Home > Istrian Shorthaired Hound


Istrian Shorthaired Hound

Passionate hunter

Scenthounds and Related Breeds

Original Name : Istarski Kratkodlaki Gonič

Type : Braccoid

Male size : Ideally, 19¾ inches

Male weight : Approximately, 39-40 lbs in adults

Female size : Ideally, 17½ inches

Degree of grooming :

Countries of origin : Croatia


Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are awesome scenthounds, specialized in hares and foxes, but they also have outstanding instincts as a leash hound. They are wonderfully suited to the vast openness of Istria, whence they hail. Like its wire-haired sibling, this Croatian is easy to train and good natured, forming a good attachment to its master, with who it shares a passion for the hunt.


Viewed from the side, the occipital protuberance is pronounced and the forehead is slightly domed, with a gentle transition to the straight nose.



Gently descending topline to the croup, broad, straight, muscular back, broad, short loins.



Snow white. Ears are usually orange from the base to both sides of the forehead to the eyes, giving the head its characteristic mask.



Fine, broad set just under eye level, must be straight at the tips.



Strong at the base, tapering at the tip, the more slender the nobler the appearance of the dog.



Smooth, fine, dense and glossy.


The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is certainly a native of the Istrian peninsula in Croatia, although its precise origins are shrouded by time. A late 15th century fresco depicts dogs closely resembling the breed, while an early 18th century chronicle by Bishop Bakič of Djakovo also mentions the type. Their exceptional hunting skills led to Istrian Shorthaired Hounds being adopted in neighboring regions and the first registrations in the stud book is from 1924. The breed was recognized by the F.C.I. in 1949, although the first standard was not published until 1973.These noble-looking scent hounds have a snow white coat broken by lemon-orange markings, a fine, smooth coat and a clean, long, narrow head. The supple body is ideally suited to its tasks.

Did you know ?

The ears may also be speckled with orange markings, which are especially prized as the sign of a purebred. More or less widespread lemon-orange markings in flecking or ribbon are permitted on any part of the body, but are typically found around the base of the tail. They must never be so numerous as to prevail over the white foundation. The tint of the spots must be accentuated, neither pale nor dark or even brown, which is a sign of cross-breeding. A third color is not allowed, even on just a handful of hairs.


  • facebook
  • google
  • youtube