Bayrischer Gebirgsschweisshund FCI Standard
Initially the Baron Karl-Bebenburg brought to his Bavarian estate several Hanoverian Hounds to use them for blood tracking. German hunters usually opted for this breed when things concerned scent tracking but the Baron found its characteristics unsuitable for working in such mountainous area as Bavaria. In particular the Hanoverian Hound was a comparatively large and massive dog and couldn’t keep up the pace with much lighter local dogs. That’s way he interbred this breed with a few others native to Bavaria and neighbouring territories. It’s still debated what other breeds were participants in these crosses. The Red Mountain Hound, the Tiroler Bracke, the Australian Black and Tan Hound are all among possible candidates. It’s rather likely that the Baron chose several various breeds to invent the Bavarian Mountain Hound. The resulting dog was a miniature version of the Hanoverian Hound but it was smarter, more agile and on the whole better fitted for hunting in highlands.
In the matter of decade the Bavarian Mountain Hound earned many fanciers among German hunters thanks to its excellent capabilities for working in harsh mountainous terrain. Up until recently its reputation of a superb blood tracking hound hasn’t spread outside its native country. Over the last few decades its popularity in the rest of the world has slightly increased. It seems that it has acquired the most considerable following in the United States where few breeders invest much time and effort to support the number of Bavarian Mountain Hounds. The breed was approved by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 1996.
Strangers are treated by the Bavarian Mountain Hound with certain amount of reserve and shyness. However this affable animal isn’t predisposed to open aggression and makes a poor guard dog. Being always aware of its surroundings it has potential to become a reasonable watch dog without the undesirable habit of on-going barking.
The Bavarian Mountain Hound is generally all right with unfamiliar dogs but it definitely needs to be appropriately socialized with them. It’s important to mention though that it feels itself much less comfortable in the presence of strange dogs than other scent hounds. Some specimens can become even outright aggressive towards other canines. The situation is even worse when things concern non-canine animals. As a tireless hunter the Bavarian Mountain Hound possesses strong hunting drive and presents mortal danger for all kind of species. The logic tells us that if the dog and other home pet have been brought up together they will treat each other respectfully in the maturity but no one can guarantee that with this breed.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• ear infections;
• eyes problems;
• demodex mange.
It’s especially hard to call the Bavarian Mountain Hound back when it’s captivated by some enticing smell or in the middle of the chase. The key to the training success with this breed lies in the systematic approach and reward-based techniques. This dog is somewhat sensitive to corrective methods of training so it would be wise to avoid using them.
If the dog has to live a sedentary life it will in time develop undesirable behavioural patterns for instance destructiveness, hyperactivity, constant barking. The perfect form of physical exercise for the Bavarian Mountain Hound is essentially hunting and it craves nothing more than a good chase.