Istrian Shorthaired Hound
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Istrian Shorthaired Hound

Last updated: Aug 31 2023

Istrian Shorthaired Hound is a hunting dog originating from Istria, Croatia. These dogs are one of the oldest hunting dogs from the Balkan region. These dogs were mostly used for hunting foxes and rabbits.

Today Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are still mostly used for hunting purposes but can make great family dogs as well. These dogs fit best into a house with a big yard where they can spend their energy. Istrian Shorthaired Hounds loves to bark and because of that, they are not the best choice for apartment living.

Istrian Shorthaired 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.

Istrian Shorthaired Hound


18-21 in (47-53 cm)

Istrian Shorthaired Hound


35-45 lb (16-21 kg)

Istrian Shorthaired Hound



Istrian Shorthaired Hound

Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

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


Istrian Shorthaired Hound coat needs regular care if you want that your dog looks good. Weekly brushing is required to remove the dead hair from your dog.

Istrian Shorthaired 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 Shorthaired Hound


Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are highly active dogs, and you will have to provide them with many 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 Shorthaired 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.


As with all other dogs, even Istrian Shorthaired Hound requires proper and early socialization in order to trust your dog. With correct socialization, your dog will learn how it’s supposed to behave in many different situations he may find himself in. The socialization process starts as soon as you bring your Istrian Shorthaired Hound puppy home.

Expose him to many different situations, people, dogs, and sounds.

They can learn to react accordingly and understand that they don’t need to be scared of strangers and other dogs. They can adapt to any environment as long as you secure them with plenty of physical and mental activity.

Istrian Shorthaired Hound and kids

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

Istrian Shorthaired Hound and other animals

Istrian Shorthaired 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 not get along with other dogs. Since this is a hunting dog in some cases, Istrian Shorthaired Hound can start chasing smaller animals.


Istrian Shorthaired Hounds have a life expectancy of 12-15 years. They are generally healthy dogs, but they can be prone to some health problems. These problems include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Ear infections
  • Epilepsy
  • hypothyroidism

To be sure that your dog will not develop any inherited diseases, we advise you to only buy it from a responsible and official dog breeder. Those breeders regularly perform various health tests on their breeding dogs so they can be sure that their puppies will not develop inherited problems.

Istrian Shorthaired Hound breeders

Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are not so popular dogs around the world, so you must be prepared that you will have to wait for your puppy if you decide that this is the best dog for you. While searching for breeders, always find the good ones, and if you do so, you don’t have to worry that your dog will end up with inherited diseases.

While talking to breeders, always ask them to show you the health certificates of their dogs.

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

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Updated at31.08.2023.