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Bosanski Ostrodlaki Gonic Barak Breed Description

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Breed Organization

Federation Cynologique International (FCI)

Native Country

Other Names
Bosnian Roughhaired Hound, Barak Bosanski Ostrodlaki, Illyrian Hound, Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound, Bosnian Broken-Haired Hound, Bosnian Hound, Bosnian Hound Gonic

Life Expectancy
No Information Available

Litter Size
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Breed Group

General Description

The most striking feature of the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound is its shaggy, hard coat of yellowish (wheaten or red) or greyish colors, often with a white blaze on its head along with other white marks. The standard calls for a body length ten percent greater than height; these proportions are given to differentiate the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound from other hounds of the area which are "a bit low on leg" Height ranges from 46-55cm (18-22in) at the withers, and weight is between 16-24kg (35-53lbs). The dog normally carries its tail curved slightly upward, and its face has a bushy moustache and beard.

Breed Standard

Head: Long, moderately broad. Slightly domed forehead. Very pronounced brow bones. Gently sloping stop. Straight nosebridge. Strong, long, rectangular muzzle covered with a bushy mustache and beard. Broad nose. Tight, thick lips.
Ears: Moderately long, broad. Pendulous, somewhat thick.
Eyes: Large, oval, chestnut-colored.
Body: Slightly longer than it is tall. Muscular neck. Moderately pronounced withers. Chest long, moderately broad. Ribs not very rounded. Very slight tuck-up. Broad, muscular back. Broad, slightly sloping croup. Supple, tight, well-pigmented skin.
Tail: Thick at the base, tapering toward the tip. Carried in sickle fashion in a loose, upward curve. Well-furnished with hair.
Hair: Long, hard, shaggy, disheveled. Thick undercoat.


The former name given to the breed was Bosanski Ostrodlaki Gonic Barak, referring to a pre-Slavic people of the area. Today's breed is descended from indigenous dog types, crossed with an Italian gun dog in the 1890s. "Local hunters, wanting to produce an efficient scent hound, developed this breed in the nineteenth century, using the available stock of dogs." The early type of today's smaller Istrian Shorthaired Hound may also have contributed to the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound.

The Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound was first recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in 1965 under the name of "Bosanski Ostrodlaki Gonic Barak". The name was changed to more accurately describe its area of origin in Bosnia. The breed is in Group 6, Scenthounds, Section 1.1 Large-sized Hounds, and is breed number 155. It is also recognised by the United Kennel Club (US) as the "Barak", in the Scenthound Group. The breed is not recognized by any other major kennel clubs in the English speaking world, although many minor kennel clubs, internet dog registry businesses, and rare breed registries promote and register it as a unique pet.


Stocky and powerful, this solidly boned dog is hardy, persistent, bold, and spirited. With his sonorous, deep voice and long, confident strides, he excels on all sorts of game on all kinds of terrain.


Hunting, Pet


No known health issues.

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