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Styrian Coarse Haired Hound

Scenthound Group

The goals and purposes of this breed standard include: to furnish guidelines for breeders who wish to maintain the quality of their breed and to improve it; to advance this breed to a state of similarity throughout the world; and to act as a guide for judges.

Breeders and judges have the responsibility to avoid any conditions or exaggerations that are detrimental to the health, welfare, essence and soundness of this breed, and must take the responsibility to see that these are not perpetuated.

Any departure from the following 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 on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.


The breed is fairly recent, having been created in Austria from a cross between a Hanoverian Scenthound and a coarse haired Istrian Hound. The best puppies from the litter were kept and used for selective breeding to create the Styrian Coarse Haired Hound.

The Styrian Coarse Haired Hound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

General Appearance

A medium sized, rough coated hound with a serious expression.


A passionate, tough hunter and a determined tracker.



The skull is slightly rounded. There is a well developed occiput.


The muzzle is strong and straight. The lips are not pendant.


The Styrian Coarse Haired Hound has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite. The absence of one or two premolars is not a fault.

Disqualifications: Overshot or undershot. Missing teeth other than two premolars.


The nose is black.


The eyes are brown.


The ears are not too large. They are flat lying and covered with fine hair.

Fault: Folded ear leathers.


The medium length neck is strong.


The shoulders are well laid back.


The legs are straight and muscular.


The chest is deep and broad. The back is straight and broad. The loin is moderately tucked up and the croup is sloping.


Muscular, strong, and well angulated.


The legs are straight when seen from the rear.


Not too large, with well arched, close toes and hard pads.


Medium length, strong at the root, and carried upward in a slight sickle. There is a brush, but not a plume, on the underside.

Faults: Tail too short, too thin or too curled. Plume on tail.


The coat is rough, harsh and coarse, but not shaggy. The coat on the head is shorter than on the body, but it forms a mustache.

Faults: Coat too long, thin, curly or soft.


Red or fawn, with white marking on the chest permitted.

Disqualification: Any other color.


Height at the withers is 18 to 21 inches.


Ground covering, and elastic.


(A dog with a Disqualification must not be considered for placement in a conformation event, and must be reported to UKC.)
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid.
Viciousness or extreme shyness.
Overshot or undershot.
Missing teeth other than two premolars.
Any other color.

UKC Breed Standards: Styrian Coarse Haired Hound

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