Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound

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35-53 lbs
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosanski Oštrodlaki Gonič, Bosnian Rough-Haired Hound, Bosnian Broken-Haired Hound, Bosnian Coarse-Coated Hound, Bosnian-Rough-Coated Hound, Bosnian-Broken-Coated Hound, Bosnian Hound, Illyrian Hound, Barak

The Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound is known by many names but is still a devoted medium sized scent hound used to hunt large game throughout the unforgiving terrain of its native Bosnia and Herzegovina. They are a rare breed that loves to hunt, run and play. They generally do well with children and make a good family companion. The Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound is an intelligent breed that is highly trainable but does require early socialization since they are naturally shy towards strangers. This breed has a shaggy appearance that makes them look rather unkempt. They are the only breed from Bosnia that is internationally recognized. 

Date of Origin
Italian Gun Dogs, Local Scenthounds

Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound Health

Average Size
Male Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound size stats
Height: 18-22 inches Weight: 35-53 lbs
Female Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound size stats
Height: 18-22 inches Weight: 35-53 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Drug Allergy or Sensitivity
Occasional Tests
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Yearly Eye Exam
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • OFA on hips and elbows

Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound Breed History

The Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound is still a relatively young breed compared to other rare breeds. There is not much known about how the breed came to be other than it began sometime in the 1890s, and that Italian gun dogs were crossed with several varieties of local scent hounds. The local scent hounds developed from hunting dogs that were brought into Bosnia and Herzegovina after the Greco Persian Wars. These dogs were described as being Molossian dogs. The region of Bosnia and Herzegovina has gone through years of wars, invasions and general upheaval and has been essentially isolated from the rest of the European countries for the past 400 years. Because of this isolation, the local dogs were exclusive to that particular area and no where else. It was not until the late 19th century when Bosnians were able to import dogs into the region from other parts of the world. It seems that many hunters favored the Italian gun dog and began crossing this breed with their local scent hounds, producing a coarse haired hunting dog that was taller than most hunting dogs in the region. The breed became vastly popular throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina until World War I, and then World War II almost decimated the breed. The Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound did subsequently survive both world wars and breeders began rebuilding their numbers. In 1965 the Federation Cynologique Internationale fully recognized the Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound but called them the Illyrian Hound. It was not until 1973 that the FCI renamed the breed the Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound. The United Kennel Club gave the breed full recognition in 2006. 

Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound Breed Appearance

The Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound is a medium sized scent hound with long legs that are well-muscled and able to carry them for miles over rough terrain. They have a deep chest and muscular body. Their tail is thick and carried in a curve. They have a double coat with a short, dense undercoat that is soft and a topcoat that is long, shaggy and harsh to the touch. Their coat is weather resistant, allowing them to hunt in any weather condition. The Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound can be found in red, grey, black or yellow. They can have black or white markings on their body; some have a darker color on their back called a saddle. They do have longer hair on their face forming eyebrows, mustache and beard. Their ears hang down beside their face and can be either long or medium. They have large, oval shaped eyes that are medium to dark brown. Their nose has large, open nostrils and is usually black but can be brown depending on the coat color. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound nose
brown Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound nose
Coat Color Possibilities
red Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound coat
gray Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound coat
black Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound Breed Maintenance

The Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound does shed throughout the year, and will shed more during seasonal changes. They need to be brushed at least once a week; more often is actually better for their coat and skin. Use a soft slicker brush or natural bristle brush along with a metal comb for their beard and moustache. They do not need to be bathed often, however, if they are a messy eater or drinker their moustache and beard may need to be cleaned regularly to keep any foul odors and food particles from collecting. A dry shampoo can be used between baths on their body and legs but a moist towel or even a non-scented baby wipe should be used on their face. The hair between their foot pads should be trimmed every few weeks to keep them from tracking dirt and debris into the home. Their nails should be checked every few weeks and trimmed when necessary.

Brushes for Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound Temperament

The Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound is a loyal, hard working breed. They are smart and somewhat high-spirited. Being a hunting breed, they are not generally kept strictly as a companion. They do require a lot of human interaction and exercise to be able to fully settle into the role of non-hunting family companion. They love being with their master and will try to be obedient, however, they possess a stubborn streak and can be independent. This means they will be obedient as long as it suits their purpose. A strong leader is necessary to keep them in check and provide the type of structured home they need. This breed is not meant to be left outside in a kennel or backyard with little interaction with humans or other dogs. They will become highly destructive if left alone too long and not given a specific task to complete. Being a hound, they will also become increasingly vocal when left with nothing to do. 

Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound Activity Requirements

Being a scent hound, the Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound would find scent work to be a fun way to pass the time and bond with their master. This is a high energy breed and does require a lot of exercise for their body and their mind. Expect to spend at least 60 minutes a day going for long walks, participating in agility or playing games in the backyard. Without proper socialization or exercise they can become bored, destructive and even aggressive. Have plenty of toys available for when you cannot spend extra time with them to hopefully keep them happy and out of trouble. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 20 lbs
12 Months
Male Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 39 lbs
Female Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 39 lbs
18 Months
Male Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 44 lbs
Female Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 44 lbs

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