Bruno Jura Hound

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Bruno Jura Hound
A black and tan, heavily wrinkled hound dog on a leash. The dog has long, pendulous ears and an undocked tail.
A black and tan Bruno Jura hound.
Other names Jura Laufhund
Origin Switzerland
Breed status Not recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Weight 34–44 lb (15–20 kg)
Height 17–23 in (43–58 cm)
Life span 12-13 years
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Bruno Jura hound is a domestic dog, developed in the Middle Ages for hunting in the Jura Mountains on the Swiss-French border.

They are found in a variety of colors and have a broad head and heavy wrinkles, which differentiate them from the other Swiss hounds. It is known for hunting fox, hare, and sometimes even small deer. The Bruno Jura Hound is a skilled scent follower and is capable of following the slightest trace of a scent over the rough terrain of the Jura mountains. It needs firm handling if kept solely for companionship.

Its size is similar to that of the Schweizer Laufhund, but it differs in the broadness of its head. It is related to the Bloodhound. The life expectancy of Bruno Jura hound is 12–13 years. An adult hound can weigh anywhere from 34 to 44 pounds (15.5–20 kg) and is from usually 17 to 23 inches (43–58 cm) tall.

Also called the Jura Laufhund, this dog is an excellent hunter of fox, hare, and small deer. Closely related to the St. Hubert Jura Hound, its head resembles the neighboring French hounds form which it descends. Not common as a companion, the Bruno Jura Hound needs specialized training if it is to be kept for this purpose. Coming in a variety of colors, the Jura Hound was developed in the Jura Mountains in the Swiss-French border. Its rich coloring, broad head, and heavy wrinkles differentiate this dog from other mountain hounds.


Saint Hubert[edit]

Common belief is that this kind of dog is a descendant of the French Chien Saint Hubert. It is known for hunting fox, hare, boar. Its size is smaller to that of the other Bruno Jura Hound, but it heavier and differs in the broadness of its head. It is related to the Bloodhound. The life expectancy is 12–13 years. An adult hound can weigh anywhere from 40 to 55 pounds and is usually 16 to 20 inches (40–50 cm) tall.

The St. Hubert Jura Hound is a robust cold scent trailer that is only slightly taller than the Bruno Jura Hound. This dog was ideal for the harsh conditions of the Swiss mountains whence it came from. Closely related to the Jura Hound, this dog is an excellent scent trailer and can put on a surprising amount of speed and agility when necessary. Like the Jura Hound, the St. Hubert Jura Hound makes an attractive companion but needs firm handling and is most suitable for outdoor work.

Key facts[edit]

  • Country of Origin: Switzerland
  • Date of Origin: Middle Ages
  • First Use: Small game hunting
  • Use Today: Companion, hunting
  • Longevity: 12-13yrs
  • Other Name(s): Jura Laufhund St. Hubert
  • Weight: 34-44 lbs
  • Height: 18-23in

In France, some breeders are rebuilding this race and it is known as "Jura Hound type French Saint Hubert".

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