Istrian Wirehaired Hound

The breed almost disappeared during World War I, but new individuals were registered in the stud book in the course of the 1920’s and it was recognised by the F.C.I.

About the Istrian Wirehaired Hound

Istrian Wirehaired Hounds are specialised 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 owners, these Croatian hounds are made to hunt. The long and bristly coat is snow white, with lemon-orange markings and bushy eyebrows. They have a severe, sombre expression, and strong voices.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 6
Size category
Avg life expectancy
11–12 years

Gentle / Even-tempered / Loyal / Obedient

Key facts

  • Loves to hunt
  • Needs little training
  • Requires moderate grooming

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