The Bavarian Mountain Hound is said to have originated from the hunting dog named ‘Bracken.’ In 1870, Baron Karg-Bebenburg, a breeder bred Hanoverian scent hounds with Red Mountain Hound to develop this breed. In Munich, The Bavarian Mountain Hounds Club was 1st established as headquarter in 1912 and later on this race was published in 1996 in FCI and in October 2016 it was included in AKC Foundation Stock Service.
Facts About Bavarian Mountain Hound
|Country of Origin||Germany|
|Other Names||Bayerischer Gebirgsschweisshund, BMH, Bavarian Bloodhound, Bavarian Mountain Scenthound|
|Height||Male: 19-20 inches
Female: 17-19 inches
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||FCI, UKC, KC (UK)|
|Litter Size||4-7 puppies|
|Color||Reddish brown, red, deep red, tan, reddish grey, clear fawn, brindle|
|Life Expectancy||10-12 years|
|Coat||Close-fitting, dense, moderately harsh, finer on head, harsher on legs, belly, and tail|
Temperament and Personality
In recent times it has earned fame as a family pet. They are quite calm and composed in nature and love to spend time with their loved ones. It doesn’t like to stay alone at home for an extended period and wants to grab the attention of every one. However, they are friendly with children but do not go well with other dogs and other pets. Hence, they require early socialization to create a bond amongst them. Due to their inheritance from the Hanoverian scent hound, they have an excellent smelling sense and from the mountain hound, it receives a persistent, bold, hard working and single-minded personality.
As the dog belongs to a working background, it requires a lot of practice to keep itself active. They are not fit for apartment life, but if they are taken for long walks or jogging, then they stay away from boredom. They require vast space to run and play and can be happy if they have something to do.
The coat requires minimal brushing and regular wiping with the help of a Mitt to keep its fur shiny and healthy. Clean their ears with a soft cloth that is dipped in an ear-cleansing solution. Also, keep a regular check on its eyes to avoid infection.
Although healthy, the breed sometimes can be prone to some health concerns like hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, epilepsy, entropion and progressive retinal atrophy.
It is highly intelligent, so it can pick up training quickly and responsive to commands. It is essential to train socialization to the pups at an early stage because of their low tolerance level. They require firm and consistent trainers with a positive method of reinforcement. They often get distracted by any scent, so train them to stay focused.
Feed the pet with high-quality dry food and also provide raw meat, fruits, vegetables, and bones. Their diet should be rich in protein with the moderate amount of fat to balance its activity level. Its amount of food should depend on their age, size, and metabolism.