A small to medium sized Drever
Drever Quick Summary
Also Known AsSwedish Dachsbracke
Height (at withers)11-16in (28-40 cm)
Weight32-34lbs (14-16kg)
Hair Colour(s)Varies
Lifespan12-14 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size
Barking TendencyHigh
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftMedium

The Drever is a small to medium sized dog. The body is long and low with with short, straight legs, a level topline and a long tail. The head is large and long with a black nose, dark eyes with close-fitting eyelids and hanging ears. The coat is short and dense, and the colouring varies and includes fawn and black with white markings.


Drevers are friendly and calm natured dogs, known for having a constant slightly wagging tail. They are alert and hard working dogs with great stamina that tend to be used for hunting rather than as family pets in their home country. However, when socialised and trained properly they can make good family dogs and companions. As they were bred to hunt and bark they need plenty of exercise to reduce these tendencies, and suited for those with so,e experience of dog ownership and training. Drevers are not aggressive and are suitable for older, more considerate children, but care is needed around smaller animals.

History & Skills

Drevers originate from Sweden but have their roots in Germany. The breed started with the Westphalian Dachsbracke, a small German hound used for tracking deer, that was brought to Sweden around 1910. It was then crossbred with other hounds and thirty years later there were two distinctive sizes of the Dachsbracke. In 1947 a newspaper contest was held in order to choose a new name for the slightly larger variety, and Drever won (the Swedish word drev refers to a type of hunt where the dogs drive the game towards the hunter).

Breed Specific Ailments

Drevers tend to live between 12-14 years and are a hardy breed with no serious health problems noted.


Drevers are medium shedders and so may not be suited to those suffering with allergies. Their grooming requirements are low too and all they need are a regular rubdown with a damp cloth.

Exercise & Environment

Drevers tend to live indoors and can be suitable for small homes such as apartments. They tend to be fairly active while indoors but have amazing stamina, so will do well with a daily walk and a secure outside area for play when not hunting. Exercise will lessen their tendency to bark too.


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