Serbian Tricolour Hound
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Yugoslavian Tricolour Hound
Males 44-55 cm
Females 43-54 cm
Bright red (foxy) with black cheprac and white markings
Hounds and related breeds
Features of the breed
History of Origin
The Serbian Tricolour Hound is considered a relatively young and little-known breed. It was bred in the early 20th century in southern Yugoslavia. It was not considered an independent breed; it was treated as a special variety of the Serbian Hound. Like its close relatives, the Serbian Tricolour Hound also played an indispensable assistant in hunting hares and deer. Opinions of the breed connoisseurs, who refer the Yugoslavian Tricolour Hound to the ancient breeds, do not find official scientific confirmation.
The breed received its standard only in 1946 when it was no longer referred to as a variety of the Serbian Hound. However, official recognition by the International Canine Federation was adopted in 1961. Then the name of the breed – “Yugoslavian Tricolour Hound” was affirmed. But after 1991 (at the time of the division of Yugoslavia), the breed suffered the same fate as the Serbian Hound – the name was changed again and remained with the breed today. The United Hound Club renamed the breed “Serbian Tricolour Hound” only in 2006. In Serbia and Bosnia, the Serbian Tricolour Hound is appreciated among hunters and large families. Nowadays, the breed is increasingly being acquired as a pet without developing its inherent hunting instincts.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The main distinguishing feature of the Yugoslavian Laufhund from the Serbian Hound is the color. If in the Serbian Hound, two colors are mandatory, in the Serbian Tricolour Hound respectively three. Wool is short and thick with the characteristic fox color and black checkered coat, where white spots on muzzle, neck, chest, paw tips, and tail are obligatory. The Yugoslavian Laufhund is a medium-sized dog with an elongated and strong body. It has a small and slightly long wedge-shaped muzzle. A strong back and taut belly. The ears are thin and floppy, not creased. The tail is straight and saber-shaped.
The character traits of the Serbian Tricolour Hound in the family and on the hunt are very different. As a hunter, it is a bold, courageous and determined dog, capable of engaging even the most significant game. And when alone with its owner, it is affectionate, playful, and obedient. The Yugoslavian Laufhund has plenty of energy. He doesn’t mind playing with children or keep you company while walking. Like all hunting dogs, it has a perfect sense of smell and ringing bark. Therefore, it is best suited to be kept in its own spacious home where it will feel most comfortable. The Serbian Tricolour Hound has a well-developed guarding instinct. Don’t doubt that a nuisance will be chased away from the territory of your home – the pet will take care of that.
The Yugoslavian Laufhund’s short coat is well adapted to all weather conditions. It has dirt-repellent properties, which are very useful in hunting. That is why frequent water procedures are not required; you need to wipe it with a wet towel. Comb out the coat once a week. Ideal for this is a special brush with smooth, soft bristles. Examine your dog’s ears and eyes regularly and keep an eye on their general condition to prevent infections or inflammations. Such an active dog’s nails will usually shave them off on their own, but if that’s not enough, have them trimmed monthly.
Any obedient dog with a balanced character is a credit to the owner. You will need patience and persistence in raising the Serbian Tricolour Hound. It is intelligent and well-trained but can be stubborn at some points. It is active and attached to its owner. If you build up a rapport with him, he will soon show you new commands he learned wonderfully.
Like its closest relative, the Serbian Tricolour Hound has a robust immune system. Researchers have not identified any hereditary diseases or propensities for serious illnesses in a long time of study of the breed. The only things that can be inherent in the breed are urolithiasis and ear inflammation (otitis media).
The diet of the Serbian Tricolour Hound must be balanced. It is necessary to feed the dog regularly because he spends a lot of energy per day and needs a normal amount of food. The daily ration of a dog with this weight should include about 400 g of lean meat and sometimes by-products. During the cold season and molting period, you need to increase vitamin intake. You can consult an experienced owner or veterinarian for advice. He will help you choose dry food for your pet that is suitable and includes all the necessary components to form a healthy skeleton and strengthen immunity.