Other names: Swedish Basset, Swedish Dachsbracke

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The Drever, also known as the Swedish Basset, is a scent hound with a typical basset hound, low legged and elongated body. Of strong and robust construction, it has a well-developed musculature and gives an impression of agility. The gait of the Drever is characterized by a regular movement of the parallel limbs and the horizontality of the back line.



Photo: Drever breed dog on Woopets
Hair type Short
Origin Sweden
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 14 kg to 15 kg From 30 cm to 38 cm
Male From 14 kg to 15 kg From 32 cm to 40 cm
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History of the breed

the   Drever   down from Basset Westphalia, introduced in Sweden in the early 20th century. It was in 1947 that the name Drever was officially adopted for this Swedish version of the Westphalian Basset, its height at the withers being slightly greater than that of the latter. Very popular as a tracking dog , the Drever is very rare outside of Sweden.

The Drever breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on January 4, 1955. Its official FCI standard in force was published on February 21, 2006.

Drever Pictures

Photo of Babygirl, DreverPhoto by Lola, Drever

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Physical features

His hair: straight, short, well laid and with a rough texture. A little longer on the neck, back and posterior side of the thighs. More bushy on the underside of the tail, but not fringed.
Its color: all colors variegated with white, the colors to be clearly delimited and the white marks visible on all sides.
Its head: relatively large, rather long and tapering towards the nose. The skull is only slightly domed, the stop little marked, the black nose, the nostrils well developed, the muzzle as long as the skull, the lips tight and joined, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors, even in pincers.
His ears: shaped like
His eyes: low set, moderately long and wide, drooping without folds and well against the cheeks, with rounded ends.
His body: elongated and strong. The neck is quite long and powerful, harmoniously blended into the shoulders. The top line is straight, the withers well defined (especially in males), the back strong and muscular, the loins robust and short, the croup a little sloping, the chest well developed and descending below the elbows, the line of the sternum harmoniously joining the profile of the belly, which is slightly raised. The forelimbs are straight and have a strong bone structure, the hind limbs well parallel.
Its tail: strong at its attachment, long and hanging, but can be carried a little higher without being on the back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Drever is a balanced dog, full of spirits, devoid of aggression and never fearful . Used for hunting as a hound, it works on different types of game; it goes from hare to fox, including roe deer and stag. As a family, the Drever is affectionate and very attached to his master . On the other hand, it is not naturally carried on the guard.

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As with most dogs, the Drever demands an education characterized by a balance between firmness and gentleness . It also requires early and quality socialization, as well as learning to recall as quickly as possible.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Drever can adapt to a variety of living settings, but the breed was specifically developed for hunting . It is therefore mainly intended for masters practicing this activity, even if it is a pleasant companion for the whole family .


Ease of gaining weight

the   Drever is a sturdy and resilient dog. There is no particular health concern for this breed as long as the necessary care and attention is given.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 9 puppies

Major concerns
Herniated disc
Occasional concerns
Ear infections

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in case of health problems, Woopets recommends a Drever dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Drever is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Drever is a dog whose maintenance does not pose any particular constraints . It only requires regular brushing, a little more frequent during the moulting period during which the hair loss remains of moderate to medium intensity.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week to collect dead hair, polish his coat and keep his skin clean. After outings, examining the inside of its ears, coat and paws to make sure it is not carrying any debris or external parasites.

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 600
800 €

The purchase price of a Drever is between 600 € and 800 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Drever is between NC and NC.

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Drever should not be overfed, as he can easily develop overweight . The number of treats should be limited. On the other hand, it is important to ensure that one’s nutritional needs are sufficiently met. The Drever needs quality nutrition . His daily ration should be adapted to his level of exercise, size and age .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Drever needs to stay active in order to be stimulated and fulfilled. However, it is recommended to avoid subjecting it to too intensive exercises, especially climbing and descending stairs, which can cause back and joint problems.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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