Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound

Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound


The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a purebred dog originating from Germany. These puppies are loyal, intelligent, and reserved, which are some of the best traits for a hound dog breed. Bavarian Mountain Hounds go by other names, such as Bavarian Mountain Hound and Bayerischer Gebirgsschwei. Despite being a very rare breed, you can find these adorable dogs at local shelters or breed-specific rescues. So remember to adopt. These reserved puppies are very loyal to their parents and fit perfectly in families with children or large households. They are a quiet breed, but are very wary of strangers or anyone they don’t know who approaches them or their humans. If you want a loyal puppy that likes to be active and loves you unconditionally, the Bavarian Mountain Hound may be the right dog for you.


The main colors of the Bavarian Mountain Hound include brindle, reddish brown, or tan. They sometimes come in fawn, which is a light yellow or tan color that can range from pale to dark red. The Bavarian Mountain Hound’s coat is dense and clings to the body, lying very flat. It is not considered a good choice for allergy sufferers. Because they tend to have a shorter coat, the Bavarian Mountain Hound is not particularly suited to extreme weather. Bavarian Mountain Hounds can get along well with children of all ages, but are best kept around those who know how to handle and play with them gently. Separation anxiety can be a problem if they are left alone for too long. Bavarian Mountain Hounds are best suited for large households or families with children.


In the 19th century, Germans kept German-bred hunting dogs to help them track game. They were considered to have a highly developed sense of smell that helped hunters follow the scents and tracks of their prey. The Bavarian Mountain Hound was bred from the German Bracken. Due to the mountainous regions of Germany, where many hunters sought game, the Hanoverian Mountain Hound was too large and heavy for the terrain. The Bavarian Mountain Hound was lighter, more agile and able to keep up with the big game and the prey the hunters were pursuing. The United Kennel Club (UKC) recognized the Bavarian Mountain Hound breed in 1996, though it would be another 20 years before the American Kennel Club (AKC) included the breed in its Foundations Service in 2016. The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound Society of America was formed a year later, in 2017, to protect and promote dogs of this breed. Although they are a rare breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. Consider adopting if you decide this is the breed for you. Check local shelters, search for Bavarian Mountain Hound rescues, and give these adorable dogs a loving forever home.