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