Bavarian Mountain Scenthound

The Bavarian Mountain Scenthound is a German hunting breed that originated in the historic region of Germany cold Bavaria. It is a highly praised hunting breed that has been used by German hunters for years. It is praised for its loyalty and for being a reserved, non-imposing breed - the best possible traits a scenthound can have.

Although they were originally kept as a hunting breed, these loyal dogs can be found more often as a family pet these days. They love the active lifestyle and usually get along great with all family members. If you want a dog that will be very affectionate towards you and can be a great watchdog, the Bavarian Mountain Scenthound may just be the dog for you.

Bavarian Mountain Scenthound Height


17-20 in (43-51 cm)

Bavarian Mountain Scenthound Weight


37-66 lb (17-30 kg)

Bavarian Mountain Scenthound Origin



Bavarian Mountain Scenthound Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

The Bavarian Mountain Scenthound’s characteristics are those of a typical scenthound. It is a medium-sized dog with an excellent sense of smell. They have strong and agile bodies but not too long legs. These dogs are known for their long ears and a beautiful coat that can come in shades of red.

The Bavarian Mountain Scenthound should have a black or dark red nose with well-developed nostrils. Their eyes shouldn’t be too large or perfectly rounded and can be either dark brown or a few shades lighter. Their long ears should reach their noses at most, should be slightly rounded at the tip, and fall flat, close to the cheeks without any twist.

Bavarian Mountain Scenthound standards


  • Group 6 (Scenthounds and related breeds), Section 2 (Leash (Scent) hounds). With working trial
  • height - males 18,5-20,5 in (47-52 cm), females 17-19 in (43-48 cm)
  • weight - males 44-66 lbs (20-30kg), females 37-55 lbs (17-25 kg)
  • date of acceptance - 11/14/1959


  • Foundation Stock Service
  • height - 17-20 in (43-51 cm)
  • weight - both 37-66 lbs (17-30 kg)


Bavarian Mountain Scenthounds have dense and moderately harsh coats. Bavarian Mountain Scenthound should be brushed daily to keep their coat healthy and in good shape.

Bavarian Mountain Scenthound coat colors:

  • deep red
  • deer red
  • reddish-brown
  • tan
  • fawn to biscuit
  • reddish-grey

Brush their teeth at least three times a week to prevent tartar buildup and infections. Make sure you use products that are made especially for dogs as human products could potentially harm them. Trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally. A good indication is if you can hear them clicking on the floor while they walk. Clean their ears and check for signs of redness or infections. Use a cotton cloth and never insert anything in their ear canal. You can always check with your Vet about the products you should use and the proper technique.

Bavarian Mountain Scenthound temperament

The Bavarian Mountain Scenthound is a very intelligent dog that is best suited for living in a house with a large yard for them to roam in and explore. They are reserved and that trait is highly promoted and praised in this breed. They are very loyal and will do just about anything for their owners which is quite a good thing when it comes to the Scenthound family. The Bavarian Mountain Scenthound is also willing to please.

These dogs love living an active lifestyle and they love playing different games with the family. Because of their energy levels, they will always choose to play instead of lay in the house and cuddle. These dogs do not make great guard or watchdogs. They are somewhat wary of strangers but they will never display aggressiveness or any sort of unwanted behavior.

Bavarian Mountain Scenthound training and socialization

When training your Bavarian Mountain Scenthound, make sure you use positive reinforcement. Positive training methods will ensure your dog makes great progress and learns new commands in the best possible way. These dogs are trainable and can learn rather quickly because they are willing to please their owners.

Socializing a Bavarian Mountain Scenthound is an important process that should start as early as possible. These dogs are naturally very reserved and if you would like to have a dog that is open to other people and dogs, make sure you socialize them from an early age. Expose your dog to different people and dogs and make sure it is a great and positive experience that they can learn from. Early socialization will make sure your puppy develops in a well-rounded and well-behaved dog.

FUN FACT: The Bavarian Mountain Scenthound specialized in tracking wounded prey and luckily, these relatively “new” dogs are usually kept as family pets in recent times.


Bavarian Mountain Scenthounds are dogs with a life expectancy of 12-15 years. Like any other dog breed, they are prone to some health problems that every (future) owner should be aware of. To be sure that you'll get the healthiest possible dog, never buy a dog from a puppy mill breeder or a pet store. Bavarian Mountain Scenthound can suffer from

  • hip dysplasia
  • elbow dysplasia
  • eye problems

Bavarian Mountain Scenthound breeders

When getting a dog, the most important thing is to get it from a responsible and reputable Bavarian Mountain Scenthound breeder. These dogs are energetic and protective, and getting a poorly bred dog can have catastrophic results. Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well. You must find a good Bavarian Mountain Scenthound breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics.


World Dog Finder team


Updated at15.05.2021.