Breeds of dogs: Bayerischer Gebirgsschweisshund

Breeds of dogs: Bayerischer Gebirgsschweisshund

Origin, classification and history

Origin, classification and history
Origin: Germany.
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds and dogs by blood trail

Called in Italy "Bavarian mountain hound", its German name means gebirgs = mountain and schwisshund = blood. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, those who hunted deer, chamois and game from areas of northern Germany used the "Hanover Hound" to track down and chase their prey. In the long run, this breed proved too heavy and therefore unsuitable for hunting in high mountain areas, where the terrains are the most difficult. So these people needed a lighter type of dog with excellent agility qualities, able to withstand long walks able to withstand the climatic and physical difficulties of those places. Therefore they decided to attempt various crossings between these "Hanover Hounds" with females of much lighter breeds of construction, such as the "Bracken" and also with "Tyrolean Hounds". The products of these crossings immediately proved excellent in their hunting task. After much selection in Germany, a club was established and a Standard was created. In this way they came to create today's Bavarian Mountain Hound.

General aspect

Medium-sized and medium-sized dog, dolominocephalic mesomorphic. Morphologically classified as a braccoid type. He is a rather light, very muscular dog. Its body is slightly elongated, slightly raised posteriorly. It rests on not too long limbs. It is a fairly well proportioned dog overall. It is a breed with a serious and intelligent expression.


It is a dog of fine resistance. It has great qualities of temperament. It is a breed specially selected to help man in the search for prey to hunt, a job in which it is unquestionably one of the best breeds in the world. His loyalty and devotion to the master is truly admirable. In the open field it leaves no way for deer, roe deer and other medium and large wild animals. It also proves to be an excellent companion for the family. If accustomed it is possible to make it live also at home. Show the best side of yourself when you find wooded places and in wild areas.

Bayerischer Gebirgsschweisshund (photo

Bayerischer Gebirgsschweisshund (photo


- males never exceeding 50 cm
- females never more than 45 cm at the withers.
Weight: varies from 25 to 35 kg.

Trunk: back not too short, but very robust, with broad and muscular hips, especially towards the renal part which is always slightly arched. Rump quite flat and inserting straight into the tail attachment. The chest is not too wide, the rib cage is down and deep, with long ribs reaching the hips. The belly is slightly retracted.
Head and muzzle: proportionately large skull, not too heavy, with flat surface even if very slightly arched. Muzzle a little skinny under the eyes, not too long or too wide. Well developed eyebrows. The lips are well fitting, not pendulous, with a clearly visible lip joint.
Truffle: black, or dark brown.
Teeth: must be complete in number. The closure is scissor or pincer.
Neck: robust and dry. Medium length.
Ears: a little over medium length, heavy, attached high, with a broad base, hanging flat and close to the head, rounded at the ends.
Eyes: clear, not too large nor too round, with well closed eyelids, dark brown or even lighter.
Limbs: the forelegs are of strong but not heavy bone structure. Seen from the front, well upright and strongly muscled, metacarpals straight, but not perpendicular. The hind legs have wide and long thighs, the leg is oblique and proportionately long. The metatarsal is perpendicular to the ground. The thighs are well covered with fur that must protrude at the edges of them, almost bristly. The hindquarters seen from behind must be parallel to each other and perfectly perpendicular. The hocks must not be turned in or out. The feet are not excessively robust, but with well closed and arched toes. Black or horn-colored nails. The feet are spoon-shaped.
Pace: easy and loose.
Shoulder: well oblique with long arm.
Musculature: highly developed throughout the body, especially in the hind limbs.
Tail: of medium length, it reaches approximately the tip of the hock. It should not be attached low and slender and slender flows horizontally or downwards. On the lower side it is supplied with more fur.
Hair: close-fitting, thick and chorus. It is moderately hard to the touch with little shine, finer on the head and ears; less fine and longer on the belly and thighs.
Allowed colors: all shades of red and fawn, yellow, gray-red ocher like the winter fur of the roe deer, brindle or a mixed base color of black hair.
Most common defects: collected structure, pronounced withers, dog too high on the limbs, metacarpals and deflected feet, open foot, flesh truffle, eye too open, neck too short, tail too herringbone, rickets, skeleton too light, prognathism, enognatism, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, movement incorrect, shy or aggressive character, too fine hair, colors not allowed, white marks on the coat.

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