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Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound


Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound, initially known as Illyrian Hound named after the Slavic people that lived in the region where the breed developed. They came into existence in the years 1890 when the Italian gun dogs were bred with various indigenous dogs. Their breeders were the hunters who wanted an efficient scent hound, however a smaller version of contemporary hounds. Their ancestors may have helped in developing this breed. The FCI recognized them in 1965 and by UKC in 2006.

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Facts About Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound

Breed Group Hunting dog
Breed Type Crossbreed
Country of Origin Bosnia and Herzegovina
Other Names Bosnian Hound, Illyrian Hound, Bosanski Ostrodlaki Gonic, Bosnian Rough-haired Hound,
Size Medium
Height 18 to 22 inches
Weight 35 to 53 pounds
Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information UKC, FCI
Shedding Moderate
Hypoallergenic No
Litter Size 3 to 7 puppies
Color Reddish yellow, wheaten yellow, earthy grey, black
Life Expectancy 12-15 years
Coat Long, bushy, unkempt; a thick undercoat
Price $2000

Temperament and Personality

The dog is intelligent, loyal spirited and hard working not just as a companion but also as a hunting dog. The dog has a friendly behavior which makes them a great family pet and their patient nature makes them do well with the children and other pets. Sometimes they are stubborn so they require firm training and can be louder than other dogs.



It requires daily practice to control their aggressiveness, hyperactivity, and a few behavioral issues. They are suitable for long walks or a minimum activity of 45 minutes or a covered area to run.


The dog requires regular brushing to avoid mats or tangles and bathe them when necessary or wipe clean them to maintain its fur. Keep a check on ear and eyes to prevent infection and clean its teeth regularly. Trim its nails and hair as and when required.

Health Problems

A little is known about the health problems of the breed, but it can be prone to some health issues like hip dysplasia, ear problems, eye infection, patellar luxation, cataracts, and bloating.


As a hunting dog, it has the habit of getting distracted with an exciting scent, so it needs the training to be obedient and disciplined. Teach them to be mannered with the help of food and praise them for listening. Teach them to bark only when necessary because they can be destructive when they do not get enough exercise.

Bosnian Rough-haired Hound


Provide them with 1½ to 3 cups of good standard dry food split into two or three meals every day. It is essential to serve them food according to their size, age, and metabolism.

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