Snow white from the Balkans
Original Name : Istarski Ostrodlaki Gonič
Type : Braccoid
Male size : Ideally, 20½ inches
Male weight : 35¼- 53 lbs
Female size : Ideally, 19¾ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Croatia
Istrian Wirehaired Hounds are specialized in hares and foxes, although they can also be employed as a bloodhound. Physically, they are well suited to the terrain of the Istrian peninsula. Soft, docile, calm and very close to their master or mistress, these Croatian hounds are made to hunt.
Proportionate to the body, approximately 8-9½ inches long.
Gently descending topline towards the croup, slight withers, broad, straight back.
Not very thick, covered with short hair.
Strong, slightly saber-shaped.
Dull, bristly, harsh topcoat measuring 2-4 inches, without curling or waves, abundant, short undercoat, especially in winter.
The history of the shorthaired and the wirehaired hounds from the Croatian part of Istria run parallel, but, unfortunately, the wirehair always got less press. Artists, for one, preferred the smoother coat, because they felt the wirehair was less appealing. However, the breed was described in detail in 1896 and a decade on they were being sold in the region as “Barbini”.The long and bristly coat is snow white, with lemon-orange markings and bushy eyebrows. Istrian Wirehaired Hounds have a robust body with solid bones. They have a severe, taciturn expression, even somber. The voice is resonant.
Did you know ?
The breed almost disappeared during World War I, but new individuals were registered in the stud book in the course of the 1920s and it was recognized by the F.C.I. in 1948. The original standard was published in 1969.