Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound
The Istrian coarse-haired hound is a breed of domestic hunting dog that originated from Croatia in the nineteenth century. The breed was developed by Croatian and Slovene breeders that bred the Istrian Shorthaired Hound, which has smooth hair, with the French Griffon Vendeén, making its first official appearance in Vienna at a conformation show that occurred in 1866. The dog was originally meant to hunt small game like hares, wild boars, and foxes, a purpose for which it is still used today.
The Istrian coarse-haired hound reaches an average height between seventeen and twenty-three inches at the withers, or shoulder blades, and an average weight between twenty-five to fifty-six pounds. This variation in size is not considered a fault in accepting members of the breed into a registry due to the dog’s primary function as a hunting dog. As its name suggests, the top fur of this breed is coarse, although its undercoat is soft. It is typically yellowish white in color with orange markings occurring along the ears. The Istrian coarse-haired hound can be kept as a pet, but because of its heritage, it can be difficult to train. This breed is recognized by the FCI and the UKC in the secenthound group.
Image Caption: Tasha, a course-haired Istrian hound. Credit: Linda Pellegrini/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)