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Montenegrin Mountain Hound Breed Description

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Breed Organization

United Kennel Club (UKC)

Native Country
Former Yugoslavia

Other Names
Yugoslavian Hound, Black Hound, Yugoslavian Mountain Hound (Planinski), Yugoslavian Tricolor Hound, Jugoslovenski Gonic

Life Expectancy
No Information Available

Litter Size
No Litter Information Available

Breed Group

General Description

The breed bears strong resemblance to the Austrian Black and Tan Hound. The breed was first officially recognized on May 8, 1969 in Warsaw. American Rare Breed Association considers the breed endangered.

Breed Standard

Head: Long. Slightly domed skull. Pronounced brow bones. Stop not pronounced. Straight nosebridge. Solid, wedge-shaped muzzle. Tight black lips.
Ears: Pendulous and without folds. Rounded tips.
Eyes: Dark.
Body: Slightly longer than it is tall. Muscular neck without dewlap. Broad brisket. Wide, deep chest. Tuck-up. Broad, muscular, slightly sloping croup. Broad, muscular back.
Tail: Straight or curved loosely in saber fashion.
Hair: Short, dense. Thick undercoat in the Planinski.
Coat: Yugoslavian Mountain Hound: black and tan, with characteristic tan markings above the eyes. Yugoslavian Tricolor Hound: fox-red or wheaten-red covering most of the body or with a black saddle. White markings on the head (flare), neck (collar), chest, lower legs, and tip of the tail.
Size: 45 to 55 cm (17.7-21.7 in).
Weight: 20 to 25 kg (44-55 lb).


Considered an indigenous breed, the Yugoslavian Hound is found in the southern region of the former Yugoslavia.

He comes in two varieties:

  • The Yugoslavian Mountain Hound (Jugoslovenski Planinski Gonic or Planinski)
  • The Yugoslavian Tricolor Hound (Jugoslovenski Trobojni Gonic)
  • These dogs are not well known outside their native land.


    This very hardy, bold, persistent hunter with a very keen sense of smell is particularly skilled on rough terrain. He hunts hare, fox, deer, and other quarry. Gentle, calm, and good-natured, he makes a pleasant companion.

    He needs wide open spaces and lots of exercise, as well as regular brushing.


    Hunting Dog, Companion Dog.


    Very robust but as with any long-eared breed, special attention must be paid to keeping the ears clean.

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