Istrian Shorthaired Hound

The Istrian shorthaired hound is a domestic breed of hunting dog that originated from Croatia. The history of the breed is largely unknown, although there are many stories about its development from its home country. Images were found on frescoes that resemble the breed that date back to 1497 and writers including Bishop Bakič of Đakovo, from 1719, speak of the dog.  This breed, along with the Istrian coarse-haired hound, is thought to be the oldest breed from the Balkan area. The first official organization to accept this breed was the FCI in 1949, but the breed standard would not be published until 1973.

The Istrian shorthaired hound reaches an average height of 19.5 inches at the withers and an average weight of 40 pounds. Its body is muscular and its coat is smooth. It is typically white in color with orange patches of fur occurring randomly along the body. This breed does not typically experience any major health issues. It is active while hunting, but makes a calm pet companion. The Istrian shorthaired hound is recognized by the FCI, the UKC, and many minor dog clubs under a variety names.

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