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Black Forest Hound

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Black Forest Hound

The Black Forest Hound (aka Slovakian Hound) looks very similar to the American Black and Tan Coonhound, but after a closer look, one will find a smaller, heavier-built scent hound. This small to medium-sized dog is nearly completely black with tan points. The head is moderate with a broad skull. The nose is black or dark brown. The ears are rounded at the tips and hang close to the cheeks. The teeth should meet in a scissor-like bite. The neck is moderately long, muscular and has no dewlap. The chest is broad and the topline is straight. The front legs are strong and clean and the hindquarters are well-muscled with well-bent hocks. The tail is moderately long and is carried horizontally.

Temperament The Black Forest Hound is quiet and genial with lots of working drive. They are good with children and other dogs. They will get along with other pets in the household as long as they do not view them as prey. This breed is easy to be around, but they have been known to bark excessively and may sniff inappropriately. This tough, protective breed makes an excellent watchdog. They are affectionate with their masters, but needs early and rigorous training and socialization.
Height, Weight Height: 17-22" ; Weight: 42-55 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is prone to hip and knee dysplasia, luxating patellas and eye problems.
Living Conditions The Black Forest Hound will do okay living in an apartment as long as they get enough exercise. They have been known to bark excessively, which may not be pleasing in an urban environment.
Exercise This breed requires lots of daily exercise.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming This breed has a short, thick coat that is easy to groom. Brush occasionally with a rubber brush and bathe when necessary.
Origin The Black Forest Hound is the only scent hound that is native to its country of Czechoslovakia. They are thought to be descendants from dogs of Hungary or of the Balkans, with crosses to other gun dogs or other non-hound breeds. They are widespread throughout Czechoslovakia and the wild boar continues to be its natural prey. Their energy and working ability is very similar to the Beagle, Harrier and the Foxhound. They are recognized by the UKC and the FCI.
Group Scenthound