The Hanover or Hanoverian hound is a large-sized dog developed in the 1980s, bred with the purpose of tracking and hunting. Characterized by a sturdy built, large head, broad chest, strong necks, a rectangular body, deep muzzle, broad ears, brown eyes and a high set tapering tail, the Hanoverian hound is famous for its calm nature and loyalty.
|Other names||Hanoverian Hound, Hannover’scher Schweisshund, Hanoverian Scenthound|
|Coat||Short, harsh, thick|
|Color||Fawn (light or dark red)|
|Lifespan/ Life Expectancy||10-14 years|
|Behavioral Characteristics/ Personality||Calm, loyal, gentle, sensitive|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Shedding (Does it shed)||Low-average|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||FCI, UKC, AKC-FSS|
The Hanoverian hound developed in the Hanover city of Germany from which it derived its name, has an ancient lineage, dating back to the 16th century. The Liam hound a large-sized ancient breed used for hunting and tracking is considered to be its ancestors. This breed gradually evolved in the 1800s by gamekeepers in Hanover’s hunting estate with the purpose of serving as a hunting dog. It was expected to possess the Liam’s ability to track hounds, be focused and persistent as well as have a sharp sense of smell. These hounds were not petted by people hunting for pleasure, but by gamekeepers who mostly used them in ones or twos rather than in packs. As its popularity increased, a breed club named Verein Hirschmann e.V was formed and it even attained recognition by the German Kennel Club. Mostly known for its working abilities, they gained popularity in France in 1980s and was accepted by AKC’S Foundation Stock Service in 2017. It is also instrumental in the creation of the Bavarian Mountain Hound alongside the Bavarian Hound.
Calm, loyal and gentle, the Hanover hound is known to bond intimately with a particular member of the family. They maintain a reserved attitude on encountering strangers and may even bark to alert its master of any intruder into its domain. These playful and affectionate dogs do share a good rapport with children if socialized to do so. However, parental supervision is needed when little ones interact with the breed so that the kids may not be knocked down by these mighty dogs even during play. It is sensitive and owing to its tracking instinct, it might sometimes be stubborn and strong-willed. It may get along with other dogs of the family when trained, though their prey drive might be triggered by coming across a cat or smaller animals and might indulge in chasing them.
Though loyal, the Hanoverian hound may at times have a will of its own, thus needing a firm master who can handle it tactfully. They need positive reinforcements and cannot bear harsh behavior.
4-6 cups dry dog food as well as a meal rich in protein and other nutrients would be sufficient for your Hanover hound. It is essential to keep a check on its diet since it might suffer from obesity.