SERBIAN HOUND [FCI-Standard N° 150 / 05. 05. 2003 / GB]( Srpski Gonič )
TRANSLATION : Mrs Pamela Jeans-Brown.
ORIGIN : Serbia and Montenegro.
DATE OF PUBUCATION OF THE ORIGINAL VAUD STANDARD : 25.03.2003.
UTILISATION : Scent hound.
CLASSIFICATION FCI :
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The breed belongs to the group of scent hounds which have spread throughout the Balkan territory. It is thought that the scent hounds from Asia Minor played an important part in its genesis. The first description of this breed under the name of Balkan scent hound dates from 1005 ; for this we are endebted to Frank Laska who described this breed together with other scent hounds. The first standard was drawn up in 1924 , but it was only at its session in Bled on May 14th 1940 that the F.C.I. adopted the standards already announced in Stockholm in 1939 and among these was included that of the Balkan scent hound. Because the breed was most widespread in Serbia, it was the Yugoslav Cynological Association which controlled breeding and put in place the first registrations in the official stud book. On November 12th 1996,during its meeting in Copenhagen, the General Committee of the F .C.I. discussed the motion put forward by the annual general meeting of the Yugoslav Cynological Association, and accepted that the name Balkan scent hound be replaced by Serbian hound.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Dog of medium size with a robust constitution. Full of character, it is lively and energetic.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Kind, with lively temperament. Dependable, showing remarkable tenacity.
HEAD : Dolichocephalic ( narrow skull base coupled with great length ) ; top lines
of skull and foreface are divergent.
NECK: Strong. In length approximately the same as the head. Top line is slightly arched. It is at an angle of 45-50 degrees to the horizontal plane.
BODY: Slightly oblong, with length 10% more than height at withers.