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Breed Attributes


Breed group:     Type: Pure Breed    Talent: ,


Size: Small     Weight: 32-34 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black, Black & White, Brown & White, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled


Life Expectancy: 12-14 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Not good for cold climate.

Breed Details


The Drever is a compact, short legged scenthound originating in Sweden. It is also known as Swedish Dachsbracke. The dog is agile, powerful and lithe. It has descended from small size German Hound dog, the Westphalian Dachsbracke which was brought to Sweden in 1910 and bred with local hounds to give rise to a dog that was more suitable for Swedish terrain and game. The name "Drever" (from 'drev' which refers to a type of hunt where dog drives the prey towards hunter) was chosen through a new paper contest.

The Drever is a medium size dog with body that is longer than tall. The dog stands between 14-16 inches and weighs between 32-34 lbs. The dog has large head that is longish and tapers slightly towards the nose. The muzzle is well developed with straight nose bridge. Nose is black with wide and open nostrils. Dark brown eyes are full of expression, neither protrude nor stray. Moderate length ears are broad and set neither low nor high on the head and hanging without folds. The neck is long, powerful. Shoulders are muscular and powerful with sloping shoulder blades. The back is straight with straight and parallel and straight hindlegs. Loin is strong and comparatively short. Chest is well developed and oval. Tail is long and broad at the base. It can hang low or carried high but never over the back. Coat is close-fitting, harsh and straight. It can come in any colour but white should be present on front, side and back parts of the body.

The dog is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by CKC, UKC and many other minor kennel clubs and registries.


All colours are acceptable with white markings visible from all angles. Preferably white should be present as a form of blaze or a full necklace.


The coat is short, flat and close fitting with relatively longer hair seen on neck, back and back side of thighs.


The Drever is an even tempered and keen dog that is mostly used as hunting dog rather than as a pet. As a versatile hunter, the dog is very capable of hunting all size of game including deers, hares, foxes. With lots of stamina, the breed has gained popularity in the Norway, Finland and Sweden as the most capable Roe deer hunter. It is a hard working dog with keen interest in hunting. It is courageous and can take on even wild boar. Bred to be tenacious, the dog needs a firm and confident owner who can establish himself as this dogs' packleader. Early socialization and training with other dogs, pets, people and places will make this dog not only a great hunting utility but also a loving and affectionate family pet.


Short coat of this dog may not need lots of attention and grooming. A thorough rubdown and once or twice a week brushing will do good for this breed.


The Drever needs a firm and self confident trainer who can win this dogs' respect with proper leadership skills. The dog will respond to consistent training. Firm and purposeful training will yield positive results.


It is a working dog with high energy. This means the dog needs regular physical activities to burn off excess energy levels. An under exercised Drever may develop and show undesirable behavior. The dog can fit into apartment life if proper exercise is provided to it.

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