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Hanoverian Scenthound

Hanoverian Scenthound is a calm dog, intelligent, sensitive and loyal. He has high capabilities of concentration in any tracking work.

Overall Status

Height 19 to 21 inches
Temperament Loyal, Independent, Calm
Weight 79 to 99 pounds
Life Expectancy 10 to 14 years
Coat Color Red, Fawn, Black
Barking Level When Necessery

Quick Factors

Dog Friendly
Exercise Need
Grooming Needs
Strangers Friendly
Family Affectionate
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Daily Care

Grooming Tips Exercise Tips Feeding Tips Health Tips Trainability

The Hanoverian Scenthound’s grooming requirements are quite low. He has a short coat which will rarely require brushing and he should be bathed as rarely as possible.

The ears of the Hanoverian Scenthound, however, should be regularly checked for signs of infection or irritation. His nails need regular clipping and his teeth should be brushed when needed.

The Hanoverian Scenthound needs a good deal of daily physical activity. If deprived of proper physical and mental stimulation, it may likely lead to some unwelcome behavioral patterns including destructiveness, nervousness and constant barking.

The Hanoverian Scenthound should be provided with enough space to roam and play. He has great stamina and will make willing hiking, camping or jogging companion.

As a large-breed dog, the Hanover Hound should be fed a high-quality dry food formulated for large breeds. The Hanover Hound is also a hunting breed, so he may respond well to an active or working breed formula. You still need to be careful about overfeeding, however, to prevent obesity.

The Hanover Hound is quite a healthy breed. Nonetheless, these dogs may be susceptible to some naturally-occurring health issues including cancer, arthritis, hip dysplasia, ear infections, and bloat.

The Hanover Hound is an intelligent and obedient breed that responds well to positive reinforcement training. These dogs are very loyal and they excel in various forms of hunting and tracking.

The Hanoverian Hound can sometimes develop a bit of a hunting streak, so a firm and consistent hand in training is a must, but they have excellent stamina and a strong work ethic. This breed can also be a little sensitive at times, so it should be treated gently and with respect.


The Hanoverian Scenthound 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 Bracke, already played an extraordinary part at the time of the establishment of clan rights of the Germanic tribes in about 500 AD.

The Hanoverian Scenthound description stayed in place until the hunting estate of the Kingdom of Hannover got more involved with them. 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 breed club Verein Hirschmann e.V. has been taking care of the breed. Ever since then, the breeding of these dogs has continued strictly with regard to their working ability and the dogs are used exclusively in hunting grounds for the big game as specialists in tracking cloven-hoof game.

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