Bavarian Mountain Hound

Bavarian Mountain Hound

Main sporting role:
Tracking, Hunting
Size:
Medium
Lifespan:
Over 10 years
Exercise:
More than 2 hours a day
Coat length:
Short
Vulnerable status:
No

The Bavarian mountain hound (BMH) was developed in the 1800s in southern Germany to pursue and track large game on steep mountain slopes. The breed was created by crossing Bavarian and Hanoverian scent hounds for agility, stamina and strength.

The BMH is lean and muscular, with a slightly rising topline, long head, broad muzzle, medium-length ears, kind eyes and a short dense coat in several colours. It is a calm and confident dog that is strongly devoted to its owner. It is courageous and persistent on the hunt and fast and agile on rugged ground. As a hound it requires patient and consistent training, preferably from an experienced person. It is naturally wary of strangers and other dogs, so early socialisation is important. Its steady temperament is considered good with children.

In the UK the BMH is an excellent choice for deer stalking and blood tracking of other wounded mammals. Widely used by foresters and game wardens, it is well-suited to rural areas.

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