Bavarian Mountain Hound

The Bavarian Mountain Hound, first bred for hunting, succeeds very well in combining his functions as a hunting dog with that of companion dog. His natural instinct for hunting and his great courage are two qualities very appreciated by hunting enthusiasts, as are his courage, protective instinct, calm and balance which make him a very appreciated companion dog. This specimen is to be discovered as much by hunters as those who are only looking for a pleasant four-legged life companion to love and have around them.

Height 44 to 52 cm
Weight 20 to 25 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 13 years
Home country Germany

Quick Overview of the Bavarian Mountain Hound


  • Balanced and calm
  • Passionate and courageous
  • Not at all aggressive
  • Very reserved with strangers


  • Rather harmonious constitution
  • Large head
  • Dark brown eyes
  • Hanging ears


  • No pathology affects this breed
  • Rarely ill

Temperament of the Bavarian Mountain Hound

Balanced, calm but at times passionate and courageous, the Bavarian Mountain Hound is a fast dog on the hunt, while affectionate, gentle and very devoted to the entire household.

Not at all aggressive, he is a good guardian and very reserved towards strangers

The Bavarian Mountain Hound is good at searching, hunting in the mountains and on difficult terrain. First created for this purpose, he is nevertheless nowadays very appreciated for his beautiful qualities as companion dog. He is compatible with everyone, even toddlers.

He is very brave and can even be used for bear and wolf hunting. His great courage therefore makes him an excellent guardian.

As he is very devoted to his master, will protect him and remain wary of strangers.

Even if he is docile, calm and balanced, he needs a good education in order to master his strong temperament.

Likewise, his education must aim not to exacerbate his natural mistrust of strangers and his protective instinct already present naturally.

It is more difficult for him to live in the city because the great outdoors are his favorite playground where he can run and spend all his energy.

The mountain also suits him perfectly. He needs daily exercise which makes him a country or mountain dog, but not really a city dog.

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Breed Appearance

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A descendant of the Hanover Hound, he practically has all of his physical characteristics except for the ears and size.

This medium-size dog has a rather harmonious constitution, light, very thin and well muscled. Despite the fact that he looks a lot like his ancestor, he is however smaller and lighter.


Between 47 and 52 cm (18.50 to 20.47 inches) for the male
Between 44 and 48 cm (17.32 to 18.90 inches) for the female


Between 20 and 25 kg (44.09 to 55.12 pounds) for the male
Between 20 and 25 kg (44.09 to 55.12 pounds) for the female


His dress is red, and can vary in all possible shades of red.



His head is wide and has a well marked stop. His dark brown eyes are medium size.

His ears, hanging flat to the side of his head, are also of medium length. His pretty nose can be black or dark red. His tail reaches as far as the point of the hock.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 2 and is #217

Health of the Bavarian Mountain Hound

No pathology listed affects the Bavarian Mountain Hound.

His robustness gives him an excellent immune system, and his life expectancy is appreciable for a medium-sized dog.


His hanging ears require regular monitoring and it is best to brush his dress quite often, especially after hunting episodes where it is essential to check ears and brush the coat.

However, no other or more specific maintenance is necessary.

History of this breed

All Bavarian Mountain Hounds are, at the origin, descended from the primitive hunting dogs, the Hounds and Brachets. All of these purebred scent hounds are blessed with a very keen sense of smell, piercing voice and hunting skills.

The best specimens were then named Mountain Hounds. Between the 18th and 19th centuries, crosses made it possible to obtain the Hanover Hound, which was however a little too heavy for the mountainous territories of Bavaria.

It was therefore in 1870 that Baron Karg-Bebenburg of Reichenhall crossed lighter Mountain Hounds, such as the Tyrolean Hound, of a beautiful red color, with the Hanover Hound to obtain a lighter Mountain Hound.

Also called the Bavarian Mountain Hound at the time, he supplanted all other breeds that hunted in the mountainous regions of Bavaria.

The Bavarian Hound Club, headquartered in the city of Munich, was created in 1912. The first specimens of the Bavarian Mountain Hound breed crossed the borders around 1980 and landed in France.

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