life Expectancy: About 12 – 15 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is a breed of dog from Istria in Croatia, descended from a very old type of scenthound. The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is the slightly smaller counterpart to the longer coated Istrian Coarse-haired Hound from the same region.

The Istrian Short Haired Hound, a dog with noble appearance is a lively and enthusiastic hunter acclaimed for its outstanding capability to hunt hare and foxes. Although a lot of dog lovers are not aware that such a breed of dog exists, this breed has been in existence for centuries in Istria and has served many hunters. This breed has also delighted and warmed the hearts of dog lovers as this breed is an excellent home companion.


The Istrian Short Haired Hound has a bright white coat of fur which is marked with lemon-like and orange colored spots.


The Istrian Shorthaired Hound has a short, smooth, glossy hard coat.


An Istrian Short Haired Hound is first and foremost a hunter. An Istrian hound at work is a beautiful sight. The dog has a very smooth, even and effortless gait. The wide open nostrils will be constantly sniffing the ground and the air for the prey?s scent, while barking incessantly to alert the hunter with its deep booming voice. This breed is truly an enthusiastic, lively and energetic hunter. But once the dog is inside the family?s territory the docile, calm and loving personality will come to the fore. This dog that is noted for being an outstanding hunter also makes a wonderful home companion as it develops a strong attachment to the family. Because this dog likes children it will put up with the boisterousness of the kids and would even be an indulgent playmate. This breed is generally good with other dogs and smaller pets. This breed may possess exemplary behavior but as in all other breeds of dogs, socialization and obedience training will be necessary. This breed has the innate canine eagerness to please attitude.


Care and maintenance wise, owning a short haired dog has many advantages over owning long haired ones. For one the short haired dog would not need extensive maintenance. The Istrian Short Haired Hound is a very easy breed to care for. This breed?s coat will be maintained with regular brushing. A rubber curry comb will remove dead hair as well as massage the skin to promote its good condition. Brush against the direction of hair growth to check parasite infestation. While grooming the dog it would be advisable to check the ears, the eyes and the paws for any sign of injuries.


They are known to be fairly intelligent so that training these dogs will not be a challenge especially if positive training methods are used.


Being a working dog and a barker to boot, this breed will not do well in an apartment. City living is not for this breed as it will require a large space to expend its boundless energies. An Istrian Short Haired Hound that is not given enough opportunities to exercise will be a destructive dog.

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