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Barak Hound 

Olive has arrived in Cornwall on 29th October

The following profile is based on information provided to us by the Bark Ark rescue shelter and our experiences after her arrival.


OLIVE  -  a beautiful and very fitting name for this darling dog. Her name is associated with peace because of the symbolism of the olive branch. An olive wreath has traditionally been worn by champions as a symbol of victory. Olive has come through so much and yet she is a sweet dog. 

Size: 50cm approx shoulder height

Sex: female

Age: 3 years approx

Neutered: yes

Vaccinated: yes

Microchipped: yes

Child friendly: y
es, but as she has not been assessed by us we are only able to accept homes with older children 8+ who are dog savvy and respect a dog’s boundaries.

Dog friendly: yes. She lived in an overcrowded pen with other dogs very happily in the busy Bark Ark rescue shelter (see video) until they ganged up on poor Olive one day which is when she was moved out of the pen. Very social and dog friendly here. 

Cat friendly: not tested, but does have a chase instinct which is very common for any hound breed. 

House Trained: clean in her space here.

Behaviour/Temperament/Unique traits/ Training needs: 

Olive is a very friendly, people orientated dog and she enjoys the company of other dogs too. Olive has fun play chasing or a ruff and tumble with another doggo. She was very submissive towards the shelter staff in Bosnia and she is with us too. She is so very affectionate and loves her cuddles. Olive very loving and eager to please. She is also quite food orientated and adores her meals. Her tail is always wagging. 


When outdoors, like a lot of hounds,  given the right incentive any recall may vanish in a second. Being a scent hound she loves to sniff and explore a lot, and once she gets the whiff of something she is off to see more of it! We are experiencing this here in our field a lot . Olive on one occasion managed to clear the field gate and ended up in the adjacent field. We are keeping her exercised in our secure pen only now, and/or we keep her safe on a long line. With proper training and Olive bonding with a person/family this could change in the future. Her new adopters need to be prepared to invest time in training this lovely girl. Hound-experience or thorough research would be truly beneficial. 

Being a typical Barak Hound Olive is enduring and loves to run across fields. She would be an excellent companion for outdoorsy people. Olive, once lead trained, would probably enjoy activities like CaniCross. She would love being a companion on long walks and most likely will adore the beach too.

Olive is pretty much a blank canvas. She is learning to sit, but needs general training and like most other overseas dogs with largely unknown history. Will need slow introducing to UK life as we know it, in line with our guidelines for new dogs. In our opinion Olive has the makings of an amazing dog. Her new home will need to make training fun and be able to invest the time she needs. With love, patience and the right training Olive with bond deeply and will be a very loyal dog. Game based training should work well for Olive and she would most likely love sniffer based activities for hounds. 


Being a young dog she can be lively at times and needs a good amount of exercise and stimulation to suit her breed. A home outside of a busy city or town in a more quiet location would be ideal rather than a too urban an environment which can easily overwhelm a new overseas rescue dog.

Blood tested/Health: Yes. Tested negative for Brucellosis, Leishmans, Heartworm, Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia and passed her general pre-travel health check. UK vet check done as she arrived with a swollen eye and infected ears. She is being treated for both and is doing really well. She was a total star at the vets! Any follow up visits were just the same. Nothing seems to faze this darling girl who is just so super friendly. 

​Rescue story: Olive was picked up as an abandoned stray and ended up in the crowded Bark Ark Shelter. 

Ideal Home: 

Cornwall/Devon only please.

Olive would be looking for a home environment which is settled and can offer enough time to get her used to home life as we know it, train and guide her.


Her new home needs to be security conscious to keep her safe and hound experience would be beneficial. 

She will need a large enough grassed garden where she can spend the first week or more getting used to her new people and home during her settling in time (referring to our guidelines), before she goes out to explore a bit more of her new world. Looking at her tendency to explore we are looking for an enclosed garden with a 6ft fence and gate. 


Olive will need time and space to settle and decompress as everything will be very new to her. Barak hounds make wonderful pets and tend to be very affectionate cuddle monsters once they have settled in. Gentle and consistent guidance needs to be given where needed. Ideally in a calm and settled environment where lots of time, love and patience can be given to this lovely girl.  


Her new home should not be in too busy or urban an area which can be very stressful for a new overseas dog. Barak Hounds do best where they can have a bit of space. 

If you have cats, we are unable to assess Olive with cats. Ideally the cat is dog savvy and it must be expected that it will take time for the furbabies to get used to each other. We are guessing that Olive would most likely chase a cat outdoors as a lot of dogs would. Our very experienced team canine coach will gladly offer his help and guidance with this and any other issues that may arise. This is free of charge for our adopters/fosterers.


Application and vetting process apply. Please contact us if you would like to adopt Olive. We usually reply within 24 hours, mostly sooner and if you don’t hear back please contact us again. Thank you ♥

Meet & Greet will gladly be arranged after the application was approved.

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