General Information

Dog NameHanoverian Scenthound
Other NamesHanoverian Hound
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
Breed ForHunting and tracking game
Country of OriginGermany

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span14
Min Ideal Weight for male35
Max Ideal Weight for male44
Min Ideal Weight for female35
Max Ideal Weight for male44


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentCalm, Loyal, Energetic
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Dog FriendlyMedium
Office FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginGermany
Nicknames and Other NamesHanoverian Hound
Hannover’scher Schweisshund
Hanoverian Scenthound
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupHound Group
Bred ForHunting and Tracking game
SizeMedium to large-sized
Recognized ByAKC, UKC, FCI
Life Span10-14 years
Ideal Weight79-99 pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height19-21 inches (male and female)
Fur TypeShort, harsh, dense
Common ColorsRed, Brindle
MarkingsBlack Mask
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsNot suitable
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBloodhound

The Hanoverian Scenthound is a medium sized breed of dogs that originated in Germany for the purpose of hunting and tracking small games.

The Hanoverian Scenthound are believed to be descended from bloodhounds of medieval times. It is also known as the Hanover Hound and is a very rare breed.

Origin & History

The Hanoverian Scenthound is a German breed of dogs which remains the same since they were bred.

With the invention of firearms, methods of hunting have changed a lot. Dogs were needed to search for the wounded preys that were shot by the hunters. The Liam Hound proved to be the best for this need and so after then, it became a Liam-Scenthound.

The Hanoverian Scenthound was further developed and preserved in the hunting region of Hannover. Registered in 1894, the Verein Hirschmann E.V. club has been taking care of the breed where it was established.

The Hanoverian Scenthound is recognized by UKC and FCI. It is not yet recognized by AKC but is kept under the Foundation Stock Service group (as of March 2019)which is the first step of registering a breed.

Are they Child-friendly?

Yes, the Hanoverian Scenthound is a very child-friendly breed. It is very gentle and soft-hearted while dealing with kids. It forms a close bond with the kids and will be protective of them if needed.

A small girl with a Hanoverian Scenthound. Image Source: [email protected]

However, Hanoverian Scenthounds are hunting dogs that have strong prey drive instincts. They can unintentionally knock down small toddlers. So, it is very important to keep your kids and the dogs supervised.

Behavior, Temperament & Personality

The Hanoverian Scenthound is a calm and assured breed that is very devoted to its master and his family. It thrives on affection, so likes to be in the limelight and please its owner.

The Hanoverian Scenthound has a calm and steady temperament. It is very sensitive with its owner and choosy and discerning with strangers.

The Hanoverian Scenthound has an independent, calm and loyal personality. It gets attached to the people it loves and will be eagerly trying to please them with every possible aspect.


The weight of the adult Hanoverian Scenthound ranges from 36-45 kg for both male and female. And the height ranges from 50-55 cm for male and 48-53cm for female dogs.


The Hanoverian Scenthound belongs to the type of dogs which strongly requires a handler with imposing and strict personality. Training can be very challenging and problematic because of its independent nature.

A Hanoverian Scenthound training of blood tracking.

The Hanoverian Scenthounds will completely ignore commands from a person which is less imposing and takes the least position in the pack. Proper methods should be grounded on positive reinforcement and tasty treats for the successful training of this breed.

Facts about the Hanoverian Scenthound

Here are some facts about the Hanoverian Scenthound:

  • The Hanoverian Scenthound originated in Germany.
  • They have a great sense of smell.
  • They are easy to groom.
  • They are also known as the Hanover Hound.
  • They are independent dogs.
A Hanover Hound after hunting with his master. Image Source: [email protected]

Health Issues of Hanoverian Scenthound

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Obesity, Bloat,
Ear Infection, Cancer
Vaccination RequiredCanine Parainfluenza, Rabies,
Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus,
Leptospirosis, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus
SheddingLow Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 27%
Fat: 12%

The Hanoverian Scenthound lives an average life of 12-14 years old during which they suffer from various health issues. Some of them are:


Obesity refers to being grossly fat or overweight which may have a negative impact on the dog’s health.

Gastric torsion

Gastric Torsion is a health condition in which the stomach gets overstretched and rotated by excessive gas content.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia is a hereditary condition caused by the malformation of hip joints.

Color Patterns

The Hanoverian Scenthounds range in color from light to dark reddish fawn with a brindled appearance.

Price of Hanoverian Scenthound puppy

A Hanoverian Scenthound mother gives birth to 4-6 puppies on average. A Hanoverian Scenthound puppy will cost you $1500 and above depending on the purity of the breed.

A mother Hanoverian Scenthound with her puppies. Image Source: DogLib

Which dogs are they similar to?

Here are some dog breeds that are similar to the Hanoverian Scenthound:

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