Description: The head is long and fairly wide. They have a slightly domed forehead. A long but proportional muzzle, and tight lips which are black in color. The eyes are oval in shape the color is brown, and they have black eyelids.

The Balkanski Gonic has ears that are medium in the length and lie flat to the head reaching down to the cheeks. The height is 46-54 inches in the male and 44-52 inches in the female. The weight is 44 pounds. The body is longer than its height and is well-muscled. The tail is thick at the base and tapers towards the point; this is low and has a slight curve.

The Balkanski Gonic has an undercoat and the hair is thick while being short, rough to the touch but is glossy. The colors, we see are wheaten-red, fox-red with black mantle or saddle and black coloring extends to the head. Life expectancy is about 12 years.

History: The Balkanski Gonic has come from Yugoslavia but its history is older, and it is believed to have come from Egypt carried by the Phoenicians in 1000BC. This has been a hunting dog and the ancestors are thought to have been prized and have great skills as a pack hunting dog. This is a scent hound and was described by Frank Laska in the 11th century.

The first standards were set in 1924, but it was in 1940 it had reached the FCI acceptance. The name change in 1996 when it was decided to call this hound the Serbian Hound as it is mostly seen in Serbia, and today it is still seen throughout Serbia but it is rare in other countries.

Temperament: The Balkanski Gonic is a pack hunting hound insomuch as they like to live with others of their breed. This does not mean that they do not make good pets but training this dog will be harder as they are independent thinkers and so will need good consistent training. They are not for the meek owner as they have a dominant nature if allowed to do so.

The Balkanski Gonic breed needs a good calm but firm pack leader. Due to their hunting nature, they can be difficult with other pets such as cats, if raised with the cat, they are somewhat better. They are good with children but need children to show young leadership so they do not dominate. Socialize this dog well as a puppy as this will help them get on with other dogs and be better in situations such as traffic and dealing correctly with strangers. They need lots of daily exercises and mental stimulation to burn up their energy. They are a lively dog that is kind and dependable.

Health issues: This dog is of good general health.

Grooming: As with a lot of the hound family this dog is low in grooming requirements and will only need brushing weekly, with a good bristle brush. To get a good shine rub the coat over with a chamois and that will do the trick.

Living conditions: This dog will need a garden but given the right amount of daily walks can live in an apartment.

If you can’t find a local breeder in your area don’t worry, many breeders are using major airlines like American, Delta, Continental and Northwest airlines for shipping their puppies.

At this time the airlines will ship puppies to the following states: Alabama AL – Alaska AK – Arizona AZ – Arkansas AR – California CA – Colorado CO – Connecticut CT – Delaware DE – Florida FL – Georgia GA – Hawaii HI – Idaho ID – Illinois IL – Indiana IN – Iowa IA – Kansas KS – Kentucky KY – Louisiana LA – Maine ME – Maryland MD – Massachusetts MA – Michigan MI – Minnesota MN – Mississippi MS – Missouri MO – Montana MT – Nebraska NE – Nevada NV – New Hampshire NH – New Jersey NJ – New Mexico NM – New York NY – North Carolina NC – North Dakota ND – Ohio OH – Oklahoma OK – Oregon OR – Pennsylvania PA – Rhode Island RI – South Carolina SC – South Dakota SD – Tennessee TN – Texas TX – Utah UT – Vermont VT – Virginia VA – Washington WA – Washington, D.C. – West Virginia WV – Wisconsin WI – Wyoming WY – Hawaii HI.

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