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Hanoverian Scent Hound

Other names: Hanover Hound, Hanoverian Hound, Hannoverscher Schweisshund

Hanoverian Scent Hound

The Chien rouge de Hanovre, or Hanover Red Dog, is a bloodhound that can be traced all the way back to medieval times. It has been used as a tracking hound for hundreds of years. The Hanover Red Dog remains a very rare breed. It’s still very much a working dog and is unaccustomed to the domestic life of the household dog. They prefer living in packs and should only be kept as pets by owners who live in or near the countryside. 

Key facts about the Hanoverian Scent Hound

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Temperament :

Playful Intelligent Hunter

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Origins and history

Scenthounds can be traced all the way back to the Middle Ages, but the modern breeds were developed in the 18th century. Unsurprisingly, the Hanover Red Dog was developed in the Hanover region of Germany. The Hanover red dog is primarily used to track big game, such as deer and elk. They were designed to thrive in mountainous regions and are not really suited to urban living. 

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 2 : Leash (scent) Hounds

Physical characteristics of the Hanoverian Scent Hound

Adult size

Female : Between 19 and 21 in

Male : Between 20 and 22 in


Female : Between 55 and 77 lb

Male : Between 66 and 88 lb

Coat colour

Type of coat

Eye colour



The Hanover Red Dog is medium sized and well proportioned, with a lean and muscular torso, a wide, deep chest and slightly wrinkled forehead. His eyes are deep and lively, so as to give a severe expression. His medium-length ears are broad and attached high, smooth and not coiled, hanging by the head. His tail is long and slightly curved, held high, robust and tapered towards the tip.

Good to know

The Hanover Red Dog is a very rare breed. Potential owners will need to contact a specialist breeder. Hanover Red Dogs are usually imported into the UK. This can be very expensive. 

He has an exceptionally high-prey drive, even for a scenthound, and can become single-minded once he catches a scent. He also needs to be exercised in the countryside, and will quickly get bored and frustrated if kept on the leash. Since he is still a real working dog, he may not be suited to domestic life. 


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    A friendly breed that is very affectionate towards his owners and other pack members. Much more reserved around strangers

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    He loves to play and spend time with his master, especially if the games involve interesting smells. 

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    This dog has lots of enthusiasm for its work but is very chilled out about everything else. 

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    Scent hounds are well known for their high level of intelligence. The Hanover Red Dog is a very quick learner that needs plenty of mental stimulation

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    He’s a born hunter, with superb tracking instincts, and an excellent sense of smell and vision. He has a determined nature and will track his prey for hours.

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    He tends to keep his distance from new people, and does not trust easily.

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    He is fairly independent, and will quickly do his best if he is not well-supervised.

    Behaviour of the Hanoverian Scent Hound

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      Tolerates solitude

      He is a pack dog who needs constant company unless he has been positively habituated to periods of solitude from a young age.

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      Easy to train / obedience

      This is not the easiest dog to educate due to his hunting and guarding instincts. He must be trained firmly and with kindness from puppyhood.

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      No issues with excessive barking.  

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