Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound or Bosnian Broken-haired Hound, also referred to as Barak, is a breed of spirited and courageous hunting dogs that evolved in Bosnia. These dogs come with a medium-sized skull slightly tapering towards the nose, somewhat bulging forehead, well-pronounced occiput, large and oval eyes, pendulous ears, relatively broad chest, muscular back, and a thick tail narrowing at the base.
|Alternative Names||Bosnian Rough-haired Hound, Bosnian Hound, Bosanski Ostrodlaki Gonic, Illyrian Hound|
|Coat||Long, bushy, unkempt; a thick undercoat|
|Color||Blackish, reddish yellow, wheaten yellow, earthy gray|
|Size||Medium to large|
|Height||Male: 18-22 inches
Female: Smaller than male dogs
|Size of Litter||3-7 puppies|
|Temperament||Intelligent, lively, alert, persistent|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||UKC, FCI|
It was previously named the Illyrian Hound after the native pre-Slavic people. The new Bosnian hounds, however, evolved in the 1890s as a cross between the local dog types and an Italian hunting dog. They were developed since the local hunters needed a hound that could efficiently follow scent trails. It is assumed that the ancestors of today’s Istrian Shorthaired Hound might have influenced the breed. In 1965, the breed was first acknowledged by the FCI, and in 2006 it received recognition from the UKC.
The Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound’s loyalty to its people and friendly nature make it an excellent family pet. It is patient with children and can get along well with other dogs since it has been traditionally used for hunting in packs.
Like most hounds, the Bosnian hound can be independent and stubborn at times. It is also known to be a bit sensitive, and so it should not be treated harshly.
Regardless of their occasional headstrong behavior, the smart and obedient Bosnian hounds are easy to train if dealt with consistency and kindness.
Leash Training: Teaching them to walk on a leash without pulling is important to stop your Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound from running after an interesting scent.
Obedience Training: This is also useful for preventing your dog from scent-trailing and escaping. Begin training by practicing inside a fenced yard, where there are no alluring distractions. Hold a tasty treat, bend down, and tell your pet to “come” in a happy and welcoming gesture. If it starts walking towards you, praise your Bosnian hound in a positive tone “Good boy or good girl!” When it comes all the way, give the treat with plenty of praises.
Feed your Barak with quality dry food that is rich in essential nutrients. Make sure that you divide its daily ration into two meals.
The Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound has a thick mustache and beard on its face.