The Drever is an excellent hunting dog that has become popular in Norway and Sweden but is less known outside the Nordic countries.
Persistent hunter - the excellent family dog
In Sweden, we are one of the most popular hunting dogs, which is not so strange. Our strong hunting instinct, combined with our impressive endurance, makes us perfect hunting dogs that fit well in the Nordic terrain and climate.
The Drivers are so-called neck-drifting hunting dogs. This means that we can follow the animal we are hunting over long distances. We do this with the help of our enormously sensitive nose and impressive endurance. While hunting, we bark loudly, so the hunter knows where we and the game are located.
As you have probably realized, we are suitable for hunters and not exclusively as family dogs.
If we get to use our hunting skills, we become friendly and calm dogs. We also get along well with children. However, be aware that there is a certain stubbornness in us, so we are not necessarily the easiest dog to train.
Drevers are generally healthy dogs. Of the diseases /conditions that appear in some, we find Pulmonary Edema and heart defects.
The Drever is versatile.
The Drever is an excellent deer hunting dog that also can be used for hunting deer, hares, and foxes. Individuals can also specialize in hunting one or more species.
Note that we work at a low speed—something you could guess based on our physique. We have a long and low body shape built for a slow pace but with great endurance. We usually cover 30-40 km in 7 hours, which means that we move at an average speed of 5-7 km / h.
As an owner of a Drever, you have to make sure to give us enough exercise and stimuli. We tend to get bored quickly. We love hikes and can happily carry hooves.