The Bavarian Mountain is a strong medium sized dog who is very loyal to its family and enjoys being part of his family. This breed has a high drive for hunting and can be very stubborn and strong willed as a result of what the breed was bred for.
The Bavarian Mountain are a intelligent, fun and loving breed and always ready for a cuddle with their owner. They’re always ready for a walk, play and hunt as much as the owner will allow. They love to take part in agility, hunt, obedience training and their striking good looks makes them very popular in the showing.
The Bavarian Mountain Hound is an elegant and athletic breed of scent hound. It has a solid, strong body that is slightly raised at the trump, a dark nose with wide nostrils. Its round-tip ears hang loosely against the head. The whole body is covered by close, very short, and shiny fur, which is finer on the black-masked head and ears and longer on the abdomen, legs and tail. The coat colour can be from solid deep red through reddish brown, tan, fawn, and brindle. An average adult male Bavarian Mountain Hound weighs between 23 to 34 kg (50 - 75 lb). Dogs stands between 47 to 52 cm (18 to 20 in) while bitches stands between 44 to 48 cm (17 - 18 in) from the withers.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
As the name implies, the Bavarian Mountain Hound (also known as Bayrischer Gebirgsschweisshund) is a breed of blood hound originally used in the state of Bavaria in southern Germany to track game wounded in the hunt. It is a cross between the larger Hanovarian Bloodhound and the smaller Tyrolean Scent hound, initially bred by Baron Karg-Bebenburg in the 1870s. This medium-sized breed was developed for the purpose of tracking down a hot or a cold blood trail from a wounded game in the rugged mountainous regions of Bavaria. Because some countries require all hunters to find all shot game, wounded or dead, hunters needed a dog breed which could easily follow the trail of a game, even from a few drops of blood. The skills of the Bavarian Mountain Hound ensured that the quarry is found and secured even on heavy cover and rough terrain. Today, this breed is still widely popular to European game wardens, trackers and hunters, but is still uncommon as a pet dog.
The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a calm, level-headed, and quiet dog, who does not bark very often. It is a very loyal breed, very attached to its master and family. It is courageous, energetic, and a quick-learner which is responsive to commands from a respected handler, traits descended from bloodhounds with powerful hunting instinct. However, this same highly specialized trait requires a very patient, experienced trainer to bring out the best in the breed, and typically is not suited for the casual owner. It is a scent hound who is used to working with a single handler where the breed's loyalty is greatest but will show loyalty to all members of the family provided that it is treated as a valued member.
This breed loves nothing more than his home comforts, but needs a firm hand along with training before he can settle in fully. At the beginning stage of training this breed will need to be worked into the breed that he was bred for. Training for this breed is best down with an award led regime.
Basic obedience training should start from an early age. This is also true with regards to the process of socializing the dog with various people and other animals so that it will be motivated to become a good member of the society.
Grooming requirement is very little. Brushing the coat with a soft-bristled comb every week and cleaning the ears, teeth, and trimming the claws is enough.
No hereditary health problems are documented for this breed. However, there are some cases in Europe where certain Bavarian Mountain Hounds suffer from hip dysplasia.
Since its main purpose is to track wounded game, one of the major requirements of a Bavarian Mountain Hound is a regular and extensive exercise regime. A large yard with a secured fence will allow the dog to run and explore, which will keep it mentally alert. In the absence of a large garden, a considerable amount of daily lead walking should meet the daily physical needs. However, it is not advisable to allow the Bavarian Mountain Hound to roam off-lead as it can easily get lost, especially if it picks up a scent and follows it.
Although it is a working dog, the Bavarian Mountain Hound can be relied upon with children if it is well-socialized since puppy hood and was able to grow up with them. Its independent nature allows it to be moderately reserved with other canines, but typically not aggressive.