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Estonian Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Estonian Hound so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEstonia
Other Names
What other names does the Estonian Hound have? The dog breed also known as...
Gontchaja Estonskaja, Estonian Scenthound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Estonian Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Estonian Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Estonian Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Estonian Hound price:
$700-$900
If you choose to purchase the Estonian Hound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Estonian Hound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Estonian Hound gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Estonian Hound size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Estonian Hound weigh? Estonian Hound weight:
Male: 40-44 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 35-44 pounds (16–18 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Estonian Hound? Estonian Hound average weight:
Male: 42 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 39.5 pounds (16–18 kg)
Height
How tall is the Estonian Hound? Estonian Hound height:
Male: 19-21 inches (48-53 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Estonian Hound average height:
Male: 20 inches (50.5 cm), Female: 19 inches (48.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Estonian Hound have? What does this canine coat look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Estonian Hound's coat?
Black & White & Tan
Grooming
How to groom the Estonian Hound and how often?
Easy to groom: The Estonian Hound doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Estonian Hound is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Estonian Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Gontchaja Estonskaja? Estonian Hound shedding level:
Estonian Hounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Estonian Hound have? What characteristics does the breed have?
HappyPleasantBalancedCalmSmartActiveAffectionate
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Estonian Hound? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Estonian Hound is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Estonian Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Estonian Hounds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Estonian Hounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Estonian Hound sensitivity:
They are easygoing, low-sensitivity dogs. Moderate punishment works great with this breed, they won't be affected emotionally. Estonian Hounds tolerate irregular daily routine, young children, noisy household, office environment, and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Estonian Hounds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Gontchaja Estonskaja need? Estonian Hound social needs:
Estonian Hounds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Estonian Hound dogs bark a lot? Why does my Estonian Scenthound bark?
Average to high: The Estonian Hound is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Estonian Hound good as a watchdog?
Estonian Hounds are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Estonian Hounds will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Estonian Hound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Estonian Hounds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Estonian Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Gontchaja Estonskaja? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Estonian Hound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Estonian Hound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Estonian Hound do?
Estonian Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Estonian Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Estonian Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Estonian Hound roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Estonian Hound is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Estonian Hound have high prey drive?
Estonian Hounds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Estonian Hounds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Estonian Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Estonian Hounds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Estonian Hounds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Estonian Hounds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Estonian Hound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Estonian Hounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Estonian Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Estonian Hound and children:
Estonian Hounds are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Estonian Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Estonian Hounds are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Estonian Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Estonian Hound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Estonian Hounds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Estonian Hound can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Estonian Hounds good office dogs? Do Estonian Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Estonian Hounds be office dogs?
Yes
Estonian Hound is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Estonian Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Gontchaja Estonskaja temperament with senior people? Are Estonian Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Estonian Hounds are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Estonian Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Estonian Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Estonian Hounds are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Estonian Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Estonian Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Estonian Hound be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Estonian Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Estonian Hound be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Estonian Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Estonian Hound be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Estonian Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Estonian Hound be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Estonian Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Estonian Hound be a boat dog?
Not really
Estonian Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Estonian Hound be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Estonian Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Estonian Hound dogs have health problems?
Very healthy dog breed. The Estonian Hound rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Estonian Hound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Estonian Hound be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Estonian Hound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Estonian Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Estonian Hound have?
Estonian Hounds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Estonian Hound dogs require per day?
Estonian Hounds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Estonian Hounds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Estonian Hound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Estonian Hound risk for obesity:
High: The Estonian Hound breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Estonian Hound more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Estonian Hound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Estonian Hound can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Estonian Hound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Estonian Hound drool?
The Estonian Hound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Estonian Hound could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Estonian Hound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Estonian Hound pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Estonian Hound pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Estonian Hound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Estonian Hound have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Estonian Hound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Estonian Hound

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Estonian Hound is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Estonian Hounds are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Estonian Hound doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Estonian Hound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Estonian Hounds are good watchdogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Estonian Hounds are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Estonian Hounds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Estonian Hound is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Good For First Time Owners: Estonian Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Estonian Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential: High: The Estonian Hound breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Estonian Hound is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Estonian Hounds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

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