A number of people have contacted me and ask how to get hold of an HS. Rather than answering them individually I thought the text below might be of use.
As far as I can work out there are 6 ways of getting an HS.
Before expanding on these I ought to start by saying that any job an HS can do a Bavarian can do just as well. They are as good for tracking red deer or wild boar than an HS. On top of that you have the advantage that there are a number of excellent BS's already in this country as well as a very good breed organisation that can help you finding the right hound. Join the BMHS they are worth their weight in gold.
Easier and cheaper.
But for those of you who insist on an HS these are the choices as I see them:
1 You can join the Verein Hirschmann, the German breed regulator. You then ask to join their 5 day training course (for you, not for the dog). You might get a place if you can persude them that you really shoot/track a lot of deer and of course you need to speak German or take an interpreter.
Have done this and made the right impression you get put on a list and might be contacted when a puppy is available. You then visit the breeder, bad luck when he lives in South East Germany and persuade him that you are the ideal owner.
Again if you succeed you have to find a home with training for the pup till the rabies injections have taken their course. By then the minimum age of the hound will be 10 months.
Not over yet. You are expected to go back to Germany and pass first the pretrail at 12 months and at 24-36 months the main trail.
This course of action is only for the determined with deep pockets and a lot of time.
2 A second way is to get in contact with a reputable breeder. These are hard to find and the Verein will give you no help and buy a hound from him. Insist on not only an export pedigree, ask them to send one to you, but also swabs from both sire and dam to prove that the parents are for real.
You still have the rabies and housing problems described above.
3 You can do the same with a non german breeder. There are excellent dogs in the countries surrounding Germany but again it is hard to get a reliable one. You might talk to the various countries Hanoverian clubs.
Same again on pedigree and swabs. It must be an export one.
Same again on rabies, housing etc.
No more room, will write the rest later