Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound

The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound is a purebred dog originally from Germany. These pups are loyal, intelligent, and reserved, which are some of the best qualities for a Hound dog breed.

The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound goes by a few other names, including Bavarian Mountain Scenthound and Bayerischer Gebirgsschwei. Despite being a very rare breed, you can try and find these adorable pooches in local shelters or breed specific rescues, so remember to adopt! Don’t shop!

These reserved pups are very loyal to their pet parents and would fit great with families with children or larger households. They are a quiet breed but are very wary towards strangers or anyone theydon’t know approaching them or their humans. If you want a loyal pup who likes to be active and will love you unconditionally, the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound may be the right dog for you!

See below for all Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound facts and dog breed characteristics!

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Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability

Adapts Well to Apartment Living
2
Good For Novice Owners
3
Sensitivity Level
2
Tolerates Being Alone
2
Tolerates Cold Weather
2
Tolerates Hot Weather
3

All Around Friendliness

Affectionate with Family
5
Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs
4
Dog Friendly
3
Friendly Toward Strangers
2

Health Grooming

Amount Of Shedding
1
Drooling Potential
2
Easy To Groom
3
General Health
4
Potential For Weight Gain
2
Size
3

Trainability

Easy To Train
3
Intelligence
4
Potential For Mouthiness
2
Prey Drive
4
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
2
Wanderlust Potential
2

Exercise Needs

Energy Level
4
Intensity
2
Exercise Needs
4
Potential For Playfulness
4

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group:
Hound Dogs
Height:
17 to 20 inches.
Weight:
44 to 55 pounds.
Life Span:
10 to 14 years.

More About This Breed

  • Highlights

    • The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound’s main colors can be brindle, reddish brown, and/or tan. Sometimes they can also be a fawn color, ranging from clear fawn to biscuit, or red, ranging from a deep red to a deer red.
    • The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound's coat is dense and close fitting to their body, lying very flat against it. They are not considered to be a good choice allergy sufferers.
    • Because they tend to have shorter coats, the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound aren't particularly suited for extreme weather.
    • Bavarian Mountain Scent Hounds are able to get along with children of all ages, but it's best that they are around those who know how to handle and play with them gently.
    • Separation anxiety might be a problem if they're left alone for a long time. Bavarian Mountain Scent Hounds are best suited for large households or families with children
  • History

    In the 19th century, Germans had German Bracken hunting dogs to help them trail game. They were considered to have a strongly developed sense of smell which helped hunters with following scents and trails of their prey. It's from the German Bracken that the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound was bred.

    Due to the mountainous regions in Germany where many hunters searched for game, the Hanoverian Scent hound was too big and heavy for the terrain. The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound was lighter, more agile, and able to keep up with big game and prey that hunters were going after.

    In 1996, the United Kennel Club recognized the breed for registration. In December 2016, the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound was recognized by the AKC in the Foundation Stock Service program. In January 2017, the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound Society of America was formed to address the growing need for a professional breed club dedicated to the future protection and promotion of the breed.

    Though they are a rare breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. Consider adoption if you decide this is the breed for you.

    Check your local shelters, look up Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound rescues, and give these adorable pooches a loving forever home.

  • Size

    As the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound is a rare breed, there are a few standards when it comes to their size. That said, as hunting dogs, you can expect the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound to be on the medium to large side.

    Most weigh in at 44 to 55 pounds and range in height from 17 to 20 inches at the shoulder. That said, many can be smaller or larger.

  • Personality

    The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound is a very reserved and intelligent dog breed. They are medium-sized dogs who love to be active and would do well in a large yard where they can run and play games with their owner. They are very loyal to their humans and will do anything to please them. Because of their high energy and agility, they would rather play than cuddle inside.

    Most Bavarian Mountain Scent Hounds have a prey drive due to their being originally bred to hunt game. They are not watchdogs and are pretty quiet pups, but they are still wary of strangers or anyone new that approaches them. That said, they are not aggressive towards people. They can get along with other dogs, as well.

    These dogs do best with early training and socialization to be able to get along with other people and dogs. They are intelligent but need physical and mental stimulation, otherwise they get bored easily.

    They also tend to latch on to their human family or household quite easily and separation anxiety might be a problem if they're left alone for a long time. Bavarian Mountain Scent Hounds are best suited for large households or families with children, as they demand attention and love.

  • Health

    The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound is a fairly healthy dog breed but might be predisposed to the same conditions that most Hound breeds face. While most are generally healthy, some may be prone to a few health issues, which is why it is important to maintain good care and regular veterinary checkups.

    Some of the more common health problems Bavarian Mountain Scent Hounds suffer from include:

  • Care

    As with all dogs, you should keep up with your Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound's regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your dog healthy.

    If not given the necessary exercise they need, the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound might gain weight despite their high energy. Make sure your dog gets at least one good hour-long walk per day with a few good, active play sessions and shorter walks mixed in, if possible.

    Check their ears for debris and pests daily and clean them as recommended by your vet. Trim your dog's nails before they get too long—usually once or twice per month. They should not be clicking against the floor. Your groomer can help with this.

    Make sure to pay attention to your Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound's oral health, as well. You should brush their teeth daily, as they might be prone to dental issues if no attention is given. Your veterinarian can instruct you on how to brush your dog's teeth properly.

  • Feeding

    An ideal Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound's diet should be formulated for a medium-sized breed with high energy. If they do not get their necessary exercise or nutrition, these pups will eventually gain weight, so you should stick to a regular feeding schedule and not leave food out during the day. Limit their number of treats, as well.

    As with all dogs, the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound’s dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound's diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs—including weight, energy, and health—to make a specific recommendation.

  • Coat Color And Grooming

    The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound’s main colors can be brindle, reddish brown, and/or tan. Sometimes they can also be a fawn color, ranging from clear fawn to biscuit, or red, ranging from a deep red to a deer red.

    The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound's coat is dense and close fitting to their body, lying very flat against it. The coat can be short, thick, and not overly glossy. They are not considered to be a good choice allergy sufferers. These adorable pups are easy to groom. A good brushing per week will probably suffice.

    Because they tend to have shorter coats, Bavarian Mountain Scent Hounds aren't particularly suited for extreme weather.

  • Children And Other Pets

    The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound are able to get along with children of all ages, but it's best that they are around those who know how to handle and play with them gently. That said, for children who learn early how to properly approach and play with a medium-sized dog, the Bavarian Mountain Scent hound can make a great, active companion.

    When it comes to other pets, the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound can get along with other animals if they are introduced slowly and calmly, and early socialization will help this go smoothly. It's best if they get used to other pets early. That said, Bavarian Mountain Scent Hounds aren't naturally fond of animals or pets that are smaller than themselves.

    Still, many Bavarian Mountain Scent Hounds get along just fine with other dogs and children, so it really comes down to training, socialization, and the luck of the draw.

  • Rescue Groups

    Because the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound is a rare breed, it may be difficult to find a breed-specific rescue. However, you can always check with your local shelter, and you may want to try a rescue that caters to all types of dogs. You can take a look at the following:

    You can also try DogTime's adoption page that lets you search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!