Bavarian Mountain Hound Breed Summary
Calm, Loyal, Loving, Intelligent and Affectionate
These dogs are known to be extremely sophisticated and highly prized for their fantastic noses out in the field!
They are fairly rare however, they are slowly rising up the lines due to their affectionate and loving ways as well as their hunting skills. 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 and Females 17 - 20.5in|
|Weight||Males and Females 37 - 66lb|
|Coat||Coat is Dense, Thick and Close. It is Moderately Harsh Though the Hair is Finer on the Head and Ears|
|Color||Deer Red, Deer Red with Black Mask, Stag Red, Stag Red with Black Mask|
|Eye color||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 dogs 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 wary of strangers but would never react aggressively towards anyone and normally just stay away.
These dogs 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 relatively rare, and if you want one, you may end up on a long waiting list!