Bavarian Mountain Hound

The Bavarian Mountain Hound, known in his native country as Bayerischer Gebirgsschweisshund, is descended from the bloodhoundlike Hanoverian schweisshounds and Bavarian scenthounds and was developed in the late 19th century. It is the most popular and common scenthound kept in the Bavarian mountain region. The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a balanced, very mobile and muscular medium size dog. The breed is calm and balanced, devoted to his owner and reserved with strangers. The breed does best with an active family in a suburban environment.

Possible health concerns include cleft palate, intervertebral disk disease, hip dysplasia, eye problems, hypothyroidism, dwarfism, demodectic mange and reproductive organs disorders.

Bavarian Mountain Hound Photo courtesy of Von Militzer's Meute

The coat is dense, close fitting, moderately harsh with little gloss. Finer on head and leathers, harsher and longer on belly, legs and tail. The color is deep red, deer red, reddish brown, tan, also clear fawn to biscuit color, reddish gray as the winter coat of a deer, also brindled or interspersed with black hairs. There may be a spot of lighter color on the chest. The coat is darkest on the ears and muzzle.


  1. FCI-Standard # 217 /16.09.1996/GB
  2. Kristin Mehus-Roe. The Original Dog Bible: The Definitive Source to All Things Dog

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