In Europe during the Middle Ages (500 A.D.), leashed hunting hounds (liam hounds) were known for their ability to hunt and kill wild game. After firearms were invented, the method of hunting and retrieval of game animals changed. The use of blood tracking hounds (Schweisshunds or Bracken) to locate wounded game was necessary. At that time, the hunting estate of Hanover was known for breeding and handling the blood tracking hound that held it’s name. Not much is known about the breed mixture that was used in the Hanoverian Scenthound development, however it is thought that bloodhound and Braken breeds figured prominently. Since the 1600’s the Hanoverian Scenthound has remained largely unchanged . In 1894 a German breed club was established to preserve and promote the working qualities of the Hanoverian Scenthound.
Hanoverian Scenthounds are classified as a large breed, with heavy bone and musculature. Males are heavier and larger than females, averaging over 80 pounds at maturity. This breed is somewhat independent and can be wary of strangers.
In 1750 in the United States, German immigrant Johannes Plott settled in the area now known as North Carolina. He brought with him 5 Hanoverian Hounds from Germany that were skilled in hunting wild boar and tracking wounded game animals. These Hanoverian Hounds were used in developing the Plott hound seen today.
The Hanoverian Scenthound is recognized by the FCI . In 1946 the UKC in the United States recognized the breed. In 2017 the Hanoverian Scenthound was introduced into the AKC FSS for inclusion in their registration. The Hanoverian Scenthound Club of America was formed in 2017 to promote and protect the qualities of the breed in the United States. Oak Hill kennel was instrumental in the formation of the club and work with AKC, and is the only source of dual registered Hanoverian Scenthounds in America.
As with any large dog breed, there are concerns over Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Patella luxation, and Bloat. There have been reports of Eye and Heart Disease, Idiopathic Epilepsy, and structural problems. Fortunately, this breed is not known to have a high risk from these conditions.
Oak Hill Kennel is the only breeder in the United States that performs 6 OFA health tests on parents prior to breeding. Litters are planned after 2018 that will offer puppies with low Coefficient of Inbreeding. We feel out crossing is important in reducing the risk of heritable disease.
Additionally, our puppies will receive an OFA CERF eye exam prior to sale.