Bavarian Mountain Hound

  • Bavarian Mountain Hound

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Height: 44 - 48cm M | 44 - 48cm F
Weight: 22 - 25kg M | 20 - 22kg F
Life Expectancy: 10 - 14 Years

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The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a scenthound bred to hunt and track wounded prey from a live game. It is a cross-breed between the Hanover Hound and the Bavarian Hound. It is a German breed originally utilised as a working dog, but later became popular as a family pet. The Bavarian Mountain Hound is an intelligent, calm and poised dog. It is known to be highly devoted to its families and suffer from separation anxiety. It has a lifespan of 10 – 14 years.

Are you thinking of getting a Bavarian Mountain Hound? Here is a brief background of this German scent dog.

book icon History

The Bavarian Mountain Hound was developed by the Baron Karg-Bebenburg, Reichenhall in the 1870s in Germany as a scent hound. These medium-sized dogs were developed by crossbreeding the Hannoversche Schweißhund breed and hunting dogs from the Alps. They were used as blood trackers, locating injured big game after being shot using imprecise weapons.

This reliable breed has been called Bavarian Mountain Scenthound, Bavarian Blood Tracking Dog, Bayrischer Gebirgsschweisshund, Bavarian Bracke, BBS, and BMH.

comb icon Appearance and Grooming

The BMH weighs between 44 and 55 pounds and stands at 44 to 52 centimetres at the withers. Its appearance is similar to other scent hounds but is more lightly built. It has a moderately broad head, flat skull and heavy droopy ears. Its body is relatively long and muscular.

Its coat is short, dense, shiny, harsh, and close-fitting, which is finer on the head and ears. It is harsher and longer in the tail, legs and abdomen. According to the Kennel Club, the standard colours are deer red, tan or fawn, which may be combined with black or brindle. Generally, the colours get deeper in the back and tail. A mall and light-coloured patch on the chest is acceptable.

The Bavarian Mountain Hound’s coat is easy to groom as it only requires weekly brushing to remove mats. It is a light shedder and bathing can be done as needed when it starts to have that doggy smell. Its droopy ears need to be thoroughly cleaned to avoid irritations and infections.

bulb icon Temperament and Intelligence

The BMH is a docile, calm, poised, intelligent and devoted breed. It can be wary of strangers but is generally not aggressive. Its impressive scenting and hunting ability is paired with dedication, persistence, quickness and agility.

This breed forms a very strong bond with its owners and tends to have separation anxiety when left alone for hours. It is a good family dog that tolerates children. However, interactions with very young kids should always be supervised to avoid getting hurt because of overexcitement.>

It is not for first-time and timid owners because it can present training difficulties and dominance. It is important for owners to establish their alpha role. Trainings should include controlling its strong tendencies to chase and attack/kill small animals. If trained well and socialised early, this breed is a generally good around other dogs and would rarely show aggression.

Early training and socialisation cannot be stressed enough with the Bavarian Mountain Hound. This is the only way dog owners can suppress or control its wilder tendencies it is predisposed to due to its genetic makeup. It is important to note that regardless of its predisposed temperament typical of its kind, several factors affect its personality growing up.

food icon Nutrition and Feeding

A typical serving for an adult Bavarian Mountain Hound is 1 to 2 cups of excellent quality dry dog food per day. Since each breed is unique, the amount of food depends on its age, size, build, activity level, and metabolism. Apart from understanding the breed’s basic nutritional requirements, learn the individual needs of your pet.

Typical calorie needs of adult Bavarian Mountain Hounds per day:

  • Senior and less active: up to 900 calories daily
  • Typical adults: up to 1,100 calories daily
  • Physically active/working dogs: up to 1,400 calories daily

Developed as a scent hound that works hard, choose a type of food that contains high quality animal-based protein. It thrives on meat like lamb, beef and chicken, which will support strong muscles to ensure healthy weight and mobility. To prevent bad breath and dental problems, choose dry dog food that reduces tartar build-up. Experts recommend small, frequent meals and Prebiotics since it is prone to bloating and stomach issues. Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids from fish are also needed for a healthy coat. A breed prone to Hip and Elbow Dysplasias, also provide vitamins and minerals for joint health.

stethoscope icon Health and Exercise

The average lifespan of the BMH is 10 to 14 years. The breed is generally healthy but predisposed to certain health conditions. These include Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Entropion, Ectropion, Retinal Dysplasia and Progressive Retinal Atrophy. It is also prone to have ear infections and skin problems like Demodicosis.

This very athletic and active dog requires vigorous physical activities. When its daily exercise needs are not met, it has a tendency to be destructive and hyperactive. It will thrive on a minimum of one to two hours of exercise per day. It enjoys jogging with its owners and running in an enclosed area. It is also best to provide it with opportunities to hunt or engage in mental activities.

pound icon Cost of Ownership

breeder that produces pedigree Bavarian Mountain Hound puppies in the UK. So while you bide your time, you might want to prepare financially first. For one, buying a pedigree puppy will cost around £450 - £600. High-quality dog food will set you back £60 - £70 a month, this includes the dog treats.

Costs of pet insurance will depend on the coverage. For a basic insurance coverage, you will spend about £70 monthly, while a lifetime policy will roughly cost around £130 a month. Regular veterinary consultations will most likely be £1,000 a year, provided the dog does not undergo any special treatments for health issue. In total, you may have to budget around £150 - £190 monthly. However, this budget excludes the initial cost of purchase, type of insurance and as mentioned any special health treatments.

Is a Bavarian Mountain Hound Right for You?

  • The BMH is generally devoted, calm and poised.
  • It is affectionate and demonstrates it with kisses.
  • The BMH is good with children
  • t needs plenty of exercise, being a physically active dog.
  • It is deal for experienced dog owners.
  • Its coat is short and clings to its body, so it sheds little to none.

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