Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Croatia Other Names Istrian Shorthaired Hound, Smoothhaired Istrian Hound, Istrian Pointer Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group FCI - Scenthounds
Breed Appearance The Istrian Shorthaired Hound has a short,
smooth, glossy hard coat, primarily white with sparse patches of
orange. The breed has a typical well muscled hound body, with long
legs and a long tail. The head is fairly broad and flat (not domed
on top) with short (for a hound) triangular drop ears that hang
close to the head, a type called typically east European. The cry or
baying while hunting is described as persistent and sharp.
Breed Description Head: Long, not very lightweight.
Slightly domed skull. Fairly broad forehead. Stop not very
pronounced. Strong, rectangular muzzle. Well-joined lips. Visible
mucosas are dark. Ears: Long, hanging against the cheeks. Eyes: Large, dark. Eyebrows very bushy and thick in the
wirehaired variety. Body: Robust, slightly longer than it is tall. Neck has no
dewlap. Broad chest. Rounded ribs. Slight tuck-up. Broad, slightly
sloping croup. Straight, broad back. Tail: Thick at the base, tapering toward the tip. Carried low,
curved slightly upward. Hair: Wirehaired: 5 to 10 cm long, standing on end. Thick,
short undercoat.- Smoothhaired: fine, dense, and glossy. Coat: White. Ears usually orangish or covered with orangish
flecks. Orange flashings on the forehead. Orangish spots and flecks
may also appear on the body. Size: 44 to 58 cm. (17-23 in). Weight: 18 to 20 kg. (40-44)
History This very ancient breed has always been prized
in Istria. The breed’s mysterious origins probably match those of
Italian hounds. The two varieties of Istrian Hound are the
Wirehaired Istrian Hound (Istarski Ostrodlaki Gonic) and the more
popular Smoothhaired Istrian Hound (Istarski Kratkolaki Gonic), also
known as the Istrian Pointer.
Behavior The Istrian Hound is calm, has a powerful
voice, excels on hare and fox, and is a very good bloodhound. He is
affectionate and makes a good companion.
Health No specific health problems or claims of
extraordinary health have been documented for this breed. The ideal
temperament according to the standard is docile and calm, and lively
and enthusiastic when hunting.
Advice He needs space and lots of exercise and
requires regular brushing.
Function The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is still kept in
its homeland and in nearby areas for hunting, not as a pet, and is
especially valued for hunting fox and rabbit.