The Posavaz Hound, also known as the Posavac Hound, originates from the Posavina region of Croatia, where it has a long history dating back to at least the 14th century. Initially bred for hunting, these dogs were typically used in packs to hunt game like foxes, hares, and even bigger game such as deer. The breed was officially recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1955.
Posavac Hounds can be susceptible to developing ear infections, dental issues, and hypothyroidism. They may also suffer from patellar luxation, epilepsy, and congenital heart defect (CHD). These deep-chested dogs are susceptible to bloat, also known as gastric dilation volvulus (GDV). This is a life-threatening condition that can come on suddenly, so it’s important to know the warning signs and get an affected dog immediate veterinary care. Genetic testing is recommended, including for the following conditions that affect many other breeds: hyperuricosoria, degenerative myelopathy, and progressive rod-cone degeneration.
Posavaz Hounds are known for their lively, persistent, and courageous nature. They are loyal to their family and can be good with children if properly socialized. Their hunting background means they have a strong prey drive and love of the outdoors, but they are also content to relax at home with their family. As scent hounds, they can be prone to following their noses, so a secure yard is important. Training can be a bit of a challenge due to their independent nature, but they respond well to positive, consistent training methods.
While the Posavaz Hound is not a very common breed outside of its native Croatia, in the region it's revered and celebrated for its excellent scent tracking abilities and its contribution to hunting traditions.
These dogs have a distinctive "hound" voice, a melodious and somewhat mournful howl that they use to communicate while hunting. However, they aren't typically excessive barkers at home.
Even though they're known for their hunting skills, these dogs are also known to be quite gentle and amiable, making them great companions for families with an active lifestyle.