Bavarian Mountain Hound

Thinking about purchasing an Bavarian Mountain Hound? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Bavarian Mountain Hound breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.

Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.

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Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Bavarian Mountain Hound and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.

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Bavarian Mountain Hound Breed Profile

The Bavarian Mountain Hound is the least common in hounds. Originating from Germany in the nineteenth century, is primarily used as a hunting dog and is rarely seen in any numbers at all-breed dog shows. With its rectangular muscular body the Bavarian Mountain Hound will never give the impression of being leggy. The skull and muzzle are broad, there is a black or dark red nose, brown eyes, and medium-length drop ears. The tail is medium length and set high. The coat should be thick but smooth and glossy.

Other Names: Bayrischer Gebirgsschweisshung, Bavarian Mountain Scenthound       

Type: Hunting Dog        

Height: 21 in.
Weight: 53 - 80 lbs.

Color: Red, tan, fawn, reddish gray, grizzled or brindled.
Coat: Thick, short, longer on belly and legs.

Temperament: Easy going, affection, calm but not shy.

Special Needs: Exercise

Activity: High
Living Environment: Active family in a suburban or rural environment.

Health Issues: None Known

Country of Origin: Germany
History:  The Bavarian Mountain Hound was developed in the late nineteenth century in the Bavarian mountain regions. Descending from bloodhound like dogs and scenthounds. It was Prohibited to use large dogs to hunt in Germany, so the the need for good tracking dogs became important. The German word "Schwiss" in it's name means blood describing a dog that follows the sent of blood. This is different from the Bloodhound that takes its name from "bring true and noble blood" or "thoroughbred". The Bavarian Mountain Dog always hunts with a tracking line.

Class: Hound
Registries: FCI (Group 6)

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