Posavac Hound

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35-45 lbs
17-23"
Sava Valley in Croatia
Posavski Gonič, Posavaz Hound

The Posavac Hound is a trailing hound that was developed somewhere in the region of Croatia several hundred years ago. While there are several theories as to the ancestors of the Posavac Hound, there is no way to know for sure which breeds went into the creation of the Posavac. While they are not typically sociable with other animals, they an are affectionate and docile canine with regards to people. They tend to be obedient, as long as their nose doesn’t distract them, but require a great deal of exercise is needed to prevent exasperating and even destructive behaviors from developing.

Purpose
Hunting, Scent Work
Date of Origin
15th Century
Ancestry
Unknown

Posavac Hound Health

Average Size
Male Posavac Hound size stats
Height: 17-23 inches Weight: 35-45 lbs
Female Posavac Hound size stats
Height: 17-23 inches Weight: 35-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Congenital Heart Defect (CHD)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Epilepsy
  • Dental Issues
Occasional Tests
  • Ear Examination
  • Blood Tests and Analysis
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Echocardiogram

Posavac Hound Breed History

The Posavac Hound developed at some point several hundred years ago in Croatia and its name indicates that it was somewhere near the Sava Valley. Hounds similar to the Posavac Hound were seen in frescos at the tail end of the 15th century and writings describing dogs with similar characteristics can be found from the 18th and 19th century. Their original ancestors are ultimately unknown; some experts and fanciers believe them to be a cross between Molossian hunting dogs and Egyptian sighthounds, while others believe them to be derived from Harriers, Beagles, and other scenting hounds. They were used as scenting and hunting dogs for smaller game like fox and hare, but they didn’t have any breed standards until sometime in the late 18th and early 19th century, when they became more standardized, particularly in the area of size. Until fairly recently, this breed was more often referred to as boskini and was frequently sold and traded to regions neighboring Croatia. The breed was first registered in 1929 and recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in 1955 under the name Posavac Basin Hound, although the breed name underwent some changes from that date until Posavac Hound was settled upon on as a moniker in 1969. These dogs have also been recognized by the United Kennel Club as the Posavaz Hound in 2006 as part of the Scent hound group. The modern Posavac Hound is prized in its home territory as a hunting dog as well as a companion dog due to the breed's excellent tracking ability and docile temperament.

Posavac Hound Breed Appearance

The Posavac Hound is a medium to small sized trailing hound that is longer than it is tall and has a broad chest with well-sprung ribs. They are well-muscled throughout with strong, dense bones and their domed skulls are generally somewhat long and on the narrow side; their muzzles tend to be on the long side as well, and are often somewhat convex. They typically have large, dark brown eyes with a gentle but alert expression, a black or liver colored nose with large nostrils, and long, flat ears that are rounded and hang down close to the cheeks. The coat is a dense single layer of short, rough fur that is generally red, wheaten, or fawn with patches of white, particularly on the face and legs. The fur is quite often longer on the back of the limbs as well as on the under-portion of their moderately long, saber-shaped tails.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Posavac Hound eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Posavac Hound nose
Black
brown Posavac Hound nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
isabella Posavac Hound coat
Isabella
fawn Posavac Hound coat
Fawn
red Posavac Hound coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Posavac Hound straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Posavac Hound Breed Maintenance

This breed is fairly easy to care for when it comes to their grooming requirements. They only require bathing a few times a year and should not be bathed more frequently as this can strip the coat of its natural oils, leaving it susceptible to wind and water damage. These dogs should be brushed a few times a week with a slicker brush or a rubber curry brush in order to remove dead and dying hair and wiping them down with a towel or chamois to get the coat shining. It is important to keep the ears clean and dry in order to prevent infections from developing in this long-eared breed. Cleaning the teeth three times a week and trimming the nails monthly should be done as well.

Brushes for Posavac Hound
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Posavac Hound requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Posavac Hound Temperament

These dogs are typically very good-natured towards humans and tend to form strong attachments towards their master and human family. Although all interactions between canines and the younger set should be fully supervised, these dogs are typically easy-going and gentle with children, particularly if they have been raised around children. While they are not particularly gregarious with other dogs they can learn to get along if socialized early, but their strong prey drive may make them unsuited for households with small or fast moving pets. While these dogs are obedient, they also have a tendency to be led by the nose and are known to lose focus during training sessions. They respond best to firm and consistent training and should remain leashed unless they are in working mode. They are also a lively and alert breed with a tendency towards barking, making them an excellent watchdog but a poor apartment dweller.

Posavac Hound Activity Requirements

These are fairly active dogs with high exercise requirements and they need at least an hour or more of vigorous activity per day in order to remain happy and healthy. Posavac Hounds who are not given enough stimulation may become destructive by chewing, digging, and housesoiling or may be more prone to over-vocalization than dogs who receive enough activity. Along with long walks or jogs, this dog is likely to enjoy alternate activities such scent work, swimming, or rally sport training. They can be prone to getting chills if they are left wet and their feet should be checked for debris after each outdoor excursion. 

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

Posavac Hound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Posavac Hound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Posavac Hound size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Posavac Hound size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 30 lbs
12 Months
Male Posavac Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Posavac Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 40 lbs
18 Months
Male Posavac Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Posavac Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 40 lbs

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