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Istrian Shorthaired Hound

Information and Pictures

A smiling, happy looking white with brown Istrian Shorthaired Hound dog is standing in grass with its tail wagging.

Fleki the Istrian Shorthaired Hound at 7 years old from Croatia—"Fleki is a hunting dog, but he never went hunting because he's our house pet :)!"

Other Names
  • Istarski Kratkodlaki Gonic




Height, Weight

Height: 17 - 19 inches (43 to 48 cm.)

Weight: 39 - 40 pounds (17 - 18 kg.)

Females are usually slightly smaller than males.

Health Problems

No breeds specific health issues are documented.

Living Conditions

Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are not recommended for apartment life. They should have a fenced in area and would do best with acreage.


Energetic and possessing great stamina, the Istrian Shorthaired Hound needs plenty of exercise, including a brisk daily walk. It should have a fenced yard of reasonable size in which to romp.

Life Expectancy

About 12 to 15 years

Litter Size

About 8 to 14 puppies


The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and shampoo only when necessary. Trim nails when necessary and keep ears clean. This breed is an average shedder.





  • ACA = American Canine Association Inc.
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale
A white with brown Istrian Shorthaired Hound dog is laying outside in grass and eating an apple

Fleki the Istrian Short-Haired Hound at 7 years old from Croatia outside in the yard eatting an apple