Istrian Shorthaired Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

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OriginCroatia flagCroatia
Other Names
What other names does the Istrian Shorthaired Hound have?
Istarski Kratkodlaki Gonic
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Istrian Shorthaired Hound Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound?
$900-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Istrian Shorthaired Hound gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Istrian Shorthaired Hound? How many Istrian Shorthaired Hound are there in the world?
Average: The Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound Size

Size
Is an Istrian Shorthaired Hound small, medium or large dog?

How big do Istrian Shorthaired Hound get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Istrian Shorthaired Hound weigh? How much should the Istrian Shorthaired Hound breed weight? What is the normal weight of an Istrian Shorthaired Hound?
35-40 pounds (16-18 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Istrian Shorthaired Hound?
37.5 pounds (17 kg)
Height
How tall is the Istrian Shorthaired Hound? Istrian Shorthaired Hound height:
18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Istrian Shorthaired Hound?
19 inch (48.5 cm)

Istrian Shorthaired Hound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Istrian Shorthaired Hound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Flat
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Istrian Shorthaired Hound's coat?
White & Red-Orange
Grooming
How to groom the Istrian Shorthaired Hound and how often?
Easy to groom: The Istrian Shorthaired 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. Istrian Shorthaired 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 Istrian Shorthaired Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Istarski Kratkodlaki Gonic?
Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Istrian Shorthaired Hound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Istrian Shorthaired Hound every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. 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.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Istrian Shorthaired Hound Personality / Temperament

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

The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Istrian Shorthaired Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Istrian Shorthaired Hounds don't really like playing. You need to find another activity to make them happy.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Istrian Shorthaired Hound sensitivity:
Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound a good family dog?
Average to High: Istrian Shorthaired 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 Istarski Kratkodlaki Gonic need? Istrian Shorthaired Hound social needs:
Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Istarski Kratkodlaki Gonic bark?
A lot: Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Istarski Kratkodlaki Gonic? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Istrian Shorthaired Hound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Istrian Shorthaired Hound? How much bite force does an Istrian Shorthaired Hound have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

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

The Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound do?
Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Istrian Shorthaired Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Istrian Shorthaired Hound roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound have high prey drive?
Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Istrian Shorthaired Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Istrian Shorthaired Hound temperament with other people:
Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Istrian Shorthaired Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Istrian Shorthaired Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Istrian Shorthaired Hounds do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Istrian Shorthaired Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Istrian Shorthaired Hound temperament with children:
Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound breed live with a cat?
Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Istrian Shorthaired Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Istrian Shorthaired Hound dogs get along with other dogs?
Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Istrian Shorthaired Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Istrian Shorthaired Hound breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Istrian Shorthaired Hounds good office dogs? Do Istrian Shorthaired Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Istrian Shorthaired Hounds be office dogs?
No
Istrian Shorthaired Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Istrian Shorthaired Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Istarski Kratkodlaki Gonic temperament with senior people? Are Istrian Shorthaired Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are not the best breed for elderly people.

Istrian Shorthaired Hound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Istrian Shorthaired Hound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Istrian Shorthaired Hound rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Istrian Shorthaired Hound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Istrian Shorthaired Hound see the vet?
Rare
The Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound dogs live? How old can a Istrian Shorthaired Hound be? What is the age limit of the Istrian Shorthaired Hound? How many years can the oldest Istrian Shorthaired Hound live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Istrian Shorthaired Hound?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Istrian Shorthaired Hound: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Istrian Shorthaired Hound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound have? What is the activity level of the Istrian Shorthaired Hound?
Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Istrian Shorthaired Hound need? How much exercise do Istrian Shorthaired Hound dogs require per day?
Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound breed need?
Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Istrian Shorthaired Hound breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Istrian Shorthaired Hound? How much food should I feed my Istrian Shorthaired Hound?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Istrian Shorthaired Hound risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Istrian Shorthaired Hound has a low to the average risk for obesity. 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 change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound drool?
The Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Istrian Shorthaired Hound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

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

Not really

Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Istrian Shorthaired Hound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

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

Istrian Shorthaired Hound Reproducibility

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

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound have in a litter? How many puppies can the Istrian Shorthaired Hound breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Istrian Shorthaired Hound have? How many puppies can an Istrian Shorthaired Hound give birth to?
4-8 puppies

Istrian Shorthaired Hound Recognition

AKC Group
Is Istrian Shorthaired Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Istrian Shorthaired Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Istrian Shorthaired Hound Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Istrian Shorthaired Hound's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are very easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Istrian Shorthaired Hound doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are low shedders.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Istrian Shorthaired Hound has a low to the average risk for obesity.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Istrian Shorthaired Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Istrian Shorthaired Hound breed in the home.
  • Mouthiness: Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Adaptability: Istrian Shorthaired Hounds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Istrian Shorthaired Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are not the best breed for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Istrian Shorthaired Hound History

Introduction

The Istrian Shorthaired Hound may not appear to be a well-known breed, but it is one of, if not the oldest, hound breeds in the Balkans. They have a long and illustrious history that dates back hundreds of years and with good cause.

While they aren't the largest dogs, they are well-known for being excellent hunters, capable of tracking hares, foxes, and rabbits with their speed, keen senses, and long endurance.

They are quiet and relaxed in the home, but this does not necessarily imply that they are the greatest of pets. They are exceedingly apprehensive of children, are only moderately good with other dogs, and tend to bark when strangers are present.

They are normally quite affectionate with their owners or trainers, although they are not as playful as other breeds. With all of these characteristics together, they are still best suited for hunting rather than being kept just as pets.

 

Origins

Istria is the Adriatic Sea's largest peninsula, shared by three countries: Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy. As Croatia controls the majority of the peninsula, the Istrian Shorthaired Hound is considered a Croatian breed.

Although historical records of dog breeds are scarce, it's difficult to say when the Istrian Shorthaired Hound first arose as a unique breed. In the 17th century, other Croatian hunting dogs, such as the famous Dalmatians, became independent breeds.

It's likely that the Istrian Shorthaired Hound is even older, as a dog with a similar appearance is depicted in a fresco painted in 1497. Moreover, literary references from the preceding centuries have been discovered to support the thesis that the Istrian Hound is the oldest hound breed from the Balkans.

There is also speculation that because of their general build and personality traits, they stemmed from a combination of European scent hounds, and the dogs were often traded by the Phoenicians and ancient civilizations that populated much of the Mediterranean coast.

Moreover, throughout their history, they seem to have been revered for their prized hunting abilities as that is often the greatest associated with the breed in general.

The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is primarily used for hunting foxes and rabbits, although sometimes they were also used to hunt wild boar and birds, such as quail and pheasant.

They were described as animals with "boundless persistence and a remarkable enthusiasm for hunting" by an Austro-Hungarian Colonel, F. B. Laska. They were extremely devoted and obedient, making them great hunting dogs.

 

Recognition

In 1924, a studbook containing the lineages of dogs classified as Istrian Shorthaired Hounds was developed.

This was utilized to keep the breed alive until 1949 when the Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognized it. It took another quarter turn before the first breed standard was released in 1973, and another quarter turn before the UKC recognized it in 2006.

They are still commonly used as hunting dogs in the region, but they have yet to transition into any form of companion animal, as their reserved and unique personalities haven't made them popular in most households.

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  • Zara

    Nov 12, 2020, 5:48:58 AM:

    lovely friendly dogs! Great with kids and other animals, stunning and graceful, on of the most beautiful dogs I've come across. I definitely recommend this dogs for all families. I have had these kin of dogs my whole life and they are so wonderful!