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INTRODUCTION TO THE DREVER


The Drever is no doubt the great favourite among the Swedish hunting breeds. No other hunting breed share the popularity in numbers.

The breed derives from the German breed, the Westphalian Dachsbracke, one could say that the Drever is a Dachsbracke adjusted to Swedish terrain and game. The breed was recognized in 1947 and is famous for it's exceptional hunting ability.

The strong, fairly long body is robust and the well-muscled, strong neck has good reach. It's short legs make it very suitable for hunting both roe and hare. Height at withers for males is between 32-38 cm; and for females 30-36 cm. Ideal height for males is 35 cm, for females 33 cm. A dog that measures over or under the above allowed variations in height can not be given any qualification. Measuring the height is obligatory for the Drever at Swedish dog shows.

The short, hard and clse laying coat could be of any color in combination with white trimmings, except for all white and liver brown which is not accepted. Most common is nuances of tan with or without a black mantel and with white trimmings.

The Drever is almost a necessity when it concerns hunting the roe. The breed is also suited for smaller areas and as mentioned a much appreciated hound going for hare. Before the 1980s when foxes were so dramatically reduced by mange the Drever was also used going for fox. The breed is kept by hunters and rarely ever is heard of as a companion dog alone. It's gameness has given it the nickname "hunting machine". The Swedish KC register ca 1 100 Drever yearly.

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