Description drever

Perceptive, Balanced, Focused
Drever means to hunt in German and the name says it all. The small, agile Swede is often used as a hunting dog. The dog breed was only recognized in 1953 and has been making the hearts of hunters beat faster ever since.FCI Group: Hounds – Scenthounds – Related Breeds

  • Size: Small
  • Weight: 13-16kg
  • Life expectancy: 11-13 years
  • Coat type: short hair
  • Colours: black and white, fawn and white

Character drever

The Drever, also known as the Swedish Dachsbracke, is one of the scent hounds. It was first bred in Sweden and is originally descended from the Westphalian Dachsbracke. He is the smallest Swedish hunting dog.
The small hound is between 32 and 36 centimeters tall. He weighs about 13 kilograms.

The physique is probably the most striking feature of the dog. His body is elongated. The limbs are low. Due to the short legs, the Drever is often slower than other scent hounds. The fur lies close to the body.

There are different coat colors with white markings. The Drever has medium-length floppy ears that are rounded towards the end.
If you belong to the Hunters’ Guild, the Drever could be the perfect companion for you. As a pure family dog, it is not usually kept. He has a fine nose, which is very useful when hunting.

It is often used to hunt roe deer, hares, rabbits and foxes. Little Drever is a balanced and attentive fellow. He is never aggressive or nervous.

Diet drever

The Drever is a hunting dog and therefore has some special dietary requirements. Since he is often much more active than a simple family dog, he also needs higher-calorie food. The gundog food should be a mixture of carbohydrates, fats and protein. Also, make sure your Drever is getting enough minerals and vitamins. High-fat feed is a good way to cover the energy requirement before and after long hunts.


The Drever is one of the very easy-care dogs. In particular, its short, harsh fur requires little care. Every now and then it should be brushed through. It can also be washed from time to time after long hunts. However, the motto less is more counts here.

Make sure the floppy ears are cleaned regularly. Otherwise, ear infections may occur. You should also dedicate yourself to the Drever’s pedicure from time to time.


The Drever comes from Sweden. Here he was bred by hunters based on the Westphalian Dachsbracke. The aim of breeding was to breed a particularly good tracker dog. He should be able to hunt efficiently in the Swedish climate conditions.
The Westphalian Dachsbracke came to Sweden in 1910.

Before 1930, however, the dog breed was hardly known in Sweden. It was only after that that she gained notoriety. The short-legged hound became increasingly popular among Swedish hunters due to its excellent sense of smell.
He quickly became one of the most suitable dogs for hunting roe deer and red deer. In 1947, the Drever was recognized as a separate Swedish dog breed.

Its name comes from the Swedish word drev, which means to hunt.

drever Accessories

When purchasing a Drever, you should of course also take care of the necessary accessories. You need basic equipment that includes a leash, collar, food bowl, and a dog basket or cushion. If the Drever is going to be used for hunting, there are also some specific hunting items to acquire. For example, dummy scents and dummy skins are suitable for hunting training. Tracking tape and dog protection vests can be purchased for the actual hunt.

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