Srpski Planinski Gonic
Breeding group : Hounding
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GENERALBreed group: Hounding Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Hunting, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 44-55 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & Brown
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10-12 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Srpski Planinski Gonic or Serbian Mountain Hound is a rare dog breed originating in mountain regions of Serbia. This breed is used to hunt hare, fox and small game but occasionally used to hunt larger game like wild boar or deer. The Serbian Mountain Hound is descended from the Balkan Hound, the Hellenic Hound and a number of other ancient Molossian hunting and pariah dogs of Serbia and Greece, including the hunting variety of the Sylvan. It is considered to be an ancestor of many modern breeds, including the Transylvanian Hound, Black Forest Hound and the Austrian Alpine Shorthaired Hound, with which it has often been confused in the past. The Srpski Planinski Gonic has a height that ranges from 18 to 22 inches and a weight that falls between 44 and 55 pounds. Dogs of this breed have a smooth coat that is black and tan in color. This medium size dog has a solid conformation. It comes with a dolichocephalic head, long skull and thick, broad muzzle. Black nose is well developed. Light to dark brown colored eyes are oval shaped. Pendant shaped, moderately long and high set ears hang close to the head. The solidly build body is rectangular in shape. It comes with long, broad and muscled back, medium length, well muscled loin, deep and strong chest and slightly tucked-up belly. The short, dense and rough coat comes in basic black color with tan markings present on different parts of the body. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by FCI.
The Srpski Planinski Gonic or Serbian Mountain Hound comes in black and tan coloring. Black is basic color with tan markings present above eyes, on muzzle and on lower parts of the legs. A white mark on chest may be present.
The coat is short, rough and abundant for this breed. It is glossy, flat and smooth with a well developed undercoat.
Resilient, tenacious and completely dedicated to the job, the Srpski Planinski Gonic is famous for its unwillingness to quit, great physical stamina and bravery. Employed in packs as a tracker of a variety of game, the Planinski Gonic is the first choice of hunters in the mountainous areas of Yugoslavia. This smart, playful and even-tempered hound also makes a good watchdog and family pet, but can be too noisy for city life. While it can be stubborn at times, as well as unfriendly to strange dogs and a danger to other small animals, the Serbian Mountain Hound responds to socialization and training very well and is an amenable companion when raised properly.
Short coat of Serbian Mountain Hound is low maintenance in nature and needs only occasional brushing.
Though intelligent and docile to its master, the dog does need a firm trainer who can train this dog with consistent and positive training.
Having high energy levels, the dog has high exercise demands and needs to be taken for daily walks. Ample play time in a secure and open space is also mandatory.