Bavarian Mountain Hound

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Bavarian mountain hound is a bloodhound bred for hunting. The Bavarian mountain hound can be dated back to the Middle Ages under the name ‘bracke’ which is equivalent to the English ‘hound’ (bloodhound).

Character and behaviour
The Bavarian mountain hound gets closely attached to its owner and quite often only to one person. At the same time it can be reserved toward strangers and other dogs.

The Bavarian mountain hound is very independent, strong-willed, and loves to use the nose. It has strong hunting instincts but will also function as a family dog as long as it has a job to do e.g. hunt or another activity.

History of the breed

The Bavarian mountain hound can be traced back to the Middle Ages, however, the first breeding programme took place at prince Thurn & Taxis in the 19th century.

Subsequently, this breed and this type of dog became very popular in Bavaria where the hunting fields are mountainous, hard-to-reach places, and easy for the game to hide.

The need for a smaller more athletic type of dog than the ‘bracke’ emerged. This need resulted in a new breeding programme in the 20th century and the Bavarian mountain hound was developed. It is an excellent scent dog.

Appearance, grooming and health
The Bavarian mountain hound has a short, dense, and smooth coat. The hair on the head is delicate whereas the hair on the legs, stomach, and tail are long and coarse.

The coat colour is reddish brown, blonde, or brindle and white markings on the chest can occur. Minimal grooming is required.

The Bavarian mountain hound is 17-20 inches tall and weighs 44-55 pounds. Average life expectancy is 12 years.

What you should know about the breed:

  • Requires a job to do or a lot of exercise.
  • Often gets attached to one person instead of the family.
  • Can be reserved toward strangers.
  • Does not require a lot of grooming.
  • Strong hunting instincts and an excellent nose.
  • Independent, strong-willed, and brave.
  • Not suitable for first time dog owners.

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