Serbian Hound

Other names: Balkan Hound, Srpski Gonic, Balkanski Gonic, Serbian Hound

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The Serbian Hound is a medium-sized hunting dog, built sturdily and harmoniously. Its body is slightly writable in a rectangle, its length being 10% greater than its height at the withers.



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Hair type Short
Origin Serbia
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 19 kg to 20 kg From 44 cm to 49 cm
Male From 19 kg to 20 kg From 46 cm to 52 cm
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History of the breed

Originally from the Balkans , the Serbian hound would have benefited from contributions of hounds from Asia Minor . First called Balkan Hound, it was first described in 1905 by a certain Franz Laska. It was in 1924 that the first standard was developed for the Serbian Hound breed. The name Serbian Hound was officially adopted on 12 November 1996 on the occasion of the FCI annual session in Copenhagen.

Physical features

His hair: short, well supplied, shiny, thick and lying well against the body. Slightly longer on the posterior edge of the thighs and the underside of the tail. The outer coat is associated with an undercoat.
Its color: two-tone, including red in different shades (yellowish red to rust) and a black coat or saddle.
Its head: rather elongated, with the upper lines of the skull and muzzle diverging. The skull is a little rounded and the frontal groove is pronounced. The occipital protuberance is only very slightly marked and the superciliary arches well pronounced. The stop is weakly marked, the nose black and well developed, the muzzle in the form of a wedge and shorter than the skull, the lips moderately developed, the jaws powerful and articulated in scissors (even in pincers), the cheeks flat.
His ears: high set, moderately long and wide, hanging down, at the ends of oval shape and thin.
His eyes: medium in size, oval in shape, obliquely positioned and dark in color.
His body: slightly rectangle. The neck is strong and about the same length as the head. The topline is straight, the withers very slightly pronounced, the back muscular, straight and strong, the loins well muscled, the croup moderately sloping and broad, the chest strong and the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: inscribed in the extension of the line of the croup. Thick at its base, tapering towards its end. Worn above the gust line and trimmed with a well-supplied hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Serbian Hound is a dog with a strong character, while being particularly lovable . Full of vivacity, energy and self-confidence, the Serbian Hound is a tenacious and enduring hunting partner .

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To educate the Serbian Hound, you have to be firm , but without seeking the balance of power. Gentleness is just as important as determination in his learning, as he can’t stand being bullied and shows a lot of zest when encouraged. During his education, the accent is to be put as soon as possible on the recall .

Living conditions

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

The Serbian Hound is mainly aimed at active people and hunting enthusiasts. He prefers to live in a rural environment than in the city , but he can adapt to it if he is walked enough and has a large fenced garden .


Ease of gaining weight

Dog characterized by a fairly solid health , the Serbian Hound does not present a predisposition to a particular disease.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

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

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of a Serbian Hound is, on average, between 11 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

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

The maintenance of the Serbian Hound is not particularly restrictive . It loses a little more hair during the moult, but it does not require much effort in this regard.

The Serbian Hound is to be brushed twice a week . During the moult, brushing should be more frequent and longer to remove as much dead hair as possible.

Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove 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

400 €
600 €

The purchase price of a Serbian Hound is between € 400 and € 600.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

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

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Serbian Hound is essentially an active dog. He needs long outings every day to allow him to exercise and satisfy his desires to move freely over great distances.


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 1955


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