At home...

At home, they tend to sleep the day away somewhere in the corner, but - do not be misled. The instant they smell that they can reach something edible, they go for it. Now of course most of dogs (bar some conscience-aware sheep herding dogs) will steal food and other things that they see as being of use (such as toys), but the distinction with Baraks is that they have such superb sense of smell that the instance they enter the room they seem to know where the food is, and how much of it. One of the Barak-Istrian crosses from my own line (Istrian wirehair hound being such a similar breed I did not think of him as a crossbred) used regurarly to beat one Bloodhound in this life-survival practice. Other than that, you have your ideal housepet. They get along excellently with other animals be it cats, rats, poultry, sheep, horses, other dogs including some quite sharp breeds like Sarplaninac. I have at this moment a pack of baraks and a family of four Pit bull terriers and they get along very well. The old barak bitch, Barbarella, befriended strongly the Pit Bull mum, especially when she realized that having the strong (albeit leashed) fighting specialist (the agressiveness of the Pit Bull breed is usually greatly exaggerated, but they are however not to be careless about) behind her back could solve many of her puppyhood problems with some Boxers and German Shepherds. It is clear how they were selected for being friendly with other animals when one considers how they were traditionally kept - or at least during the last 100 years - not in home or separate kennels, but individually, mostly in stables with small Bosnian horses (those were described as to resemble any other equine species more than horses), or tied somewhere in the yard or under the staircase, where chicken might roam and cats come in to warm themselves next to the big shaggy fella. Any dog that would attack livestock or any other domestic animals under such circumstances would not be considered worth of breeding. And while it was observed that Bosnian nobles in the times of Ottoman empire used these dogs to scare serfs, it was probably the look and bark that did it, not the bite.

Image of Cezar
This is Cezar II, grandson of Old Cezar and Lara, by Argo, out of Barbarela (more here)

...and in the field

When you take your hound for a walk, it will probably happen like this: In the beginning, when you have yet not come to the park or the hunting grounds where you plan to spend that day (note please, “day”, not an hour or two), or when you have barely left the car, the dog will be the epitome of obedience, walking to heel if he has been trained to and generally if it’s your first encounter with a scent-hound you can’t guess what you’re up to. Now when you let him walk freely in the bushes he will at first mostly sniff around and try to get oriented around the space. (Baraks, together with other eastern hounds (this includes Dalmatians, too!), are perfect in orientation and it is impossible that one ever gets lost.) He will dart hither and thither into thickets and then reappear to check if you are still around. This pattern will go on for some minutes or half an hour or so, until the dog detects a scent trail worthy of investigating. He will then “give tongue” (start barking in particular way, half-yodeling-half-howling) and be off in pursuit. It is difficult to recall him in this phase. What you are to do, is of two choices: you can either sit, paint landscapes in watercolour or watch birds or whatever, and wait for him to return, usually in an hour-and-half or two hours, and if it is getting dark and cold, you can go leaving something that belongs to you, a piece of clothing, or a dog’s toy, as a place mark which he will “guard” until you obediently come first thing in the morning. Or you can alternatively go after him, in the same time giving him sound signals (a whistle carries farther then a voice, if you have no traditional horn) so that he knows your position. As I have already said, he is perfect at orientation. If he is chasing a hare or a fox, he will try to make them run in your direction, much as wolves hunt, and sheepdogs fetch sheep, too - think of a sheepdog with really wide outrun. To sight such an otherwise elusive animal as hare or fox is exciting even if you are not a hunter. If you eventually catch up with him and find that he got, even more exciting, a wild boar at bay, obviously better don’t come too close (if you are unarmed), recall the dog and the boar won’t have attack on his mind, he will be happy to get away from that annoying pooch rather than shredding him to pieces... The worst scenario is if the dog is chasing deer, then the deer can run a long distance without retracing their path, and your dog will not be back quite a while. Thus nobody likes the dogs to chase deer, because this also upsets deer, especially hinds with young, but these oriental hound breeds CAN be taught not to. Various techniques produce varying results. What I prefer to do, is, most important, first have a dog that is taught not to chase cats, chicken, sheep etc. I find this stage easy. Then find someone who keeps deer in an enclosure and willing to help you with the training.. Try to get the idea across that this is just another kind of sheep and especially that you are not interested in them, and also you have more interesting things around, toys, food etc. It would be best if you had your own tame deer, especially if they be not afraid of dogs, but not everyone can afford that. Also avoid at all cost the killing of deer which your dog might witness, and do not allow your dog to hunt or associate with dogs that are known deer-chasers. There are also many other techniques, some of dubious value (artificial deer scent is supposed to work in some stages of training and not in another and thus is best left to trainers which have a lot of experience with this method.) - The radiocollars are supposed to work well, but here again do not expect wizardry - you and your dog have to work on it... Even when you are sure that your dog won’t chase deer, make sure that other hunters in the area can recognize him and not mistake him for a stray. Here the typical hound voice helps, for instance I have been told that many times my foundation bitch was nearly shot, but saved by being recognized in time by her voice, thereupon witnessed as being great with wild boars, and as everybody around knew me and her, although I never hunted - let alone wild boars, people afterwards asked for puppies instead. Some dog owners even say that they can guess by the voice which game their dog was chasing, but us who are tune-deaf can’t boast at that...