Dog Breeds 101: Bavarian Mountain Hound

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The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a native of Germany and was used for tracking injured game. A splendid scenthound, this dog is also known for its calm, quiet and poise temperament. Most of them were owned by foresters and these dogs can get extremely attached to their masters. The United Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1996 as a member of the scenthound group but they are still yet to be recognized by the American Kennel Club. [1]

The Bavarian Mounted Hound originated in Bavaria located in southern Germany and this is where the breed got its name. The breed was created by Baron Karg-Bebenburg in 1870s by crossing the larger Hanovarian Bloodhound and the smaller Tylorean Scenthound. His aim was to make a medium-sized dog that can work well in a mountainous terrain and has the ability to follow a blood trail. The Bavarian Mountain Hound is truly the perfect dog for the job; it was small enough to track through dense thickets, agile enough to handle the altitude of the mountains but still be big enough to hold at bay large, wounded game. [2]

Bavarian Mountain Hounds approximately weigh 44 to 55 pounds and females are somewhat shorter and smaller than the males. The dogs have a short, glossy coat that is coarse in texture but softer around the ears and head. The fur is longer on the tail, legs, and abdomen. Most dogs of the breed come in fawn hues and have black masks but they can still come in varying shades of brindle. These dogs are very demonstrative and always want to show their love to their family. With a Bavarian Mountain Hound in the house, there will surely be constant tail wagging and frequent kisses. Generally, they are good with children and are loyal to their human family. [3]