Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Hanoverian Scenthound

(Hannoverscher Schweisshund)

Hanoverian Hound

These illustrations do not necessarily show the ideal example of the breed.

ORIGIN

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Germany.

PUBLISHED

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19.03.2015.

UTILISATION

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Scenthound, tracking hound for wounded game.

CLASSIFICATION

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

UKC
Scenthound

TRANSLATION

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C. Seidler, revised by E.Peper.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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The Hanoverian Scenthound (Hannoverscher Schweisshund) has developed almost unchanged from the so called « liam hound » (leash hound) of the early Middle Ages. The liam hound, from the breed section of the « Bracke », already played an extraordinary part at the time of the establishment of clan rights of the Germanic tribes (in about 500AD).
With the invention of firearms, the methods of hunting big game altered. Dogs were needed to search for wounded game. The liam hound offered the best conditions for this and so he became a « Liam-Scenthound ». Especially the Hanoverian hunting estate in the kingdom of Hannover developed this breed further and preserved the proven methods of handling these hounds.
Since 1894 the registered « Verein Hirschmann e.V. » has been taking care of the breed and it was in this club where the breed’s name “Hannoverscher Schweisshund” (Hanoverian Scenthound) has been established.
Since that time the breeding of these dogs has continued strictly with regard of their working ability, and the dogs are used exclusively in hunting grounds for big game as specialists in tracking cloven-hoof game.
UKC
The Hanoverian Scenthound originated in Germany. It has developed nearly unchanged from the so-called Liam Hound of the early middle Ages. With the invention of firearms, dogs were needed to search for wounded game. The Hanoverian Hunting Estate in the kingdom of Hannover developed this hound and their breeding has been strictly with regard to their working ability. They are used exclusively as specialists for tracking cloven hoofed game. The Hanoverian was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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In general appearance the highly efficient Hanoverian Scenthound (Hannoverscher Schweisshund) is of medium size, well proportioned and powerful. Well set strongly muscled fore and hind limbs qualify him for tireless work. Too long legs, specially overbuilt forequarters, affect his work with nose to ground and are foreign to his type. The broad, deep chest provides ample room for the lungs and enables long, strenuous chases. The slightly wrinkled forehead and the clear dark eyes produce the serious expression typical of the breed. Also typical for the breed is the red primary colour of the coat which can vary from a pale fawn colour to a dark brindle, almost black appearing, colouring.
UKC
A medium sized, well proportioned, and powerful breed, well suited for work.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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A. Length of body to height at withers 1.4 to 1
B. Depth of chest to height at withers 0.5 to 1
C. Length of bridge of nose to length of head 0.5 to 1

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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Calm and assured temperament. Sensitive with his handler, choosy and discerning with strangers. High capability of concentration in any tracking work with strong loyalty to the hunter in charge.
UKC
Calm and assured, with a high capability to concentrate on any track.

HEAD

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Forehead slightly wrinkled.
UKC
The forehead is slightly wrinkled.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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Broad, increasing in width towards the rear, flatly rounded. Occiput barely pronounced. Seen from the side, superciliary ridges clearly defined.
UKC
The skull is broadest between the ears, and slightly rounded. The occiput is not prominent. The stop is strongly pronounced, especially in males.

Stop

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Mostly strongly pronounced, more so in males.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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Broad, mostly black, rarely dark brown. Nose large, broad, nostrils well opened. Bridge of nose slightly arched or almost straight, more arched in males. Gradually narrowing towards forehead.
UKC
Broad and usually black, but occasionally dark brown.

Muzzle

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Strong, deep and broad. Well developed for being used (about 50% of length of head). Mandible strong.
UKC
The muzzle is strong, deep and broad, as long as the skull. The lips are broad, pendulous and well rounded. The cheeks are strongly muscled.

Lips

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Broad and pendulous, well rounded.

Jaws/Teeth

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Jaws normally developed, very strong, straight, providing all teeth with sufficient room. 42 teeth. Scissor or pincer bite.
UKC
The Hanoverian has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors or level bite.

Cheeks

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Strongly muscled and very strong.

Eyes

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Neither prominent nor deep-set, well fitting lids, darkbrown iris. Free of ectropion or entropion.
UKC
The eyes are dark brown, with well fitted lids.

Ears

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Of medium length. Set on high and broad, smooth, hanging close to the head without twist. Bluntly rounded at the tips.
UKC
The ears are set on high. They are broad and smooth, hanging close to the head without a twist.

NECK

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Long and strong, gradually widening towards chest. Skin on throat full and loose, slight dewlap permissible.
UKC
The neck is long and strong. The skin on the throat is loose. A slight dewlap is permissible.

BODY

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The body is slightly longer than tall. The chest is deep rather than broad. The back is strong, and the topline is long. The loin is broad and pliable, with a slight arch. The croup is long, broad and slightly sloping. There is a slight tuck up that rises gradually.

Topline

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Long, often slightly overbuilt.

Withers

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With normal rise. Base of neck strong.

Back

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Strong.

Loin

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Broad and pliable with slight arch.

Croup

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Broad and long, sloping slightly towards the tail.

Chest

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Deep and spacious, deep rather than broad.

Underline and belly

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In a gradually rising line slightly tucked up.

TAIL

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High set-on, long and barely curved. Strong at set-on, gradually tapering towards the tip.
UKC
High set, long and barely curved, tapering to the tip.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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Seen from the side, vertically set under the body and straight. Seen from the front, straight, often standing close. Well in proportion to the body.
UKC
The shoulder blades are flat, close and well laid back. The upper arms are long, setting the legs under the body.

Shoulder

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Shoulder blade flat and close to the body, strongly muscled, well laid back.

Upper Arm

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Long.

Elbow

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Well set backwards, close to the body.

FORELEGS

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The legs are straight and often stand fairly close together. The length of the leg, from the elbow to the ground, is one-half the height at the withers. The elbows set close to the body. The pasterns are sloping.

Forearm

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Straight, well muscled.

Carpus (wrist)

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Broad, almost straight.

Pastern

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Never totally steep.

FEET

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Strong and round, with large, thick pads and well arched toes.

Forefeet

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Strong, round; toes well arched, well-knit; pads large and tough; strong nails.

Hind feet

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Rounded, well-knit toes.

HINDQUARTERS

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Seen from the side, set under the body or slightly standing back. Well angulated. Seen from behind, straight. For a medium-sized dog which is longer than high, normal in proportion to the body.
Pelvis: Broad and capacious.
UKC
The hindquarters are well angulated. The pelvis is broad and capacious.

Thigh

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Strongly muscled.

Stifle

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With an angle of more than 120°.

HIND LEGS

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The upper thighs are strongly muscled. The stifle is well angulated, and the lower thigh is straight and lean. The hock joint is broad and strong, and the rear pasterns are vertical.

Lower thigh

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Straight and lean.

Hock joint

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Broad and strong.

Hock

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Almost vertical to the ground.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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Able to move in all gaits, full of drive, flexible, ground-covering when galloping. Preferred gaits at work are the walk or the gallop.
UKC
Flexible and ground covering, with strong drive.

SKIN

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Thick, rather loose, mostly wrinkled on the head and occasionally at the throat, too. A wrinkled forehead is typical.

COAT

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HAIR

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Short, thick, coarse to harsh. Somewhat longer and coarser on the rear edges of the upper thighs only. Coat on tail is dense and coarse, a little longer and coarser on underside.
UKC
The coat is short and thick, coarse to harsh. Somewhat longer and coarser on the back of the thighs and underside of tail.

COLOUR

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Light to dark deer-red, more or less intensely brindled, with or without mask. Small white patches on forechest tolerated.
UKC
Light to dark deer red, more or less intensely brindled, with or without a face mask. Small white patches on the chest are tolerated.

SIZE

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Height for males is 19.5 to 21.5 inches at the withers. For females, it is 19 to 21 inches. Weight for males is 66 to 88 pounds. For females, it is 55 to 77 pounds.

Height at withers

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Dogs 50 - 55 cm,
Bitches 48 - 53 cm.

Weight

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Dogs 30 - 40 kg,
Bitches 25 - 35 kg.

FAULTS

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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.
Square build.
Fine bones.
Faulty mouth Lack of the first premolar (PM1) or of other teeth. Under- or overshot bite.
Ectropion, entropion.
Twisted or small leathers.
Hindquarters strongly overbuilt.
Swayback or roach back.
Barrel shaped ribcage.
Strongly curved or thin tail.
Steep or loose shoulders.
Strongly cow-hocked or bandy-legged.
Splayed feet, harefeet.
UKC

Teeth: Undershot or overshot bite.
Eyes: Entropion or ectropion.
Body: Square build.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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  • Aggressive or overly shy.
The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are eliminating.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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