The Bavarian Mountain Hound (German: Bayerischer Gebirgsschweißhund, also called Bavarian Scenthound) is a breed of dogs originating from the German state of Bavaria. These dogs were used as beagle and Scenthound after the Middle Ages to detect wounded prey. The breed is obtained after crossing the Bavarian hound and the Hanover Hound.
Most specialists claim that the “father” of this breed is Baron Karl-Bebenburg Reichenhall, a Bavarian noble.
The head of the Bavarian Mountain Hound is strong and extended. The skull is medium wide and a little long. The muzzle is broad, with solid jaws and lips, covering the mouth. The nose is usually black or red in color. The ears are set high and medium in length. They are broad at the top and rounded at its ends, hanging heavily. The body is slightly longer than the height or higher at the rear. The chest is well-built, long, medium wide and gently brought down. These Hounds have long buttocks and strong back.
The Bavarian Mountain Hound's weigh is between 20 and 25 kg. Males height is between 47 and 52 cm, females - 44-48 cm.
The coat is thick, short and shiny. It can be all shades of beige with black mask.
Character and behavior
The Bavarian Mountain Hounds are quiet and gentle, balanced and strongly attached to their owners. While hunting, they are tenacious, dedicated and persistent. Fearless, energetic and fast, they are very good in difficult terrain, with a very good sense of smell and strong hunting instinct.
Training and education
The Bavarian Mountain Hounds loves life outside the city! This is an elegant and energetic dog. They need space and a lot of running. They enjoy to be both outside and inside as long as there is someone around them.
You should start the training as soon as the dog is already in your house. Positive methods, food and other rewards are your “best friends” during the education.
There are some fears among breeders due to some new tests from Slovakia. The results indicate that 25% of the Bavarian Mountain Hounds are affected by hip dysplasia. Because of this, many breeders are doing tests on all dogs that will be used for breeding.
The most common health problems are Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Ectropion, Ear Infections,
Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Retinal Dysplasia.
The average life span of the Bavarian Mountain Hound is around 12 years.
Grooming and care
The Bavarian Mountain Hounds are not suitable for urban life. They need enough space to exercise and regular maintenance. They don't adapt easily to different owners and are mostly used by foresters and leaders of hunting groups.
It is better to give the The Bavarian Hound his food once a day in the evening. This feature does not apply to this dog only but to all the hunting dogs. This nutrition system allows the dog to digest its food at night and be immediately operational in the morning.
Also, make sure to provide him a surplus in case of more intense activity to replenish its forces.
Children and other pets
The Bavarian Mountain Hound is calm and nice dog who loves children. It is playful, gentle with kids and a great companion.
They get along very well with other dogs, however, this breed is not as nice as other scenthounds, and some representatives can be aggressive. Bavarian Mountain Hounds are hunters by nature. As a result, they have a strong will to chase, and sometimes kill other animals.
The Bavarian Hound was probably created in 1870 by Karg-Bebenburg Baron Reichenhall, who wanted a lighter and more agile dog than the big hounds popular at that time.
In 1912, the Bavarian Hound Club was created, it is headquartered in Munich. The best breeders in the area who offer puppies for sale are members of this club.