Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound
Other names: Bavarian Mountain Hound
The Bavarian Mountain Hound was bred from the Bavarian Hound and the Hanover Hound. A working dog that requires lots of exercise, the Bavarian Mountain Dog needs easy access to large outdoor spaces and is far more suited to living in the countryside. Single-minded, courageous, and determined, this is not the dog for you first time owners. These guys require a skilled handler who knows how to deal with a unique working breed.
Key facts about the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound
Origins and history
The Bavarian Mountain Hound was developed from the ancient scent hounds of the middle ages. The modern version of the Mountain Hound became especially popular in Germany during the early 20th century. Although they're capable of tracking pretty much anything, they're primarily used to trail big game wounded by hunters. These dogs can pick up on the slightest scent of blood and can track it for hours on end over huge distances. It's still very much a working dog, although it is gaining a well-deserved reputation as a domestic pet in its native Germany. Extremely rare throughout the rest of Europe.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 2 : Leash (scent) Hounds
Physical characteristics of the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound
Female : Between 17 and 19 in
Male : Between 19 and 20 in
Female : Between 37 and 55 lb
Male : Between 44 and 66 lb
Red, fawn, brindle.
Type of coat
Short. Flat. Tight single coat.
Medium sized. Well proportioned. Wide, deep chest. Long ears. Lean and muscular body. Pronounced muzzle.
Good to know
A very rare breed. Potential owners will need to contact a specialist breeder.
Still a real working dog. May not be suited to domestic life.
Needs to be exercised on rugged, rural terrain. Needs access to outdoor spaces for the rest of the day, but these need to be properly secured.
A friendly breed that shows lots of affection towards members of its pack. Much more reserved around strangers.
Generally calm and docile. Not especially playful. When they’re not working, these dogs prefer to take it easy.
This dog has lots of enthusiasm for its work but is very chilled and relaxed for the rest of the day.
Scenthounds are very intelligent dogs. The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a quick learner. Capable of understanding a wide range of voice commands.
A natural hunter with an excellent sense of smell and vision. Superb tracking instincts.
Fearful / wary of strangers
The Bavarian tends to turn quite shy and nervous around strangers.
Independent-minded. Strong willed, potentially stubborn. Needs an assured and confident owner.
Behaviour of the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound
A pack dog that needs constant company. They should not be left alone for long periods of time.
Easy to train / obedience
A quick learner, but very independent minded. Will only follow commands that challenge them in the right way. Inexperienced dog trainers are likely to struggle.
Doesn’t bark very often. A quiet and relaxed breed. Excessive barking may mean they’re bored or frustrated.