Bosnian barrack: characteristics of the dog breed, photo, character, rules of care and maintenance


  • Country of origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • The size:
  • Growth:
    46-56 cm
  • The weight:
    16–24 kg
  • Age:
    10–13 years old
  • FCI breed group:
    Hounds, bloodhounds and related breeds
  • Brief information

  • Fine working bloodhounds;
  • hardy;
  • Possessors of a sonorous voice.
  • Origin story

    The word “barak” is translated as “rough”, “shaggy”, and this is a fairly accurate description of the wool of the Bosnian barak breed representatives: they are very shaggy, and the wool does not go down in soft waves, as, for example, in a Yorkie, but bristles quite hard. The ancestors of the Bosnian barracks were known in the Balkans as early as the 3rd century BC and were called Celtic barracks. However, the breed itself was bred in the 19th century by hunters who needed four-legged helpers capable of holding game until a person arrived. Thanks to their thick wool, the Bosnian barracks are able to withstand even the severe cold that is not uncommon in the mountains.

    The breed was registered with the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on June 19, 1965 under the name Illyrian Hound. However, then the standard was supplemented and corrected, and the breed received the official name “Bosnian coarse-haired hound barak”.


    A typical representative of the breed is a small, muscular dog with a rather long and shaggy coat. The head of these dogs with bushy eyebrows, which give the animals a serious and stern, but at the same time funny expression. The basic color of the Bosnian barracks is described in the standard as reddish yellow or earthy gray with white markings. The coat itself is long, coarse, with a thick undercoat that allows dogs to easily endure cold weather. The eyes of dogs of this breed are large, oval, chestnut in color. Nose black. Ears of medium length, hanging down at the edges of the head.

    Bosnian barrack: characteristics of the dog breed, photo, character, rules of care and maintenance


    The Bosnian barrack is a fearless, active animal with an excellent temperament. Great with people. But it’s better not to introduce him to small living creatures the hunter’s instinct will take its toll.


    The wool of the Bosnian barrack must be combed with a stiff brush to avoid the appearance of tangles. Dogs that are kept in an apartment and take part in competitions and exhibitions require more thorough care. Dead hair from the Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound is recommended to be plucked. Ears, eyes, claws are treated as needed.

    Conditions of detention

    When choosing this breed for themselves, potential owners need to consider that this is a working dog that needs space and hunting. Despite its cute appearance, the Bosnian barrack is not particularly suitable for the role of a companion dog. With insufficient walking and workload, the dog may differ in destructive behavior.

    This breed is quite rare, dogs mainly live in Bosnia. So, in order to get a puppy, you will need to go for him to the birthplace of the breed. Prices for puppies can vary depending on the value of the blood and hunting skills of the parents and reach up to 1000 euros.

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