General Information

Dog NameDrever
Other NamesSwedish Dachsbracke
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHound
Breed ForHunting game through scent
Country of OriginSweden

Physical And Size

Min Life Span12
Max Life Span15
Min Ideal Weight for male15
Max Ideal Weight for male18
Min Ideal Weight for female15
Max Ideal Weight for male18


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentLoyal, Energetic, Playful
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyHigh
Dog FriendlyHigh
Office FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyHigh
Senior Citizens FriendlyHigh
Service DogHigh
Search and Rescue DogHigh
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginSweden
Nicknames and Other NamesSwedish Dachsbracke
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
Bred ForHunting game through scent
Recognized ByAKC, UKC, FCI, CKC
Life Span15 years
Ideal Weight35-40 pounds
Ideal Height12-15 inches
Fur TypeShort, harsh
Common ColorsTri-colored, Fawn, Brindle, Red
MarkingsWhite markings, Sable
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToSwedish Vallhund

The Drever is a medium-sized dog developed in Sweden for hunting purpose. They have a short straight leg that never bends and long body. The head is big and long with eyes that are clear, alert and dark. They have a hanging ear like other hounds and a long tail. Drever is a scenthound, used for tracking animals like deer, rabbits, and sometimes even wild boar.

Although Drever looks short, they have great stamina and can work with his human all and even after that. At a first glance, they do not look so much impressive but after knowing him, you will find him a great companion that is friendly, active, loyal and determined that every owner wants in a dog.

Origin and History

Drever was originated in Sweden when a small-sized German hound known as the Westphalian Dachsbracke were brought to Sweden and mixed with the local hounds. They were originated in early 1900. They were bred to track down and drive animals like foxes, deer, and other wild animals towards the hunters. The name ‘Drever‘ was officially given in 1947 which was selected through a newspaper contest.

Drever was accepted by Swedish Kennelklubben in 1949 and after that, it gains its popularity in Sweden. It was recognized by United Kennel Club as a member of the Scenthound group in 1996.

Is Drever Child-Friendly?

Drever is a very friendly dog and they can get along with children very well. They are suitable for children as they are affectionate, playful and sweet around them. Although Drever is not an aggressive dog, children should be taught to behave around them and parents should supervise their playtime.

Drever with children

Behavior, Temperament, and Personality

  • Behavior: Drevers are neither shy nor they show any aggressive behavior. However, they are very vocal and makes a good watchdog. If they sense any suspicious activity going on in the surrounding, they will warn you with a loud bark. As a Scenthound, they can smell some interesting quarry and can set off for tracking them. Therefore, they should not be let free without any leash while taking them for a walk.
  • Temperament and Personality: Drever is an even-tempered, alert and smart dog. They have an easy-going temperament. Calm, friendly and loyal Drever makes a good companion for a family. They form a strong bond and attachment for the family and are determined and loyal towards the family. With proper socialization and training, they can be outgoing and good with strangers.
Drever hunting a Rabbit


Drever is an obedient dog and can be easy to train. However, they are a bit stubborn sometimes and independent, which can make training quite a tough task to do. So, you should develop a firm leadership on them and teach them with a positive method of training. Don.t be harsh on them as they will get scared and will not catch anything you are teaching. Be gentle, use treats and vocal praises to keep motivating them.

Drever needs to be mentally stimulated, so include trick games like hide and seek, finding treats and other interesting games. Socialize them with a variety of people and other pets from an early age.


  • Drever has not yet been recognized by American Kennel Club. However, they have been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 2015.
  • A pure Drever must have white marking on the tip of its tail, in all four feet, some on chest, neck, and face.
  • Although Drever is not widely popular, they are one of the most popular Scenthound in Sweden.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesEar Infection, Obesity, Musculoskeletal,
Hip Dysplasia, Dental Problem,
Eye Problems, Diabetes
Vaccination RequiredKennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus, Rabies,
Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus,
Leptospirosis, Canine Parainfluenza
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 25%
Fat: 12%
Antioxidant, Omega-3 and 6 Fatty Acid

Drever life expectancy is between 13-15 years and between these years, they are usually healthy. However, Drever may suffer from genetically related health problems and few of the canine diseases that are listed below:

  • Physical Injuries: As a scenthound, Drever usually gets off tracking some pray and in that process of running and searching them in some bush, there is a possibility of injuring themselves. So, after he gets back home, check his body to make sure that he had not injured himself badly.
  • Ear Infection: The Drever is prone to an ear infection as they have hanging ears. When they are tracking their prey on the ground, their droopy ears catches dirt which might cause an ear infection. Make sure to clean their ears tie to time to avoid any serious infection.
  • Obesity
  • Musculoskeletal

Coat and colors

Drever has a short thick coat which is harsh and straight. This breed coat is slightly longer than most scenthounds. The hair on the back, neck and tail area are longer then other parts of the body.

Drever comes in different colors and marking. The colors are:

  • brindle
  • fawn
  • red
  • The markings are sable, sable white marking and white marking.


Drever Puppies playing
Drever Puppies.
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The average cost of Drever puppy is between $600-$800 from a good breeder and more from a top breeder. Although, if you want to save some money than adopting one is a great idea as it will save some of your money and also a homeless puppy will get a good home and family. The adaptation usually cost between $300-$400 which include the expenses of taking care of puppy before adoption.


The average weight of a medium Drever is between 15-35lbs and large is between 35-55lbs. The average height of a Drever is 12-15 inches.

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