Short-haired Istrian Bracke

Short-haired Istrian Bracke Breed description: Character & Co

Short-haired Istrian Bracke

Life expectancy
12 - 13

Origin and history of the Istrian Shorthaired Hound

The short-haired Istrian Bracke, also known as the Istarski Kratkodlaki Gonic, has its roots in Croatia. This breed is one of the oldest hunting dogs in Europe and has been prized for centuries for its excellent hunting skills.

Historical development

The breed originated from a mixture of different types of Bracken used by Mediterranean hunters. Particularly noteworthy is the breed's ability to adapt to the rough terrain of the Istrian peninsula and its effective hunting of smaller mammals and game birds.

Cultural significance

Over the centuries, the Istrian Bracke has been valued not only as a working dog, but also as part of the Croatian cultural heritage. In the hunting community, it has made a name for itself as a reliable and persistent hunting companion.


Today, the short-haired Istrian Bracke is favored for its distinctive nose work and vocalization during the hunt. It is excellently suited for welding work and hunting in difficult terrain. Their friendly nature also makes them a lovable family member.

In modern times, the short-haired Istrian Bracke has also established itself as an excellent companion dog, despite its hunting instinct. It is well suited to active families who enjoy spending time in nature.


The short-haired Istrian Bracke is more than just a hunting dog - it is a piece of living history and a loyal companion. Their versatility and adaptability make them an enriching addition to any dog-loving family.

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A young, pretty, white-orange Istrian Shorthaired Hound puppy stands on the lawn. The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is a sniffer dog for hunting hares and foxes. A young, pretty, white-orange Istrian Shorthaired Hound puppy stands on the lawn. The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is a sniffer dog for hunting hares and foxes. An Istrian shorthaired dog stands in the forest. Young Istrian shorthaired dog standing in the forest
Alternate Name Istarski kratkodlaki gonič
Origin Croatia
Life expectancy 12 - 13 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average to high
FCI group Scent hounds
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Lively personality

The Shorthaired Istrian Bracke is known for its distinct zest for life and energy. This breed is lively and playful, making it a delightful family member and reliable hunting companion.

Hunting instinct and intelligence

This breed has a strong hunting instinct, which makes it an excellent scent hound. Their intelligence and stamina make training a pleasure, however, due to their hunting instinct, training should be started early to ensure they remain well controlled.

  • Training required: Early and consistent
  • Ideal for: Active families, hunters

Social behavior and family life

A friendly and social dog, the short-haired Istrian Bracke bonds closely with its family. They usually get along well with children, although their interaction with young children should always be supervised to ensure that their energy does not become excessive.

Conclusion on temperament

With consistent training and enough activity, the short-haired Istrian Bracke is a loyal and adaptable companion. Their ability to be both a loving family dog and a passionate hunting dog makes them a unique and valuable breed.

Young Istrian shorthaired dog standing in the forest A young, pretty, white-orange Istrian Shorthaired Hound puppy sits on the grass. The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is a sniffer dog for hunting hares and foxes.

Care of the Short-haired Istrian Hound

The short-haired Istrian Bracke, known for its shiny, white coat with orange or lemon-yellow markings, is easy to care for. Their short hair only requires a weekly brushing to remove dead hair and maintain their natural shine. As they are a working breed, their ears should be checked and cleaned for dirt and parasites, especially after outdoor activities, to prevent infection.

Health and well-being

The Istrian Bracke is considered a robust breed that is not prone to many genetic health problems. However, some specimens can be prone to typical canine diseases such as hip dysplasia. A balanced diet and regular veterinary check-ups will help to keep your dog healthy. Sufficient exercise is essential to prevent obesity and satisfy the instinctive hunting instinct.

Breeding and responsibility

When breeding, particular emphasis should be placed on healthy breeding lines and the welfare of the animals. Potential breeders should carry out health tests to ensure that no hereditary diseases are passed on. It is also important to socialize puppies early and provide them with a positive learning experience.


Caring for the short-haired Istrian Bracke is straightforward, but their need for exercise and mental stimulation should not be underestimated. Responsible breeding and conscious health management are key aspects to ensure the well-being of this lively and loyal breed.

A young, pretty, white-orange Istrian Shorthaired Hound puppy stands on the lawn. The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is a sniffer dog for hunting hares and foxes.

The coat of the short-haired Istrian Bracke is characterized by a smooth and dense structure. It is short and lies close to the body, which minimizes the amount of grooming required. The coat color is usually a striking white with orange or lemon-colored markings.

Visual characteristics

This dog breed has an elegant and proud appearance. Their appearance is characterized by their bright coat color and athletic build. The expressive eyes and long, drooping ears give the Istrian Bracke a sympathetic appearance.

Size and weight

  • Average shoulder height:
    • Males: 50 - 56 cm
    • Bitches: 48 - 54 cm
  • Average weight:
    • Males: 18 - 20 kg
    • Bitches: 16 - 18 kg

Size and weight measurements vary slightly between the sexes, with males tending to be slightly larger and heavier than females.

Conclusion on coat and appearance

With its easy-care coat and striking appearance, the short-haired Istrian Bracke is both a practical companion for active people and a beautiful appearance at dog shows. Their size and weight make them a medium-weight dog, ideal for a variety of activities and living situations.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy rugged
Size ♀ 46 - 52 cm
Weight ♀ 18 - 20 kg
Size ♂ 47 - 54 cm
Weight ♂ 18 - 20 kg
Suitable For Children
Young Istrian shorthaired dog standing in the forest
Young Istrian shorthaired dog standing in the forest
A young, pretty, white-orange Istrian Shorthaired Hound puppy sits on the grass. The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is a sniffer dog for hunting hares and foxes.

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