Bavarian Mountain Hound
The Bavarian Mountain Hound or to give him his correct name of Bayerischer Gebirgsschweisshund, is a leashed tracking hound originating from the mountains of Bavaria, Germany. The breed developed in the late 19th century when the heavier Hanovarian Hound was selectively bred with Red Mountain Hounds to create a lighter framed, more agile hound to cope with the mountainous terrain for tracking large wounded game.
The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a determined medium sized hound who is loyal to his family and likes to be part of the family, at the same time he can be wary of strangers.
The breed has a high hunt drive and can be strong-willed and stubborn as a direct result of what the breed was bred for.
Although the Bavarian likes his home comforts, do not be fooled! He needs a firm but fair hand from the beginning and ideally needs to be worked in the job he was bred for.
Generally, Bavarians are a healthy breed, however Hip Displasia is present and all potential breeding stock should be Hip Tested prior to mating and possess a score lower than the current mean score. Potential puppy owners are also advised to check that both parents have actually been hip scored.
Entropian has been noted very rarely in the breed.