Istarski Ostrodlaki Gonic
Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound
|Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound
Istrian Rough-Coated Hound
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 6 Section 6 #152
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Istarski Ostrodlaki Gonic is a
dog developed in the
mid-1800s for hunting fox
and rabbit. It
is a rough-coated
hound still kept primarily as a
dog rather than as a
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
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
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
French Griffon VendeÚn with the
Istrski Kratkodlaki Gonic, a smooth-haired hound developed from both
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
- Fogle, Bruce D.V.M; The New Encyclopedia of the Dog, Dorling
Kindersley Books, 2000.
- Cunliffe, Juliette; The Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds, Parragon
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