Drever means hunting in German and the name says it all. The small, nimble Swede is often used as a hunting dog. The dog breed was recognized only in 1953 and since then makes the hearts of hunters beat faster.
The Drever, also known as the Swedish Dachsbracke, is one of the running and welding dogs. He was first bred in Sweden and is originally descended from the Westphalian Badger. He is the smallest Swedish hunting dog.
The small running dog is between 32 and 36 centimeters tall. He weighs about 13 kilograms. The physique is probably the most striking feature of the dog. Its body is elongated. The limbs stand low. Because of the short legs, the Drever is often slower than other running dogs. The coat lies close to the body. Different coat colors with white markings exist. The Drever has medium length floppy ears, which are rounded towards the end.
If you belong to the guild of hunters, the Drever could be the perfect companion for you. As a rule, he is not kept as a pure family dog. He has a fine nose, which is very helpful in hunting. He is often used to hunt deer, hares, rabbits and foxes. The small Drever is a balanced and attentive contemporary. He is never aggressive or nervous.
The right food
The Drever is one of the hunting dogs and therefore has some special dietary requirements. Since he is often much more in motion than a simple family dog, he also needs more calorie-rich food. Hunting dog food should be a mixture of carbohydrates, fats and protein. Also make sure your Drever is getting enough minerals and vitamins. To meet the energy needs before and after long hunting trips, high-fat food is good.
The Drever is one of the very low-maintenance dogs. Especially his short, harsh coat hardly needs any care. Every now and then it should be brushed through. After long hunts, it can also be washed from time to time. However, the motto less is more. Make sure that the floppy ears are cleaned regularly. Otherwise it can come under circumstances to inflammations in the ear. Also the foot care of the Drevers you should dedicate yourself now and then.
When purchasing a Drever, you should of course also provide for the necessary accessories. You will need basic equipment that includes a leash, collar, food bowl, and a dog basket or pillow. If the Drever is used for hunting, some specific hunting items should also be provided. For example, dummy scents and dummy pelts are suitable for hunting training. For the actual hunt, tracking marker tape and dog vests can be purchased.
Origin & History
The Drever originates from Sweden. Here he was bred by hunters on the basis of the Westphalian Dachsbracke. The aim of the breeding was to breed a particularly good tracking dog. He should be able to hunt efficiently under the Swedish climatic conditions.
The Westphalian Dachsbracke came to Sweden in 1910. Before 1930, however, the dog breed was hardly known in Sweden. Only after that it gained popularity. The short-legged hunting dog became more and more popular among Swedish hunters because of its excellent sense of smell.
He quickly became one of the most suitable dogs for hunting deer and red deer. In 1947, the Drever was recognized as an independent Swedish dog breed. His name comes from the Swedish word drev, which means to hunt.