Bavarian Mountain Hound: Breed Portrait

Country of origin: Germany
Shoulder height: 44 – 52 cm
Weight: 20 – 30 kg
Age: 12 – 14 years
Colour: red, red-yellow, bread-colored each with a dark muzzle and dark ears
Use: hunting dog

The Bavarian mountain hound is a highly specialized hunting dog with a balanced, calm nature. He is the ideal companion for professional hunters and foresters who are looking for a pleasant and docile family dog ​​at the same time. As a pure family companion dog, he is completely unsuitable.

Origin and history

The Bavarian Mountain Scenthound was bred in the late 19th century to create a lighter scenthound for difficult, mountainous terrain. For this purpose, the Hanoverian Bloodhound was crossed with red mountain hounds. This resulted in a very agile and persistent hunting dog, which reliably detects and follows the sweat tracks (stains of blood) of the wounded game, even in the most difficult mountainous terrain. Today, the Bavarian mountain hound is the classic companion of professional hunters and foresters. The breed is bred exclusively as a hunting dog and is only given to hunters who work as scent-hound handlers.


The Bavarian mountain hound is a medium-sized, harmoniously built, very mobile dog. Its body is slightly longer than it is tall. He has dark to medium brown eyes, an attentive gaze, and medium-length, high-set hanging ears (hanging). The coat is dense, short, and smooth, slightly longer and rougher on the belly, legs, and tail. Coat color ranges from deep red to reddish-yellow to bun-colored. The muzzle and ears are dark.


The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a hunting dog that specializes in finding and confronting sick or injured game. Due to its light physique, it is well able to persistently pursue the game even in rough terrain. Today, nose specialist is also used to some extent to search for people.

The breed standard describes the nature of the Bavarian Mountain Hound as calm and balanced, self-confident and fearless, and neither shy nor aggressive. He is cautious to reserved towards strangers, but he is devoted to his owner. He is very affectionate and extremely sensitive. The Bavarian mountain hound is considered to be easy to train and is also a calm and pleasant companion in the house, but it needs an activity in which it can live out its outstanding qualities as a tracker dog. Therefore, the passionate hunting dog is usually only given to hunters.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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