Hanoverian Mountain Hound is a dog of heavier build and more balanced than Bavarian Mountain Hound, but also very active, durable and resistant to various weather conditions. These dogs are gentle towards people and other dogs, but at the same time alert, so they also work well as guard dogs.

Portrait of a Hanoverian mountain hound
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Hanover Mountain Hound are excellent dogs to work in lowland. They are much calmer and more balanced than their popular cousins ​​- Bavarian mountain rockers. Excellent physical condition and ability to manage forces allow them to work for hours. Perseverance at work on the trail, great smell and strong hunting instinct make them great trackers. They preach animals (barking) and their voice is strong and deep.

Training and education

It is a dog willing to cooperate and very attached to man, but at the same time stubborn and independent. His hunting instinct makes him willing to go on independent trips with interesting aromas. Therefore, teaching him absolute obedience is not easy.

Hanoverian Mountain Hound carrying a stick
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Training a mountain-climber for his typical work is long, it takes up to several years. However, a mountain hound trained to work on a dyed trail is second to none – a good dog can walk many kilometers on the old trail of several days.

Who is this race for?

Although Hanover’s hawkers are usually mild, both in relation to people and foreign dogs, it is not recommended to buy them only for company. Hunting passion can be a big obstacle. Dogs of this breed feel best in their natural role as a hunter’s helper.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • requires a lot of traffic
  • stubborn and independent
  • badly tolerates loneliness
  • can go on independent trips


  • excellent hunting dog
  • very attached to the owner
  • balanced
  • friendly towards children
  • easy to care for


Hanover machines are healthy and resistant. Of genetic diseases, hip dysplasia is the most common, which is why dogs used for breeding should be x-rayed. However, the most common health problem is various types of injuries caused by tearing through brushwood etc.

Hanoverian Mountain Hound puppy lying on the couch
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Hanoverian hawkers have a good appetite and are not picky. You can feed them with ready-made foods of good quality or self-prepared, well-balanced food. Hunting dogs should receive a more energetic portion during hunting.

Hanoverian Mountain Hound puppy in show position on black background
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The care of a short coat is not a problem. Occasionally check for deaf ears that may have a tendency to become inflamed when wet.


The ancestors of mountaineers, both Hanoverian and Bavarian, were German hounds called die Bracken. Some of them were distinguished by a particularly sensitive sense of smell and a tendency to work with the lower wind.

Until the end of the 18th century, they were used in parfors (horse hunting with a pack of dogs for animals that are chased until tired) to track the animals, especially deer, before the hunt for a hail (group of three or more dogs), as well as in a situation where other dogs lost their trail. Later, they began to be run on the rim during work – a special cord connected to the collar.

Hanoverian Mountain Hound in grass gallop
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Several varieties of tropes were created then. They were characterized by heavy construction, elongated torso, fairly short legs, wide head and low tail. They moved quite slowly and reluctantly chased the game, but tracked it downwind. They were the direct ancestors of the mountaineers.

Hanoverian Mountain Hound puppy lying on the grass
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At the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, hunting with firearms became more and more common. There was a demand for dogs to search for gunshots (injured animals). For this purpose, posokowce were bred (in terms of hunting terminology, blood of fat beasts). The Hanoverian mountain hike was created from the intersection of a tracker with a red Hanoverian hound.

First, three slightly different varieties were distinguished. At the beginning of the 19th century, there was already a balanced race. Hailers became more and more popular in Europe’s hunting circles. It was found out then that hanowery do not work in mountainous terrain, therefore lighter and more agile Bavarian mountain rocks were bred.

Portrait of a bitch mountain dog on a floral background
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Hanover’s hawkers are highly appreciated by hunters in their homeland and in the world, but nowhere are they gaining widespread popularity. Also in Poland they are kept mainly by hunters.


Hanoverian Mountain Hound – Group VI FCI, Section 2, Model No. 213

  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Nature: calm and confident dog, perfectly communicates with the guide, distrustful of strangers
  • Size: dogs: 50-55 cm, bitches: 48-53 cm
  • Weight: dogs: 30-40 kg, bitches: 25-35 kg
  • Robe: short, thick and hard
  • Ointment: from light to dark red deer, often more or less brindle, with or without a mask, a small white patch on the chest is allowed
  • Length of life: 11-13 years
  • Vulnerability to training: average; learns quite easily, but the problem may be a strong hunting instinct
  • Activity: I need a job that is right for me
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 200-300 per month
  • Resistance / susceptibility to diseases: very resistant
  • Possibility to buy a puppy: the breed is mainly bred by hunters who are reluctant to sell puppies to hunters
  • Price of a dog with a pedigree: PLN 1,500-4,500

Interesting facts

Hanover’s hailstones were present in Poland before World War II. Jan Syrwind-Łukowicz from Chojnice and his friend Leon Ossowski from Komierów owned Pomerania. President Ignacy Mościcki received a Hanoverian hail from Herman Goring, Marshal of the Third Reich, on the occasion of hunting in Białowieża in February 1937.


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