Temperament: Loyal, Even-Tempered, Determined
- Height: 12-15 inches
- Weight: 35-40 pounds
- Life Expectancy: ~15 years
- Group: Foundation Stock Service
The Drever is robust and strong rather than elegant and speedy. They have a proud carriage, well-developed muscles and agile appearance. Affectionate, playful, and sweet, the Drever gets along well with most other breeds and is great in groups.
About the Drever
The Drever was developed in the early twentieth century in Sweden. Hunting deer was difficult due to terrain and herd locations so hunters soon realised the benefits of using this short-legged, long-bodied dog to drive the deer over long distances and rough terrain right to them. A keen and even-tempered hound, the Drever is never aggressive, nervous or shy. They are content in most living situations, but tend to be vocal when alerting or at play.
NUTRITION You are going to want to feed your Drever a formula that will cater to his unique digestive needs throughout the various phases of his life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and extra-large breeds. The Drever is a medium-sized breed. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
GROOMING A Drever’s short, coarse hair is easily maintained. Though they do shed some, this dog is truly a “wash-n-wear” breed. The occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. If necessary, nails can be trimmed with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth can be brushed.
EXERCISE Drevers are a very playful breed and love to hang out with their people. As long as they have some stimulating daily activity, they are also content to lay on the couch with you. They are great companions for outdoor activities like walking, biking, and hiking and are happiest with a good balanced routine. Any activity to stimulate their hunting abilities and scent work is greatly enjoyed by the Drever, as they are excellent hunters. Other activities to expend the Drever’s energy could include Barn Hunting, Wounded Animal Recon, Shed Hunting, Lure Coursing, Rally, and Agility.
TRAINING Drevers are hunters and they will most definitely follow their nose, so training to listen to commands is a must. Though gentle and loving, as a hound, Drevers can still be stubborn, so there must be a commitment to his training
HEALTH Some dogs may be faced with health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Drevers are healthy, sound dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, prospective owners can gain the education they need to learn about specific health concerns within the breed.