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BARAK - Bosnian coarse-haired hound

Updated on February 4, 2015


Barak belongs to the hound group. It is considered that the name comes from Turkish word BARAK which means coarse-haired dog. Another names for this breed are : Bosnian barak, barak, green barak, Chien courant de Bosnie a poil dur -dit Barak, Bosnischer Rauhhaariger Laufhund - genannt Barak, Bosnishe rauharbracke , Bosnian coarse-haired Hound - named Barak, Sabueso de Bosnia de pelo duro - Ilamado Barak). The common feature of all dogs of this group is to pursue the game, and, if necessary, to prevent further escape, and thus provide a hunter an opportunity to kill the game.

This breed was raised by bosnian beys. Barak was known and described in the European cynologial literature in late 19th century. Barak is highly esteemed and has constant breeding. Bosnian coarse-haired hound is tough, courageous, lively and persistent. It has the typical features of one hound, with his deep voice and is also a good guardian and watchdog. Barak has good relationships with children and other dogs. He willingly sleeps outside and he rarely bites.

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According to some sources, there is written evidence of the coarse-haired dogs from this region from the period of Xenophon (411-362 B.C.). I heard about a scientific discovery that date even further back in time. It is interesting observation about coarse-haired dogs spreading - they were spreading mainly in areas where history records the movements of the Celts, Illyrians territory and movements of Roman legions.

Famous ancestor of hound dogs is saint Hubert's dog, a dog with whom Hubertus used to hunt in 17th century. The breed was first fully described, along with the picture and measures, by Austrian travel writer of his time, Fr. B. Laska. Laska described the wealth of fauna and the beauty of Bosnia in his book (Das Waidwerk in Bosnia und der Herzegovina, Klagenfurt 1905) in which there was a chapter on Bosnian hound. At that time, there were three varieties: short-haired, long-haired, and "barak". Descendants of that short-haired are today's so called ''Yugoslav tricolor hounds'', very, very rare breed of dogs (similar tri-colored hounds can be found elsewhere, like in northern Europe), while the long-haired is extinct. The very word ''barak'' means in Turkish ''shaggy, coarse'' and although the Turkish language adopted many words from Arabic, this word is originally Turkish.

Byzantine author Arrian wrote about Celtic dogs of his time, who had rough hair and had voices "as damned souls in hell" - the first description in the literature. The breed was originally registered as ''Celtic Hound'' ( and once is mentioned in Slovenia as ''Illyrian hound''), but the name returned to ''barak''.

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The breed comes in several colors but the most common is the yellow-gray or earthly grey. Barak is an excellent hound, persistent and resistant with audible voice, sometimes deep tone of voice. Rugged dog, with long and tousled hair. Its head is long and moderately broad, with pronounced and bushy eyebrows, and strong muscular body. He has serious and severe impression, but he very interested for playing. A very friendly dog, great for family, and he is great with kids. Actually, children just love him because of his coarse-haired appearance.

The hair on the legs is typical for coarse-haired dogs, though not too long. About 4-5cm in length with flags around 5-6cm. The hair on the feet should not be longer than 3 cm and feet and toes form should be clearly noticeable and not with too long and with too voluptuous hair hidden.

Primary colors can be wheat-yellow, reddish-yellow, earthy-gray or blackish. White is often found on the head (star or flicker on the head), below the neck, throat, and beneath the breasts, the lower parts of the legs and on the tail. Possible combinations of two or three colors. All other colors or color combinations are eliminating factor. Hair long, hard, harsh, tousled with undercoat.

Length for males 46-56 cm, 52 cm ideal, females are slightly smaller. Weight of male is 16-24 kg, 20 kg is ideal.

Because of the hair structure it is very easy to keep barak clean. They love mud more than clean water.

Barak is unusual hound dog with coarse hair and he is very durable, tenacious and devoted to his master. I think that barak deserves a lot more attention than he currently has. His characteristics are beyond every expectation, at least so it seems to me, they are one of the most intelligent hunting dogs.


At home, barak usually sleeps all day long somewhere in the corner, but don't get seduced by his acting. The moment when they smell that they can reach something edible, they go into action. Of course, most dogs ( except some instinctively conscious shepherd dogs ) will steal food and other objects which they find usable (like toys), but the difference with barak is that they have such a good sense of smell and the moment when they enter the room they know exactly where the food is, how much there is and how available it is. Everything!

They have good relationship with other animals like cats, sheep, horses, other dogs including some pretty harsh breed like Sarplaninac.

Now, when you take barak for a walk, it will probably look something like this : in the beginning, when you haven't got to the park or hunting area where you intend to spend the day (note the ''day'', not just an hour or two), or when you've just come out of the car, barak will be embodiment of obedience, walking on the leg if he is taught that. When you release him, he will at first sniff near trying to navigate in space. Barak like all other hound dogs can perfectly orient and it is impossible that they get lost.

He will run here and there around you and he will return to see whether his master is still there. This will be repeated for several minutes or half an hour, until the dog finds a good clue that he thinks it should be explored. Then he will bark and the pursue will start. At this stage it is almost impossible to revoke him.

At this moment you can do two things : you can stay, sit down, draw some nice painting and enjoy in the landscape, or you can go after him. In this case you will need your whistle. His orientation is perfect. If he is chasing a hare or a fox, they will try to chase them in your direction.

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      Birgit Christensen 2 years ago

      I am the happy owner of a Bosnian Barak and he's the best dog ever. Loving, playful, faithful and funny, intelligent aso.

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      pumpum 5 years ago

      @maryseena: Thank you for your visit!

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      maryseena 5 years ago

      Nice cuddly dogs. Thanks for sharing.

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      pumpum 5 years ago

      @pawpaw911: Yes, they are very cute.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      What an interesting breed, and cute to.

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      pumpum 5 years ago

      @anonymous: They are excellent dogs!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sounds like a good breed of dog to have!

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      pumpum 5 years ago

      @imolaK: Thank you very much!They truly are great dogs. Their time is coming.

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      imolaK 5 years ago

      I've never heard about this dog. Thank you for sharing this lens with us. In this way I could learn about this nice and clever dog. Blessed by an angel .