Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound

Illyrian Hound, Barak hound

Sporty, lively, passionate, tolerant, persistent, hardy, affectionate, cheerful, sociable, gentle, patient and obedient are all qualities found in the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound. Greatly appreciated in Bosnia, he is unfortunately not very widespread elsewhere in the world.

Height 46 to 58 cm
Weight 16 to 24 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 13 years

Quick Overview of the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound


  • Persevering and resistant
  • Lively and courageous
  • Strong temperament
  • Sociable with all


  • Serious look
  • Robust physique
  • Long, rough and shaggy hair
  • Large fine ears


  • No particular pathology or specific disease
  • Generally healthy

Temperament of the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound

Perseverant, hardy, lively and courageous when hunting, the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound is pleasant in family, except for his barking. He also has a strong temperament and is sociable with everyone.

Very cuddly with the children, affectionate with his family, gentle with all, the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound is a superb specimen greatly appreciated as much for his companionship talents as for his beautiful hunting skills.

He needs a good education.

Breed Appearance

wirehaired Bosnian hound

Endowed with a robust physique and a serious, even severe appearance, the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound is nevertheless a happy dog. His dark appearance is totally deceptive.


Between 46 and 58 cm (18.11 to 22.83 inches) for the male
Between 46 and 58 cm (18.11 to 22.83 inches) for the female


Between 16 and 24 kg (35.27 to 52.91 pounds) for the male
Between 16 and 24 kg (35.27 to 52.91 pounds) for the female


The color of his coat can vary between reddish-yellow, wheat-yellow, earth-grey or blackish-grey. White patches are allowed on the tip of the tail, the lower parts of the legs, chest, head in the shape of stripes or stars and under the neck. Sometimes, the colors are grouped together in a bicolor or tricolor pattern.


His long, harsh, shaggy coat is completely disheveled and has no undercoat.


The weight of an adult male or female ranges between 16 to 24 kg (35 to 53 pounds). His head has a slightly convex forehead and a gentle sloped stop. His large, slender ears are rounded and hanging. His nose, with wide nostrils, is dark brown or completely black. His tail is a little curved and reaches or slightly exceeds the hock.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #155

Tips About this breed

Lively and passionate, the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound loves exercise, and although he adapts very well, the city is not suitable for all dogs of this breed.

With a thunderous voice that he uses very often, he can sometimes disturb the neighbours. However, a large garden suits him perfectly because he can spend his energy as he pleases.

Of course, the countryside and hunting grounds are his favourite places, but once his exercise is done, the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound will also love to be at home with the family members and be cuddled and petted.

He can live well anywhere as long as he can exercise and as long as the neighbours are not bothered by his regular barking.

He is naturally sociable and his education is generally not an issue. However, it must be firm and should control his strong temperament.

Health of the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound

There are no specific pathologies or diseases affecting the breed. He is robust and always in good health.


His dress is easy to care for and requires only regular brushing. No other special care is needed. His disheveled look does not require any grooming.

History of this breed

Originally from Bosnia and created in the 19th century, the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound probably comes from a cross between certain Molossus and Griffon dogs.

Virtually unknown outside Bosnia, he was first registered as an Illyrian Hound with the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in 1965. He has since undergone some changes and was later renamed with his current name.

This persistent and very hardy dog was originally used as a hound for unwounded game and for chasing wounded game by smell, but he is increasingly being used as a companion dog as well.

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