Original Name : Drever
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 12½-15 inches
Female size : 11¾-14¼ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Sweden
Fairly long-bodied and short-legged, Drevers are robust and strong dogs with well developed muscles that come across as very agile and proud. There are clear differences between males and females. All told, they are well balanced in terms of character, without a hint of aggression, timidity or nerves..
Rather large compared with the body, fairly elongated, tapering to the nose.
Well defined withers in males, powerful, muscular back, strong, relatively short loins, well developed, oval chest, reaching well below the elbows.
Any colors with white markings.
Set fairly low, medium length and width, falling without folds.
Long and thick at the base, preferably hanging.
Coarse, straight and close.
The first specimens were registered in 1913, but little is known about the breed before 1930, when it started to earn a reputation as an outstanding deer tracker. Deer were rare until then, but when they started to grow in numbers and spread northward, hunters were attracted to the tracking aptitudes of these small scenthounds.In 1947 the Swedish variety, which was ¾ inch taller than the original breed, was given the name Drever and it was fully recognized as a native breed six years later. Drevers are regarded as first-rate roe deer trackers, although they are also very reliable on the trail of hare and fox.They have the familiar build of a tracking dog and can cope in all weather conditions and terrains in their native Sweden. They are strictly bred for hunting and almost never as a companion dog.
Westphalian Dachsbrackes were imported into Sweden and Denmark around 1910, where they were crossbred with local hounds, some of them resembling Dachshunds. The Drever’s ancestors appeared in Sweden, building up a great reputation as hunting dogs.