By Jags Goldie Last updated: 22nd October 2022

Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound


Jags Goldie
Last updated: 22nd October 2022

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.

Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound Pictures

Quick Information

Alternative NamesBosnian Rough-haired Hound, Bosnian Hound, Bosanski Ostrodlaki Gonic, Illyrian Hound
CoatLong, bushy, unkempt; a thick undercoat
ColorBlackish, reddish yellow, wheaten yellow, earthy gray
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Lifespan12-15 years
Weight35-53 lb
SizeMedium to large
HeightMale: 18-22 inches
Female: Smaller than male dogs
Size of Litter3-7 puppies
TemperamentIntelligent, lively, alert, persistent
Good with ChildrenYes
Country Originated inBosnia and Herzegovina
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationUKC, FCI

Video: Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound Hunting


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.

Temperament and Behavior

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.



These energetic dogs should be sufficiently exercised on a daily basis. Otherwise, they might develop hyperactivity, excessive barking, and other behavioral issues. Let them explore the surroundings by taking them on long leashed walks. You can get the Baraks to track and find an item by giving its scent and then leaving it for them to follow. Hiding foods in the yard or house will encourage your pets to locate it by using their nose.


Since they have a rough coat, regular brushing helps them avoid the formation of tangles. Occasional bathing and wiping down their coat with a wet cotton cloth keep them clean and shiny. Regular teeth brushing in addition to ear cleaning are the other grooming requirements.

Health Problems

Despite being a tough and robust breed, the Bosnian Coarse-haired Hounds can get affected by patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, eye lacerations, or bloating.


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.

Interesting Facts

The Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound has a thick mustache and beard on its face.

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