Yugoslavian Mountain Hound

Yugoslavian Hound

The Yugoslavian Mountain Hound is unfortunately very little known. He is confined to his country, within the borders of Yugoslavia. Even in his country of origin, the numbers are not very high. However, this trustworthy dog with many qualities and fine aptitudes deserves to be known and more widespread.

Height 44 to 54 cm
Weight 20 to 25 kg
Life expectancy 11 to 13 years

Quick Overview of the Yugoslavian Mountain Hound


  • Excellent character
  • Balanced and calm
  • Smart and gentle
  • Quiet and obedient


  • Very strong build
  • Agile silhouette
  • Short and rough coat
  • Hanging ears


  • No particular pathology
  • Generally enjoys good health
  • Good life expectancy

Temperament of the Yugoslavian Mountain Hound

The Yugoslavian Mountain Hound has an excellent character. He is calm, intelligent, gentle, quiet, obedient and affectionate.

All these beautiful qualities make him an excellent companion. Moreover, he is sociable and very compatible with everyone, even children.

Tenacious, hardy and agile when hunting, he is gentle, affectionate and quiet in family.

Highly appreciated as a hunting dog, he is also prized as a companion dog. However, he must exercise intensely on a daily basis.

He can live just about anywhere as long as he benefits from his daily exercise.

He is calm and very attached to his family. He is gentle and sociable and has no guardian soul. He is never aggressive and loves children with whom he can play without getting tired.

Docile and obedient, his education is very easy and socialization is natural, so does not cause any problems.

He is a gentle dog, resistant and tenacious when hunting and gentle and affectionate with his family when he returns from his hunting trips.

Obviously, the city is not particularly suited to him, but if he can get enough exercise, he could still adapt.

The countryside is often preferable in his case unless he has a city master that is a hunter that can make him benefit from regular hunts.

Breed Appearance

This medium-size dog has a very solid constitution.

He is an agile, hardy and hard-working dog that show off his great vigor and energy.


Between 44 and 54 cm (17.32 to 21.26 inches) for the male
Between 44 and 54 cm (17.32 to 21.26 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 coat is predominantly black with red patches on the sides of the muzzle, under the eyes and on the lower parts of the legs.


His coat is short, harsh, dense, well spread out, thin, glossy and smooth, with a developed undercoat.


His head is fairly long and has a faint stop. His eyes are oval, light to dark brown, slightly set wide apart, and are a beautiful light to dark brown color.

His hanging ears are set high and medium length. His nose is black.

His tail, covered with abundant hair, prolongs the line of the back and is carried in the shape of a sword.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #279

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Health of the Yugoslavian Mountain Hound

No particular pathology affects the race. Specimens generally enjoy excellent health and life expectancy.


His short-haired coat is easy to care of. Brushing from time to time is enough to keep its luster and shine. It's always best to watch out for his floppy ears, especially when returning from the hunt. No other special care is necessary.

History of this breed

The Yugoslavian Mountain Hound shares his origins with other Balkan Hounds. Despite his ancient origins, he has only been known since the beginning of the 19th century.

The breed was confined within his borders for a long time and has kept his initial characteristics intact.

He has already been named the "Black Hound". His first standard was established in 1924. He was also recognized by the FCI (F├ęd├ęration Cynologique Internationale) in 1969 in Warsaw.

He is appreciated for his excellent skills in difficult terrain, such as bushy and rocky terrain. He is efficient for all types of game, big or small.

This hound is very appreciated in his country and also used as a companion dog. He is an excellent worker who is always ready to follow his master and do everything to please him. He is a very endearing hound that loves exercise.

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