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Hanover Hound

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Hanover Hound
Other namesHanoverian Hound
Hanoverian Scenthound
Hannover'scher Schweisshund
Kennel club standards
Fédération Cynologique Internationale standard
Dog (domestic dog)

The Hanover Hound is a breed of dog sometimes referred to as a Hanoverian Hound. It is a hunting and tracking dog descended from bloodhounds of medieval times. It was first introduced into France in the 1980s and is still a very rare breed. It was crossbred with the Bavarian Hound, which gave rise to the Bavarian Mountain Hound.



These short-haired dogs range in colour from light to dark reddish fawn with a brindled appearance. They may also have a mask. Overall, the Hanoverian Hound is sturdily built with a large head, strong jaws and a deep chest. Their weight ranges from 36–45 kg (79–99 lb). Males range in size from 50–55 cm (19.5–21.5 in) while females are slightly smaller, about 48–53 cm (19–21 in).


Like any working dog, the Hanover Hound fares best living in an area where he can exercise and would not be ideal for city living. They are calm and loyal, but described as persistent and single-minded when tracking.

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