Hanoverian Hound

The Hanoverian Hound is an excellent family dog and a formidable and powerful hunting dog. This pleasant mix makes him a remarkable canine specimen with fine family and sporting qualities. Unfortunately, the breed's numbers are declining and remain very rare. This magnificent canine specimen, not well known outside his country would benefit from getting better known.

Height 48 to 55 cm
Weight 30 to 35 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 13 years
Home country Germany

Quick Overview of the Hanoverian Hound


  • Kind and docile
  • Calm and balanced
  • Affectionate in family
  • Never aggressive


  • Powerful and well-proportioned build
  • Flexible silhouette and muscular look
  • Short, harsh, thick and rough coat
  • Large hanging ears


  • Hardly ever sick
  • No pathology

Temperament of the Hanoverian Hound

This gentle, docile, calm, balanced and affectionate family dog is powerful, dedicated, hardy and sometimes biting while hunting. Never aggressive, the Hanoverian Hound is nonetheless very reserved towards strangers.

He has no problem with children and is compatible with all members of his household. His strong character requires adequate training.

Naturally obstinate and devoted to his work, the Hanoverian Hound is also endowed with great flair and exceptional determination.

Originally a robust and powerful hunting dog, in family, he becomes an affectionate dog. This family dog is kind and loving, especially with children. There is therefore no restriction regarding his emotional compatibility, he can belong to any type of owner.

Breed Appearance

red hanoverian dog

Given the selection process that targeted this dog in his early days, his performances remain very high in terms of physique.

This medium-size dog has a powerful, well proportioned build. His silhouette is flexible but solid.

His muscular appearance gives an idea of his capacity for work and great endurance.


Between 50 and 55 cm (19.69 to 21.65 inches) for the male
Between 48 and 53 cm (18.90 to 20.87 inches) for the female


Between 30 and 35 kg (66.14 to 77.16 pounds) for the male
Between 30 and 35 kg (66.14 to 77.16 pounds) for the female


His color is light red, bright red or auburn.


His hair is short, hard, thick and rough.


His broad head has a forehead where some wrinkles appear.

His eyes, of a beautiful dark brown color, have a very lively expression.

His large ears, smooth and hanging down against the head, are set high and medium length.

His nose is completely black. His long tail tapers at the tip.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 2 and is #213

Tips About this breed

Of course he is happy in wide open spaces, but not so much in the city.

He is a hunting dog, so exercise is his passion and he needs it every day.

This dog is very kind to his family but as he is quite reserved towards strangers, it is preferable to give him an early education to not exacerbate his natural distrust of strangers.

He is never unnecessarily aggressive, but he does not let visitors in without permission. His education must be firm and adequate to master this innate distrust.

Health of the Hanoverian Hound

Very robust and powerful, this dog is almost never sick.

No pathology affects the breed and the life expectancy of the specimens is nevertheless appreciable.


Like all hunting dogs, it is best to watch his ears after each hunting episode and to brush him carefully.

Outside of hunting episodes, it is preferable to brush him regularly and do a light ear check, but no other special maintenance is required.

History of this breed

The Hanoverian Hound is descended from primitive hunting dogs and hounds.

Choosing the best subjects of the pack and bringing them to the hunt later to search for game, the red ones were then selected from the most reliable dogs from the hunting exercise.

Between the 18th and 19th centuries, crossbreeding was carried out, apparently between a German Hound and a Harz Hound, to produce the Hanoverian Hound. He was later improved by crossbreeding with other German hounds.

Once the breed was established, he was imported to France in the 1980s. Even in Germany, from where he originated, numbers are still quite low today.

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