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Bavarian Mountain Scenthound
Characteristics, History, and Health

Bavarian Mountain Scenthound

The Bavarian Mountain Scenthound, also known as the Bavarian Mountain Hound and in the German language as the Bayerischer Gebirgsschweißhund, is a breed of working dog originating from Germany. These dogs are distinguished by their robust and agile bodies, as well as their notable scenting skills. The breed's roots are traced back to the early 20th century in Bavaria, Germany, where it was developed for the specific purpose of tracking wounded game in the mountainous regions. Its lineage includes the ancient Hanoverian Hound. The breed's exceptional scenting ability, combined with its agility and endurance, made it a natural choice for hunters seeking an adept tracking dog.

Main Info
Alternate Names
Bavarian Mountain Hound, Bayerischer Gebirgsschweißhund (German)
Life Expectancy
12-15 years
Average Male Height
17-20.5 inches
Average Female Height
17-20.5 inches
Average Male Weight
37-66 pounds
Average Female Weight
37-66 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Coat Colors
Red, Reddish Brown, Fawn, Tan, Brindle
Coat Pattern
Black Mask, White Markings

Genetic Predispositions and Health

The Bavarian Mountain Hound may suffer from cerebellar abiotrophy, demodicosis, ectropion, elbow and hip dysplasia, entropion, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, and retinal dysplasia. Genetic testing is recommended, including for the following additional conditions: hyperuricosuria, degenerative myelopathy, and progressive rod-cone degeneration.

Personality and Behavior

Bavarian Mountain Scenthounds are known for their calm and balanced temperament. They tend to be reserved, but not aggressive or shy. They are extremely loyal and form strong bonds with their families. While they are calm indoors, these dogs require plenty of exercise and will not do well in an inactive household. Their working dog heritage also means they thrive when given tasks and challenges, such as scent games or tracking exercises.

As a breed developed for tracking, these dogs have a strong instinct to follow scents and can be stubborn when on a scent trail. This instinct, combined with their independent nature, may make training a challenge for inexperienced dog owners.

The Bavarian Mountain Scenthound is a hardworking breed, noted for its scenting ability and dedication to its task. This breed is suitable for an active family who enjoys outdoor activities and can provide the necessary mental and physical stimulation this intelligent, independent dog requires.

Fun Facts

In 1912, the Club for Bavarian Mountain Scenthounds was established in Munich, Germany.

These agile and athletic scent hounds were bred to work on the steep mountains slopes of Bavaria.

The Bavarian Mountain Scenthound is considered to be one of the most skilled breeds in terms of scenting ability.


DOI:10.1002/9781119540687 Fogle, B. (2009). The encyclopedia of the dog. DK Publishing.