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Bavarian Mountain Hound

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Bavarian Mountain Hound

Bavarian Mountain Hounds are an elegant, energetic and athletic breed. Their coat is short and hard to the touch. It is usually a rich dark red or amber color with a burnished look. Their head is well-built and elongated. The skull is relatively wide and slightly arched with a pronounced stop. The muzzle should be broad and the nose bridge slightly curved. The jaw should be solid and the lips fully covering the mouth. They have wide nostrils and the nose is either black or dark red in color. The ears are set high on the head and are medium in length. The neck is strong and has a slight dewlap. The chest is well-built, moderately broad and tucked-up slightly. The topline slopes slightly towards the hindquarters. The tail is set high, moderately lengthy and carried down or level to the ground.

Temperament Bavarian Mountain Hounds are poised, intelligent, quiet, courageous and docile. They are extremely loyal to their owners and family. This breed has a superb nose and incredible hunting instincts. They are fast and at ease on rugged terrains. They need a patient owner during training. Positive reinforcement is the best training method with this breed.
Height, Weight Male Height: 18-21" ; Female Height: 17-19 lbs.
Weight: 44-55 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is prone to hip dysplasia. Choose a reputable breeder who is willing to answer any questions about the dog before you purchase it.
Living Conditions The Bavarian Mountain Hound is not suited for city life. They need lots of acreage and room to run and hunt.
Exercise They need space to run and exercise.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming This breed needs regular brushing.
Origin Bavarian Mountain Hounds originate from Germany and can trace their ancestry to the 1800s. They are descendants of ancient Hanoverian and Tyrolean scent hounds. They were developed by hunters choosing the most loyal from the litters to track wounded animals while hunting. From these dogs, breeders created bloodhounds (Schweisshunde) which were uniquely used to trail wounded game. They were then crossed again with local Mountain Hound Breeds which included: the Ticolar Bracken, the Brandbracken and the Dachtsbracken to create the Bavarian Mountain Hound. The Bavarian Bloodhound Club was founded in 1912. The breed is very rare.
Group Scenthound