Bruno Jura Hound

33-42 lbs
Jura Laufhund

The Bruno Jura Hound was bred in the Middle Ages for the sole purpose to be a hunter in the Jura Mountains, which are on the Switzerland-France border. Their prey is mostly fox, hare and even small deer. Their excellent nose can track the slightest hint of a scent over the rough terrain that is the Jura mountains. They are a medium sized dog and are closely related to the St. Hubert Jura Hound. These beautiful dogs need specialized training when being kept as a companion dog, as they are an active creature that is clever and energetic. They have a broad shaped head with long pendulous ears. Solid in build with a long body and shorter legs, they are an attractive dog. They have a pleasant nature, getting along with both children and other dogs in the household. Although an ancient breed and popular in some European countries, they remain quite rare as a companion dog. The Bruno Jura Hound is extremely loyal and devoted to their owners, and their thick but short coat requires little maintenance. This dog is perfect for the hiking enthusiast as they will have the perfect companion on their trips. This hound truly loves to explore new territory, and they are mellow in nature, gentle and affectionate. Keep this dog busy and active, and you will have a devoted friend and companion for life.

purpose Purpose
Hunting, Companion
history Date of Origin
The Middle Ages
ancestry Ancestry
Bruno French Chien Saint Hubert, Bloodhound

Bruno Jura Hound Health

Average Size
Male Bruno Jura Hound size stats
Height: 17-23 inches Weight: 34-44 lbs
Female Bruno Jura Hound size stats
Height: 17-23 inches Weight: 33-42 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Allergies
Minor Concerns
  • Environmental Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Eye Injuries
  • Ear Infections such as Otitis interna/media
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Scraping
  • Ear Examination
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Biochemistry Profile
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Eye and Ear Examination

Bruno Jura Hound Breed History

The Bruno Jura Hound is an ancient dog believed to have been bred and developed in the Middle Ages for hunting in the rugged Jura Mountains. It is a common belief that they are descendant of the Bruno French Chien Saint Hubert dog. A mosaic found in Avenches, Switzerland confirms that they were present in the Roman Helvetian times.They also have a close relationship to the Bloodhound with their tracking talent comparable to this famous relation.  Their nose is so sensitive to a scent that they can follow the slightest trace of a scent over the roughest, driest terrain. This talent made them the perfect hunter for the Jura mountains, located in the wilderness of the  Swiss-French border. Remarkably swift and fast on their feet, this hound is no slouch when tracking its prey. They take on the speedy fox and the hare and are known to have also hunted small deer. Despite their trade, their personality is friendly, gentle, loving and very affectionate. Once primarily used as an aide in the hunting field, the breed was further developed as a companion although they are not suited for a quiet indoor life. According to the registration of the Federation Cynologique Internationale, the Jura Hound is one of 4 types of Swiss Hound, with the others being the Schwyz, and Bernese and Lucerne Hounds. They are great as friends to children, treating them calmly and gentle with no hint of aggression. However, should one of the family be threatened, this dog will defend them without a thought for their own safety. They are sensitive to situations and can sense danger, taking steps to protect their loved ones. They are an attractive dog with amazingly long ears, and their mellow nature allows them to mix well with other pets including other dogs. With such an inbred sense of the hunt within their genes, they are active dogs and love to walk or explore new territory. They are not suited to a small living space but excel in rural areas, or will suit a house with a yard as long as there is plenty of exercise in their daily routine.

Bruno Jura Hound Breed Appearance

The Bruno Jura Hound is a medium sized dog, longer than they are in height. The legs are short and strongly boned. The paws are rounded and tough, well padded and have strong nails which allow them to traverse rough terrain. They have a deep chest and a powerful neck, which compliments the well muscled body that is very agile. The head is quite large and has a domed shape at the top, and not surprisingly - they have a very strong muzzle with teeth that meet in a scissor or level bite. Their body is built for speed, as well as strength to hang onto their prey. The eyes are round and quite dark in color, with the nose a glossy black with wide nostrils. They have a dense, thick coat that is short and easy to maintain and come in colors of tan with a black saddle, or black with tan points. The combination of the attractive appearance and a gentle patient nature places this dog in a family friendly spot, although as a companion, training will be essential. They are bred to be busy, so keep them active, and they will remain happy and content.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bruno Jura Hound eyes
amber Bruno Jura Hound eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bruno Jura Hound nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Bruno Jura Hound coat
brown Bruno Jura Hound coat
fawn Bruno Jura Hound coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Bruno Jura Hound straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bruno Jura Hound Breed Maintenance

The Bruno Jura Hound is a remarkably healthy dog that is energetic and robust by nature. Even their short but thick coat requires only minimal maintenance; a good session of brushing once a week will keep it healthy and in good condition.Bathing is on an 'as needed' basis, usually once a month unless the dog has been out hunting in muddy weather. When shampooing the Bruno Jura Hound, use a special dog shampoo that will not strip the natural oil from the coat, leaving it weather resistant. By using a product designed for dogs, you will protect the delicate balance in the animal's skin and prevent allergic reactions to the harsher human products. The Bruno Jura dog has very long, drooping ears, so this is one area that will need to be checked regularly for infection, as the ear provides a moist warm place for both parasites and infection to become established. Gently clean the ear out using a damp, soft cloth with a little ear cleaning fluid from your veterinarian,  and dry gently. This area is very sensitive, so be gentle. Apart from that, a general check-over during grooming for cuts or abrasions that need attention, and a good brushing of the dog's teeth, your dog is ready for action!

Brushes for Bruno Jura Hound
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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Bruno Jura Hound requires weekly brushing
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Bruno Jura Hound Temperament

The Bruno Jura Hound is blessed with a gentle, mellow personality, although that may seem at odds with their occupation as a hunting dog. But while they are excellent at tracking prey often over nearly impossible terrain, and are excellent at cornering their prey, they remain unaggressive at home and make excellent family pets, becoming devoted playmates. These hounds are bred to be active though, so they are not suited to a small yard where they cannot stretch their legs or their imagination. This confinement will only lead to destructive behavioral problems. They love to get out at least once or twice per day to go on long exploratory walks. The Bruno Jura Hound is an ideal companion for people who love to get out on long treks, such as athletes or even photographers. They will make a devoted companion and loyal buddy. These dogs have excellent noses, so maybe even if you get lost, they can find a way home for you both. They enjoy the company of other animals including other dogs, and are described as a dog with a sweet nature, friendly attitude, and gentle, loving personality.

Bruno Jura Hound Activity Requirements

The  Bruno Jura Hound is an active dog and needs to have plenty of room to roam and wander during the day. They are not suited for small apartment living; they need a decent sized secure yard and one to two long walks per day if they are a companion dog. Ideally, these dogs flourish in country areas, traversing the trails or engaging in what they do best - hunting. They are perfect for an owner who loves to enjoy the great outdoors, and they will happily accompany their people on treks, cross country bike trails and other such adventures. Having said all that, they do make a great companion dog as long as they are allowed copious amounts of activity to engage in, such as long walks each day, games with the family, or river or seaside visits. Trained well, this dog excels when exercising their body and mind. When it comes to the Bruno Jura Hound, a tired dog is a happy dog.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes
activity minutes

Bruno Jura Hound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
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Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Bruno Jura Hound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Bruno Jura Hound size stats at six months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
Female Bruno Jura Hound size stats at six months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Bruno Jura Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 21.5 lbs
Female Bruno Jura Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 20.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Bruno Jura Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 37.0 lbs
Female Bruno Jura Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 34.5 lbs

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