Posavatz Hound

Sava Valley Hound, Kras Basin Hound, Posavaski Gonic, Posavac Hound

The Posavatz Hound is strong and hardy. Although he is not well known outside of Croatia, he is greatly appreciated within his borders for his beautiful hunting qualities but also for his warm and friendly family attitude. This sweet and intelligent dog is a wonderful life companion bringing joy and affection to the whole household.

Height 20 to 50 cm
Weight 20 to 25 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 13 years
Home country Croatia

Quick Overview of the Posavatz Hound


  • Resistant and fast
  • Affectionate
  • Player
  • Loves to be cuddled


  • Robust physique
  • Well-proportioned silhouette
  • Dense coat
  • Flat dress


  • Very robust
  • Excellent health
  • No particular pathology

Temperament of the Posavatz Hound

Resistant, fast and passionate as a hunter, he is also affectionate, playful and prone to cuddles from all members of his family. He never refuses a hug or the opportunity to play with even the smallest children.

Naturally docile, sociable and obedient, his education and socialization are very easy and do not pose any particular issue.

He responds very well to commandments and knows perfectly well what is expected of him.

Specialized in deer and hare hunting, the Posavatz Hound is suitable for hunting as well as family. He is safe for children, with whom he loves to share their games and spend time. He is very intelligent and sociable and is not at all good at guarding. He loves everyone.


Breed Appearance

posavatz hound

Medium size and with a robust physique, this canine specimen has a silhouette of beautiful, harmonious average proportions.


Between 46 and 50 cm (18.11 to 19.69 inches) for the male
Between 20 and 25 cm (7.87 to 9.84 inches) for the female


Between 20 and 25 kg (44.09 to 55.12 pounds) for the male
Between 20 and 25 kg (44.09 to 55.12 pounds) for the female



His dense coat is flat and up to 2 to 3 cm (about 1 inch) long on the belly, where it is very abundant, while slightly longer elsewhere on the body.


His dark eyes are pretty big. His thin, flat ears are hanging and rather close to the cheeks. His nose is entirely black. His tail, of medium length and sabre-shaped, prolongs the back line and reaches the hock.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #154

Tips About this breed

The Posavatz Hound is not fond of the city, as he needs a lot of space and has lots of energy, which he has to spend on a regular basis to remain calm and pleasant.

He can be suitable for all ages and all types of owners as long as he benefits from daily exercise.

Health of the Posavatz Hound

Very robust, the Posavatz Hound is fortunately in excellent health. The breed is not affected by any particular pathology and his life expectancy is considerable.


His floppy ears require regular monitoring, especially when he returns from hunting. His coat must be brushed regularly, but no special care or grooming is necessary.

History of this breed

The Posavatz Hound comes from a native Croatian hound whose breed is so ancient that it is completely unknown to anyone. The Posavatz Hound comes therefore from Croatia. The breed first exhibited his specimens in 1924 and the first official entries were made in the Croatian Book of Origins in 1929.

Originally known as the Kras Basin Hound, he was later named the Sava Valley Hound and finally became the Posavatz Hound. The dog as we know him today was developed in the Sava Valley, where he was officially recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in 1955. The standard currently in use dates from 1969.

Performing on all types of terrain, he was designed particularly for vast forests and thick undergrowth. Very hardy, this excellent hunting dog is a specialist for hunting foxes and hares, but is also appreciated for blood searching. Despite his beautiful qualities, he is not well known outside his country.

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