25. Bulgarian Tricolour Coonhound – Historical Overview, State and Perspectives

Author: Ilian Angelushev

DOI: 10.22620/agrisci.2011.06.025


The Bulgarian Tricolour Coonhound – Tritzveten Palash is one of a group of scent hounds that has existed on the Balkans for a long time. This dog is considered as one of the rarest breeds in existence. The Bulgarian Tricolour Coonhound is a medium-sized dog but this breed has a robust constitution. Because of the dog’s strength and ferocious nature, it is mainly utilized to hunt wild boars, deer and other large game. What distinguishes the Bulgarian Tricolour Coonhound – Tritzveten Palash from the other similar breeds is the white mark on the chest and legs that enhances the striking appearance of the deep red base coat color and the black mantle on the back.
Currently there are 34 typical specimens meeting the breed standard. According to FAO classification the status of the breed is prone to extinction. This fact requires urgent measures to preserve the breed as a valuable genetic resource.