A Drever will typically do well with a nutritionally balanced, premium dog food that is appropriately formulated to suit their size, age, and level of activity.
To avoid overeating and unhealthy weight gain it is suggested to stick to a feeding schedule, rather than free feeding. Meal portions should also be made to suit their age and activity level.
There should always be plenty of clean drinking water available for them to stay properly hydrated.
Drevers have short coats that are fairly simple and easy to care for. Brushing them several times a week, as well as an occasional bath will do a good job of making sure they always look and feel their best. Keep in mind that more frequent brushing will be needed during shedding season to keep up with the increase in loose hairs.
It will be important to keep their nails trimmed. If their nails get too long it can make walking uncomfortable, as well as increase the risk of injury as they run and play. Check and trim their nails about once every 4-6 weeks, or as needed.
Check their ears once a week for any waxy buildup and debris. You can wipe their ears with either a damp cloth or a dog ear cleaning solution, but you should never insert anything directly into the ear canal.
Brushing their teeth several times per week, if not daily, will help to promote good oral hygiene, mitigating the risk of tooth or gum problems from forming.
Drevers are active and energetic dogs that will require regular exercise. One or two long walks and plenty of opportunity to play some backyard games with their owner will help to make sure they are always feeling happy and fit.
Playing a variety of games with them, or involving them in certain canine sports can be a great way to help keep them active, while also providing them with some added mental stimulation.
Always be sure to use a leash or a lead whenever they are outside of a secure area, such as a well fenced yard or indoors.
Although Drevers can sometimes exhibit an independent streak, they are intelligent and loyal dogs than can be very well behaved when properly trained and handled.
Like all breeds, Drevers should be properly socialized at a young age. They can also benefit greatly from puppy training courses.
When training at home, keep sessions playful to help keep them engaged and willing to participate. Treats and other positive incentives can be a useful tool for promoting positive behavior.
Always be sure to use a firm but gentle hand when handling these dogs. Any harsh treatment can result in more unwanted behavior and is not a good way to deal with your Drever. Remember to always exercise patience and consistency.