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Alpine Dachsbracke
Austria FCI 254 - Leash (scent) Hounds

Perro tejonero alpino

The Alpine Dachsbracke has a courageous personality, friendly and intelligent



The appearance of this short-legged dog suggests a very ancient breed. The Alpine Dachsbracke it is one of the oldest breeds of hunting dogs in Central Europe. It was already mentioned in the seventeenth century and represented in paintings.

In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Crown Prince Rudolf von Habsburg had this type of hunting dog run by his professional hunters.. The dog's appearance was unbalanced for a long time. Each canton raised its Alpine Dachsbracke differently.

But it is not a cross between a Sausage dog and Bracco, as the name suggests in german “Alpenländische Dachsbracke“, but an independent race. Visually, the Alpine Dachsbracke gets closer to the Dachshund, but it's much bigger and stronger.

In the 19th century, there were numerous subspecies of Alpine Dachsbracke in the swiss alps, Bavarians and Austrians, that still differed greatly in appearance.

At the end of the 19th century, many breeders of this breed of dog were in the Erzgebirge, so the race kept calling Alpenländische Erzgebirgler Dachsbracke until 1975. Another name is the Dachsbracke Austrian.

This is because the current Club Dachsbracken is located in Austria. The goal of breeding, both then and now, is to maintain the health and performance of this ancient breed of dog.

In order to establish a constant shape, a uniform appearance and appropriate breed characteristics, the first International Club of Dachsbracken was founded in Munich in 1896.

In 1908 the club disbanded again. In 1910 the Austrian Dachsbracke Club was founded, which is still engaged in the breeding of the Alpine Dachsbracke.

In 1932, the Alpine Dachsbracke was officially recognized by the Austrian Kennel Club (along with the “Bavarian Mountain Hound” and the “Hanoverian Scenthound“) like the third breed of hound.

In 1975 the Alpine Dachsbracke received recognition from the FCI, which finally classified the breed among the hounds in 1991.

A race is quite unknown outside Austria.

Physical characteristics

The Alpine Dachsbracke is a dog's size medium. Has relatively short legs, a strong constitution, firm muscles and strong bones.

The height to the cross is of 34 to 42 centimeters. Height at withers is measured from the ground to the shoulder in a loose dog. For males, the ideal size is between 37 and 38 centimeters of shoulder height; for females, are considered ideal 36 to 37 centimeters.

Great importance is attached to an optimal ratio of proportions. The relationship between the height of the shoulders and the torso is 2 : 3, the relationship between the face and the skull is 9 : 10.

The head is held proudly erect with a slight forward tilt. High-set dangling ears are straight-haired and fall loosely to the sides. They are wide, no wrinkles and medium length (approximately reaching the canines) and rounded at the bottom.

The nose, the eyelids and lips are black. The eyes are deep brown and slightly almond shaped. The alpine dachshund has the typical “dachshund look”. The tail is placed high at the root, but it is slightly lowered.

In proportion to the strong body, legs are relatively short. The body is well muscled and with strong bones, with a pronounced rib cage but with a small waist.

The coat of the Alpine Dachsbracke it's dense and short, only the lower part of the tail is slightly longer. The slightly dull coat consists of a firm stick coat with a dense undercoat.

Allows good water repellency and a perfect air balance in summer and a high heat effect in winter. A dark deer red, often with a slight tinge, is the most common coat color.

There is also a black coloration with a tan tan outlined on the head). Small white marks are allowed on the chest. On the paws, ears and tail coat coloration may be darker.

Character and skills

The Alpine Dachsbracke he's a proven working dog, small to medium size, which serves hunters especially well. Hound dogs like Alpine Dachsbracke are used for post-shot search jobs.

The strong-minded dog is not distracted and confidently tracks injured game animals. At first sight, the Alpine Dachsbracke looks like a mongrel dog, but this robust breed is a highly specialized working and hunting dog.

The fine sense of smell, safe tracking with unconditional tracking will and high hunting acuity make this breed an ideal hunting companion, animal husbandry and forestry work in the forest and mountains. The Alpine Dachsbracke feels more comfortable outdoors.

Like city dog, the Alpine Dachsbracke it's completely inappropriate.

After the hunt is before the hunt. The dog would like to go out and look for hunting every day. Family contact is desirable, because then the friendly partner shows his almost touching love and attachment to “their” people. He gets along very well with children.

But, the Alpine Dachsbracke not suitable as a pure family dog. Also in the city this breed feels extremely uncomfortable. The Alpine Dachsbracke it is a forest and prairie dog, for whose fine smell the gases from car exhausts and in general, the smells of the city, they are a punishment.

If this breed stays in the big city, without the possibility of a daily run of several hours in the woods and meadows, owners can be called cruel to animals without euphemisms. This is certainly the reason why this breed of dog is never seen in the urban area.

For the Alpine Dachsbracke a task is vital. Although this dog needs a lot of exercise, not suitable for long runs or jumping due to short legs. It is a search dog, a typical tracking dog.

Outside the hunting season, this dog with strong nerves is excellent as a guard and yard dog. But, this shouldn't be your only task. The temporary maintenance of the kennel is not a problem for him, as long as he has regular contact with the family and is allowed into the house from time to time.

Within the four human walls the dog behaves in a balanced and calm way. But, if you are not used to much, tends to show behavior problems, complains a lot or seeks an alternative occupation.

Small animals, cats, rabbits, ornamental birds are seen as prey and bark at them extensively. The Alpine Dachsbracke he is friendly with other dogs.

Training and use “Alpine Dachsbracke”

Hunting training is a basic requirement for living with a Alpine Dachsbracke, which is why this breed is only really found among active hunters.

This small hunting dog excels in hare and fox hunts, as well as in the tracking of deer and roe deer. With his very fine nose, the Alpine Dachsbracke shows an unconditional willingness to crawl, movement safety and quality control.
This agile hunting dog's drive to move requires a daily walk on the hunting ground. Attitude is possible so much in a spacious kennel, like in the house. The house itself should have a garden.

Staying in a small apartment in the city would be torture for the dog, even climbing stairs is not an option for him. Also with the yard or kennel attitude a close family connection comes in handy for this friendly dog..

The Alpine Dachsbracke watches the house and property carefully and makes reliable noises, so it does not tend to bite. The Alpine Dachsbracke it is considered very robust and insensitive to weather conditions. The robust dog shines with good attitude for life in good health.

This hound likes to work very much, hunting training is a basic requirement for living with a Alpine Dachsbracke, which is why this breed is only really found among active hunters.

This small hunting dog excels in hare and fox hunts, as well as in the tracking of deer and roe deer. With his very fine nose, the Alpine Dachsbracke shows an unconditional willingness to crawl, search security as well as very good visual acuity.

Education and care

Despite his innate sympathy, this breed of dog still requires consistent leadership from the puppy stage. Education takes a long time, so owners of dogs of this breed like to organize to exchange experiences.

Due to its typical breed nature, the Alpine Dachsbracke tends to be very stubborn. In the countryside, eventually you will have to make your own decisions without your master or mistress being able to intervene.

Empathy and consistency promise the best results in puppy rearing. What you have learned once, never forget it again.

Unfortunately, this also applies to mistreatment. An undesirable rarity is very difficult to unlearn.

Grooming “Alpine Dachsbracke”

Like every dog, this little hunting dog needs some grooming. The coat should be brushed from time to time to loosen the dense undercoat and remove loose hair.

No need to cut or trim. The dog doesn't like to bathe either, dirt usually falls off the coat on its own. After each walk through the territory, the coat of the small ruminant should be checked for branches, thorns and parasites.

Unfortunately, ticks also like the skin of Alpine Dachsbracke. Ears should be checked regularly for mite infestations. Too long claws indicate too little exercise. Normally, claws are sharp when walking and do not need to be cut.

Health “Alpine Dachsbracke”

The Alpine Dachsbracke it is considered very resistant and has a stable skin. The robust dog shines in excellent health throughout his life if he is well maintained. But, annual vaccinations should never be lacking.

Typical diseases can be, as in any short-legged dog, back problems. A well-muscular body without excess weight will counteract the risk of back diseases.

When fed wet food, teeth unfortunately tend to form tartar. In this case, Regular brushing of the teeth is necessary to prevent gum and tooth diseases.

Chewy sticks and bones are gladly accepted, but they do not serve as a substitute activity. The ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.

How much does a “Alpine Dachsbracke”?

Their life expectancy reaches an age of up to 15 years with good species-appropriate nutrition and typical breeding.

Occasionally, small dogs exceed this age and in rare cases even reach an age of more than 20 years. Underutilized animals can suffer from psychological problems that make them prone to disease and moody.

As a responsible dog owner, now you know what the Alpine Dachsbracke need to live a long life, healthy and happy.

Don't need a guardian, but a companion at eye level, who can take care of the needs of this working dog extensively.

For sale “Alpine Dachsbracke”

This dog is not a stuffed dog, despite its fairly manageable size. The breeders of this breed are mainly found in Germany and Austria. Usually the active breeders are the hunters or rangers themselves.

From the breeding associations the puppies of the Alpine Dachsbracke they occur mainly to active hunters. You can only buy that breed from a breeder.

If he Alpine Dachsbracke not used for hunting, it is essential to be a member of a sports club for dogs. Here the focus is on tracking.

As a children's playmate he is extremely patient, but he's not happy.

Walks with search and crawl games will also not meet the needs of this working dog, this is just not enough. For seniors who are not physically fit, as well as for singles working full-time, the Alpine Dachsbracke is absolutely unsuitable as a companion.

If you want to buy a Alpine Dachsbracke, you have to be a member of a local club. Outsiders hardly have a chance.

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Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Alpine Dachsbracke" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds
  • Section 2: Trace dogs.. With proof of work..


  • FCI – Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds. – Section 2: Leash (scent) Hounds.
  • UKCScenthound Group

FCI breed standard "Alpine Dachsbracke"

FCIFCI - Alpine Dachsbracke

Alternative names:

1. (ger. Alpenländische Dachsbracke) (English).
2. (alpenländische dachsbracke) (French).
3. Alpenländische-Erzgebirgler Dachsbracke, Österreichische Dachsbracke (German).
4. Dachbraco alpino (Portuguese).
5. Tejonero de los Alpes, Basset de los Alpes, Dachsbracke de los Alpes (español).

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