Drever Dog Breed

Breed Fact

Country of Origin: Sweden
Hypoallergenic: No
Height: Male: 32–38 cm, Female: 30–36 cm
Weight: Male: 14–16 kg, Female: 14–16 kg
Color: Fawn & White, Tri-color, Black & White
Life Expectancy: 12 – 14 years
Temperament: Even Tempered, Alert, Self-assured, Keen
Litter Size: 5 - 10 puppies
Health Problems: Generally a healthy breed.

The head is large, long and well proportioned. The eyes are clear, alert with thin, close-fitting eyelids.

Although quite short, forelegs are vertical and parallel. His legs are straight, never bent like the Dachshund.

The coat is thick, close-fitting, and flat all over the body. Coat colors come in fawn, black or black/tan; always with the white markings on face, feet, neck, chest and tail tip.

Canada allows all colors. The tail is carried with a downward curve. The upper lip is quite tight, and fits firmly over the lower jaw.

The Drever is a re-creation of the type of short-legged dog used to drive game toward the gun; the Drever was developed from the now-rare Weshpalian Dachsbracke and local hounds.

The Drever is rare outside Sweden, but it is almost as popular there as the Labrador Retriever is in its home country. In a short period of time this industrious breed has become the Swedish hunter's most popular companion. Drev means to hunt in Swedish, and hunting was what the Drever did best.

Officially named in 1947, the Swedish KG gave him the nod in 1949. Since then, the Drever has become one of the most popular breeds in his homeland. Its personality is typical of other Dachsbrackes and Dachshunds.

The Drever was officially recognized in Canada in 1956.