Breeding and Importing
Mountain bloodHounds
Currently only about 2-4 puppies are imported each year. The cost is
a big determining factor along with the fact that most people can not
visit the kennels and usually do not know the people whom they are
dealing with. At this time an imported dog with airfare will run you in
the neighborhood of $2500- $3200. The current drop in  the value of
the dollar against the world currencies has driven up the cost, along
with airfare  In recent years airfare has drastically increased the cost
of importing. What country you get your dog from will also effect the
cost greatly.

There has been less than 8 litters born in the United States as of the
Spring of 2008 that I know of and none were recognized by the
parent club in Germany. Most these litters were from an outfitter who
has the Bavarian Mountain Hound (BMH) on his hunting lands for
tracking. Most puppies sold for $800 or a little more, with no papers
and most were sold already fixed. One individual keep a female that
he stated was of breeding quality and was going to try to sell her for
$2000. If he did not sell her then he was going to have her
professionally trained and then try to sell her for even more money.
As of the summer of 2011I estimate only about 250 in this country
and only 4 recognized by the KBGS in Germany.
We breed our FCI registered female from Poland to my dads FCI registered male from Norway. This occured mid May of
2006 and Jan 2008. This will be the last time that these two dogs are paired together for breeidng. Both dogs  have their
OFA certified before breeding. I have received My OFA certification on Baby and her hips are fair. This breed is
considered to have very few health problems but because so many hunters have been burned by bad hips on hunting
dogs, I thought we should go ahead and get the hips certified so that people who purchase our puppies will have the
peace of mind about this.

UPDATE  I recently uncovered a study from 1995-2000 from the Veterinary University of Slovakia that showed about
26% of BMH's in that area showed signs of having hip dysplasia. This is disturbing news, but here at Hillock kennels we
will make sure that all dogs are tested before breeding and that only dogs with good hips are selected for breeding. Our
breeding pair has had their hips checked with the male coming back as A 2 and the female as B 1.

Our puppies  sold for $800 with pick of the litter going for $1000 for the 2006 litter and went for $1000 and pick of the
litter was $1200 for the 08 litter. I will not be breeding unless I have a deposit of $100 on at least 5 puppies. This way I
do not get stuck with a lot of puppies. The deposit will go toward the purchase price of the dog and is non-refundable if
you back out. Any deposits received beyond the number of puppies born will be sent back within 2 weeks of the litter
being born. Before the puppies are shipped or picked up they will all ready have been evaluated for their tracking ability
and started on simple tracks. Pups will be available for pickup or shipping between the age of 8-10 weeks. All shipping
cost will be the responsibility of the purchaser. I prefer that you pick the pup up at the kennel were I can spend some
time with you going over training techniques. All puppies will be sold with a
Health Guarantee.   I will also guarantee the
puppies to track if you pick them up at our kennel and we are able to spend at least half a day working with you.  Do to
the nature of these dogs they will only be sold to individuals who plan on using them for tracking or some other scent
related work. I recommend that you train the dog yourself or with someone who is willing to share their knowledge. But if
you want a started dog then we can discuss this at the time of purchase.

Restrictions on these puppies will include breeding rights. I will hold breeding rights until the dogs are 2 1/2 yrs old and
have taken either the
JGHV blood tracking test or the UBT-II blood tracking test and passed, or real life tracking
experience with documentation. Until we have a breed club here in the United States this is the only way I can try to
insure at this time that only dogs meeting the breed standard and can track are bred. This is not to keep others from
breeding, this is merely a measure I felt needed to show the Germans we are serious about this breed. This also keeps
the back yard breeders who do not know anything about the breed from ruining the dogs and the reputation of this
kennel and our breeding program.

We will offer a support group to all individuals who purchase our pups. This way you can ask questions, share in
discussions and share your experience with others who will be going through the same things.  
Things to consider         
when purchasing a BMH

The breeder is following the current FCI (1996)
bred standards.

If you are going to be importing a dog then
make sure you get a full pedigree not just a
TSSO certificate. The TSSO certificate is just to
allow you to show the dog nothing else. On all
dogs being imported the pedigree should have
the FCI stamp and the JGHV stamp. If not I
would recommend not purchasing the pup
because you can not verify the lineage of the

The breeder offers a health guarantee.

Choose a reputable breeder who is willing to
answer any questions about the dog before you
purchase it and as long as you own the dogs
they are breeding.

Look for a breeder who wants to keep informed
on the progress of all pups, so that they will
know what type of puppies they are turning out
in their breeding program.

That both parents have
OFA certified hips
before breeding. The hips should be either 2
A's or an A and B. You do not want anything
less than this, not even 2 B's

Make sure that the puppy you choose shows no
signs of aggression towards anyone at all.  The
puppy should not be shy nor aggressive.  A dog
that shows aggression towards anyone should
never be breed.

The coat (hair) should be dense, close fitting,
moderately harsh with little gloss.  Finer on the
head and leathers, harsher and longer on belly,
legs and tail.

There are many savvy Internet people out there
creating some very good looking web sites
selling BGS. Do your research before
purchasing a pup site unseen as there are
some out there that will sell you a pack of lies
just to get you to buy one of their pups. This is
one reason it is best to join the KBGS to insure
that you get a good puppy from a reputable
We are currently working very closely with the KBGS in Germany
and will be importing pups for club members only.
Hillock Kennels

Williamson Ga 30292
Ken Parker
Hillock Kennels is a proud member of
these organizations.
Club for Bavarian Mountain Blood Hounds
Institute for Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine-Hannover, Bünteweg 17p, Hannover,

The objective of this study was to analyse genetic diversity for the three scent-hound breeds Bavarian mountain hound
(BMH), Hanoverian hound (HH) and Tyrolean hound (TH) using all available pedigree information from scent-hound
kennel clubs for these three breeds throughout Europe. The pedigree data of the BMH and the HH date back to 1912
and 1894, respectively. Pedigree data of the TH were available from the 1960s onwards. The reference populations
included all BMH (n = 3231), HH (n = 1371) and TH (n = 1167) dogs registered between 1992 and 2004. Average
generation intervals were 5.3 years for the BMH and 5.0 years for the HH and TH. Average inbreeding coefficients for
the reference populations were 4.5%, 6.8% and 9.5% for the BMH, HH and TH. The effective numbers of founders,
ancestors and founder genomes were lowest for the TH and highest for the BMH. The effective numbers of founder
genomes were 10.9, 5.6 and 4.3 for the BMH, HH and TH. Effective population size was largest for the BMH with 72.7
effective breeding animals, followed by the HH with 50.9 and TH with 26.5. The most important ten ancestors had
genetic contributions to the reference populations of 54.4%, 65.2% and 77.9% in the BMH, HH and TH. The results of
our study indicate the need for careful breed management in these highly specialized hound breeds to maintain genetic
diversity. European stud books should be established for these dog breeds in order to avoid inbreeding due to missing
pedigree records.

PMID: 19765162 [PubMed - in process]
9-11-09 New Study on the BGS
Fall 2008 the KBGS-GNA was formed. This will now be the governing body for recognized BGS in North
America. With that only dogs accepted by the KBGS in Germany will be used for breeding and only after they
have passed stringent test to ensure that only dogs meeting very strict standards are used for breeding. I have
been chosen as President of the KBGS-GNA and will follow all guidelines set forth by the parent club. This
means that we will be starting all over with the breed.
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