Bosnian Hound

Other names: Stiff-haired Bosnian Hound, Illyrian Hound, Barak, Bosanski Ostrodlaki Goni-Barak

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The Bosnian Hound is a medium-sized dog, of sturdy build, with a long, shaggy coat, an elongated and well-proportioned head. Also called Barak or Bosnian Straight-Haired Hound, he displays an expression that is both severe and cheerful.



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Hair type Long
Origin Bosnia
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 16 kg to 24 kg From 46 cm to 55 cm
Male From 16 kg to 24 kg From 46 cm to 55 cm
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History of the breed

The development of the breed of   Bosnian Hound   dates from the late 19th century, from local dogs crossed with a dog of Italian origin hunting. Contributions of Short-haired Istrian Hounds and Saint Hubert’s Dogs also seem to have taken place.

Physical features

His hair: long, hard in texture, shaggy, tousled. The outer coat is lined with an abundant undercoat.
Its color: bicolor or tricolor. Form yellow, yellow-red, earth-gray or blackish. With or without white markings on the head, under the throat and neck, on the forechest, the lower parts of the legs and at the end of the tail.
Its head: rather elongated (length between 20 and 25 cm), moderately wide and tapering towards the nose when viewed from above. The muzzle, strong, long and high, is longer than the skull. The superciliary arches are well pronounced, the frontal furrow moderately developed, the stop gently sloping and the occipital protuberance pronounced. The nose is broad, the nostrils well developed (black or dark brown in color), the lips tight and rather thick, the jaws strong and articulated like scissors.
His ears: set on moderately high, of medium length, rather broad, hanging, thick and tapering towards the tip.
His eyes: oval in shape, chestnut color, large and displaying a look full of intelligence and cheerfulness.
His body: of solid and harmonious construction. The neck is muscular, oblique from top to bottom, with the attachment well demarcated from the head. The topline slopes gently down to the rump, which is slightly sloping and wide. The withers are moderately extended, the back broad and muscular, the lumbar region short and well muscled, the chest long and moderately broad, the belly rather raised.
Its tail: thick at its set, becoming thinner towards its end, carried as a scimitar (slightly curved upwards), well covered with hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Bosnian Hound   is a dog full of vivacity , courage and perseverance . He is described as resistant and persistent in the hunt , during which he also demonstrates his deep timbre. The Bosnian Hound is able to navigate difficult terrain and work on a variety of game. In family, he is a pleasant companion , attached to his masters and naturally suspicious of strangers.

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the   Bosnian Hound   requires firm, but fair education . It is imperative to instill in him the limits not to cross from an early age and to initiate him to recall, all without brutality or balance of power.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Bosnian Hound prefers life as close as possible to nature , where it can express its hunting instincts, but it adapts well to an urban environment as long as it is walked around enough.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Bosnian Hound   is a robust and rustic dog. He enjoys solid health and his double coat gives him good protection against cold and bad weather.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies.

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Patella dislocation

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Bosnian Hound dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Bosnian Hound is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Bosnian Hound   does not require particularly restrictive maintenance work . Regular brushing is enough to keep it clean.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week to maintain the cleanliness and health of its coat and skin. Careful examination of her dress and the inside of her ears is recommended after outings to detect any debris or parasites.

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Its claws are to be cut if they do not wear out naturally. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 600
1000 €

The purchase price of a Bosnian Hound is between € 600 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
600 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Bosnian Hound is between € 450 and € 600.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Bosnian Hound needs a lot of exercise to get active. His nature as a hunting dog means that he must be able to stay active . It requires long daily walks . He also enjoys playing sessions with his owners.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1965


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