Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Bavarian Mountain Scenthound

(Bayerischer Gebirgsschweisshund)

Bavarian Mountain Hound


ORIGIN

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FCI
Germany.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
01.04.1996.
KC
September 2008

UTILISATION

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FCI
Scenthound.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 2Leash (scent) Hounds
With working trial

KC
Hound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
C. Seidler.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
From those most calm and biddable Bracken, the Liam Hounds (Leithunde, working only on natural, cold scent) and the “Scent Hounds” (Schweisshunde, the so called “spoilt Liam Hounds”, working the trial of wounded game) were later bred.
Through crossing of genetically fairly close breeds at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century, the present day Hanoverian Scenthound evolved.
After the Revolution in 1848, in fact, after the break up of the large hunting estates and the replacement of the previous hunting methods by stalking and hiding (waiting for the game) and at the same time with the improvement of the firearms, the dog was needed “after the shot”. Specialized in firmly working on the leash, one could not dispense with the loud chase, perseverance and keenness, especially in mountain regions. There the Hanovarian Scenthound proved too heavy.
To achieve the desired accomplishments, even in difficult mountain territory, Baron Karg-Bebenburg, Reichenhall, bred the racy and ennobled lighter Mountain Scenthound after 1870, by crossing Hanovarian Scenthounds and red Mountain Scenthounds. More and more these dogs ousted other breeds from the mountain regions so that the Bavarian Mountain Scenthound is, today, the classical companion for the professional hunter and game keeper.
In 1912 the Club for Bavarian Mountain Scenthounds was founded with its seat in Munich. It is the only recognized Club for Bavarian Mountain Scenthounds in Germany.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
An altogether balanced, lightish, very mobile and muscular, medium size dog. The body is slightly longer than high, slightly higher at rear, standing on not too long legs. Head carried level or slightly upwards, tail level or slanting downwards.
KC
A well balanced, lightly built, muscular and powerful, clean cut hound, of medium size. Body slightly longer than high.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
A natural ability to hunt cold scent with perseverance and endurance.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Calm and balanced, devoted to his owner, reserved with strangers. Required is a sound, self assured, unafraid, biddable dog, neither shy nor aggressive.
KC
Calm, devoted to owner, biddable, reserved with strangers, not shy or aggressive.

HEAD

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KC
Moderately broad. Skull flat, with no pronounced occiput. Well defined stop. Muzzle shorter than skull, moderately broad, lips pendulous of medium thickness, well pigmented with corner of lips clearly visible. Nose of moderate size with well open nostrils. Black or dark red.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Relatively broad, flatly arched. Clear rise to forehead. Superciliary arches well developed; occiput not pronounced.

Stop

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FCI
Well defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Of good size, not too broad. Nostrils well opened. Black or dark red.

Muzzle

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FCI
Somewhat off-set from eyes, slightly shorter than skull, sufficiently broad, never pointed. Nasal bridge slightly convex or straight.
KC
Jaws strong with a perfect regular and complete scissor bite, set square to the jaw.

Lips

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FCI
Pendulous, medium thickness. Corner of lips clearly visible.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Strong jaws with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite in which the upper incisors overlap the lower incisors without any gap and with the teeth set vertical to the jaw. 42 healthy teeth, according to tooth formula. Pincer bite permitted.

Cheeks

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FCI
Only moderately pronounced.

Eyes

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FCI
Clear, alert expression. Not too large or too round. Dark brown or slightly lighter. Well fitting, pigmented lids.
KC
Medium size, not too large or too round. Dark brown or hazel, alert expression. Well fitting lids, eye rims well pigmented.

Ears

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KC
Heavy. Set moderately high. Broad, rounded at tips. Hanging close and flat to head. Reaching no further than the nose.

Leathers

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FCI
Somewhat over medium length but at most reaching to nose. Heavy, set on high and broad, rounded at tips. Hanging close to head without any twist.

NECK

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FCI
Of medium length and strong. Skin somewhat looser on throat.
KC
Strong, of medium length. Skin somewhat looser on throat.

BODY

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FCI
Upper profile: Slight rise from withers to hindquarters.
KC
Back strong and supple. Topline rising slightly from withers to long, level croup. Ribcage oval, deep, long and reaching far back. Loin short, broad and well muscled. Slight tuck up.

Withers

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FCI
Barely defined, flowing transition from neck to back.

Back

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FCI
Strong and supple.

Loin

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FCI
Relatively short, broad, very well muscled.

Croup

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FCI
Long and fairly level.

Chest

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FCI
Moderately broad, well developed forechest, oval ribcage, deep and long, with ribs reaching far back.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Gradually rising towards rear. Belly slightly tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
Medium length, reaching, at most, to hocks. Set on high, carried horizontal or slightly slanting downwards.
KC
Set high, tapering, of moderate length, not reaching below hock. Carried level or slightly lower than back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Legs seen from the front, straight and parallel; seen from the side, standing well under the body. Good angulations.
KC
Muscular and strongly boned. Shoulders well laid back. Upper arm long. Elbows close fitting to body. Forelegs straight and parallel when viewed from the front; standing well under the body when viewed from side. Pasterns strong, slightly sloping.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well slanting, laid back shoulder blade. Strongly muscled.

Upper Arm

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FCI
Long, with good and lean muscles.

Elbow

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FCI
Close fitting to body, turning neither in nor out.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Lean, vertical and straight. Strong bone, very well muscled.

Pastern

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FCI
Pastern joint: Strong.
Pastern: Slanting lightly.

FEET

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KC
Strong, turning neither in nor out. Oval feet with well arched, tight toes. Pads well cushioned and pigmented. Nails black or horn colour.

Forefeet

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FCI
Spoon shaped with well arched, tight toes as well as sufficiently cushioned, coarse, resistant and well pigmented pads. Feet move parallel; in stance and movement turning neither in nor out. Nails black or horn colour.

Hind feet

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FCI
Spoon shaped, with well arched, tight toes as well as sufficiently cushioned, coarse resistant and well pigmented pads. Feet move parallel; in stance and movement turning neither in nor out. Nails black or horn colour.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong bone. Seen from rear, straight and parallel. Good angulations.
KC
Good angulation, strongly boned and well muscled. Upper thigh broad. Lower thigh relatively long. Hocks well let down. Rear pasterns vertical and parallel.

Thigh

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FCI
Broad and very muscular.

Stifle

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FCI
Strong.

HIND LEGS

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Lower thigh

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FCI
Relatively long, muscular and sinewy.

Hock joint

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FCI
Strong.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Short, standing vertical.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Ground covering, with good reach in front and strong drive from the rear. Fore- and hindlegs straight and parallel; lightly springy gait.
KC
Light, springy, ground covering with good reach in front and strong drive from the rear.

SKIN

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FCI
Strong, tight fitting.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Dense, close fitting, moderately harsh with little gloss. Finer on head and leathers, harsher and longer on belly, legs and tail.
KC
Dense and close fitting, moderately harsh, finer on head and ears.

COLOUR

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FCI
Deep red, deer red, reddish brown, tan, also clear fawn to biscuit colour, reddish gray as the winter coat of a deer, also brindled or interspersed with black hairs. The basic colour on the back is generally more intense, muzzle and leathers dark. Tail, mostly, interspersed with dark hair. Small light-coloured patch on chest (“Bracken Star”) permitted.
KC
Deer red, tan or fawn, any of which may be interspersed with black hairs, or brindle. The back and tail generally being more intense in colour. Muzzle and leathers darker in colour. A small, light coloured patch on chest allowed.

SIZE

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KC
Dogs: 47-52cms (18 ½ – 20 ½ ins ). Bitches 44-48 cms (17 ½ -19 ins).

Height at withers

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FCI

Dogs 47 to 52 cm.
Bitches 44 to 48 cm.
No departure from above permitted in either dogs or bitches.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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FCI

Flesh coloured nose.
Mouth slightly over- or undershot. Partial pincer bite.
Very loose eyelids.
Marked hollow or roach back.
Very flat or barrel shaped chest.
Very in or out at elbow.
Distinctly overbuilt hindquarters.
Hindlegs very close, cow-hocked or bow-shaped, in stance or movement.
Too fine or thin coat.
Strong deviation in colour, black colour with red markings (Black and Tan).
Deviation in size.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Markedly over- or undershot, wry mouth.
Missing teeth (except P1).
Ectropion, entropion.
Tail kinked from birth.
Weakness in temperament.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.