Hannoverischer Schweisshund FCI Standard
The Hanoverian Scenthound descended from excellent German tracking hounds that have been in the use since the V century. The Lyam Hound and the Leash Hound were among most ancient ancestors of the breed. Both above-mentioned dogs were renowned for their unsurpassed sharp noses and strongly pronounced persistence in pursuit of a wounded game. It’s speculated that the modern day Hanoverian Scenthound represents a carefully thought-out mixture of the Solling-Leitbracke, various Segusian hounds, the Haidbracke and probably other lighter Celtic Bracken. Most likely, the latter addition to the gene pool of the breed were hounds from the Harz. Undoubtedly the breed had already fully shaped by the XVII century.
Further development of the Hanoverian Scenthound continued in the Hanoverian hunting estate in the kingdom of Hannover and its current name was granted to the breed in 1894. The Hanoverian hunting estate concentrated solely on the working qualities of the dog and retaining the effective techniques of its training. Nowadays the breed is regarded as one of the most talented tracker of a big game. It’s used predominantly in this role and it can be rarely seen outside its native Germany. The Hanoverian Scenthound is officially accepted by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and the United Kennel Club (UKC).
This dog displays aloofness and distrust in the presence of strange people. Of course it can be corrected with proper up-bringing but the Hanoverian Scenthound will never be outgoing and open with unfamiliar people. This breed has a potential of becoming an excellent watchdog considering its alertness and keen scent. Moreover it can be trained in rather capable guard dog, which will defend its master’s possessions at all costs.
The Hanoverian Scenthound is rather accepting of other canine animals but it certainly doesn’t crave to live together with other dog. The initial meeting of strange dogs should be closely supervised because some fight over dominance may arise especially between unneutered males. The breed has major issues with other species of animals and this is no wonder for such an innate hunter as the Hanoverian Scenthound. The dog is usually well-behaved with a home cat if they have been reared together. However some individual dogs will never be able to cope with its hunting drive even in respect of the familiar family pet.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• ingrown nails;
• chronic ear infection;
• sensitivity to anaesthesia;
• gastric torsion.
The Hanoverian Scenthound instantly grasps everything concerning hunting and therefore won’t need any extensive training in this respect. The key to the successful training of this breed is proper methods, which should be grounded on positive reinforcement and tasty treats.