Breed Organization Federation Cynologique International (FCI) Website: http://www.fci.be/?lang=en Native Country Germany Other Names Bavarian Mountain Hound, Bayrischer Gebirgsschweisshund Life Expectancy Approximately 10-14 Years Litter Size No litter information available. Breed Group Scenthounds
Breed Description Head: Strong and elongated. Relatively broad, slightly domed skull. Pronouced stop. Slightly curved nosebridge. Sufficiently
broad muzzle. Solid jaws. Lips fully covering mouth. Black or dark red nose. Wide nostrils. Ears: Set on high, medium in length, wide at the base, rounded at the tips, heavy, hanging flat against the head. Eyes: Neither too large nor too round. Dark brown or somewhat lighter. Pigmented eyelids. Body: Slightly longer than it is tall. Slightly raised at the rump. Neck medium in length, strong, with a slight dewlap. Topline
sloping slightly upward from withers to hindquarters. Chest well-developped, long, moderately wide and well let-down. Slight tuck-up. Long,
fairly straight croup. Solid back. Tail: Set on high, medium in length, hanging to the hock. Carried level to the ground or hanging down. Hair: Short, dense, lying very flat against the body, moderately harsh. Finer on the head and ears, harsher and longer
on the abdomen, legs and tail. Coat: Fawn, red, reddish-fawn, dark fawn (reddish-brown), light fawn (pale yellow), to sable fawn; fawn grey like a
deer's winter coat, also brindled or ticked with black. The background color on the back is usually more intense. Dark
muzzle and ears. Tail generally ticked with black. Small, light-colored markings on the chest (flashings) are allowed. Size: Dog: 47 to 52 cm (18.5 - 20.5 in). Bitch: 44 to 48 cm (17-19 in). Weight: 20 to 25 kg (44-55lb).
History All bloodhounds are descended from primitive hunting dogs (brachet scenthounds). Hunters chose the most loyal dogs of the pack and used them
to track game wounded in the hunt. From these dogs, breeders developed bloodhounds (Schweisshunde) used uniquely for trailing wounded game.
Crosses were also made with local mountain hound breeds (the Ticolar Bracken, the Brandbracken and Dachsbracken). In 1912, the Bavarian
Bloodhound Club was founded. The breed is rare.
Behavior Courageous, spirited, fast and agile, the Bavarian Moutain Dog is at ease on a rugged terrain. With his superb nose and powerful hunting
instinct, he was originally used on chamois but can hunt al other game. Calm, even tempered, docile, attached to this owner, he is a good
companion. As with any bloodhound, he needs a patient, experienced trainer.
Health Similar to other breeds, this dog would need to have regular ear check up to avoid ear infection.
Advice The BMS is not suited for city life. He needs space and exercise. He also requires regular brushing.