With a very light look, the German Hound is solidly built and rather sturdy. His fine qualities and great hunting skills make him very popular in his native country, but unfortunately little known elsewhere in the world. The advantage of his size and good temperament should contribute to the breed's development, as the German Hound deserves to be known.
Quick Overview of the German Hound
- Elegant and noble-looking
- Solid build
- Muscular and strong
- Straight tight short coat
- No particular pathology
- Good general health
Temperament of the German Hound
Balanced and rather calm by nature, the German Hound is gentle and very cheerful. He loves to play and adores children. In family, he is a very friendly dog and a pleasant companion appreciated by all.
He is a versatile dog with great stamina and endurance. With a rather fiery temperament when hunting, he is calm and balanced at home.
Slightly stubborn, his education must be firm and unambiguous. The master's dominance is essential to the dog's obedience. The family hierarchy and notions of prohibitions must be instilled in him at a very young age. His education should be precocious and not neglected. On the other hand, the socialization of the German Hound is very easy.
An excellent hunting dog, he is also a formidable companion.
With a noble and elegant look, the German Hound is solidly built despite his light appearance. Even though he is smaller than most hunting dogs, the German Hound is very muscular and strong.
Between 40 and 53 cm (15.75 to 20.87 inches) for the male
Between 40 and 53 cm (15.75 to 20.87 inches) for the female
Between 19 and 20 kg (41.89 to 44.09 pounds) for the male
Between 19 and 20 kg (41.89 to 44.09 pounds) for the female
His coat can be a fawn red deer color with or without black spots. It can also be black and tan, light red deer or black with lightly defined or not very extensive tan spots.
His short coat is straight and tight with a very dense undercoat.
His head has a slightly domed skull with a well marked stop. His eyes are dark brown and medium size. His long, broad, hanging ears are set back and flat against his cheeks.
His nose is more or less dark with a light colored line in the middle of the nose. His tail is hanging at rest and is held slightly curved upwards when in action.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #299
Characteristics of the German Hound
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This versatile hunting and working dog is appreciated by mountain hunters. Hunting haire, badgers and large wounded game are his specialty. Possessing an excellent sense of smell, this hound excels at tracking wounded and unharmed game.
This sportsman at heart is not really a city dog. Great outdoors and daily exercise are part of his nature. It is a vital need in his case. Sedentary people are not really compatible with this dog because he excels and needs intense and regular exercise.
Health of the German Hound
No pathology affects the breed and the German Hound usually enjoys good health. However, to ensure this health, he needs plenty of space and exercise on a daily basis. He is an athletic dog.
His ears need to be checked regularly and his coat also needs to be brushed on a regular basis. No other special maintenance is required.
History of this breed
Originally from Northwestern Germany, in the Sauerland region, the German Hound is apparently a very old breed. He is believed to be a cross between local Hounds and the Sauerland Tricolor Hound.
The breed appeared around 1900, but it was not until 1955 that his first standard was known. Very popular among Germans, the breed is virtually unknown outside the country.
As the German Hound was apparently crossed with different types of local dogs, the setting and selection of the current breed remains rather nebulous. There is no real evidence to certify the official cross-breeding that resulted in the current breed.
He is a hound and excels in hunting hare and big game. However, he is very much appreciated in his country as a companion dog.