Bavarian Mountain Hound

Bavarian Mountain Hound Dog Breed

Other names:
Bavarian Mountain Bloodhound
Bavarian Mountain Scenthound
Bayerischer Gebrigsschweisshund

The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a medium-sized scenthound that has been long-cherished by hunters and gamekeepers in the Bavarian Mountain region. The breed is ideal for either hunters or very physically active individuals and families. With early socialization, they can make good companions for homes with kids and other dogs. Training should be pretty easy, along with grooming, however, exercise needs are rather extensive. BMHs often live 12-15 years with very few health concerns.

Bavarian Mountain Hound Breed Details

The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a Scenthound recognized by various Kennel Clubs including the UKC and Irish Kennel Club. Descended from the original "bracken" hunting dogs of this area, they have long been utilized to trail game in the Bavarian Mountain region. These medium-sized, long-lived dogs are not a commitment to be taken lightly due to their high exercise needs. Their ideal homes would be with a hunter or very physically active individual/family that had a large yard (at minimum) and plenty of time to exercise them. Here's a few quick facts for the breed:

Natural scenthound and working dog
Makes an excellent, docile hunting companion
Can live indoors or out
Good with kids
Gets along with other dogs
Exercise companion
Easily trained
Little grooming required
High daily exercise needs, owner must be active
Will need immediate socialization with non-canine pets
May develop anxiety if left alone frequently
Destructive behaviors likely if under-exercised
Not for small apartments and better for rural areas
12 - 15 yrs.
17 - 20½ in.
44 - 55 lbs
OverallFamily FriendlyChild FriendlyPet FriendlyStranger Friendly
Easy to GroomEnergy LevelExercise NeedsHealthShedding Amount
Barks / HowlsEasy to TrainGuard DogPlayfulnessWatch Dog
Apartment DogCan be AloneGood for Busy OwnersGood for New OwnersIntelligence

Bavarian Mountain Hound Breed Description

This is a medium sized breed that measures 17-20.5 inches at the shoulders (depending upon sex) with a weight in proportion so as to give them an, overall, light and active look. The short, harsh coat can be various shades of tan or red (or brindle) with the muzzle and ears usually darker. Bavarian Mountain Hounds are not very common, therefore information may be hard to come by. Here are a few things to consider before deciding a BMH is right for you:

  • Intelligence- This breed is quite trainable, even for a first time owner. They are naturally calm and obedient, however, this intelligence can turn into nuisance behaviors if not mentally stimulated enough. These working dogs enjoy conditioning and training for hunting activities.
  • Kids, Strangers, Pets- BMHs, if well socialized, can do great as a family companion and in a household with other dogs. They may need extra socialization for other pets, like cats. These docile dogs are not usually aggressive but may remain reserved around strangers.
  • Exercise- This is a must! If you don't have time to spend 1-2 hours exercising them outdoors (everyday), don't get one. Ideally, they are working dogs that should live as companions to hunters and their families. A large yard is still recommended, even for the active owner. An under-exercised Bavarian Mountain Hound may develop destructive behaviors.

Bavarian Mountain Hound Temperament

The Bavarian Mountain Hound's temperament is that of a natural hunting companion. They are very loyal, obedient, confident and brave. This is not a breed to be left bored and lonely all day, everyday and may develop destructive behaviors if not exercised enough (both mentally and physically). With early training and socialization these can be good additions to a family and get along well with other dogs; due to their hunting instincts it may take extra effort to socialize them with other non-canine pets. Although BMHs may remain reserved around strangers, they are not aggressive dogs.

Bavarian Mountain Hound Health

This robust breed will be around to hunt with you for 12-15 years! They have very few health issues and the two of most concern are hip dysplasia and epilepsy. Choosing a responsible breeder that offers health guarantees and proof of genetic testing is the best way to prevent taking home a puppy with these issues.

Bavarian Mountain Hound Health Concerns

Below are potential health concerns associated with Bavarian Mountain Hounds.

Hip dysplasia

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Authored by:Dog-Learn
Updated:April 17, 2017