Posavac Hound, Posavski Gonic
The Posavaz Hound is a scenthound that was originally developed to hunt deer, fox, and hare in what was once Yugoslavia. A rare local breed, it is little known or seen outside of its homeland.
This region is home to three scenthounds, the other two being the Istrian Shorthaired Hound and the Istrian Wirehaired Hound.
The name Posavaz Hound translates to “Scent Hound from the Sava Valley”.
Posavaz Hound Standards
History of the Posavaz Hound
An ancient breed, the ancestors of the Posavaz are unknown. It originated in former Yugoslavia, along the fertile plains that border the Sava River. Frescoes dating back to the late 1400s match dogs of this type. After Yugoslavia split into several countries the Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognized this breed as Croatian.
The Posavaz Hound was never well-known outside its homeland and war in the later part of the 20th century caused their numbers to fall drastically. For now, the bloodline appears to be stable, but still restricted to inside Croatia and Slovenia’s borders.