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Bavarian Mountain Hound

Muscular, long bodied yet athletic, the Bavarian Mountain Hound is a dignified and noble looking dog who is immediately recognisable as a scent hound. 

12 – 15 years
20 - 25kg
44 - 52cm
Their smooth short coat comes in brown, red with a black mask and stag red with or without a black mask.
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Best suited to countryside
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Bavarian Mountain dog can suffer from: 
- Hip dysplasia 
- Epilepsy¹ which is a condition where abnormal brain function can lead to seizures which damage the brain. 

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening 

¹I. Kathmann et al, 'Clinical and genetic investigations of idiopathic epilepsy in the Bernese mountain dog' 1999, Journal of Small Animal Practice


Described as courageous, calm, loyal, devoted and determined, the Bavarian Mountain Hound is all of this and more. Whilst affectionate and loving towards their owners, they can be reserved with strangers, so early and thorough socialisation and habituation is important. The Bavarian Mountain Hound needs a sniffing job to do and if this is provided, they can be a wonderful companion at home. 

Did you know?

  • Whilst the Bavarian Mountain Hound is relatively rare in the UK, the Bavarian Mountain Hound Society runs Schweisshund Training days (Schweisshund translates to ‘scent hound’) where you and your hound can learn how to track wounded game.  

  • The breed society is keen that the Bavarian Mountain Hound retains its working ability and requires dogs to pass a tracking test before being bred, so that only those who can do the job will reproduce. 

  • They’re known for their incredibly loyal natures and ability to build strong bonds with their owners. 

  • Bavarian Mountain Hounds can be great escape artists so you’ll need to be sure to have a large fence! 

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