Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

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OriginCroatia flagCroatia
Other Names
What other names does the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound have?
Istrian Rough-coated Hound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound?
$900-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Istrian Coarse-haired 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 Istrian Coarse-haired Hound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Istrian Coarse-haired Hound? How many Istrian Coarse-haired Hound are there in the world?
Average: The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Size

Size
Is an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound small, medium or large dog?

How big do Istrian Coarse-haired Hound get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound weigh? How much should the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed weight? What is the normal weight of an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound?
25 to 56 pounds (11-25 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound?
26.5 pounds (18 kg)
Height
How tall is the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound? Istrian Coarse-haired Hound height:
17-23 inches (43-58 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound?
20 inches (50.5 cm)

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Coarse
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Istrian Coarse-haired Hound's coat?
White & YellowWhite & Orange
Grooming
How to groom the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound and how often?
Average: The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Istrian Coarse-haired Hound, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Istrian Rough-coated Hound?
Istrian Coarse-haired 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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Istrian Coarse-haired Hound every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
CalmOutrightObedientDevoted
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound? Is the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Istrian Coarse-haired Hound's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds don't really like playing. You need to find another activity to make them happy.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Istrian Coarse-haired Hound sensitivity:
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound a good family dog?
Average to High: Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Istrian Rough-coated Hound need? Istrian Coarse-haired Hound social needs:
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Istrian Rough-coated Hound bark?
A lot: Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.

The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.

Watchdog Ability
Is Istrian Coarse-haired Hound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Istrian Coarse-haired 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 its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Istrian Coarse-haired Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Istrian Rough-coated Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Istrian Coarse-haired Hound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Istrian Coarse-haired 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound? How much bite force does an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound do?
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds have a higher than 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 Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Istrian Coarse-haired Hound roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Istrian Coarse-haired 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 Istrian Coarse-haired Hound have high prey drive?
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Istrian Coarse-haired Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't like moving from one place to another.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Istrian Coarse-haired Hound temperament with other people:
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Istrian Coarse-haired Hound temperament with children:
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are not the most kid-friendly dogs. If you have children, you may have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from this breed.
Cat Friendly
How well do Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed live with a cat?
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Istrian Coarse-haired Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs get along with other dogs?
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds good office dogs? Do Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds be office dogs?
No
Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Istrian Rough-coated Hound temperament with senior people? Are Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are not the best breed for elderly people.

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound see the vet?
Rare
The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs live? How old can a Istrian Coarse-haired Hound be? What is the age limit of the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound? How many years can the oldest Istrian Coarse-haired Hound live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound?

13-15 years
The average lifespan of Istrian Coarse-haired Hound: 14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Istrian Coarse-haired 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 Istrian Coarse-haired Hound have? What is the activity level of the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound?
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound need? How much exercise do Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs require per day?
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed need?
Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Istrian Coarse-haired Hound? How much food should I feed my Istrian Coarse-haired Hound?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Istrian Coarse-haired Hound risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Istrian Coarse-haired 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 Istrian Coarse-haired Hound drool?
The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Istrian Coarse-haired Hound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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).

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Istrian Coarse-haired Hound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Istrian Coarse-haired Hound be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Istrian Coarse-haired Hound be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Istrian Coarse-haired Hound be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Istrian Coarse-haired Hound be a boat dog?

Not really

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Istrian Coarse-haired 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.

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Istrian Coarse-haired Hound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Istrian Coarse-haired 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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 Istrian Coarse-haired Hound have in a litter? How many puppies can the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound have? How many puppies can an Istrian Coarse-haired Hound give birth to?
4-8 puppies

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Recognition

AKC Group
Is Istrian Coarse-haired Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Istrian Coarse-haired Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Istrian Coarse-haired Hound's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are very easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound breed in the home.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Adaptability: Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are not the best breed for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound History

Introduction

The Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound and its ancestor, the Istrian Short-Haired Hound, both originated in Istria, a Croatian peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. These canines were bred specifically for hunting games, such as hare and rabbits, on a range of terrains and in a variety of weather conditions. The Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound has a medium-length rough coat that is white and lemon-orange. They are medium-sized, muscular dogs with serious expressions that belie their friendly disposition.

Furthermore, the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a high-energy breed best known for its endurance and tenacity when working. At the same time, this well-rounded hound may form a loving and quiet family pet. Once properly exercised, it behaves nicely indoors. Owners must work hard to ensure that this breed matures into friendly adult dogs due to their innate distrust of strangers.

 

Appearance

Dogs of this breed can vary considerably in size, as the dog is still bred primarily for hunting, so more emphasis might be placed on performance than on specific appearance requirements. It can range from 12 to 27kg and stand 43 to 60cm at the withers. The breed’s wiry coat is weather-resistant for hunting.

 

History

The Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a direct descendent of the Istrian Short-Haired Hound and the French Griffon Vendeen Scent Hound which were crossed in the mid-19th century to produce a longer-haired hunting hound. The Istrian Short-Haired Hound is thought to be one of the oldest Balkan hounds and has certainly been in existence for many centuries, having evolved from a variety of both scent and sighthounds throughout the years. Moreover, the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound, just like its forefathers, is a determined hunting hound that has been bred to work hard.

Both their physical appearance and personality reflect this since they have a hunter’s temperament and a look that has not been historically important to breeders and can vary somewhat between individuals. The breed hunts a variety of small prey, including rabbits and foxes, using its keen sense of smell. When it comes to hunting, they are known for their bravery and tenacity.

Furthermore, according to popular belief, the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound was originally documented in a dog exhibition in Vienna in 1886. They did not set the crowd alight and have never been a very popular dog breed. Breed numbers dropped during the two World Wars, as they did for many other dog breeds, and the breed is no longer well-known internationally.

 

Recognition

Historically, both Slovenia and Croatia have laid claim to this breed, but it is currently recognized by the FCI and the UKC as a Croatian dog. It was recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1948 and the first standard dates back to 1969. The Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is classified as a Scent Hound and gained acceptance into the UKC as recently as 2006. Nowadays, the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is considered a rare breed and is not commonly kept as a companion animal.

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