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Serbian Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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Serbian Hound
OriginSerbia
Other Names
What other names does the Serbian Hound have? The dog breed also known as...
Balkan Hound, Srpski gonič, Balkanski gonič
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Serbian Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Serbian Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Serbian Hound breed?
Federation Cynologique InternationaleUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Serbian 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? Serbian Hound price:
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Serbian 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 Serbian Hound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Serbian Hound gets to a happy place.

Serbian Hound History

Just like many other European hound breeds, the Serbian Hound has a long, detailed history, with a very minimal amount of records and conformation or documentation about the breed’s exact origins. Unfortunately, there is also a lack of artworks that could display the breed; however, oral traditions and local stories suggest that the Serbian Hound has been present in the South-East part of Europe, in the Balkan area for approximately 1,000 years now. This is the reason why the breed was known as the Balkan Hound, until 1940. According to experts, the breed is most presumably a descendant of different types of dogs brought to the region by Phoenician traders from the Northern parts of Africa. These early hounds were crossbred with other groups from the nearby regions of Anatolia and Montenegro, in order to produce the Serbian Hound, we know today. However, there are no exact resources, nor records about the breed’s exact ancestry, nor about the breeding process.

The first written description allegedly referencing the Serbian Hound, is stemmed from the 11th century, and is credited to a man named Frank Laska. He was an Australian officer, based in the Balkan area, who wrote and published books about hunting traditions in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1905. Frank observed and measured over 1,000 dogs in the area and has categorized their breeds.

In spite of the Serbian Hound’s patchy history, based on oral traditions, it is presumable that the breed has been a popular one in the Balkans for many centuries now. Initially, the dogs were only kept as hunting companions, thus they quickly gained serious recognition and a good reputation as excellent scent-hounds. The dogs either operated as a single or a part of a pack during hunts. Over the centuries, this hunting heritage had developed a dedicated and hard-working hound with a high energy level. The Serbian Hound’s keen sense of smell enabled them to seek out their quarry, which varied from anything, including deer, wild boar, hare, and foxes.

Regarding the official recognition of the Serbian Hound, their breed standard was drawn up in 1924, however, it was finalized and accepted later, in 1939. It was not until 1940, that the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) recognized the breed officially. Throughout the breed’s entire history, until the point when the FCI registered the breed, it was known as the Balkan Hound (Balkanski Gonič in Serbian), but the FCI changed it to Serbian Hound. The breed also got recognized by the UKC (United Kennel Club) in 2006. Nowadays the breed remained rare outside of their geographical homeland, the Balkans.

Serbian Hound General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Serbian Hound size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Serbian Hound weigh? Serbian Hound weight:
44 pounds (20 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Serbian Hound? Serbian Hound average weight:
44 pounds (20 kg)
Height
How tall is the Serbian Hound? Serbian Hound height:
Male: 18–22 inches (46–56 cm), Female: 17.5–21.5 inches (44–54 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Serbian Hound average height:
Male: 18–22 inches (46–56 cm), Female: 17.5–21.5 inches (44–54 cm)

Serbian Hound Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Serbian Hound have? What does this canine coat look like?
ThickHarshSmooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Serbian Hound's coat?
TanBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Serbian Hound and how often?
Easy to groom: The Serbian 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. Serbian 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 Serbian Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Balkan Hound? Serbian Hound shedding level:
Serbian Hounds shed above average. 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. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Serbian Hound breed.

Serbian Hound Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Serbian Hound have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ObedientTenaciousDependableLivelyKindGood-natured
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Serbian Hound? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Serbian Hound's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Serbian Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Serbian Hounds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Serbian Hound is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Serbian Hound sensitivity:
Serbian 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 for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Serbian 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 Balkan Hound need? Serbian Hound social needs:
Serbian Hounds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Serbian Hound dogs bark a lot? Why does my Srpski gonič bark?
High: The Serbian Hound is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. 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 Serbian Hound good as a watchdog?
Serbian Hounds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Serbian Hound dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Serbian Hound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Serbian Hounds strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Serbian Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Balkan Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Serbian Hound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Serbian 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 Serbian Hound do?
Serbian 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 Serbian Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Serbian Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Serbian Hound roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Serbian 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 Serbian Hound have high prey drive?
Serbian 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 Serbian Hound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Serbian Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Serbian 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?
Serbian Hounds 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?
Serbian 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 Serbian Hound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Serbian Hound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Serbian Hounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Serbian Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Serbian Hound and children:
Serbian Hounds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Serbian Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Serbian Hounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Serbian Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Serbian Hound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Serbian Hounds are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Serbian Hound can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Serbian Hounds good office dogs? Do Serbian Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Serbian Hounds be office dogs?
No
Serbian Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Serbian Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Balkan Hound temperament with senior people? Are Serbian Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Serbian Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Serbian Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Serbian Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Serbian Hounds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Serbian Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Serbian Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Serbian 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). Serbian Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Serbian 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. Serbian Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Serbian 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. Serbian Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Serbian 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 Serbian Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Serbian Hound be a boat dog?
Not really
Serbian Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Serbian 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. Serbian Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Serbian Hound Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Serbian Hound dogs have health problems?
Serbian Hounds are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Serbian Hound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Serbian Hound breed? Health risks of Serbian Hound:
BloatJoint DysplasiaObesity
Life Expectancy
How long do Serbian Hound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Serbian Hound be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Serbian Hound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Serbian 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 Serbian Hound have?
Serbian Hounds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Serbian Hound dogs require per day?
Serbian 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 this fido need?
Serbian Hounds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Serbian 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? Serbian Hound risk for obesity:
Average. The Serbian Hound 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 Serbian Hound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Serbian 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 Serbian Hound drool?
The Serbian 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.

Serbian Hound 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 Serbian 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 Serbian 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 Serbian Hound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Serbian Hound Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Serbian Hound's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Serbian Hounds are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Serbian Hounds are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Serbian Hound doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Serbian Hounds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Serbian Hounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Serbian Hounds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Serbian Hounds are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Serbian Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Serbian Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Serbian Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Serbian Hounds shed above average.
  • Mouthiness: Serbian Hounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Serbian Hound is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Serbian 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.
  • Cat Friendly: Serbian Hounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Serbian Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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