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History The origins of the Hanoverian Hound dates back to 500 AD. The Leash Hound, also called Liam Hound, is said to be the ancestor of this breed. Leash Hounds were used as hunting dogs. When guns started being used for hunting, the dogs no longer needed to hunt and kill game on their own. Rather, they were used for tracking game that hunters shot but haven't killed outright. An ethics code among German hunters states that all killed or wounded animals should be retrieved. It is because of this code that the Hanoverian Hound was developed.
The development of the Hanoverian Hound started only in the 19th century. This breed was developed by gamekeepers around the city of Hanover and the central plains of Germany. The breeders crossed heavy tracking hounds with lighter hounds to create the Hanoverian Hound. This breed is recognised by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale and the Continental Kennel Club.
Appearance Hanoverian Hounds have a medium-sized, heavy, and strong body. They have a broad head and a medium-sized muzzle that tapers to a point. They have a large and round chest. Their large ears hang close to their head, and their eyes are dark brown in colour. The nose of these dogs is black and is self-coloured according to their coat. They have teeth that meet in either a level or scissors bite. The forelegs of these dogs are straight, but can be slightly bent, while their hind legs are long and sloping, with muscular thighs. These dogs have compact feet and an almost straight tail.
Colours The acceptable coat colours for this breed include red and brown, gray and brown, yellow and red, dark yellow and blackened brown. They can also come with or without a dark mask. White markings or patches on the chest of these dogs is also allowed.
Temperament These dogs are dedicated hunters, often tracking game with a high level of concentration. They form a close bond with their handler. These dogs are loyal to their master and don't trust strangers easily. They are calm and can work independently or with another canine. They can get along well with children if they've been raised and socialised well with them. These dogs can also be good with other canines. Being natural hunters, though, Hanoverian Hounds should not be trusted with non-canine pets.
Weight Male dogs of this breed are approximately 20 to 22 inches tall and 66 to 88 pounds heavy. Females, on the other hand, have a height of 19 1/4 to 21 1/4 inches and a weight of 55 to 77 pounds.
Problems There are no health problems that are specific to dogs of this breed.
Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to live in the city. They should be provided with a large space where they can run around and do some physical activities.
Requirements Dogs of this breed should be taken out for long walks daily. These dogs will also benefit from being with active, outdoorsy persons.
Training Requirements Although Hanoverian Hounds are fairly obedient dogs, they still require firm and consistent training at an early age. These dogs should be socialized well from puppyhood onwards. Owners should also be able to display strong leadership skills because these dogs tend to be quite independent and moderately dominant.
Life Expectancy These dogs live for approximately 12 years.
Grooming Owners should brush the coat of these dogs on a regular basis to get rid of loose or dead hair. Wiping the coat of these dogs with a piece of toweling or chamois will produce a gleaming finish. The ears of these dogs should also be checked to prevent infections.
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