Posavatz hound

Other names: Save Valley Hound, Kras Basin Hound, Posavaski Gonic, Posavatz Hound

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The Posavatz Hound is a medium-sized dog with a robust and harmonious build. Its red-wheaten color in all its nuances is a characteristic of the breed. The body of the Posavatz Hound can be written in a rectangle: its length is greater than its height at the withers. The movements and gaits of this dog are balanced.



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Hair type Short
Origin Croatia
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 25 kg From 46 cm to 48 cm
Male From 20 kg to 25 kg From 48 cm to 50 cm
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History of the breed

The origin of the breed of   Posavatz hound is very old and is located in Croatia. It comes, more precisely, from the valley of Save, a forest region located to the south-east of Zagreb. the   Posavatz hound   was depicted in various Croatian art from the 15th century, including frescoes, columns and books. It was presented for the first time in a dog show in the interwar period, in 1924. The first standard showing its other current name, that of Sava Valley Hound, was developed in 1969. Previously, the appellation Kras Basin Hound was used instead.

The Posavatz Hound breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on August 4, 1955. Its official FCI standard in force was published on March 11, 2014.

Physical features

Its coat: short (2 to 3 cm in length), lying down, stiff and dense. Well present at the level of the belly, slightly longer on the rear faces of the limbs and the inner face of the tail.
Its color: reddish wheat in different shades, without going to brown or chocolate. With white markings on the head (star or list shaped), on the neck (ruff), on the chest, under the belly, on the lower parts of the legs and at the end of the tail.
His head: well proportioned to the body. The skull is slightly longer than the muzzle, which is strong, rectangular and full. The occipital bone and frontal sulcus are moderately pronounced. The stop is well developed, but not exaggerated. The nose is strong and black or dark in color. The lips are moderately thick. The jaws powerful, regular and articulated in scissors.
His ears: hanging, set at the level of the eye line, rectangular in shape, rounded at their end, moderately long and thick. Covered with a short hair, they are devoid of folds, never rolled up.
His eyes: medium in size, moderately set apart, in a semi-frontal position, oval in shape, dark brown in color and displaying an intelligent expression.
His body: The neck is strong, well muscled, placed at an angle of 45 degrees to the horizontal line. The withers are pronounced, the back strong, straight and well muscled, the croup powerful and slightly lower than the withers, the chest deep, the rib cage down to the elbow and the ribs well sprung. The belly line is slightly raised towards the flanks.
Its tail: its line extends that of the rump. Thick at its set, tapering gradually towards its extremity, of medium length, carried saber-shaped below the topline, well covered with hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Posavatz Hound   is a lively and pleasant dog , attached to his master and rather docile. He is neither nervous nor aggressive and gets along well with children. Versatile hunting dog , it is distinguished by a clear voice, but also by its great endurance and its ability to evolve on a variety of terrains. The Posavatz Hound   mainly hunts hare, fox and wild boar.

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For a hunting and running dog, he is obedient and relatively easy to train . By receiving a balanced education, based on a minimum of firmness, gentleness and justice, the Posavatz Hound becomes an excellent companion for the family and on the hunt.

Living conditions

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

His hunter heritage means that the   Posavatz hound   is happier in the country than in the city. Nevertheless, it adapts perfectly to an urban living environment if it has the possibility of going out frequently.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Posavatz hound   is characterized by good stamina and solid health .

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 8 puppies.

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Occasional concerns
Ear infections
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Posavatz hound dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Posavatz Hound is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

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

the   Posavatz hound   experiences medium shedding and hair loss. Its maintenance is not particularly tedious, but it must remain regular , in particular through careful brushing.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week to keep his coat and skin clean. During the moult, brushing becomes more frequent (2 to 3 times per week) to remove dead hair. He does not need to take a bath regularly, only when it is needed, that is, when it is really dirty.

As the Posavatz Hound is prone to ear infections, it is necessary to examine and clean their ears regularly. Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Posavatz Hound is between € 800 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Posavatz Hound is between € 450 and € 650.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Posavatz Hound   needs to stay active . If he is not hunting, it is essential to take him on long daily walks . Endowed with great endurance, it easily accompanies its owner during his jogging or hiking sessions. He needs to be mentally stimulated so as not to get bored. He also likes to play.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(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 1955


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