Yugoslavian Tricolor Hound

Serbian Tricolor Hound

The Yugoslavian Tricolor Hound is a versatile hound suitable for hunters as well as families with children. The numbers of this breed are very low. Even in their country of origin, specimens of the breed are few in number and are virtually unknown on the rest of the planet.

Height 45 to 55 cm
Weight 20 to 25 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 13 years

Quick Overview of the Yugoslavian Tricolor Hound


  • Calm and gentle
  • Docile and courageous
  • Quiet and confident


  • Robust constitution
  • Short hard hair
  • Soft eyes of a pretty color
  • Close hanging ears


  • No particular pathology
  • Generally healthy
  • Rarely ill

Temperament of the Yugoslavian Tricolor Hound

Calm, gentle, docile, courageous, confident, quiet and very hardy, this vigorous hunting dog is lively and energetic and has an excellent character. He is sociable and compatible with children.

The Yugoslavian Tricolor Hound is lively and energetic on the hunt, while calm and quiet with his family. Rather affectionate, he loves his entire family and is suitable for children.

He is sociable and compatible with children. All situations are suitable, but since he is a very energetic hunting dog, he must be able to exercise regularly. He can live just about anywhere, but a large garden where he can run or wide open spaces of the countryside suit him perfectly.

His socialization is natural and his education easy because he is naturally obedient. He can sometimes bite while hunting, but he is not aggressive in the family and is sociable, even with visitors.

Breed Appearance

Yugoslav tricolor hound

This medium-size dog has a strong build, with a sturdy body that shows a lively and very energetic gait.


Between 45 and 55 cm (17.72 to 21.65 inches) for the male
Between 45 and 55 cm (17.72 to 21.65 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 has a red or auburn base. A more or less wide black coating or a black saddle is present on the upper part of the trunk.

The black coating can sometimes reach the head, which has a white patch on both sides. White can be spread in the shape of a band around and under the neck; under the neck it may form a collar and be found on the chest, limbs and at the tip of the tail.

About a third of his body may be white.


His coat hair is short and hard.


His head is narrow and its stop is slightly pronounced. His eyes are a color going from hazelnut to black.

His hanging ears, set below the eye line, are medium length. His nose is black.

His tail, covered with very soft hair, is well attached. It is carried slightly saber-shaped or straight and almost reaches the hock.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #229

Health of the Yugoslavian Tricolor Hound

No particular pathology affects the breed.

He is generally healthy, rarely gets sick and has a long life expectancy.


His maintenance is quite simple and easy. A good brushing from time to time is enough to maintain his shiny coat. No other special care is necessary.

History of this breed

He shares his origins with the other Balkan hounds.

The breed was, for a while, considered a category of the Serbian Hound.

This hypothesis was debated around 1946, when the breed was given its own status and its first standard was written.

Presented at the International Dog Show in Belgrade in 1950, the breed was later recognized by the F.C.I. (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) as the Yugoslavian Tricolor Hound in 1961.

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