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Country of Origin: Estonia
Height: 17 - 21 inches (42 - 52 cm)
Weight: 33 - 44 pounds (15 - 20 kg)
Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years
Temperament: The Estonian Hound is always happy and pleasant. It is balanced, calm and smart with an active temperament. It is friendly and should never be aggressive, but needs to be well socialized and exposed to new things to prevent it from being a bit timid of new situations.
Litter Size: 5 - 8 puppies
Health Problems: N/A
The Estonian Hound is the only dog breed developed in Estonia and therefore you may say that an Estonian Hound is the Estonian national breed.
Until 1914 mainly so-called Russian-Polish Hounds and English Fox Hounds were used for hunting in Estonia.
The Estonian Hound is a medium-size dog with a strong muscular body, strong bone structure and well-developed muscles. It has tight skin without folds and drop ears.
The coat is short, evenly rough and shiny. The undercoat is weakly developed. The tail is covered in its full length with even, thick hair and thus might seem a bit thick.
Closer to the end of the tail the hair becomes shorter. The eyes are dark brown and the corners of the eyelids are dark.
The Estonian Hound usually has black patches (limited with tan colors). The size of the patches is unlimited.
Also allowed are a blackish brown color, red patches and a saddle-like patch on the back. The tip of the tail has to be white.