Forms & Code of Ethics

We invite you to become a member of our new organization. To apply for membership in the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound Society of America, please download the application and follow the instructions for submission on the form here:

Members Code of Ethics
The long term sustainability and health of the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound breed in America rests in the hands of those that love, care and breed this dog.  Thoughtless or reckless behavior endangers not only the health of the personal animals but the dogs of others and future generations to come.  It is for this reason that the BMSHSA sets forth a Code Of Ethics that all members strive to achieve.
·         To conduct oneself in a professional manner pertaining to all involvement with the BMSHSA, ACK, UKC and FCI. 
·         Uphold all rules and policies concerning activities sponsored by these organizations.
·         Avoid intentionally ruining the reputation of other breeders or these organizations.
Welfare of the Dogs in My Care:
·         Members make it a priority to provide nutritious food, exercise, socialization, training, veterinary care and affection throughout the dog’s lifetime.
·         Puppies are in need of proper socialization and immunity protection.  It is therefore important that no puppy be placed, transported or shipped before 8 weeks of age.
·         Members must make every effort to ensure their puppies and doges are placed in homes free of abuse, neglect and mistreatment.
·         Dogs and puppies are never to be sold at auction, given as raffle or lottery items, sold t dog fighting brokers, wholesalers, labs or pet stores.
·         Members will encourage puppy buyers to uphold the same principles.
Breeder’s Commitment in Quality and Care
·         Members breeding should be done to improve the best qualities of the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound as set forth in the FCI, AKC and BMSH Breed Standard
·         Members will provide buyers with a veterinarian health and vaccination record. Puppy and dog buyers will be supplied with a written care packet and contract
·         Members will only breed mature dogs and bitches that have passed OFA health teats and have a health certificate from a licensed Veterinarian.
·         Members will stay current on any genetic testing or health related problems.
·         Members must NOT breed dogs or bitches know to have any genetic diseases.
·         Members breeding practices must be done in an honest way that includes discussion of problems or diseases occurring within their  line, and being responsible for any health issues that arise from their line. 
·         Members will have written transactions and contracts for buyers stating their policies and conditions for puppies and dogs sold. Use of non-breeding contracts for pet quality puppies and dogs.  Full registration should be reserved for show or breeding quality            animals. 
·         Members recognize the need for long term care and responsibility of the BMSH they produce. Therefore, Members will take back, re-home, replace and rehabilitate at their expense dogs they have bred, co-bred, sold or otherwise been a party to.  Written contracts or agreements with the buyer will state that should the need arise, the animal will be returned to the Member instead of relinquishing to an animal control facility.  If an animal is deemed unable to be rehabilitated or re-homes, the member will advise the owner of humane euthanasia or will be responsible for having this done if the owner is incapable of doing so.
Accepted by vote of the BMSH membership on January 3, 2017

CHIC & Goal

The Canine Health Information Center is a centralized canine health database sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).  The Center, working with the parent Clubs such as BMSHA, provides a resource for breeders and owners of purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in certain breeds by establishing a recommended protocol for breed specific health screening tests and recognizing dogs tested in accordance with that protocol.
This valuable resource is available to breeders, owners and buyers of AKC and UKC registered Bavarian hounds.
In order to receive a CHIC number the BMSHSA requires a Bavarian to be tested for the following:
  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia (OFA Evaluation)
  • Patella Luxation (OFA Evaluation)
  • Eye examination by a Board Certified Opthamologist (OFA)
  • Cardiac  Ascultation examination (OFA)

Diseases known to affect this breed include but not limited to:

  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Food Allergies
A goal of the BMSHA is to fund both research and DNA collection for identifying disease prevalence and transmition.  A future pedigree data base will aide in the collection of DNA sampling for health issues.
In an effort to further assist in the long term health and well being of this unique breed, the BMSHA encourages each breeder to abide by these testing guidelines prior to breeding. It is through testing and careful selection of breeding pairs that this breed will continue to flourish and maintain a low incident of disease transmission.


Dates, times and locations will be announced here.

Future activities being discussed will include some of the following:

  • Fun Match to encourage new members and their dogs to participate in socializing with our breed and others, to be held in conjunction with an AKC Open Show.
  • Judges Seminar to educate members and licensed AKC judges on the finer points of the breed. Handouts and PowerPoint presentations will accompany a demonstration using members’ dogs as examples of the breed.
  • Tracking Tests to evaluate the working scent-hound abilities of the breed. Awards will be presented to evaluated teams using a point schedule.
  • Sports Activities such as Rally, Agility and Nosework will be made available to members and their dogs at future shows.
  • Annual Meeting at the end of each year with award ceremony, voting and election of officers.


As more information is made available for research, breed information and equipment purchasing we will put those links and contacts in this section.