German Hound

Life expectancy

13 years

Age adult

19 months

Height (Shoulder height)

46 cm


28 kg

Coat texture

short-haired / dense

Coat color

red to yellow with black saddle and white markings

Common illnesses

malignant hyperthermia

Food expenses per month in €

about € 64

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


friendly / clingy / likes hunting / calm / tenacious

Bred for

Stöberjagd / game hunting

Common illnesses

malignant hyperthermia

Dog type according to FCI

scent hounds and related breeds

FCI description

They have always been used as hunting dogs, have an extraordinary sense of smell and pick up every trace. Running dogs had to follow the game over long distances, sweat dogs search for the injured (sweaty) game and follow it. They have an enormous urge to move and need a lot of exercise and meaningful, species-appropriate occupation. Many breeds, especially sweat dogs, are only handed over to hunters. If you are not aware of what hunting motivation means, you may soon be overwhelmed. Because this instinct cannot be completely trained away.

Dogs of this group are considered friendly, intelligent and social, therefore they are popular companion dogs. Think about whether you can cope with the hunting temperament, because once the untrained hunting dog has a track in his nose he quickly forgets any obedience and is up and away.

Short description

The German Hound is a great scent hound which likes to do tracking activites. They need a lot of physical as well as mental exercise in nature. Indoors they are very calm and patient, also with children. If their needs are not sufficiently dealt with, they can develop certain quirks. Their short coat does not need extensive care.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.