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United Kennel Club

Bavarian Mountain Scenthound

(Bayerischer Gebirgsschweisshund)

Bavarian Mountain Hound

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
UKC
Scenthound

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.
UKC
The Bavarian Mountain Hound is descended from the original hunting dogs that were called ‘Bracken’. All Bracken have outstanding abilities for tracking and trailing. The Bavarian Mountain Hound was bred to be a lighter leash trailing scenthound that could be used in mountainous regions. They have been so successful that today they are the classic companion in the mountains of Bavaria for the professional hunter and gamekeeper. The Bavarian Mountain Hound was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.

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.
UKC
A very well balanced, fairly light, active and mobile, medium sized, short coated dog that is slightly longer than tall, and stands with its rear slightly higher than its shoulders.

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.
UKC
Calm, self assured and biddable, the Bavarian Mountain Hound is devoted to its owners, but may be reserved with strangers.

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.
UKC
The skull is relatively broad and very slightly arched. The occiput is not pronounced, and the stop is well defined. The cheeks are only moderately 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.
UKC
Black or dark red, of good size with well opened nostrils.

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.
UKC
The muzzle is slightly shorter than the skull, and sufficiently broad so that it never appears pointed. The nasal bridge is straight or slightly convex. The lips are pendulous.

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.
UKC
The Bavarian Mountain Hound has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors or level bite.

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.
UKC
The eyes are not too large or too round. They are brown of varying shades. The expression is clear and alert, and the eyerims are tight fitting.

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.
UKC
Set on high, broad at the base, and rounded at the tips, the ears are heavy and hang close to the head, without any twist. They are nearly long enough to reach to the nose but not beyond.

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.
UKC
Medium in length, and strong, with a slight dewlap.

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.
UKC
The chest is moderately broad and deep, with a well developed forechest. The ribs are oval in shape, deep and long, and reach well back. The withers are barely defined. The topline slopes gently upwards from the withers to the hindquarters. The back is strong and supple. The loin is short, broad and muscular, and the croup is long and fairly flat. There is a 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.
UKC
Set on high and medium in length, reaching at most to the hock. It is carried horizontally or slightly slanting downwards.

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.
UKC
The shoulder blade and upper arm are long and sloping, meeting at a good angle that sets the front legs well under the body.

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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UKC
The forelegs are lean, strong and straight, with good bone and muscle. The elbows fit close to the body. The pasterns are slightly sloping.

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.
UKC
The feet are spoon shaped, with tight, well arched toes, and cushioned pads that are well pigmented.

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.
UKC
The hindquarters are well angulated to match the front assembly.

Thigh

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FCI
Broad and very muscular.

Stifle

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FCI
Strong.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The upper thigh is broad and very muscular. The lower thigh is long and sinewy. The stifle and hock joints are strong and the rear pasterns are short and vertical.

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.
UKC
Light and springy, and ground covering, with legs straight and parallel.

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.
UKC
Dense, close fitting and harsh, with little gloss, the coat is finer on the head and ears, and harsher and longer on the belly, legs and tail.

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.
UKC
Biscuit, fawn, clear tan through deep red, reddish grey, also brindled or interspersed with black hair. The basic color on the back is generally more intense, and the muzzle and ears are dark. A small white star on the chest is permitted.

SIZE

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KC
Dogs: 47-52cms (18 ½ – 20 ½ ins ). Bitches 44-48 cms (17 ½ -19 ins).
UKC
Height for males is 18.5 to 20.5 inches. For females, it is 17 to 19 inches.

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.
UKC

Nose: Pink nose.
Eyes: Loose eyerims.
Coat: Fine or thin coat.
Color: Any other color, including black and tan.
Size: Any deviation from stated sizes.

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.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Markedly overshot or undershot. Wry mouth. Missing teeth other than P1. Entropion or ectropion. Kinked tail.
Teeth: Markedly overshot or undershot. Wry mouth. Missing teeth other than P1.
Eyes: Entropion or ectropion.
Tail: Kinked tail.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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