Temperament: Loyal, Independent, Calm
- Height: 19-21 inches
- Weight: 79-99 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 10-14 years
- Group: Foundation Stock Service
The Hanoverian Scenthound has a calm and assured temperament, at the same time sensitive with his handler, and choosy and discerning with strangers. He has high capabilities of concentration in any tracking work with strong loyalty to the hunter in charge.
About the Hanoverian Scenthound
Hailing from Germany, The Hanoverian Scenthound is the Hannoverscher Schweißhund in its native language. In general appearance, the highly efficient Hanoverian is of medium-large size, well proportioned and powerful. Well set strongly muscled fore and hind limbs qualify him for tireless work. His broad, deep chest provides ample room for the lungs and enables long, strenuous chases. The slightly wrinkled forehead and the clear, dark eyes produce the serious expression typical of the Hanoverian Scenthound. Also typical for the breed is the red primary colour of the coat, which can vary from a pale fawn colour to a dark brindle, appearing almost black.
NUTRITION You are going to want to feed your Hanoverian Scenthound 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 Hanoverian Scenthound is a medium large-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 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.
EXERCISE 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 behavioural patterns including destructiveness, nervousness and constant barking. The Hanoverian Scenthound should be provided with enough space to roam and play. He has a great stamina and will make a willing hiking, camping or jogging companion.
TRAINING Training a Hanoverian Scenthound can be challenging because of its independent nature. They require a handler with an assured and strong personality. The breed will ignore commands from a human who takes a lesser position, in its view, in the pack hierarchy.
HEALTH Some dogs may be faced with health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Hanoverian Scenthounds are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, prospective owners can gain the education they need to learn about specific health concerns within the breed.