Short-haired Istrian Hound

Other names: Istarski Kratkodlaki Gonic, Istrian Short Haired Hound

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The Short-haired Istrian Hound is a medium-sized, noble-looking hunting dog with a slender and powerful build. The sturdy, short-haired Istrian Hound is harmoniously built and articulate, without coarseness. As its name suggests, it differs from its close cousin, the Wirehaired Istrian Hound, by its much shorter coat.



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Hair type Short
Origin Croatia
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 15 kg to 25 kg From 45 cm to 59 cm
Male From 15 kg to 25 kg From 45 cm to 59 cm
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History of the breed

Physical features

His hair: hard in texture, it is dense, shiny and well laid against the body. Its length does not exceed 1 or 2 cm. It can be slightly longer on the back of the thighs and the inner side of the tail, which is tolerated, but not desired according to the official FCI standard of the breed.
Its color: snow white with orange markings on the body and head, especially on the ears.
His head: well proportioned to the rest of the body. Elongated and elegant. The skull is slightly longer than the muzzle and wider between the ears. The occipital protuberance is slightly marked and the stop very moderately developed. The nose is well pigmented (black or brown) and the nostrils are well open. The muzzle is strong, neither too narrow nor too pointed. The lips are not very thick, well applied against the jaws. The labial commissure is not visible. The jaws are powerful, well developed and scissor bite.
His ears: hanging, close to the head, their tip touches the skull. Attached at the level of the eye line, they are in the shape of an isosceles triangle with a rounded top. Medium in size, thin and covered with a short hair.
His eyes: medium in size, arranged in a semi-frontal position with an angle of 10 to 15 degrees from the horizontal line. Oval in shape, dark brown in color with a smart expression.
His body: strong, harmoniously developed. The withers are well developed, the loins strong and well muscled, the back powerful and firm, the rump muscular, broad and a little lower than the withers, the chest deep and wide, the lower line slightly raised.
Its tail: attached in the continuity of the line of the rump, it is strong at its attachment and gradually becomes thinner towards its end. Worn in saber, higher when the dog is excited or active.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Short-haired Istrian Hound is a dog whose qualities clearly predestined it for hunting , hence its great popularity with hunters in the region and surrounding countries. Able to evolve with ease on difficult terrain, especially those of the karst type, he is distinguished by a melodious and strong voice. The Short-haired Istrian Hound has a lively , gentle and docile temperament. He is neither nervous nor aggressive. He is very attached to his master and more suspicious of strangers .

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The Short-haired Istrian Hound is not difficult to train , on the contrary. It simply asks to be taken in hand from an early age and to benefit from quality socialization . The Short-haired Istrian Hound fairly quickly acquires remarkable hunting skills, being predisposed in this area. His education should be gentle , but with a hint of firmness .

Living conditions

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

The Short-haired Istrian Hound adapts to practically all living conditions and family situations, getting along rather well with children.


Ease of gaining weight

The Short-haired Istrian Hound is sturdy and resilient . He has a solid health and there is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 8 and 10 puppies.

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
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 short-haired Istrian Hound dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Short-haired Istrian Hound is, on average, between 12 and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

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

The Short-haired Istrian Hound sheds very little hair and requires only basic maintenance , which is not restrictive.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week to ensure cleanliness and remove dead hair. It is rarely bathed, when it has become very dirty. Its dress, the inside of its ears and its legs should be examined after each outing in order to detect any debris or parasites.

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. 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 Short-haired Istrian Hound is between € 800 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
600 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Short-haired Istrian Hound is between € 450 and € 600.

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Its food must be of good quality and provide it with all the nutrients it needs. It should be appropriate for their level of exercise, size and age. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Although calm, the Short-haired Istrian Hound needs a lot of exercise to be happy and successful. A born hunting dog, he must be able to benefit from long daily walks , ideally in the heart of nature.


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



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