Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Scent Hound from the Save Valley

(Posavski Gonic)

Posavaz Hound


ORIGIN

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FCI
Croatia.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
03.11.2014.

UTILISATION

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FCI
It is a good scent hound with excellent stamina, particularly suited to hunting hare and fox. It can also be used as a leash hound. Its robust constitution is ideally suited to hunting in the vast forests and thick undergrowth in the Save valley.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.2Scenthounds, Medium-sized Hounds
With working trial

UKC
Scenthound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs Pamela Jeans-Brown.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
This ancient hound breed is indigeneous to Croatia. Its origins are lost in the mists of time. Frescoes of 1474 (chapel dedicated to St. Mary at Beram, near Pazin), chronicles of 1719 (Bishop Bakic of Djakovo) and of 1859 (Franjo Bertic, a veterinarian, also of Djakovo) and books (Joze Kristen) all bear witness to this breed’s antiquity. These hounds from the Save Valley were sold in Croatia under the name of “boskini” and highly prized in the neighbouring regions. In 1924, the breed was presented for the first time at a dog show. The first registrations in the Croatian stud-book date back to 1929. FCI accepted the breed in 1955. The first standard bearing the correct name of the breed (Posavatz dog) was published in 1969; this name indicates that the breed originated in the broad and densely wooded Save Valley (Posavina) south-east of Zagreb.
UKC
The Posavaz is an ancient hound breed indigenous to Croatia. Its origins are lost in the mists of time, but books bear witness to its antiquity. It is a good scenthound with excellent stamina, used to hunt hare and fox. It can also be used as a trailing leash hound. The Posavaz was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Robust dog of average proportions whose red, reddish or wheaten coat has white markings on the head, around the neck, on the chest, on the lower limbs and at the tip of the tail. It has a high sonorous tongue.
UKC
The Posavaz is an average sized, short coated scenthound with a red or wheaten colored coat that is marked with white.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Body length should be 11-13 % more than height at withers.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Docile, very attached to its owner, good-natured reasonably lively temperament. Very enthusiastic hunter.
UKC
Docile, good natured, and very attached to its owner, the Posavaz is also an enthusiastic hunter.

HEAD

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FCI
Long and narrow, length 20-24 cm.
UKC
The head is long and narrow.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Seen in profile, frontal bone is slightly rounded. Seen from above, skull is oval and not too wide. Well-defined frontal furrow, pronounced occipital crest.
UKC
From above, the skull is oval shaped and not too wide. From the front, the forehead is slightly rounded. There is a frontal furrow, and the occipital crest is pronounced. The stop is visible but not abrupt.

Stop

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FCI
Visible but not very pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Broad, black, blackish or dark brown.
UKC
The broad nose is black or dark brown.

Muzzle

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FCI
Quite long, an even width throughout its length. Nosebridge: Outline can be slightly convex.
UKC
The muzzle is quite long, and is the same width from eyes to nose. The nasal bone can be slightly convex. The lips are tight fitting, with black pigment.

Lips

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FCI
Average thickness, tight-fitting, top lip just over-lapping bottom lip. Well-fitting commissure. Dark or black pigmentation.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Strong, regular and complete scissor bite.
UKC
The Posavaz has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Large, with perfectly fitting eyelids. Dark-coloured iris. Gentle expression.
UKC
The large, dark eyes have tight fitting rims and a gentle expression.

Ears

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FCI
Dropped, close-fitting to the cheeks, flat, thin, rounded at the tips. When drawn forward towards the nose they should reach the labial commissure.
UKC
The flat, thin ears are dropped and fit close to the cheeks. When drawn forward, they should reach the corner of the mouth.

NECK

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FCI
See in profile chest is slightly arched. Sloping neck, of average length, well-muscled. Tight-fitting skin.
UKC
The average length neck is slightly arched and clean.

BODY

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UKC
The chest is long, broad and deep. The breastbone is not very pronounced. The withers are high, and the back is long and level. The loin is broad and muscular, and the croup is slightly rounded and sloping, with no prominence of hipbones. The belly is tucked up.

Topline

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Level.

Withers

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Pronounced.

Back

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Long.

Loin

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Medium length lumbar region, broad, muscled, strong and firmly attached to the croup.

Croup

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Muscled, slightly rounded and moderately sloping. Hip bones hardly noticeable.

Chest

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Long, broad and well let down. Well sprung ribs. Moderately broad brisket. Point of sternum not very pronounced.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Belly tucked up, flanks only just noticeable.

TAIL

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FCI
Continuing the line of the back, broad at the root. Average length, at most reaching the hock. Sabre tail carriage. Tail covered in thick hair like a brush, with longer hair on the under side, admissible.
UKC
Set on the line of the back, broad at the base, reaching at most to the hock, the tail is carried in saber fashion and may have a brush.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Seen front on, upright; good width seen in profile slightly « propped forward ». Strong bone.
UKC
The shoulder blades are long and sloping. The upper arms are strong and muscular.

Shoulder

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Sloping shoulder-blade, long, muscled and well attached to chest.

Upper Arm

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Strong, muscled.

Elbow

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Neither out nor too close to the chest.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The legs are straight and set well apart. They have strong bone. The pasterns are short and very slightly sloping.

Forearm

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Upright.

Carpus (wrist)

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FCI
Moderately pronounced.

Pastern

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Short, very slightly sloping.

FEET

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UKC
More cat than hare, with tight toes and elastic pads.

Forefeet

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FCI
More a cat foot than a hare foot, with tight toes. Resistant elastic pads. Strong nails, preferably dark.

Hind feet

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Like front feet.

HINDQUARTERS

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Seen in profile slightly « propped back ».

Thigh

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FCI
Medium length, broad, muscled.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The upper thigh is medium length, broad and muscular. The lower thigh is sloping and longer than the upper thigh. The hock joint is strong, and the rear pasterns are vertical.

Lower thigh

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Sloping, longer than thigh.

Hock

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Strong.

Rear pastern

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Upright, medium length, any dewclaws should be removed.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Even, flowing, reasonably lively.
UKC
Even, flowing and fairly lively.

SKIN

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FCI
Elastic, well-fitting over all the body, no wrinkles.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
2-3 cm long, straight, dense and close-lying. Belly well covered with hair. The hair is slightly longer on the underside of the belly, on the back of the limbs and on the underside of the tail.
UKC
The coat is straight, dense and close lying. It may be slightly longer on the underside of the tail, the belly and the backs of the legs.

COLOUR

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FCI
Colour can be all shades of reddish wheaten but never brown or chocolate. White markings on the head can be a star, a blaze or a more wide-spread white mark. On the neck, white markings either form a collar or a splash on the throat; white markings are also found on the chest, under the belly, on the underpart of limbs and on the end of the tail. In all these designated areas, white markings are sought after but must never cover more than one third of the whole body.
UKC
Any shade of red or wheaten, but never brown or chocolate. There can be white markings on the head, neck, chest, throat, belly, lower legs and the end of the tail. White markings are sought after, but may not exceed one-third of the entire body.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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FCI

46-58 cm.
Ideal height for males 50 cm, for females 48 cm.
UKC
Height at the withers is 18 to 23 inches.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

MINOR FAULTS

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  • Disproportion between height at withers and length of body.
  • Round ribs, barrel chest.
  • Tail set too high.
  • Front or hind legs tucked under body.
  • Elbows very wide set.
  • Forearms curved.
  • Metacarpus and metatarsus with pronounced slope.
  • Prominent hip bones.
  • Pale pigmentation on nose, eyerims and lips.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Muzzle very pointed, too blunt and thick at its tip, twisted jaws.
  • Brachygnathic condition. Overshot or undershot mouth.
  • China eye.
  • Ears too short or pricked, set too high or too low.
  • Hooked tail, or laterally twisted. Feathered tail.
  • Coat too long.
  • Any markings other than white to be rejected, especially greyish or blackish ones.
  • Height above or below parameters designated in the standard.
  • Any other fault of physical degeneration.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Undershot or overshot bite. Blue eyes. Pricked ears. Any color or marking color other than stated in the standard.
Teeth: Undershot or overshot bite.
Eyes: Blue eyes.
Ears: Pricked ears.
Color: Any color or marking color other than stated in the standard.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.