Hanover Hound

80-100 lbs
Hanoverian Hound

The Hanover Hound is similar to look and temperament of a Bloodhound. He has an easygoing nature until he picks up the trail of an animal. He can track over all types of terrain and can even pick up a trail that many other dogs would not be able to locate. Aside from being an excellent hunting dog, the Hanover Hound makes a wonderful family companion. He loves to play games and spend time with his family. Do not relegate him to isolation in the backyard; he can become very vocal and destructive. He wants to spend time with his family and can easily become a couch potato.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
17th Century
ancestry Ancestry
Liam Hound, Bloodhound

Hanover Hound Health

Average Size
Male Hanover Hound size stats
Height: 19-22 inches Weight: 80-100 lbs
Female Hanover Hound size stats
Height: 19-22 inches Weight: 80-100 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Obesity
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • CERF
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Hanover Hound Breed History

The Hanover Hound’s ancestry can be traced to the 17th century and is one of Germany’s schweisshunds or bloodhounds. This simply means that he was bred for the purpose of being able to follow a blood trail from a wounded animal. The Hanover Hound came into existence from breeding large bloodhounds together. There was documentation that suggested the Hanover Hound was directly descended from the Liam Hound, a large medieval bloodhound that was very popular and used for hunting and tracking. The Hanoverian Hunting Estate located in the Hanover kingdom of Germany is created with the development of the Hanover Hound. The breed was evaluated for his hunting prowess and only those dogs showing strong hunting abilities were bred. The Hanover Hound was at first exclusively used to track cloven hoofed game. He was later used for all game. The Hanover Hound had reached his peak in popularity in the early 1900s and was on the verge of becoming extinct. Fanciers of the breed banded together and began diligently preserving the breed. Although he is still considered to be a rare breed, the Hanover Hound is no longer in danger of becoming extinct. Originally, the Hanover Hound was known as the Hanoverian Hound. He was imported into France in the 1980s and cross bred with the Bavarian Hound. The Bavarian Mountain Hound was born from this cross. Both the Hanover Hound and the Bavarian Mountain Hound are extremely rare. In 1996, the United Kennel Club recognized the Hanover Hound as the Hanoverian Hound. It was not until 2017 that the American Kennel Club approved the Hanover Hound to be included into its Foundation Stock Service. He has been approved under the name of Hanoverian Scenthound.

Hanover Hound Breed Appearance

The Hanover Hound is a large sized dog that can be found in varying shades of red. His coloring can range from a light strawberry red to a dark reddish fawn. He can also have brindling on his body. Usually, he will have a dark, almost black mask and he can have a small white spot on his chest. His coat is short and dense. His undercoat is softer than his topcoat. The topcoat should be coarse and never fine to the touch. He has looser skin on his body, similar to that of a Bloodhound. His head is large and he has a wrinkled forehead giving him a wizened appearance. His ears are broad, long and hang down close to his head.  He has a large nose with wide nostrils; his nose should be black. His eyes are deeply set and a dark brown color. The Hanover has a well-muscled chest and strong legs that can easily carry him over rough terrain. 

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

Hanover Hound Breed Maintenance

The Hanover Hound does not require a lot of grooming to maintain a healthy coat. He should be brushed once a week using a natural bristle brush, a hound mitt or a soft slicker brush. He is not hypoallergenic and does shed seasonally. During times of heavy shedding, he may need to be brushed daily to remove the loose hair and keep them from collecting on clothing and furniture around the house. He should be bathed every eight weeks or so, but should not be bathed more often as this can cause his skin to dry out and cause skin irritation. A dry shampoo can be used between baths if he develops a smell. Typically, the Hanover Hound does not have a strong smell unless he has been out in the fields on a hunt. He is prone to ear infections, therefore, be sure to clean his ears weekly to prevent infection from setting in. It is a good idea to clean his ears when he comes in from a hunt as well. Keep his nails trimmed regularly and set up a dental plan to keep his teeth and gums healthy.

Brushes for Hanover Hound
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Hanover Hound requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Hanover Hound Temperament

The Hanover Hound is a gentle, easygoing dog. He forms strong bonds with his family and will protect them if he feels they are in danger. The Hanover Hound is cautious around strangers and will not easily be swayed until he has taken the stranger’s measure. He should never exhibit aggression towards people or other dogs. Socialization should be started at an early age to ensure he does not show any shyness or aggression. Basic training should also be started at a young age so he understands his role within the family and will not try to usurp any human family members. The Hanover Hound is a good companion for children; he is usually tolerant of children tugging on him. He is a higher energy dog and does require a lot of daily exercise. Apartment or condo living is not ideal for him. Since he is so loyal to his family, leaving him in the yard to entertain himself is not suggested. He can develop undesirable behavioral traits and become destructive. 

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

Hanover Hound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.8 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

Hanover Hound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Hanover Hound size stats at six months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 45.0 lbs
Female Hanover Hound size stats at six months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 45.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Hanover Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 18.5 inches Weight: 70.0 lbs
Female Hanover Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 18.5 inches Weight: 70.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Hanover Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 20.5 inches Weight: 90.0 lbs
Female Hanover Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 20.5 inches Weight: 90.0 lbs

Hanover Hound Owner Experiences

5 Months
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The dog I took care of was a Hound mixed with Sheperd. She was incredibly sweet, but she did have a great mischievous side. However, she was still very young and had much training to do but the owner did not advise me just how much. There were a lot of pee incidents, including on my bed and pillow, and she did like to play with anything she could find in the house. In order to make sure she wasn’t fingering herself, I kept a close eye on her after noticing just how energetic she is. I did try to train her to pee and poop outside, but it was hard because she would not do anything except when there were treats in front of her. Of course, I still gave her lots of loving and played with her whenever it was obvious she wanted to. She did not sleep until the night, oddly enough! Most young dogs sleep most of the day.
5 years, 5 months ago
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