FCI-Standard N° 154
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
UTILIZATION: A hound with excellent stamina especially suited
to hunting hare, fox and boar but can also be used as a tracking leash
FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 6 Scenthounds and related
Section1.2 Medium sized scenthounds
With working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: Posavatz, the scent hound
from the Save Valley is an old hound breed, which descents from a
type of the “Illyrischen Hound of Red Colour with markings”. In the
cemetery chapel next to the village of Beram (Istrien) one can find in
the fresco, dating from 1474, “The bow of the three Kings” a dark
wheaten dog with dropped ears. This was the first portrayal of the
Posavatz Hound. The next portrayal is the altar fresco “The
motherhood of the Holy Virgin Mary” from the 16th century in the
Mother of the Angels Church in Veli Losinj, where the ancestor of
today’s Posavatz Hound is depicted. There is also a description of
this hound in a manuscript from the year 1719 of the Dakovear
Bishop Petar Bakic, where it says, that the breeding of these hounds
was already well known in the 14th century. Franjo Bertic describes
the Posavatz Hound in the year 1854. The FCI published the first
Standard for the Posavatz Hound on April 8th 1955.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Strong hound-body, medium sized
dog with balanced movements. The characteristic red-wheaten colour
comes in all shades.
The white markings are on head, neck, on the fore chest, the chest,
the belly, the lower limbs and at the tip of the tail. The difference
between the genders has to be distinctive.
Rectangular body; length to exceed height at the withers.
Height to the elbow is 50% of the height at the withers.
The length of skull to slightly exceed the length of muzzle.
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT: The breed is easy to train. This
is a universal hound with a clear and melodic voice for hunting in all
areas. Docile, neither nervous nor aggressive, reasonably lively
temperament. Very devoted to the owner.
HEAD: The head is well proportioned to the body. The head has
slight divergent lines.
Skull: Slightly longer than the muzzle, it is broadest between the
ears. The temporal area is slightly rounded. The width of the skull
exceeds its depth. The occipital bone and the frontal furrow are
Stop: Well developed but not too exaggerated.
Nose: Strong with well-opened nostrils. The whole nose and the
inside of the nostrils have to be black or dark brown pigmented.
Muzzle: Strong, rectangular and full, slightly shorter than the skull,
tapering from the stop towards the nose but not too pointed. The
nasal bridge is straight or slightly convex (slight ram’s nose).
Lips: Average thickness, tight-fitting to the jaw, the labial
commissure is not visible. The liprims are completely pigmented in
correspondence with the colour of the nose leather.
Jaws/Teeth: The jaws are strong, regular and the teeth are white and
evenly placed in the jaws. Scissors bite; the incisors are vertical
placed in the jaws. A complete bite is desired (42 teeth in accordance
with the dental formula). Missing premolars PM1 and molars M3 are
not taken into account. The missing of other teeth is undesirable.
Cheeks: The chewing muscle and the cheekbone must not be too
Eyes: Medium size, set moderately wide apart and semi frontal in an
angle of 10–15 degrees to the horizontal line. Oval shaped and dark
brown, the expression is intelligent. The eyelids must not be loose
and show no signs of Entropion or Ectropion. The eyelids have to be
fully pigmented in correspondence with the colour of the nose
Ears: Dropped, close fitting to the head, set at eye level. The ear is
triangular shaped, rounded at the tips, moderately long and
moderately thick. When drawn forward towards the nose they should
reach the labial commissure. The ears must not show any folds, nor
be rolled in or sticking out. They are covered with short hair.
NECK: Strong, well muscled and placed in an angle of 45 degrees to
the horizontal line. The neck tapers towards the head. The skin is
tight fitting without dewlap or heavily developed folds.
BODY: Body has to be strong.
Back: Strong, well muscled, level.
Loin: Medium length, broad, well muscled, solid and well attached
to the croup.
Croup: Well muscled, strong, broad and sloping in a 25–30 degree of
angle towards the horizontal line. Slightly lower than the withers.
Chest: Deep, broad, but not too broad or barrelled. The ribcage has to
reach to the elbow. Well sprung ribs.
Underline and belly: The belly shows a slight tuck up from the
breastbone towards the flanks.
TAIL: Set as a continuation of the line of the croup. Strong at the
root, gradually tapering towards the tip of the tail and of average
length. Stretched, it reaches, at the most to the hock. Sabre shaped
tail carried below the topline. Higher tail carriage tolerated when the
dog is excited (in action). The tail is well covered with hair, slightly
longer on the underside, preferably like a little brush.
General appearance: Seen from the front the limbs have to be in good
proportion to the body and show even angulation.
Shoulder: Of medium length, muscular. The shoulder angle is 115–
Elbow: Close fitting to the chest.
Forearm: The bone is strong and rounded with strong muscle tone.
Parallel seen from front.
Carpus ( Wrist): Short and elastic.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Elastic, slightly sloping.
Fore feet: Oval shaped with tight toes and strong pads. The nails
should preferably be pigmented.
General appearance: Strong and elastic in action.
Thigh: Strong, broad and well muscled.
Lower thigh: Forms an angle of 40 degrees to the horizontal line.
Hock joint: Strong and solid.
Metatarsus (Rear pastern): Nearly vertical to the ground, solid and
Hind feet: Oval shaped with tight toes and strong pads. The nails
should preferably be pigmented.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: The reach is substantial with a strong drive.
The movement has to be harmonious; there must be no twitching; the
back has to be preferably steady and the limbs must not cross over.
SKIN: Elastic, of medium thickness, well fitting the body, no
Hair: The hair is harsh, dense, shiny, close lying to the body. The
length is 2–3 cm. On the back of the limbs the hair is slightly longer
(up to 4 cm) also on the belly and on the underside of the tail, where
it forms preferably a “little brush”.
Colour: The basic colour of the hair is reddish wheaten in all shades
with white markings on the head, the neck, the fore chest, the chest,
the belly, the underside of the limbs and the tip of the tail. Never a
dark brown or a chocolate brown colour which is not a permitted
colour. The total amount of white markings must not exceed one
third of the whole body. The white should be clear without any
mottling of the basic colour.
Characteristic white markings are placed:
On the head, as a blaze or a stripe (no white on ears).
On the neck, as a collar (complete or partial) or as a stripe.
On the fore chest, a smaller or broader white part.
On the belly, a white stripe.
On the limbs, white parts on the feet, also as socks on
On the tail, white tip of the tail.
It is desirable that there are white markings on all mentioned parts of
the body and that they are symmetrically spread over the body.
Missing white markings on the mentioned parts of the body are seen
as a fault. White markings are not allowed on any other parts of the
Height at the withers: Males: 50–56 cm.
Females: 47–53 cm.
Height difference of +/- 2 cm in males and females of excellent type
and conformation will be tolerated.
FAULTS: 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 and its ability to perform its
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Dogs, which clearly show physical or behavioural abnormalities,
shall be disqualified.
• Converging headlines.
• Muzzle longer than the skull.
• Untypically short muzzle.
• Undershot or overshot, wry mouth.
• Blue eyes.
• Totally un-pigmented nose, eyelids or lip rims.
• Body length shorter the height at the withers.
• Short legged, longish dog of achondroplasic type.
• Tail carried in a ring or a laterally curved tail.
• Coat on the body longer than 5 cm.
• Completely solid coloured dog, lacking the white markings.
• Traces of greyish or black colour on the body, sign of a third
• White markings which are mottled with the basic colour.
• Height above or below the parameters designated in the standard.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical
conformation should be used for breeding.
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