Posavaz Hound

35-45 lbs
18-23"
Croatia
Posavac Hound, Posavatz Hound, Posavski Gonic, Kras Posavac Basin Hound, Posavina Hound, Boskini

The Posavaz Hound is a small game scent hound. They are very happy, affectionate dogs that love their family. These dogs do require a significant amount of daily interaction including plenty of exercise time or they will become destructive and high strung. They are not recommended for apartment living. The Posavaz Hound does need a strong leader willing to train and socialize them properly. If there is no leadership in place, the Posavaz Hound will try to take that role and that could become problematic within the home. Training classes are highly recommended for this breed to ensure they understand their place within the family.

Purpose
Small Game Hunter
Date of Origin
15th Century
Ancestry
Mastiff-type Dogs, Egyptian Hounds

Posavaz Hound Health

Average Size
Male Posavaz Hound size stats
Height: 18-23 inches Weight: 35-45 lbs
Female Posavaz Hound size stats
Height: 18-23 inches Weight: 35-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Ear Infections
Minor Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • OFA on hips and elbows

Posavaz Hound Breed History

The Posavaz Hound is one of only five Croatian breeds. Their name is literally translated to Scent Hound from the Sarva Valley. Many historians argue over the Posavaz Hound’s true ancestry with several claiming they originated in Yugoslavia, and not Croatia in the 1700s. However, evidence points to 15th century Croatia because of frescoes, or watercolors painted in wet plaster on walls or ceilings, dating back to this time depict dogs that closely resemble the Posavaz Hound. Historians think the Posavaz Hound descends from Mastiff-type hunting dogs that were possibly bred to Egyptian Hounds. Phoenicians were major traders and used many Yugoslavian ports along the Adriatic. These Phoenicians brought Egyptian hounds with them for companionship and protection when they traded and even traded the dogs for goods. The resulting hounds were commonly called Boskini and sold by Croatians throughout neighboring regions. The Posavaz Hound became very popular as a wonderful tracker with loud, strong vocals that could be heard through the thick underbrush and over the plains of the Sava River. The first official stud book for the Posavaz Hound was opened in 1929. The Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) began accepting registrations for the Posavaz Hound in 1955 under the name Kras Posavac Basic Hound or Karst Hound. It was not until 1969 that the breed’s name was officially changed to Posavaz Hound. In 2006 the United Kennel Club (UKC) accepted the breed into its registry. The FCI and UKC both agree that the Posavaz Hound did originate in Croatia in the 15th century and not in Yugoslavia in the 18th century. 

Posavaz Hound Breed Appearance

The Posavaz Hound is a typical hound with a distinctive look. They have a long, narrow head with a domed forehead. Because they are scent hounds, they have a wide nose with open nostrils. Their nose is black or dark chestnut in color. Their eyes are large, slightly rounded and dark brown with a gentle expression. The ears of a Posavaz Hound are thin with rounded tips and hang flat against the cheeks. Their tail is medium-long with a thick base and is covered with thick hair. They have a broad, deep chest with a rounded ribcage and a muscular back that is also broad. The Posavaz Hound has a dense, straight coat that lies close to the body. They can be found in any shade of wheaten or red but should never appear chocolate or brown. White markings on the chest, throat, head, neck, belly and lower legs are common. White markings cannot cover more than one-third of their body if they are to be shown.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Posavaz Hound eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Posavaz Hound nose
Black
brown Posavaz Hound nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
red Posavaz Hound coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Posavaz Hound straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Posavaz Hound Breed Maintenance

The Posavaz Hound is relatively easy to keep groomed and looking great. Their smooth coat should be brushed weekly using a slicker brush or a firm bristle brush. Between brushings, rub them down with a soft towel or chamois to keep the coat shiny and looking healthy. The Posavaz Hound does have a dense coat that will shed; although with routine grooming, shedding should be kept to a minimum. Check their feet each week to make sure no debris has become trapped and trim between his pads when needed. Trim his toenails as needed, about every two to three weeks. Since the Posavaz Hound is prone to ear infections, clean their ears weekly and watch for irritation or redness. The Posavaz Hound only needs to be bathed every few months. When bathing, use a mild shampoo that is veterinarian recommended. Be careful not to get water into his ears and dry them thoroughly if water does go into the ears. 

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

Posavaz Hound Temperament

The Posavaz Hound is a very confident hound. Originally bred to be a small game hunting hound, they do have a higher prey drive and should never be left alone with small pets in the home. They do require a definite human leader and if there is no clear leader, they will attempt to take that position. Daily exercise is important for the Posavaz Hound including games that will keep them mentally sharp as well. Long daily walks or jaunts in the back yard are great ways to exercise. Interactive dog toys are also a good way to keep them entertained. Even though they are great with children, they are not ideal for apartment living or first time dog owners. The Posavaz Hound can become excessively vocal or even destructive if they are not given enough attention or time to stretch their legs. If you do not have time to spend with your dog, do not get a Posavaz Hound.

Posavaz Hound Activity Requirements

The Posavaz Hound is an active dog. They need plenty of time each day to run and play. The Posavaz Hound is a long distance runner and has great stamina, they should never be allowed to run without a leash or fence to keep them safe. They also need mental stimulation throughout the day to keep them from becoming bored. A bored Posavaz Hound will become destructive and very loud which could cause neighbor trouble. Dog sports such as tracking or scenting may be an ideal way to train them as well as tire them out while having fun and creating a strong bond.

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

Posavaz Hound Food Consumption

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

Posavaz Hound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Posavaz Hound size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 18 lbs
Female Posavaz Hound size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 18 lbs
12 Months
Male Posavaz Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Female Posavaz Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 35 lbs
18 Months
Male Posavaz Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Posavaz Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 40 lbs

Posavaz Hound Owner Experiences

Forrest
2 Years
9+ People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Cuddling
Long walk
Hmm..well he has a lot of energy. They sniff a lot and they love running. He is very skinny so dont be worried about that. It is normal. He loves kids and other people and dogs but he really hates cats.
2 months, 1 week ago
Book me a walkiee?
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