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Bavarian Mountain Hound Breed Summary

Calm, Loyal, Loving, Intelligent and Affectionate

These doggies are known to be extremely sophisticated by nature, highly prized for their fantastic noses out in the field! The are fairly rare in the UK but are popular around Europe, including the Czech Republic and Slovakia!

They are slowly rising up the lines in the UK, due to their affectionate and loving ways as well as their hunting skills as well! They are also extremely trustworthy and make really lovely pets.

Fun Fact: They are rarely new, having been first developed in the 19th century!

Kennel Club Group Hound
Lifespan 10 - 12 years
Height (at the withers) Males 47 – 52 cm, Females 44 – 48 cm at the withers
Weight Males 20 – 25 kg, Females 20 – 25 kg
Coat Coat is Dense, Thick and Close. It is Moderately Harsh Though the Hair is Finer on the Head and Ears
Colour Deer Red, Deer Red with Black Mask, Stag Red, Stag Red with Black Mask
Eye colour Dark Brown or Hazel
Common health issues Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Otitis externa, Entropion
Other Names BMH, Bayrischer Gebirgsschweishund

Bavarian Mountain Hounds are known for their incredibly calm natures. They are also extremely loyal to their ‘hoomans’. Because of this, they do not do well by themselves, and if left long enough, could develop separation anxiety. As a result, these doggies should only be placed in homes where at least one person will be around for most of the day. They should also be trained from as young as possible, as without proper training, they are known for becoming fairly destructive! They are fairly weary of strangers but would never react aggressively towards anyone and normally just stay away. However, for the right family with enough time and love to give, they will make fantastic pets, providing years of affection and companionship!

These doggies were first bred in South Germany, Bavaria, in the 19th century and were developed to track large wounded prey – whilst on a leash! The breed is a cross between a Hanovarian Hound and a Red Mountain Hound. Through an extensive and selective breeding programme, the breed became lighter and thus more agile, capable of working for longer periods of times over a variety of terrain. The selective breeding process saw the breeds’ reputation rapidly increase with hunters and they quickly went up in popularity. However, it wasn’t until 1996 that Bavarian Mountain Hounds were registered. Although increasing in popularity after their selective breeding process, they are still a relatively rare doggy, and if you want one, you may end up on a long waiting list!