Breed Organization United Kennel Club (UKC) Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Bosnia Other Names Bosanski Ostrodlaki Gonic Barak, Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound, Illyrian Hound, Barak Bosanski Ostrodlaki, Barak Bosanski Ostrodlaki Gonic, Bosnian Broken-Haired Hound, Bosnian Hound Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group Scenthounds - FCI
Breed Appearance The most striking feature of the Bosnian
Coarse-haired Hound is its shaggy, hard coat of yellowish (wheaten
or red) or greyish colors, often with a white blaze on its head
along with other white marks. The standard calls for a body length
ten percent greater than height; these proportions are given to
differentiate the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound from other hounds of
the area which are "a bit low on leg" Height ranges from 46-55cm
(18-22in) at the withers, and weight is between 16-24kg (35-53lbs).
The dog normally carries its tail curved slightly upward, and its
face has a bushy moustache and beard.
Breed Description Head: Long, moderately broad. Slightly
domed forehead. Very pronounced brow bones. Gently sloping stop.
Straight nosebridge. Strong, long, rectangular muzzle covered with a
bushy mustache and beard. Broad nose. Tight, thick lips. Ears: Moderately long, broad. Pendulous, somewhat thick. Eyes: Large, oval, chestnut-colored. Body: Slightly longer than it is tall. Muscular neck.
Moderately pronounced withers. Chest long, moderately broad. Ribs
not very rounded. Very slight tuck-up. Broad, muscular back. Broad,
slightly sloping croup. Supple, tight, well-pigmented skin. Tail: Thick at the base, tapering toward the tip. Carried in
sickle fashion in a loose, upward curve. Well-furnished with hair. Hair: Long, hard, shaggy, disheveled. Thick undercoat. Coat: Wheaten yellow, reddish-yellow, earth grey, or blackish
ground. White markings often appear on the head and brisket, under
the throat and neck, beneath the chest, and on the lower legs and
tip of the tail. Colors may be combined in a bicolor or tricolor
pattern. Size: 46 to 56 cm. (18-22 in). Weight: 16 to 25 kg (35-55 lb).
History The former name given to the breed was Illyrian
Hound, referring to a pre-Slavic people of the area. Today's breed
is descended from indigenous dog types, crossed with an Italian gun
dog in the 1890s. "Local hunters, wanting to produce an efficient
scent hound, developed this breed in the nineteenth century, using
the available stock of dogs." The early type of today's smaller
Istrian Shorthaired Hound may also have contributed to the Bosnian
The Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound was
first recognised by the F�d�ration Cynologique Internationale in
1965 under the name of "Illyrian Hound". The name was changed to
more accurately describe its area of origin in Bosnia. The breed is
in Group 6, Scenthounds, Section 1.1 Large-sized Hounds, and is
breed number 155. It is also recognised by the United Kennel Club
(US) as the "Barak", in the Scenthound Group. The breed is not
recognised by any other major kennel clubs in the English speaking
world, although many minor kennel clubs, internet dog registry
businesses, and rare breed registries promote and register it as a
Behavior Stocky and powerful, this solidly boned dog is
hardy, persistent, bold, and spirited. With his sonorous, deep voice
and long, confident strides, he excels on all sorts of game on all
kinds of terrain.