Known for their tracking and trailing abilities, the Bavarian Mountain Hound originated in Germany during the 19th century to be used as a lighter leash trailing scenthound in the mountainous regions. The breed descended from the Bracken, one of Germany's finest hunting dogs, and was developed from crossing the Bavarian Hound with Hanover Hounds. This breeding resulted in a hound with increased scenting abilities, a stronger build, and a steady temperament. Even today, the scenthound is used throughout Bavaria's mountainous areas for tracking but is gaining more popularity as a family pet.
Bavarian Mountain Hounds are a strong, medium-sized breed that has a long, slightly domed head with a broad, well-built chest. The coat of the breed is thick, short, and shiny, but can be rough on the legs, chest, stomach, and tail, while the hair on the head and ears are fine and smooth. Although lightly built, the Bavarian Mountain Hound is an athletic, well-balanced, and powerful-looking breed. They have dark brown eyes, dropped ears, and a broad, well-proportioned muzzle with a black or dark red nose depending on the color of the coat. The medium-sized tail of the breed is carried slightly downwards or parallel to the ground.
Calm and even-tempered, the Bavarian Mountain Hound is considered to be affectionate towards their owners and distant towards strangers, but not aggressive or reserved. While on the hunt, this breed is persistent, determined, and focused, which makes them a great companion for an avid hunter. The Bavarian is quick to learn, bonds strongly with their family, and can excel if they have an experienced dog owner who can provide proper obedience training, socialization, and leadership. Although an accomplished hunter, these independent dogs do not hunt in packs like many other scenthounds and do not always get along well with other dogs, making early socialization very important for this particular breed. Bavarian Mountain Hounds generally do well with children and may chase cats and other household pets but can be calm and quiet in the home if they receive the proper amount of physical exericse and mental stimulation; remember these dogs are the happiest when they have a regular job to do. Although mostly used for hunting, the Bavarian Mountain Hound has the potential to be a loyal and devoted companion to an avid hunter or active family who loves spending a lot of time outdoors.