Wire-haired Istrian Hound

Other names: Istarski Ostrodlaki Gonic, Istrian Coarse Haired Hound

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The Wire-haired Istrian Hound is a medium-sized hunting dog with a rustic appearance, a well-proportioned, sturdy body and strong bones. The Wire-haired Istrian Hound displays a rather severe, even dark look. It is less popular than the Short-haired Istrian Hound.



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Hair type Half-long
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

The breed of the Wire-haired Istrian Hound descends from an ancient breed of hunting dog originating in Istria, the Adriatic peninsula in present-day Croatia. His harsh coat allowed him to withstand the low temperatures in this largely mountainous region. The Wire-haired Istrian Hound was first described in a 1719 manuscript, written by the Bishop of Dakovo, Petar Bakic. Itself indicates that the origin of the breed dates back to the 14th century. The FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) published the first standard of the breed of the Wire-haired Istrian Hound on April 6, 1955, recognizing it definitively at the same time. The official FCI standard currently in force was published on November 3, 2014.

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Physical features

His hair: rather long (5 to 8 cm), bristly, not lying on the body, nor curly. It forms a mustache and beard on the muzzle, as well as silky, full eyebrows. The outer coat is associated with a shorter and denser undercoat.
Its color: snow white with yellow-orange markings, especially on the ears.
His head: well proportioned to the rest of the body. The skull is slightly longer than the muzzle and wider between the eyes. The occipital protuberance and the frontal furrow are well marked. The stop is moderately developed. The lips are moderately thick and tight against the jaws. The labial commissure is not visible. The jaws are strong, well developed and scissor bite.
Its ears: hanging, set at the level of the line of the eyes, triangular in shape with rounded edges, of medium length, devoid of folds and covered with a shorter hair.
His eyes: medium in size, moderately set apart, oval in shape, dark brown in color and displaying a serious, even austere expression.
His body: strong and harmoniously developed. The neck is strong, well muscled and placed at an angle of 45 degrees to the horizontal line. The withers are well pronounced, the croup strong, broad and muscular, the chest deep and broad, the lower line slightly raised between the sternum and the flanks.
Its tail: attached in the continuity of the line of the croup. Strong at its base, it tapers towards its extremity. Scope in saber, just below the top line. Reach higher when the dog is excited or in action. Well covered with hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Wire-haired Istrian Hound is a relatively easy dog to train for hunting , for which it has remarkable natural predispositions. He is able to hunt in all weather conditions and in the most difficult terrain. Resistant and enduring , the Wire-haired Istrian Hound is also endowed with a balanced, rather soft emperament , and he is attached to his master .

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The Wire-haired Istrian Hound requires an early grip and characterized by a balance between firmness and softness . He needs to be taught very quickly the limits not to cross. It quickly integrates the hunting instructions.

Living conditions

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

If the Wire-haired Istrian Hound is above all a hunting dog that needs space and freedom , it adapts rather well to city life and even in apartments.


Ease of gaining weight

The Wire-haired Istrian Hound is a dog of robust and rustic construction and appearance. It does not fear the cold thanks to its hard, double and well-supplied hair. He enjoys fairly solid health as long as he receives the necessary care and attention.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies.

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Occasional concerns
Ear infections

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends dog insurance for Wire-haired Istrian scent .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Wire-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 Wire-haired Istrian Hound is very easy to care for . Regular brushing helps keep your dress and skin clean, while removing dead hair.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week to remove dead hair and ensure its cleanliness, while preserving its protective role. He can take a bath, but no more than once a month to preserve his hair and skin.

His ears should be examined and cleaned frequently. 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. Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Wire-haired Istrian Hound is between € 800 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
600 €

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

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His diet must be of high quality and provide him with all the nutrients he needs. It should be appropriate for their level of exercise, age and size. Its daily rations are to be divided into 2 meals .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Wire-haired Istrian Hound needs daily activities to exercise and be stimulated. A long daily walk is necessary to satisfy him on this level.


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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