Posavatz Hound

The Posavaz Hound, also known as the Posavina Hound, is a breed of dog of Croatian origin that stands out for its ability as a hunting dog. It stands out for its reddish wheaten coat present in all its shades.

General details

Males usually weigh between 20 and 25 kg, while females weigh approximately 18 to 22 kg. In terms of height, males measure around 50 to 58 cm at the withers, while females tend to be slightly smaller, with a height of 48 to 56 cm. Their life expectancy is 12 to 14 years. This breed belongs to Group 6 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which is the group of hounds, scent hounds and similar breeds.

Breed history in brief

It is a breed of dog originating in Croatia. Its history dates back centuries, where it was used by hunters in the Posavina region, where it adapted to the harsh terrain and climate. Over the years, the Posavaz Hound has been appreciated for its ability to track and hunt large prey, such as wild boar and deer, making it a key player in hunting in the region. It has played a vital role in the economy and livelihood of local communities, assisting in hunting and ensuring food supplies.

Breed characteristics

The Posavaz Hound is a medium-sized dog with a rectangular and robust body. Its eyes are oval in shape, dark brown in color and intelligent in expression, and the ears are drooping, triangular in shape with rounded tips. The tail is usually carried sabre-shaped below the topline, except when the dog is in action, when it can be raised. Its coat is short and dense, with a soft texture to the touch. The base color is reddish wheaten in all shades, with white markings on the neck, forechest and chest, tail, head and lower limbs. The Posavaz Hound is characterized as an energetic dog with great physical endurance. They are known for their excellent scent and tracking abilities, which makes them excellent hunting dogs.

Common health problems

The Posavaz Hound, with optimal care and attention, can enjoy a long healthy life, although it is predisposed to certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are hip dysplasia, cataracts, aortic stenosis, corneal dystrophy and progressive retinal atrophy.

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