The Hanoverian hound directly descends from the Liam hound, used in the Middle Ages to hunt and track large game. In the 1800s the breed was refined at the Hanoverian hunting estate to follow the blood scent of hoofed animals like deer.
It is a sturdy dog with a classic hound’s face, wrinkled forehead, soulful eyes, broad drooping ears, long tail and a short coat in shades of red. Calm and assured, it is persistent and single-minded on the hunt, able to follow cold scent without giving up. This dog is suitable for active working homes where its hunting and exercise needs are met and will bond closely with its owner. It may be too boisterous for young children and requires early socialisation to other people and dogs.
The Hanoverian is a rare breed outside of Germany and not yet recognised by the Kennel Club. In the UK it is an ideal choice for deer stalking.