Coarse-Haired Styrian Hound FCI Standard
Unfortunately prior to the XVIII century all attempts to breed such a dog had appeared to be futile. The honour of its creation belongs to Karl Peintingen who initiated a breeding program in Syria, a state situated on the Southeast from Austria. In 1870 he mated the Hanoverian Scent Hound with a Coarse-Haired Istrian Hound, which was noted for its hunting prowess and incredibly rich coat. It required three generation of breeding to invent a stable new breed. Initially it was granted the name of its creator and was referred as the Peintingen Hound. In 1889 it attained official recognition under its current name, the Coarse-Haired Styrian Hound.
The breed was treasured by native hunters predominantly for its ability to unfailingly function in high altitudes of the Austrian Mountains. With its agility, stocky but muscular trunk the dog could easily traverse the most challenging terrain. It was virtually unstoppable once it had caught a scent of the prey and such «trifles» as thirst, hunger or cold couldn’t distract its attention. Thanks to its sensitive nose the Coarse-Haired Styrian Hound was also highly competent in locating the disposition of a wounded game. The breed was usually used in a hunt for rabbits, hares and other small mammals but it was quite capable of hunting a wild boar or other big game.
The Coarse-Haired Styrian Hound was internationally recognised by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1995. The United Kennel Club (UKC) gave its official acceptance to the breed in 2006. It can be rarely met outside its homeland where it’s still kept as a purely hunting dog. Today the Coarse-Haired Styrian Hound enjoys its popularity among both Australian and Yugoslavian hunters.
The Coarse-Haired Styrian Hound usually has a suspicious attitude towards unfamiliar people. Nonetheless it is not prone to demonstrate open aggressiveness unless seriously provoked. The dog is always alert to its surroundings, which makes it a highly capable watchdog. Despite this natural watchfulness it lacks essential ferociousness to effectively confront an intruder so it won’t become a reliable guard dog.
A well-socialised member of the Coarse-Haired Styrian Hound gets along with other dogs and can be introduced into the household with other living dog with minimal problems. It’s inclined to take a dominative position in the company of other canines and won’t hesitate to fight over an alpha status with an unfamiliar dog. Therefore the dog’s owner should closely supervise the initial meeting of two strange dogs. The hunting instinct is deeply ingrained in the breeds’ nature meaning it poses a serious danger for other species of animals. Some individual dogs won’t be able to co-habituate peacefully even with a cat with which they have been brought up from an early age in the same household.
• gastric torsion;
• canine hip dysplasia;
• ear Infections.
Likewise, the breeds’ drooping eyes should be inspected and carefully cleaned after the hunt. The Coarse-Haired Styrian Hound needs only a rare bath.
The Coarse-Haired Styrian Hound responds exclusively to mild encouragement and praise and totally ignores the commands, which are said in harsh voice or prompted by roughhousing. If you plan to keep it as a family pet timely socialisation has an outmost importance for the breed.
Otherwise the Coarse-Haired Styrian Hound should be walked for at least an hour each and every day. Bear in mind that the dog, which can’t satisfy its primal instinct of walking, will feel itself really miserable and frustrated and will manifest it in wilful, destructive, nervous or even aggressive behaviour.