The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.
Hailing from Germany, The Hanoverian Scenthound is the Hannoverscher Schweißhund in its native language. In general appearance, the highly efficient Hanoverian is of medium size, well proportioned and powerful. Well set strongly muscled fore and hind limbs qualify him for tireless work. His broad, deep chest provides ample room for the lungs and enables long, strenuous chases. The slightly wrinkled forehead and the clear, dark eyes produce the serious expression typical of the Hanoverian Scenthound. Also typical for the breed is the red primary color of the coat, which can vary from a pale fawn color to a dark brindle, appearing almost black.
You are going to want to feed your Hanoverian Scenthound a formula that will cater to his unique digestive needs throughout the various phases of his life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and extra-large breeds. The Hanoverian Scenthound is a medium-sized breed.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The Hanoverian Scenthound’s grooming requirements are quite low. He has a short coat which will rarely require brushing and he should be bathed as rarely as possible. The ears of the Hanoverian Scenthound, however, should be regularly checked for signs of infection or irritation. His nails need regular clipping and his teeth should be brushed when needed.
The Hanoverian Scenthound needs a good deal of daily physical activity. If deprived of proper physical and mental stimulation, it may likely lead to some unwelcome behavioral patterns including destructiveness, nervousness and constant barking. The Hanoverian Scenthound should be provided with enough space to roam and play. He has a great stamina and will make a willing hiking, camping or jogging companion.
Training a Hanoverian Scenthound can be challenging because of its independent nature. They require a handler with an assured and strong personality. The breed will ignore commands from a human who takes a lesser position, in its view, in the pack hierarchy.
Some dogs may be faced with health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Hanoverian Scenthounds are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, prospective owners can gain the education they need to learn about specific health concerns within the breed.
The Hanoverian Scenthound (Hannoverscher Schweißhund) has developed almost unchanged from the so-called Liam hound (leash hound) of the early Middle Ages. The Liam hound, from the breed section of Bracke, already played an extraordinary part at the time of the establishment of clan rights of the Germanic tribes in about 500 AD. With the invention of firearms, the methods of hunting big game altered. Dogs were needed to search for wounded game. The Liam hound offered the best conditions for this and so he became a Liam-Scenthound.
This breed description stayed in place until the hunting estate of the Kingdom of Hannover got more involved with them. The Hanoverian Hunting Estate in the Kingdom of Hannover developed this breed further and preserved the proven methods of handling these hounds. The Deutsche Schweißhund developed into the Hannoversche Schweißhund.
Since 1894, the registered breed club Verein Hirschmann e.V. has been taking care of the breed. Ever since then, the breeding of these dogs has continued strictly with regard to their working ability and the dogs are used exclusively in hunting grounds for big game as specialists in tracking cloven-hoof game.