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Black Forest Hound

Size: Medium

Weight: 44 - 49 lbs.

Height: 18" - 20"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Czechoslovakia

Also Known As: Slovakian Hound, Slovensky Kopov

Group: Scenthound

Category: Hunting, Watchdog

Exercise Needs

The Black Forest Hound requires regular vigorous exercise. This dog is not suited for apartments, city life or kennels.

Grooming Needs

The Black Forest Hound needs minimal grooming: occasional brushing and bathing. Must check ears regularly.


The Black Forest Hound is quiet, genial and protective.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


Used for centuries, this hunting dog is descended from dogs from the Balkans and Hungary. Recognized as a breed after WWII.