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Bavarian Mountain Hound

Bavarian Mountain Hound
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Origin / History The Bavarian Mountain Hound originated from Germany. Dogs of this breed are descendants of the original hunting dogs known as "Bracken". All Bracken have excellent abilities for trailing and tracking. Bavarian Mountain Hounds were bred to be a lighter leash trailing scenthound that can cope with working in mountainous terrain. These dogs are scent hounds and have been used in Germany to trail wounded game. Dogs of this breed have been around since the Middle Ages.

Bavarian Mountain Hounds were developed by crossing the Bavarian Hound and the Hanover Hound. These dogs have been such good scent hounds that they are kept by professional gamekeepers and hunters in the mountains of Bavaria as companions. In 1996, this breed gained recognition from the United Kennel Club. 

Appearance The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a medium-sized, fairly light, very well-balanced dog. Dogs of this breed have a moderately broad and deep chest, with a forechest that is well-developed. Their oval ribs are long and deep, and reach well back. They have a supple and strong back, and a short, muscular, and broad loin. These dogs are more lengthy than they are tall. The forelegs of these dogs are straight, lean, and strong, with good muscle and bone. Their elbows fit close to the body and their pasterns are slightly sloping. Bavarian Mountain Hounds have a dense, harsh, close-fitting coat that is finer on the ears and head, and longer and harsher on their legs, tail, and belly.

Colours The acceptable coat colours for Bavarian Mountain Hounds include fawn, biscuit, clear tan, deep red, and reddish grey. These dogs can also be brindled, or have a coat that is interspersed with black hair. Their back's basic color is usually more intense, and their ears and muzzle are dark. Their chest is allowed to have a small white star.

Temperament Spirited and courageous, Bavarian Mountain Hounds make excellent hunters and great companions. Although they are persistent and single-minded hunters, these calm dogs are docile, even-tempered, and loyal pets. They form a strong bond with their human family and can get along well with children and other pets when trained and socialized properly.

Height and Weight Male dogs of this breed are 18.5 to 20.5 inches high, while females are 17 to 19 inches high. These dogs weigh between 20 and 25 kilograms.

Common Health Problems Dogs of this breed are fairly healthy and have no known genetic health problems. The ailments affecting this breed are those common to all other types of dogs.

Living Conditions Bavarian Mountain Hounds are not meant for urban life, because they are hunting dogs that need open space and much exercise. It is important that these dogs are given acreage or at least a very large yard where they can run around and play on a daily basis.

Exercise Requirements These dogs should be taken out for long walks daily. They tend to follow interesting scents, so owners should keep them on a leash when roaming in unsecured areas. It would also be good for these dogs to be given time to run around in a large, secure area.

Training Requirements Bavarian Mountain Hounds should be trained using firm but gentle methods. Owners must be patient with Bavarian Mountain Hounds and they should socialize these dogs at an early age to make sure that they grow up to be well-adjusted and well-behaved. These dogs are best suited for owners who already have experience in training hunting dogs.

Life Expectancy When properly cared for, dogs of this breed are expected to live for approximately 10 to 12 years.

Grooming These dogs should have their coat brushed regularly. Bathing these dogs should be done only when necessary. Frequent bathing may strip the natural oils off the dog's coat.

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