Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound

Last updated: Sep 04 2023

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a hunting dog originating from Croatia. These dogs were bred from the beginning to hunt small game, such as foxes and hares, on various terrains. Their coat served as protection from various weather conditions.

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hounds are high-energy dogs that require a lot of daily activities. Since they were bred for working purposes, they will be the happiest if they have a job to do. If you provide them with enough activities, they will be excellent family dogs.

FUN FACT: Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a direct descendant of the Istrian Shorthaired Hound.

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound


17-24 in (43-60 cm)

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound


26-60 lb (12-27 kg)

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound



Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound

Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health


Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound coat needs regular care if you want that your dog looks good. Weekly brushing is required to prevent matting.

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound coat colors:

  • Snow white with orange markings

Since these dogs have droopy ears, you should be very careful and check them regularly. They are prone to developing ear infections, and because of that, weekly check their ears for any signs of infections – bad odor, redness, wax build-up, etc.

With these dogs, the rest is basic care. Trim their nails if the dog doesn’t wear them out naturally, bathe them a few times a year, and brush their teeth so they secure fresh breath and healthy gums.


Istrian Coarse-Haired Hounds are highly active dogs, and you will have to provide them with a lot of daily activities. Long walks in the woods, hiking, and playing with balls can all do the trick to keep your dog happy and healthy. Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is not a very easy dog to train.

They can be stubborn, and you must be very consistent with training. You must be firm and consistent, and you can be sure that your dog will listen to you.


Since this is a hunting dog breed, early socialization is a must. From the moment you bring your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound home, start the socialization process. That way, you can be sure that your dog will develop into a well-behaved dog with whom you will not have any problems later in life.

The best thing you can do is to expose your dog to many different situations, people, dogs, animals, and sounds so they can learn how to properly react. You can even socialize your dog at home: dress differently, and act differently so that your dog can’t recognize you right away.

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound and kids

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hounds are an excellent choice for families with kids, and they will be great playing partners for them. Take note that no matter how good your dog is, you should never leave him alone with kids so any unwanted behavior wouldn't emerge.

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound and other animals

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound gets along with other dogs and enjoys their company. With proper socialization, you don't have to worry that your dog will become aggressive or wouldn't get along with other dogs. Since this is a hunting dog in some cases, Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound can start chasing smaller animals.


Every dog can develop some health problems, and Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound also can suffer from some conditions. To be sure that you will end up with the dog with the best possible health, always buy Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound from a responsible dog breeder. Responsible breeders will regularly check their breeding dogs to ensure that their puppies will be without inherited diseases.

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound can suffer from:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Ear infections

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound breeders

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is not a very popular dog across the world, so you must be patient if you want to get this dog. When trying to find Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound breeders take your time and explore all your options.

We advise you only to search and contact official and responsible dog breeders because if you do so, you can be sure that your future puppy will have the best possible start in life  - good and responsible breeders take good care of their dogs and provide them with everything they need.

These dogs can mostly be found in their native land – Croatia.

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Updated at04.09.2023.