Old Croatian Sighthound Information & Dog Breed Facts

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OriginCroatia flagCroatia
Other Names
What other names does the Old Croatian Sighthound have?
Hrti SighthoundHrti
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Old Croatian Sighthound Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Old Croatian Sighthound 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?
Unknown
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Availability
How easy is it to get a Old Croatian Sighthound?
Average: The Old Croatian Sighthound 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.

Old Croatian Sighthound Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Old Croatian Sighthound weigh? Old Croatian Sighthound weight:
Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 44-57 pounds (20-26 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Old Croatian Sighthound? Old Croatian Sighthound average weight:
Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 50.5 pounds (23 kg)
Height
How tall is the Old Croatian Sighthound? Old Croatian Sighthound height:
Male: 23.5-27 inch (60-70 cm), Female: 21.5-25 inch (55-65 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Old Croatian Sighthound average height:
Male: 25 inch (65 cm), Female: 23 inch (60 cm)

Old Croatian Sighthound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Old Croatian Sighthound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Flat
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Old Croatian Sighthound's coat?
White & BlackWhite & Dark Brown
Grooming
How to groom the Old Croatian Sighthound and how often?
Effortless: The Old Croatian Sighthound requires minimal 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 sometimes to avoid infections. Old Croatian Sighthound is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Old Croatian Sighthound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Hrti Sighthound?
Old Croatian Sighthounds 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 Old Croatian Sighthound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Old Croatian Sighthound 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.

Old Croatian Sighthound Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Old Croatian Sighthound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
LovingObedientIntelligentGentleCalm
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Old Croatian Sighthound? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Old Croatian Sighthound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Old Croatian Sighthounds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Old Croatian Sighthound is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Old Croatian Sighthound sensitivity:
Sensitive: Old Croatian Sighthounds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Old Croatian Sighthounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Hrti Sighthound need? Old Croatian Sighthound social needs:
Old Croatian Sighthounds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Old Croatian Sighthound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Hrti Sighthound bark?
Average to High: The Old Croatian Sighthound 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 the same barks could have a different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Old Croatian Sighthound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Old Croatian Sighthounds 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 Old Croatian Sighthound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Old Croatian Sighthounds are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Old Croatian Sighthound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Hrti Sighthound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Old Croatian Sighthound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Old Croatian Sighthound 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 Old Croatian Sighthound has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Old Croatian Sighthound bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Old Croatian Sighthound, 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 Old Croatian Sighthound do?
Old Croatian Sighthounds 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 Old Croatian Sighthounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Old Croatian Sighthound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Old Croatian Sighthound roam?
Old Croatian Sighthounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has 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. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Old Croatian Sighthound have high prey drive?
Old Croatian Sighthounds 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 Old Croatian Sighthound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Old Croatian Sighthound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Apartment-friendly dog the Old Croatian Sighthound breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Old Croatian Sighthounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Old Croatian Sighthounds 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.

Old Croatian Sighthound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Old Croatian Sighthound temperament with other people:
Old Croatian Sighthounds are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Old Croatian Sighthound dogs get along with other pets? Are Old Croatian Sighthound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Old Croatian Sighthounds do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Old Croatian Sighthound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Old Croatian Sighthound temperament with children:
Old Croatian Sighthounds are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Old Croatian Sighthound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Old Croatian Sighthounds are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Old Croatian Sighthound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Old Croatian Sighthound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Old Croatian Sighthounds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Old Croatian Sighthound can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Old Croatian Sighthound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Old Croatian Sighthounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Old Croatian Sighthounds good office dogs? Do Old Croatian Sighthounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Old Croatian Sighthounds be office dogs?
No
Old Croatian Sighthound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Old Croatian Sighthound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Hrti Sighthound temperament with senior people? Are Old Croatian Sighthound dogs good for elderly owners?
Old Croatian Sighthounds are commonly okay with elderly people.

Old Croatian Sighthound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Old Croatian Sighthound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Old Croatian Sighthounds are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Old Croatian Sighthound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Old Croatian Sighthound see the vet?
Rare
The Old Croatian Sighthound 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 Old Croatian Sighthound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Old Croatian Sighthound be? What is the age limit of the Old Croatian Sighthound? How many years can the oldest Old Croatian Sighthound live?
11-13 years
The average lifespan of Old Croatian Sighthound: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Old Croatian Sighthound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Old Croatian Sighthounds 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 Old Croatian Sighthound have? What is the activity level of the Old Croatian Sighthound?
Old Croatian Sighthounds have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Old Croatian Sighthound dogs require per day?
Old Croatian Sighthounds 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 this fido need?
Old Croatian Sighthounds like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Old Croatian Sighthound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 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? Old Croatian Sighthound risk for obesity:
Average: The Old Croatian Sighthound has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks 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 Old Croatian Sighthound'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 Old Croatian Sighthound 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 Old Croatian Sighthound drool?
The Old Croatian Sighthound drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. 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 more than others, just like the Old Croatian Sighthound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Old Croatian Sighthound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Old Croatian Sighthound 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). Old Croatian Sighthound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Old Croatian Sighthound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Old Croatian Sighthound be an emotional support animal?

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. Old Croatian Sighthound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Old Croatian Sighthound 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. Old Croatian Sighthound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Old Croatian Sighthound 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 Old Croatian Sighthound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Old Croatian Sighthound be a boat dog?

Not really

Old Croatian Sighthound 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 Old Croatian Sighthound 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. Old Croatian Sighthound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Old Croatian Sighthound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

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

Old Croatian Sighthound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Old Croatian Sighthound: 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 Old Croatian Sighthound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-10 puppies, average 5

Old Croatian Sighthound Recognition

AKC Group
Is Old Croatian Sighthound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Old Croatian Sighthound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Old Croatian Sighthound Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Old Croatian Sighthounds are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Old Croatian Sighthounds are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Old Croatian Sighthound breed.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Old Croatian Sighthound requires minimal grooming.
  • Adaptability: Old Croatian Sighthounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Dog Friendly: Old Croatian Sighthounds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Old Croatian Sighthounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Old Croatian Sighthounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Old Croatian Sighthound drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Old Croatian Sighthounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Old Croatian Sighthounds 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.
  • Cat Friendly: Old Croatian Sighthounds are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Old Croatian Sighthound is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Old Croatian Sighthound History

The Old Croatian Sighthound, also known as the Old Bosnian Sighthound, is an extinct breed of sighthound from the Balkan countries of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. The breed descended from the Old Bosnian Greyhound but the breed’s lineage also includes the Hungarian Greyhound, the Posavac Hound, the Istrian Hound, the Whippet, and the English Greyhound. However, it has been suggested that the Old Croatian Sighthound’s origin goes back to the 5th century BC as there are images of sighthounds on Celtic coins. Besides the coin, there are other references of the breed, found in the Balkans for example writings of friars from the 13 and 14th centuries AD.

The Old Croatian Sighthound was so similar, almost identical to the Greyhound (which was actually introduced to Britain by the Celts) although a little bit smaller, with dogs standing between 60 and 70 centimeters bitches being 5 to 10 centimeters shorter. The breed has a short coat and was predominantly white with black, brown, red, or yellow patches.

Traditionally the breed was used for coursing, predominantly hunting hare, it would catch the prey and then return it to its owner, the hunter. Just like on any other breed, the wars had a negative effect on the Old Croatian Sighthound. The breed was almost exterminated by war when Croatia was still a part of Yugoslavia as some were killed and some died because of food shortages.

The breed never actually received recognition by any kennel club and suffered greatly under the former Yugoslavia. However, the government did make the situation even worse because they banned coursing with sighthounds and further banned hunter from owning dogs without kennel club registration. In the late 20th century some remaining dogs were found in Orašj and the surrounding villages. A pair were even brought to the Zagreb School of Veterinary Medicine with some’s hope of saving them and starting a breeding program but unfortunately, the hope was gone and the plan did not work. According to research, the Old Croatian Sighthound went extinct by 1995.

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  • Millie

    Nov 12, 2020, 5:53:42 AM:

    Lovely dogs, very easy to train and very friendly I definitely recommend this dog. They are wonderful with kids and cats. They are not the. most well known dogs but that adds the beauty of unusuality