Istrian Hound: characteristics of the dog breed, photo, character, rules of care and maintenance


  • Country of origin: Croatia, Slovenia, Yugoslavia
  • The size:
  • Growth:
    45–53 cm
  • The weight:
    17–22 kg
  • Age:
    12–14 years old
  • FCI breed group:
    Beagle dogs, bloodhounds and related breeds.
  • Brief information

  • Smart;
  • Calm out of the hunt;
  • Independent, unobtrusive;
  • Tireless hunters.
  • Origin story

    The Istrian Hound (Istrian Brakk) is a rather ancient breed of hunting dogs. It is believed that they were originally bred in Slovenia, then they began to deal with Istrians in Croatia. This breed gained particular popularity on the island of Istria. There are two varieties of Istrian hounds that are considered separate breeds short-haired and wire-haired. I must say that they do not have any special differences, except for the quality of the wool.

    Shorthaired dogs are more common. It is assumed that their ancestors were Phoenician greyhounds and European hounds. The hardhaired variety, according to dog handlers, was bred by the crossing of the Istrian shorthaired hound with the French Vandais Griffon.

    For the first time, the Istrian messenger was presented in 1866 at an exhibition in Vienna, later the breed received official recognition, and the current standard was approved by the IFF in 1973.

    There is a strict ban on crossing short and hard-haired varieties among themselves.


    Dog of rectangular format, strong physique. The head is heavy, elongated. Hardhaired hounds slightly larger and heavier than shorthaired. The ears are not too long, hanging. The nose is black or dark brown, brown eyes. Tail with a rod, thin, sabershaped.

    Istrian Hound: characteristics of the dog breed, photo, character, rules of care and maintenance

    The main color is white, there are completely white solid colors. Spots of yellow-orange color and the same specks are allowed.

    The coat is either short, silky, shiny and close to the body of the dog, or thick, coarse, hard, with a dense undercoat, up to 5 cm long.

    Voice low, sonorous. They are excellent at following prey on a blood trail, they hunt with them mainly for hares and foxes, sometimes for birds and even wild boars.


    Energetic and stubborn dog. But since at the same time she is not aggressive towards people, then from her, in addition to a hunting dog, you can raise an excellent companion, which, of course, must be taken hunting at least sometimes.

    The smooth-haired variety is considered the owner of a softer character.

    Both breeds have a well-developed hunting instinct. From an early age, you need to accustom the animal to the fact that livestock and other living creatures are taboo, otherwise the matter may end in disaster.


    These dogs do not require any special care. Initially, they are distinguished by good health, so it is enough to perform standard procedures examination and, if necessary, processing the ears, trimming the claws. Wool, especially in wire-haired ones, should be combed out 1-2 times a week with a stiff brush.


    Istrian hounds are bred specifically for hunting. Therefore, the ideal conditions of detention are a warm aviary in a suburban area. If such a dog is bred in the city, then it should be remembered that she needs serious physical activity and the opportunity to work. Otherwise, excess energy can manifest itself in destructive behavior.


    You can buy an Istrian Hound puppy only in its homeland. And the price will be high due to the rarity and value of the breed and travel costs.

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