The Swedish Daschbracke, also known as Drever, comes from the German and Alpine Pointing Dog that was developed in the mid-nineteenth century in response to the ban on hunting with long-legged dogs. In Sweden short-legged pointing dogs appeared in the early twentieth century, and is regarded as extremely resistant hounds who can chase the prey through a forest for hours. These dogs have character and physique of the original German Braque. In the mid-twentieth century the breed gained popularity and the standard of the breed was registered with the name Drever. In 1955, the FCIrecognized it as a separate type.
Most dogs with similar to the Daschbracke physical qualities are grown for chasing a single animal, but the Drever can hunt all types of prey, both roes, deers and hares, foxes, red deers and many more. The Swedish Daschbracke has a huge amount of stamina, and is extremely popular among hunters in Finland, Sweden and northern parts of Norway.
Representatives of the breed has strong and short bodies. The height varies from 27 to 41 cm, and the weight is about 14 - 15 kg. The head is elongated and proportionate to the body. Its ears are hanging, the eyes are dark and small. The tail is worn down. The coat is short and thick, clinging to the body. Coloration occurs in different colors such as yellow-brown, black and beige, with white spots on dogs face, chest, tail, legs and neck.
Character and behavior
The Swedish Daschbracke is an alert, courageous and energetic dog with a nice character. The representatives of the breed never show aggression or shyness. They are very kind and pleasant companions, social, playful, obedient, loving and loyal to their owners and all of the family to which they belong.
Training and education
The Swedish Daschbracke is a remarkably good and obedient dog, qualities that contribute to the ease of working with its training. Representatives of the breed do not create problems in training. Nature has done so that these dogs have a need for active walking and jogging, which makes them perfect dogs for any kind of sport, including Obedience. The natural strength and endurance of your hunting dog should be applied in its daily exercises.
The Drevers are distinguished by very good general state of health and rarely gets sick. They are characterized by strength and endurance, which helps to work in the strict Scandinavian climate. You have to pay attention to the dog's ears and check them regularly to avoid infection and inflammation, asa disease of the ear canal can become chronic. Some representatives of the breed are prone to problems with the joints and hip dysplasia.
Average lifespan is about 12 to 14 years.
Grooming and care
The breed can easily be grown in an apartment, it only needs regular exercise to feel good. The Swedish Daschbracke is an appropriate pet for active families, families with children, even without any experience in breeding dogs. Their fur is maintained very easily, just by combing relatively often.
Children and other pets
As already mentioned, the Swedish Daschbracke is neither shy, nor aggressive. These beautiful dogs are marvelous company for children of all ages. They are also kind and patient with other pets. They can even live in the same house with cats. The Drever would never show aggression to a stranger, so it is not a good guard.
Although the breed is very kind, obedient and intelligent, it is still rare outside Sweden and puppies for sale can be found mainly in the Scandinavian countries.
"Drev" translated from Swedish means "hunt".