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Istarski Ostrodlaki Gonic

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Istarski Ostrodlaki Gonic
Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound
Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound
Alternative names
Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound
Istrian Rough-Coated Hound
Country of origin
Common nicknames
Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 6 Section 6 #152  
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct

The Istarski Ostrodlaki Gonic is a breed of dog developed in the mid-1800s for hunting fox and rabbit. It is a rough-coated scent hound still kept primarily as a hunting dog rather than as a pet.


Dogs of this breed can vary considerably in size, as the dog is still bred primarily for hunting, so more emphasis might be placed on performance than on specific appearance requirements. It can range from 25 to 56 lb (16 to 26 kg) and stand 17 to 23 inches (44 to 58 cm) at the withers.

The breed's wiry coat is weather resistent for hunting. The topcoat is 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm) long and it has a wooly undercoat. The color is white with yellow or orange markings, usually on the ears. The ears are broad and hang flat.


Again, because the Ostrodlaki Gonic has been bred primarily for hunting rather than as a companion, it tends to be willful and hence more challenging to train than many other breeds.


Slovenian breeders created the Ostrodlaki Gonic in the mid-1800s by crossing the French Griffon VendeÚn with the Istrski Kratkodlaki Gonic, a smooth-haired hound developed from both sight hounds and scent hounds. The breed first took part in a dog show in Vienna in 1866.

The dog is still used for hunting fox, rabbits, hare, and wild boar.


  • Fogle, Bruce D.V.M; The New Encyclopedia of the Dog, Dorling Kindersley Books, 2000. ISBN 0-7894-6130-7
  • Cunliffe, Juliette; The Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds, Parragon Publishing, 2004. ISBN 0-75258-276-3

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