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Serbian Hound

Breed Name: Serbian Hound
Original name:SRPSKI GONIČ
FCI Standard N°: 146

TRANSLATION : Mrs Pamela Jeans-Brown.

ORIGIN : Serbia and Montenegro.


UTILISATION : Scent hound.

Group 6 Scent hounds and related breeds.
Section 1.2 Medium sized scenhounds
With working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The breed belongs to the group of scent hounds which have spread throughout the Balkan territory. It is thought that the scent hounds from Asia Minor played an important part in its genesis. The first description of this breed under the name of Balkan scent hound dates from 1005 ; for this we are endebted to Frank Laska who described this breed together with other scent hounds. The first standard was drawn up in 1924 , but it was only at its session in Bled on May 14th 1940 that the F.C.I. adopted the standards already announced in Stockholm in 1939 and among these was included that of the Balkan scent hound. Because the breed was most widespread in Serbia, it was the Yugoslav Cynological Association which controlled breeding and put in place the first registrations in the official stud book. On November 12th 1996,during its meeting in Copenhagen, the General Committee of the F .C.I. discussed the motion put forward by the annual general meeting of the Yugoslav Cynological Association, and accepted that the name Balkan scent hound be replaced by Serbian hound.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Dog of medium size with a robust constitution. Full of character, it is lively and energetic.


  • Length of body measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock is 10% greater than height at withers.
  • Girth of chest is 20% more than height at withers. Length of head corresponds to 45% of height at withers.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Kind, with lively temperament. Dependable, showing remarkable tenacity.

HEAD : Dolichocephalic ( narrow skull base coupled with great length ) ; top lines of skull and foreface are divergent.
Skull : Seen from the front and in profile, the skull is slightly rounded with a pronounced frontal furrow. Occipital crest not very defined. Width between ears is less than or equal to distance between stop and occipital crest. Pronounced superciliary ridges.
Stop : Almost imperceptible.
Nose : Well-developed, always black.
Muzzle : Cuneiform, a little shorter than the skull ; ideal relation between length of muzzle and that of skull is 9 to 10. The muzzle tapers progressively from stop to nose. The foreface is straight.
Lips: Mediumly developed, mediumly thick and fitting well with the jaw. The edges of the lips should be black. The upper lip overlaps the lower lip ; corners of lips are firm.
Jaws / teeth : Powerful jaws. Teeth are strong with regular complete scissor bite. Pincer bite allowed.
Cheeks :Flat.
Eyes : Medium size, oval, set slightly slanting. Edges of lids are dark in colour ( preferably black ). Colour of iris as dark as possible.
Ears : Set high, of medium length and width, pendulous, close to cheeks. The tip of the ear is slightly oval in shape. Ears are thinner than thick.

NECK: Strong. In length approximately the same as the head. Top line is slightly arched. It is at an angle of 45-50 degrees to the horizontal plane.

BODY: Slightly oblong, with length 10% more than height at withers.
Topline : Straight.