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Bavarian Mountain Hound

Bavarian Mountain Hound

This muscular, medium-sized hound is slightly longer than he is tall and weighs 20-25kg when fully grown. Adult dogs stand at 47-52cm and females at 44-48cm. The short coat comes in brown, red with a black mask, and stag red with or without a black mask.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking one to two hours a day
  • Large dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog
Two Bavarian Mountain Hounds looking at owner

Personality

The Bavarian Mountain Hound breed is corageous, calm, loyal and devoted to his owner. He can be reserved with strangers, so early, thorough socialisation is especially important. Training is a must to ensure a good recall, along with giving him the chance to use his nose.

Bavarian Mountain puppy lying on the grass

History and Origins

The Bavarian Mountain Hound dog breed is descended from medieval hunting scenthounds. Various breeds and types came from these original hounds, including the Hanoverian Scenthound. To produce a lighter dog, the Hanoverian Scenthound was crossed to red Mountain Scenthounds and, in the 1870s, the Bavarian Mountain Hound was formed, a bloodhound breed that could track the cold scent of wounded game in mountainous areas. A club for the breed was established in Munich in 1912.

Dog with red collar looking out the window
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