The Italian Coarse-haired Hound is a hunting dog. This is an ancient breed known for centuries. It comes from a mix of Celtic and Phoenician hunting dogs. Very little has changed from the Roman era to the present day. Its lineage can be traced to the dogs in Ancient Egypt. Latin texts shows that even then Italian Coarse-haired Hound was used for hunting.
The best period for the breed was during the Renaissance, when were improved the appearance and thehunting qualities of the Italian Coarse-haired Hound. Almost twin of this breed is the Italian Short-haired Hound. The differences between the two strains is mainly in the length and type of hair.
This breed primarily hunts rabbits and can do it on any terrain. Many are adept at hunting in dense undergrowth. The Italian Coarse-haired Hound is one of the largest breeds in Italy and occupies one of the first places among the hunting dogs in this country.
This is one of the first breeds recognized by the Italian Kennel Club, founded in Milan in 1882. In 1989 the International Dog Federation recognizes its two varieties. In the mid-20th century, these two Italianbreeds reminded again of their excellent quality and beauty.
The Italian Coarse-haired Hound is a healthy, muscled, medium sized dog. The height is between 48 and 56 cm, and the weight - from 18 to 28 kg. The harmonious, well built and muscular body allows him to chase rabbits from dawn to dusk without a break. The head is narrow and elongated, the forehead is flat and covered with a thin skin. The nose of these dogs is black with wide nostrils, the lips are thin and black. The jaws are strong, the teeth are white, well-aligned. The eyes are almond-shaped, large and dark with mild expression. The ears are long, flat, with triangle form. The neck is thin, without dewlap. The lips are thin and black.
The coat of the Italian Coarse-haired Hound is thick, rough, except on the head, ears, tail and snout, and shall not exceed 15 cm. The color is dark reddish-black, sable or only ginger. White spots on the muzzle, head and neck are allowed. These hounds possess highly developed sense of smell and hearing.
The Italian Coarse-haired Hound adapts easily to hunt in different areas, they are fast and durable.
Character and behavior
This is a sociable, obedient and quiet dog. It binds strongly with all family members. The Italian Coarse-haired Hound is a tireless and persistent hunter who loves to swim. If your puppy starts fidgeting, this means that it is not getting enough physical and psychological exercise.
Training and education
Training must be done gently, because this breed cannot cope with strong penalties. Caresses and praise have greater effect. Training should be conducted only by its master to whom it feels boundless love.
The dog will be happy if it can occasionally hunt, especially with its master. The training should start from an early age.
The Italian Coarse-haired Hound is a healthy dog. The coat protects it from all weather conditions. Regular physical activities are a major factor for its full existence and good physical shape. The life expectancy is between 11 and 15 years.
Grooming and care
Many people choose puppies for sale of this breed because the Italian Coarse-haired Hound does not require a special care. You may brush the hair from time to time with acute brush. Bathe only in real need. This dog needs regular exercise, but can adapt well to livein an apartment.
Children and other pets
Despite being a hunting dog, the Italian Coarse-haired Hound is a wonderful pet. At home it is quiet, kind and friendly. Patiently treats children and is not aggressive towards other dogs. However, if you have cats in the house, they are in danger.
If given to new owners, the Italian Coarse-haired Hound will refuse to execute commands and sometimes it could take years to get used to the new family. This dog will never forget his first owner.