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Istrian Hound

Size: Medium

Weight: Smooth (31 - 44 lbs.); Rough (25 - 53 lbs.)

Height: Smooth (17" - 22"); Rough (18" - 23")"

Life Span: 12 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Slovenia (Middle Ages / 1800s)

Also Known As: Istrian Rough-Coated Hound, Istrian Smooth-Coated Hound, Istrian Setter, Istrski Kratkodlaki Gonic, Istrski Ostrodlaki Gonic

Group: Scenthound

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

Both the Smooth and Rough Coated varieties are natural hunters and require plenty of exercise. Regular walks, romps and play sessions are recommended for this breed.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


Because of varying ancestry, the smooth-coated and rough-coated varieties of the Istrian Hound have slightly different temperaments. The original, smooth-coated variety is a loyal hunting partner, affectionate and calm. Its rough-coated counterpart is equally enjoyable, but has a tendency to be more independent (training more difficult). The rough-coated variety is also more versatile in its outdoor abilities because its coat is more resistant to water and cold weather.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


An ancient scenthound, the Istrian Smooth-Coated Hound is a descendant of Asian scenthounds and European Mastiffs and scenthounds. In the 1800s, the Istrian Rough-Coated Hound was developed as a cross between the Istrian Smooth-Coated Hound and the French Griffon Vendeen.

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