Bavarian Mountain Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Bavarian Mountain Hound so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany flagGermany
Other Names
What other names does the Bavarian Mountain Hound have?
Bayerischer GebirgsschweiBavarian Mountain Scenthound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Bavarian Mountain Hound Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Bavarian Mountain Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Bavarian Mountain Hound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Bavarian Mountain Hound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Bavarian Mountain Hound gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Bavarian Mountain Hound?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Bavarian Mountain Hound Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the Bavarian Mountain Hound weigh? Bavarian Mountain Hound weight:
44-55 pounds (20–25 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Bavarian Mountain Hound? Bavarian Mountain Hound average weight:
49.5 pounds (20–25 kg)
Height
How tall is the Bavarian Mountain Hound? Bavarian Mountain Hound height:
Male: 19–20 inches (47–52 cm), Female: 17–19 inches (44–48 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Bavarian Mountain Hound average height:
Male: 19–20 inches (47–52 cm), Female: 17–19 inches (44–48 cm)

Bavarian Mountain Hound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Bavarian Mountain Hound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseThick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Bavarian Mountain Hound's coat?
BiscuitBrindleTanmasked fawnRedBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Bavarian Mountain Hound and how often?
Easy to groom: The Bavarian Mountain Hound doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Bavarian Mountain Hound is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Bayerischer Gebirgsschwei?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Bavarian Mountain Hound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Bavarian Mountain Hound every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Bavarian Mountain Hound Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Bavarian Mountain Hound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AgileCourageousQuietCalmLoyalSpirited
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bavarian Mountain Hound? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Bavarian Mountain Hounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Bavarian Mountain Hound sensitivity:
Bavarian Mountain Hounds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Bavarian Mountain Hounds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Bayerischer Gebirgsschwei need? Bavarian Mountain Hound social needs:
Bavarian Mountain Hounds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Bayerischer Gebirgsschwei bark?
Low to Average: The Bavarian Mountain Hound rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Bavarian Mountain Hound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Bavarian Mountain Hounds will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Bavarian Mountain Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Bayerischer Gebirgsschwei? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Bavarian Mountain Hound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Bavarian Mountain Hound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Bavarian Mountain Hound has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Bavarian Mountain Hound bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Bavarian Mountain Hound, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bavarian Mountain Hound do?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bavarian Mountain Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bavarian Mountain Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Bavarian Mountain Hound roam?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Bavarian Mountain Hound have high prey drive?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Bavarian Mountain Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Bavarian Mountain Hound breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Bavarian Mountain Hound indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't like moving from one place to another.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Bavarian Mountain Hound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Bavarian Mountain Hound temperament with other people:
Bavarian Mountain Hounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Bavarian Mountain Hound temperament with children:
Bavarian Mountain Hounds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Bavarian Mountain Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Bavarian Mountain Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Bavarian Mountain Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Bavarian Mountain Hounds good office dogs? Do Bavarian Mountain Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Bavarian Mountain Hounds be office dogs?
No
Bavarian Mountain Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Bayerischer Gebirgsschwei temperament with senior people? Are Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.

Bavarian Mountain Hound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Bavarian Mountain Hound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Bavarian Mountain Hound breed? Most common health risks of Bavarian Mountain Hound:
EpilepsyHip Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Bavarian Mountain Hound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Bavarian Mountain Hound see the vet?
Frequent
The Bavarian Mountain Hound should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Bavarian Mountain Hound be? What is the age limit of the Bavarian Mountain Hound? How many years can the oldest Bavarian Mountain Hound live?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Bavarian Mountain Hound: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Bavarian Mountain Hound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Bavarian Mountain Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Bavarian Mountain Hound have? What is the activity level of the Bavarian Mountain Hound?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs require per day?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Bavarian Mountain Hounds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Bavarian Mountain Hound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Bavarian Mountain Hound risk for obesity:
Average: The Bavarian Mountain Hound has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bavarian Mountain Hound's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Bavarian Mountain Hound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Bavarian Mountain Hound drool?
The Bavarian Mountain Hound is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Bavarian Mountain Hound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Bavarian Mountain Hound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Bavarian Mountain Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Bavarian Mountain Hound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Bavarian Mountain Hound be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Bavarian Mountain Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Bavarian Mountain Hound be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Bavarian Mountain Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Bavarian Mountain Hound be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Bavarian Mountain Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Bavarian Mountain Hound be a boat dog?

Not really

Bavarian Mountain Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Bavarian Mountain Hound be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Bavarian Mountain Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Bavarian Mountain Hound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Bavarian Mountain Hound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bavarian Mountain Hound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Bavarian Mountain Hound Recognition

AKC Group
Is Bavarian Mountain Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Bavarian Mountain Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Leash (scent) Hounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Bavarian Mountain Hound breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.United Kennel ClubIrish Kennel Club

Bavarian Mountain Hound Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Bavarian Mountain Hound doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Bavarian Mountain Hounds are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Bavarian Mountain Hounds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Bavarian Mountain Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Bavarian Mountain Hounds tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Bavarian Mountain Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Bavarian Mountain Hound breed in the home.
  • Adaptability: Bavarian Mountain Hounds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Bavarian Mountain Hounds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Bavarian Mountain Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Bavarian Mountain Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Bavarian Mountain Hound History

The Bavarian Mountain Hound can trace its origins back to Germany, to the 19th century. Until the breed’s development, there was one notable breed used and very much liked by the German hunting community, the German Bracken. This breed was bred to help hunters trail prey, with their strongly developed sense of smell, which allowed the dogs to follow and track the trail of the game.

The Bavarian Mountain Hound is considered to be one of the direct descendants of the German Bracken. It is thought that breeders cross-bred the Bracken with the Hanoverian Hound and presumably with other scent-hounds from the Alps. Because of the lack of documentation, the breeds used in the initial mix are mostly unknown except for the bases. Breeders and hunters sought after a hound breed, which possess the meticulous senses of the Bracken, but which have better stamina, and which is more suited working in the mountainous regions of Germany. Moreover, after the Revolution of 1848 and the technological advancements regarding firearms and hunting gear, a dog breed was necessitated for “after the shot” in order to track down the wounded game in the more mountainous regions, on the rugged terrain. The Hanoverian Hound was not suitable for the task, for the reason that they were larger and slower.

Consequently, the Bavarian Mountain Hound emerged, which was lighter, more agile, had more stamina and was able to keep up with the larger prey that hunters were going after. Right after their creation, the breed became very well-known and renewed after their outstanding “cold-nose” tracking abilities. This capability means that their noses are so acute, that the dogs can distinguish between animals of the same species, and the injured or wounded prey that the hunter is after. It was believed that the Bavarian Mountain Hound has the finest nose of all hounds.

Later, in 1912, the Club for Bavarian Mountain Hound was founded in Munich, German, which still stands today, begin as the only official club for the breed in Germany. After that, as the breed standard was drawn up and finalized, the breed got imported to other parts of Europe as well, in order to increase their popularity. Initially, towards the mid-1900s, the breed gained significant popularity in Hungary and in Austria. In 1996, the UKC (United Kennel Club) recognized the Bavarian Mountain Hound, and 20 years later, the AKC (American Kennel Club) followed with their registration in 2016. A year later, the Bavarian Mountain Hound Society of America was established, with the intentions of promoting, reviving, and protecting the breed. Nowadays, the Bavarian Mountain Hound remained relatively rare outside of Europe, although there is a growing interest in the breed in several countries including Great Britain and the United States of America. Today, the breed is still an excellent hunting companion, a quintessential part of tracking the wounded prey. Rarely, the dogs can be seen as active family companions too.

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  • Wes

    Oct 16, 2020, 6:47:06 AM:

    beautiful breed have one for last 9 years and Im happy