Istrian Coarse-haired Hound

25-40 lbs
ICHH, Istrian Rough-coated Hound

The Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a medium size scent hound that is not well known outside of Croatia and Slovenia. He was bred to hunt fox, rabbit, hare and wild boar. He is mainly kept as a hunting dog and companion rather than just as a companion or family pet. He is a loyal dog that loves to work and will find things to keep him busy when his owner cannot give him enough time. He needs an active family willing to spend time with him. He also needs a sturdy fenced in yard to keep him from terrorizing the neighborhood. 

purpose Purpose
Hunt Small Game and Wild Boar
history Date of Origin
Mid-19th century
ancestry Ancestry
Scent Hound

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Health

Average Size
Male Istrian Coarse-haired Hound size stats
Height: 17-23 inches Weight: 35-56 lbs
Female Istrian Coarse-haired Hound size stats
Height: 17-23 inches Weight: 25-40 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Obesity
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Breed History

The Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound was originally bred in Istria, Croatia. It has been discovered that the Istrian Short-Haired Hound came before the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound. The Istrian Short-Haired Hound developed when native sight hounds and scent hounds were bred together hundreds of years ago. The Istrian Short-Haired Hound was then crossed with the French Griffon Vendeen in the mid-19th century. The resulting dogs had the longer, coarser, wiry hair of the French Griffon Vendeen but the shape and size of the Istrian Short-Haired Hound. These dogs were named Istrian Coarse-Haired Hounds. Their original purpose was to hunt fox and rabbit, but he was also used to hunt other small game. He was introduced to the world in the 1860s when a Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound was entered into a conformation dog show in Vienna. He was not an instant success and was not well known until 1896 when B. Laska published descriptions of the breed. The breed suffered greatly during both world wars and was on the verge on extinction. In 1924, the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound was entered in the Croatian studbook. In 1948, the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) recognized him as an individual breed. Slovenia disputed with the FCI that the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound was not originally from Croatia but rather from Slovenia. This dispute continued until the FCI determined in 2003 that the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound indeed was originally developed in Croatia. Today, Slovenia still claims that the first Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound was bred in Slovenia and not Croatia. 

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Breed Appearance

The Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a medium sized scent hound that is considered to be a rare breed. He looks a bit scruffy because of his longer, wiry coat. He is should be a lean dog, with his legs being lean and muscled giving him the ability to cover rough terrain quickly. His ears are set higher on his skull and are semi-long. His ears are not too thin but should also not be excessively thick. The ears are wider in the middle and taper towards the tips. They are carried close to his cheeks.  He has a broad, well developed nose that is either black or dark brown. He has large, round eyes that are dark brown in color. His expression should be serious. His coat is harsh, wiry and dull in appearance. The coat should never be wavy or curly. His undercoat is short and dense depending on the season or climate. He has a white body with bright orange or lemon-orange patches or markings. 

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

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Breed Maintenance

The Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is not a hypoallergenic breed. He does require more maintenance than shorter haired breeds, but because his coat is coarser, it should not knot or matt when brushed regularly. It is best if he is thoroughly brushed twice a week using a slicker brush, metal comb and deshedder when necessary. He does shed seasonally, and during times of heavy shedding he should be brushed every day to keep loose hairs from gathering around the home. The Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound does not need to be bathed often. When he does have a bath, use a shampoo that is specially formulated for dogs with a wiry coat. Clean his ears weekly and ensure that they are kept dry. The Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound can be prone to ear infections so ear care is important. Set up routine teeth cleaning to keep his teeth and gums healthy. Check his nails weekly and trim as needed to keep his feet neat and his mobility unaffected. 

Brushes for Istrian Coarse-haired Hound
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Istrian Coarse-haired Hound requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Temperament

Originally bred to be a hunting dog, that is still his primary purpose and a companion second. Since he is strictly bred to hunt, he may not be the right dog for first time dog owners. He is strong willed and stubborn. He also needs room to run and play since he is known for his stamina. The Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound requires a confident owner with the ability to properly train and socialize him. He will bond quickly to the person training him and will over time show respect and affection towards others in the family. He is wary of strangers and will avoid them if possible. Because he was never meant to be strictly a family companion, the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound will require a lot of hands on attention from his owners. Participating in dog sports or hunting sports is a great way to bond with him and give him a job to perform. 

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Activity Requirements

Because he is a hunting dog, the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound will require a lot of exercise and tasks to perform throughout the day. He was never meant to be a couch potato and if you are not an active person, this is not the right dog for you. He needs not only physical exercise but mental challenges as well. He should never be expected to be an apartment dog and requires a large fenced yard as well as plenty of one-on-one interaction with his owner. This can be taking him for long walks or playing dog sports, such as scent work, with him.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.4 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Istrian Coarse-haired Hound size stats at six months
Height: 16.0 inches Weight: 21.5 lbs
Female Istrian Coarse-haired Hound size stats at six months
Height: 16.0 inches Weight: 17.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Istrian Coarse-haired Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 35.0 lbs
Female Istrian Coarse-haired Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 27.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Istrian Coarse-haired Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 20.0 inches Weight: 45.5 lbs
Female Istrian Coarse-haired Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 20.0 inches Weight: 32.5 lbs

Istrian Coarse-haired Hound Owner Experiences

3 Years
9+ People
Very loyal dogs, funny personality, lovable towards owners, plays rough, loves giving kisses
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