The Bavarian Mountain Hound was first bred in the 19th century by combining hunting dogs from the Alps with Hanover Hounds to find a dog more suited to work and play in the mountains.
The breed started gaining popularity in Austria and Hungary after the Club for Bavarian Mountain Hound was founded in Munich in 1912. These dogs specialize in tracking injured games by following the scent left behind by the bleeding prey leaves after being shot.
- The hound has a broad muzzle with solid jaws and lips covering the mouth. Its ears are high set, with medium length.
- An adult Bavarian Mountain Hound grows to 17-20 inches tall and weighs between 44-55 lbs.
- The Bavarian Mountain Hound's primary colors include reddish brown, brindle, or tan.
- This dog breed is brilliant and very reserved when interacting with strangers.
- It has a lifespan of up to 10-14 years.
- Bavarian Mountain Hounds have short coats that shed. Therefore, they aren't suited for extreme weather or people with allergies.
- These dogs are loyal, playful and love getting attention from their family.
- Bavarian Mountain Hounds quickly get along with children but need gentle handling.
- The Bavarian Mountain Dog is not suited for city life and regularly needs space and exercise.