Drever

Other names: Swedish Dachsbrake

Drever

The Drever is a small, short-legged scent hound used for tracking deer and other game. She's closely related to German Hound breeds and was imported into Sweden in 1901. The Drever is almost exclusively kept as a working dog. However, she can make an excellent family pet. This is an alert, self-confident little dog that is neither aggressive or shy. But she is very independent. Owners looking for a companion dog might be disappointed as this dog can be quite aloof. 

Key facts about the Drever

Life expectancy :

7

19

12

14

Temperament :

Intelligent Hunter

Size :

Origins and history

Little is known about the Drever before the 1930s, when she gained a reputation as an excellent deer tracker. She was then registered in 1947, and in 1953 recognised as a Swedish breed. The Drever is considered the first choice for deer and fox tracking, although she’s also skilled in tracking smaller game. All scenthounds have an excellent sense of smell, but the Drever’s is thought to be one of the very best. Even in her native Sweden, Drevers are rarely kept as pets. This is a real working dog.

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds

Section

Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the Drever

Adult size

Female : Between 12 and 14 in

Male : Between 13 and 15 in

Weight

Female : Between 33 and 37 lb

Male : Between 33 and 37 lb

Coat colour

Black
White
Brown
Red
Sand

Type of coat

Short

Eye colour

Brown

Description

The Drever has a long massive body and short legs. She has a high head carriage and a very alert posture. Upon closer inspection, she is much more athletic than first appearances may suggest. She has a well-developed, muscular frame, a long muzzle, and short ears that lie flat against the head. The tail is high and relatively long, saber-like when the dog is active.

Good to know

Owners need to be firm and consistent. Otherwise this dog can become very stubborn. While the Drever is very popular in her own country, she is virtually unknown elsewhere.

Temperament

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    Affectionate

    Owners looking for a companion dog are advised to look at some different breeds. The Drever is a very independent dog that enjoys her own space. If accustomed from a young age, she can become a pleasant companion.

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    Playful

    While not as playful as some other working dogs, the Drever will enjoy games and activities that stimulate her tracking instincts.

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    Calm

    She has an ardent, tenacious, and alert character.

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    Intelligent

    Like most scent hounds, the Drever is a quick learner with a natural desire to impress the pack leader. But intelligent dogs like the Drever can be hard to handle.This dog needs a firm but fair pack leader. 

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    Hunter

    The Drever was bred to hunt and is an excellent tracker. She has a superb sense of smell, excellent vision, and a determined nature.  

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    The Drever isn’t fearful or wary of strangers. She’s just not that interested in them. These dogs prefer to do their own thing instead. 

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    Independent

    The Drever is a very independent dog that likes to do things her own way. Any owners will need to be firm, consistent, but fair. Passive dog owners will be overwhelmed by this headstrong animal. 

    Behaviour of the Drever

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      Tolerates solitude

      She can stay alone, but always prefers the company of other dogs or her humans.

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      Easy to train / obedience

      An experienced handler should have no problem training this dog, but the first time owner may have a tough time. Training must be started early, to prevent the puppy becoming too headstrong.

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      Barking

      She doesn’t bark very often, but this little dog can make a very big noise. So start her training and socialisation as early as possible.

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      Tendency to run away

      She is designed to follow tracks, and will pursue an interesting smell out of the garden if it is not sufficiently secure.

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