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Balkan Hounds (including Serbian)
One of the three Yugoslavian scenthounds, the Serbian Hound is rarely seen outside its native Balkan region but is a well known dog in its area with a strong following.  This medium sized hound, along with the Serbian Tricolor Hound and the Yugoslavian Mountain Hound account for virtually all the scenthounds in the region.
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General Information
Group(s): HoundsScent Hound Height: 17-20 inches
Weight: 25-50 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: shades of red or gold with or without a black saddle, minimal white is allowed on the chest Coat type: smooth
Recognized Registries: FCI
Overall Appearance: Medium sized scenthound (similar to a Beagle) with good bone slightly longer in body than tall with happy attitude coloration and size determines its difference from the other Yugoslavian Hounds.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: very good
  with Children: generally excellent unless neglected or abused
  with other pets: generally excellent
  with dogs: generally excellent
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the dog's exceptional scent ability and the compromises it can create on a walk or off lead.
Temperament Notes: Extremely genial and gregarious
Training requirement: moderate, socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes:

To command the attention of a scenthound is an accomplishment as their nose is constantly sharing new information with them.  This information can cause a high level of distraction. Thus the need is to keep training extremely positive and fun.

Background Information
Year range of first recognition:
Country of Origin: Serbia
Original Function: Scenthound
History: Dating back to 1005 AD as per old reference texts. Likely developed from dogs of Asia Minor. Original standard drawn up in 1924.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: overshot or undershot jaw, missing teeth, china eye
Health Notes: luxating patellas
Health Testing: OFA, CERf
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had the Serbian Hound?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • How do you qualify your breeding stock?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
Web Sites: The apparent lack of the Yugoslavian Hounds in the US no doubt accounts for the minimal information available and the complete lack of an organized club, rescue or ethics within the US.  Please notify DigitalDog if any of these resources should become available.
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Breed standard: as per FCI

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