The Hanover Hound is a reliable and robust hunting dog. In addition to its excellent suitability for hunting, it is also good for rescue work. The dogs, which are willing to learn and are people-friendly, are best suited to hunters and foresters.
The Hanover Hound is a German dog breed with FCI recognition. It is assigned to FCI Standard 213, Group 6 (Running Dogs, Welding Dogs, Related Breeds), Section 2 (Welding Dogs).
His physique is strong and elongated. His thick, straight hair is available in the colors ocher yellow with red markings and in a gray-brown. The color nuances can go from a light red to a dark deer red. Also the current can be more or less pronounced according to the standard.
When hunting, a bloodhound follows the scent of blood (sweat) of shot animals and shows them to the hunter. The Hanover Hound is a specialist in tracking game. He shows a very affectionate behavior in his family bond. However, it is not suitable as a pure companion dog or family dog. It is mainly given only to hunters or foresters. A working test for hunting and appropriate training is also required.
Its calm and friendly character makes him the ideal hunting companion. He is also very related to his master and mistress. His leadership is excellent. So they like to give the boss role to you and are adaptable. He can be a little peculiar and needs experienced and consistent handlers.
But a too rough tone and temperamental outbursts are hated by him. For people who like it rather rough and hearty, the Hanover Hound is unsuitable.
One can only use dogs in hunting that get along peacefully with every other hunting participant. The Hanover Hound is very sociable with other dogs. Therefore, they are not particularly good guard dogs for house and yard.
A bloodhound belongs to the hunting dogs and therefore to the running dogs. This means that they much freedom of movement and Employment need. However, since he is more playful and not as serious as a German Shepherd, employment should not be allowed to degenerate into work. His excellent nose wants to be encouraged playfully.
The right food
As with any other dog breed, you need a balanced nutrient ratio. The dog feeds not only on meat, but also needs carbohydrates or fiber, fat, vitamins and minerals. Unnecessary preservatives should be avoided. Of course, always provide a bowl of fresh water.
Especially for hunting dogs, the feed mixture should be adjusted depending on the requirements. Tracking a wild animal requires stamina and the use of his good nose. You have to work properly in the field. This entails a consumption of strength, which must be compensated. But never feed before the mission. The full stomach can lead to gastric torsion.
The Hanover Hound is basically undemanding in its diet. Unless he is just using his good nose. The high energy requirements of working dogs can best be met by fat. High-fat feed mixtures have proven their worth. Working dogs digest these well and use it as an effective source of energy. Of course, this implies adequate exercise. After all, if the energy is not used up, a hunting dog also puts on weight.
It is also important to adjust the amount of protein in high-energy feed mixtures. The more fat in the feed, the higher the protein content should be. The daily ration should be divided into two meals.
Especially when looking for wild boar, make sure that the dog does not eat the prey. The meat may contain dangerous pathogens. The feeding of pork is generally to be avoided.
Hanover Hound Care
Basically, the Hanoverian bloodhound is a robust and healthy dog breed. The short coat is very easy to clean. Brushing in the meantime is quite enough. In general, the animal needs a lot of exercise. Short walks around the block are not enough.
A Hanover Hound is not a residential or city dog. A house with a large garden would be ideal. This should be taken into account when making the purchase. He needs a lot of exercise and regular hunting and work training.
" friendly and willing to learn dog is a joy to train. But he really wants to be led. A hunting dog hunts with his nose and tracks. He needs this form of employment to feel utilized. Therefore, sufficient mental training must be provided during grooming. Nose work is an ideal occupation to keep the dog busy. Searching for treats is very popular in this regard.
NAfter each use, you must check the animal for any injuries. Small scratches can become infected. Burdocks and thorns are annoying and must be removed immediately. Special attention should be paid here to the ears. The floppy ears can easily become inflamed by contamination and germs. Regular control and cleaning are therefore recommended. You save the animal unnecessary suffering and you the veterinary costs.
The medium-sized dog needs a corresponding dog equipment. The persistent running dogs can be gladly provided with high-energy treats on the way. A collapsible water bowl is helpful to provide water to his hardworking helper on the road.
Of course, the hunting specialist needs appropriate equipment for hunting. Special dog harnesses that do not hinder the dog when searching through thickets are necessary. The ideal is to adapt them to the dog. Here is a Dog vest with appropriate marking as a hunting dog recommended. This is visible from a distance and helps to protect the animal when working.
Origin & History
The first hunting dogs can be found in early cultures of the Mediterranean and the Near East since the Bronze Age. A hunt was for a long time a privilege of the rich lords in the Middle Ages.
The dogs needed for this were the "Men's dogs" respectively Lead dogs. Thus, according to the preferences of the "master" also developed the hunting specialist of the Hanoverian welding dog. This developed after the advent of firearms in hunting. He should after the shot, the wounded and bleeding animal, such as deer and boar, search.
The German Laufhund is descended from the more primitive European Bracken. At the beginning of selective breeding, the Heidebracke was mated with old German hounds. The Heidebracke is now considered extinct.
The breed was named after the Hannoversche Jägerhof in the former Kingdom of Hanover. This developed the breed significantly to its current form. In addition to the preferred body shape, the breeding selection was made primarily on the performance in the work with the game.
In 1984, the Hirschmann Association was founded. This leads the Breeding tradition continues and cares for the preservation of the breed. The breeding community especially took care that the breed becomes more uniform. The association is the only German breeder of the Hanover Hound. He paid attention to preservation of the studbook standard.