Hanoverian Scent Hound

Other names: Hanover Hound, Hanoverian Hound, Hannoverscher Schweisshund

Hanoverian Scent Hound
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

  • Life expectancy : Between 11 and 13 years
  • Temperament : Playful, Intelligent, Hunter
  • Size : Medium
  • Type of coat : Short

FCI Group

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 2 : Leash (scent) Hounds

Physical characteristics of the Hanoverian Scent Hound

Adult size

Female dog Between 19 and 21 in
Male dog Between 20 and 22 in


Female dog Between 55 and 77 lb
Male dog Between 66 and 88 lb

Coat colour

Red or dark brown.  

Type of coat

Short, flat, tight to the body.

Eye colour

Dark brown.


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.



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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.

Fearful / wary of strangers

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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

Tolerates solitude

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

Easy to train / obedience

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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.  

Tendency to run away

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Scent hounds do like to explore and will follow a scent if they catch one. Make sure the front and back gardens are fully secured.


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A bored working dog can do silly things, especially if he’s left alone for too long.

Greedy / Gluttony

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He has a healthy appetite for a dog of his size, but not known for being a greedy breed. Treats are useful for training.

Guard dog

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He is very attached to his master, and sometimes even possessive. He is a good and protective guardian.

First dog

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The Hanover Red Dog is nowhere near as domesticated as most other breeds. This means he can be a bit too difficult to handle for most first-time dog-owners. 


Hanoverian Scent Hound in a flat

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These scent hounds were bred to live and explore the great outdoors. They need plenty of space to feel truly satisfied. Should never be kept in a flat. 

Need for exercise / Sporty

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This is a tracking dog that needs around 90 mins of exercise every day to maintain physical and mental wellbeing. Walks don’t have to be intense, but they should be interesting. These dogs love to explore the countryside. 

Travelling / easy to transport

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The Hanover Red Dog is fairly easy to transport, but can get bored or restless on long car journeys. Some public transport could also be tricky, and he is too big to fly on commercial airliners.


Hanoverian Scent Hound and cats

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Hunting dogs with a high prey drive don't mix well with cats. Keep them well apart unless they have grown up together.

Hanoverian Scent Hound and dogs

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A pack dog that thrives off the company of other canines. A naturally social animal, who should get used to canine company early on. 

Hanoverian Scent Hound and children

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The Hanover Red Dog is playful and can get along with children who know how to “talk dog” and respect his true nature.

Hanoverian Scent Hound and the elderly

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This is a calm and docile breed that gets on well with elderly people. Any elderly owners must be aware of his exercise needs.  


We do not have enough data to set an average price. However, looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £150 to £190 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.


Minimal grooming requirements. A weekly brush will keep his short coat clean and healthy.


Very low shedding. 

Nutrition of the Hanoverian Scent Hound

Two to three cups of high-quality dog food a day.

Health of the Hanoverian Scent Hound

Life expectancy

A well-bred animal. Generally very healthy, but prone to ear infections. It's average life expectancy is 12 years.

Strong / robust

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This is a strong, sturdy dog with a muscular body. He is well-balanced and agile, and physically and mentally tough.

Withstand heat

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His short, tight coat helps keep him cool during the summer months, but beware of heat stroke during heat waves.

Withstand cold

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He can sleep outside, but might struggle during the coldest times of the year. He will need a coat for winter-time walks. 

Tendency to put on weight

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He has a modest appetite, and no issues with weight gain or obesity. 

Common illnesses

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. 

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. 


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