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Istrian Gonic

Country/Date of Origin: Yugoslavia/19th Century

There are many fine trailing hounds from the Istrian region of the former Yugoslavia. They are referred to as Gonic (hound). Legs, which are longer than are usual in a foxhound type dog, help the Gonic traverse the rugged mountain slopes of its homeland. The Gonic is used alone or in a pack to trail hare, fox and roebuck. The Istrian Gonic comes in two coat varieties. The rough-haired is called the Ostrodiaki. The smooth coated is called the Kratkodiaki. The smooth haired dog is about a half inch smaller than the rough.

FCI Group: 6 (Hound)

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Yugoslavian Gonic

AKC Group: Miscellaneous

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Body Type:

  • Resembles a slim, long legged foxhound
  • Height: 18-23 inches (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 33-55 pounds. About 44 being the average
  • Medium length tail should reach just to the hocks. It is not altered
  • Hanging ears should be long enough to reach the nose, although some variation is allowed


  • Very active and alert
  • Calm in nature, friendly and affectionate
  • Tends to roam
  • Great stamina


  • Double coat. Undercoat is soft and woolly. Outercoat is 2-4 inches long, hard and not glossy
  • It is rough and ruffled but without waves or curls
  • In the smooth coated variety the coat is very short, dense, very fine and glossy
  • Color is always snow white with small patches of bright orange scattered about the head and body
  • A star of white on the forehead is highly desirable
  • Grooming moderate

Health Concerns:

  • None are presently known
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • A puppy will be difficult to obtain in this breed due to the strife in the former Yugoslavia

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