Other names: Swedish Dachsbrake
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
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
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Drever
Female : Between 12 and 14 in
Male : Between 13 and 15 in
Female : Between 33 and 37 lb
Male : Between 33 and 37 lb
White, brown, and black tricolour.
Type of coat
Short, flat, coarse.
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.
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.
While not as playful as some other working dogs, the Drever will enjoy games and activities that stimulate her tracking instincts.
She has an ardent, tenacious, and alert character.
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.
The Drever was bred to hunt and is an excellent tracker. She has a superb sense of smell, excellent vision, and a determined nature.
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.
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
She can stay alone, but always prefers the company of other dogs or her humans.
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.
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.