Bavarian Mountain Hound
They are elegant and athletic hounds that originated from Bavaria, Germany. They were known as the Bayerische Gebirgsschweisshund. They were basically bred to be light agile hounds to use in mountainous regions.
They are broader at the base and rounded at the tips. They have a body slightly longer than the tall. They possess a great sense of smell and strong boned structure. These dogs are determined, fast, agile and brave.
The Germans were particular in order not to lose any prey so they developed a technique by which they bred resistant dogs with a great sense of smell. These dogs were medium sized and reliable. The Bavarian Mountain Hound is one of the best trailing hounds, with an excellent nose, great intelligence and, strong will. They were developed by crossing the docile and trainable ‘Liam’ Bracken, with the ‘scent’ Bracken, producing a dog that is the ultimate scent hound and both trainable and brave. In the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, the Hanoverian Hound was introduced by crossing these genetically close breeds.
The Bavarian Mountain Hounds have head that is strong and elongated. They have relatively broad skull that is slightly domed. They have black or dark red wide nostrils. Their ears are high set and medium in length. Their body is slightly longer and slightly raised at the rump. Their neck is medium in length, strong, with a slight dewlap. They have a well developed chest which is long and moderately wide. The range of Bavarian Mountain Hounds’ weight is from 20 to 25 kg, and males are 47 to 52 cm high, while females are 44 to 48 cm. They have short, thick and shiny coat lying very flat against the body and moderately harsh and finer on the head and ears. The color of the coat can come in all shades of black-masked fawn or brindle.
Bavarian Mountain hounds are neither reserved nor aggressive. They are keen, intelligent, calm and absolutely devoted to their masters. At times they may appear shy with strangers. Care should be taken when in open spaces; any off-lead work should be considered very carefully as the Bavarian will forget all about you if there’s a tasty trail to follow.
It is a robust dog that appears untroubled by some of the health issues that plague other pedigree breeds. There are some issues that have been reported due to unregulated breeding. Hip dysplasia is a disease which affects all breeds and refers to a number of issues and abnormalities that affect the hip joint.
Another disease is Entropion which has been reported in some examples of the breed. Entropion is a painful condition in which the upper and lower lids of the eye curl inwards and touch the eye surface. Symptoms of epilepsy have also been reported in the breed which is thought to be hereditary.
The Bavarians are not suited for city life. They require a great deal of mental and physical stimulation. They need space and exercise and also require regular brushing. They are not casual hunting dogs. Most of them are owned and used by foresters and game wardens. The hound will require regular brushing as its thick coat needs attention