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Bavarian Mountain Hound Dog Breeds


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Height at the withers: Males 47 – 52 cm, Females 44 – 48 cm

Average Weight: Males 20 – 25 kg, Females 20 – 25 kg

The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a very athletic and elegant, well-balanced dog that for a hound is lightly built yet very powerful looking. They are medium sized hounds that boast being slightly longer in the body than they are tall. Their heads are moderately broad with no distinct occiput, but a well-defined stop. They have quite short and broad muzzles and boast pendulous, moderately thick, well pigmented lips. Their noses can be black or dark red in colour and moderate in size with nice, open nostrils.

Eyes are large, round and medium in size being either dark brown or hazel in colour and dogs always have a keen, alert expression in them. The rims around their eyes are nicely pigmented. Ears are heavy and set moderately high on a dog’s head having round tips to them. They hang close to the head lying flat. The BMH has a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite where their upper teeth neatly overlap their lower ones.

Their necks are moderately long and strong with the skin being a little looser on a dog’s throat. Their chests are muscular and nicely boned with dogs having well laid back shoulders and straight well-muscled front legs. The BMH has a strong, supple back with a nice topline that rises slightly from the wither to the croup. Their ribcage is oval, long and deep, reaching far back. Their loins are well-muscled, broad and short with dogs having nice tucked up bellies.

Hindquarters are strong and well-muscled showing a good amount of bone and strong upper thigh with their lower thing being quite long. Back legs are well muscled and strong. Feet are oval in shape with dogs having tight, well-arched toes and well-cushioned, pigmented pads. Nails can either be black or horn in colour. Their tail is set high and is moderately long, tapering to the tip which dogs carry level or slightly lower than their back.

When it comes to their coat, the Bavarian Mountain Hound boasts a dense, thick and close moderately harsh coat with the hair being finer on their heads and on their ears. Accepted breed colours for Kennel Club registration are as follows:

  • Deer Red
  • Deer Red with Black Mask
  • Stag Red
  • Stag Red with Black Mask

A dog can have black or brindle hairs interspersed throughout their coats and their back and tail is typically a richer colour with their muzzles and ear leathers also being darker than the rest of their body. Dogs are allowed to have a little patch of lighter hair on their chests.


When a Bavarian Mountain Hound moves, they do so with a springy, light step covering a lot of ground when they do and showing a good reach from the front and plenty of drive from behind.


The Kennel Club frowns on any exaggerations or departures from the breed standard and would judge the faults on how much they affect a dog’s overall health and wellbeing as well as their ability to perform.

Males should have both testicles fully descended into their scrotums and it is worth noting that a dog can be a little lighter or heavier as well as slightly taller or shorter than set out in the Kennel Club breed standard which is only given as a guideline.

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