Alpine Dachsbracke is a short legged robust breed with strong bones, solid muscles, and a thick coat. Mainly bred for hunting they also make an excellent family dog.
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|Alternative names||Alpenlandische Dachsbracke, Basset des Alpes,|
|Coat||Smooth, dense, short|
|Color||Dark deer red, black, brown|
|Life Span||12 years|
|Height||Male – 13 – 16.5 inches|
Female – 14 – 15 inches
|Weight||33 to 40 pounds|
|Litter size||3 – 5 puppies|
|Temperament||Fearless, friendly and intelligent|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country of Origin||Austria|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/ Information||NKC, APRI, DRA, FCI, ACR, ACA, ACA|
The origin of this breed along with other Brackes dates back to the middle of the 20th century. They were bred down in size by crossbreeding the larger dogs with the dachshunds. A favorite of the German Royalty, these dogs used to accompany the Crown Prince Rudolf of Habsburg on his hunting trips to Egypt and Turkey in the 1880s.
The FCI gave recognition to this dog in Group 6 Scenthounds, Section 2 “leash Hounds” along with Bavarian Mountain Scenthound and the Hanoverian Scenthound. In the English speaking fraternity, the only club that gave this breed recognition is the United Kennel Club. The minor registries, hunting clubs, and internet-based dog registry businesses have also recognized this breed.
They have a bold personality clubbed with intelligence, friendliness as well as incredible loyalty and affection towards their masters. They can easily survive harsh climatic conditions since they were used as scenthounds for tracking deer, wounded bear, fox and hare in the mountainous terrain.
These lively, energetic dogs, mingle well with kids in spite of their coursing trait. Their even nature along with hunting skills makes them a fine choice for people who love outdoor activities.
These dogs’ prey drive instinct can sometimes take over hence it is better to keep smaller animals and birds away from them. If not kept occupied, they might become prone to obsessive barking, destructiveness or other unwanted behavior.
These dogs are extremely active with an itch to explore outdoors. Though they adjust to apartment life, it is essential to give them ample workout which includes regular long walks. Taking them on hunting trips will be an ideal exercise.
Since they have a short and smooth coat, their grooming needs are minimal. Brushing with a firm bristle brush would ensure cleanliness and help to remove dead hair. The dogs should be bathed only once or twice in a month with mild soap or dry shampoo. Check the ears for infections along with trimming the nails regularly.
This dog breed does not have any health issues.
Consistency is a vital thing while training these dogs, who would respond well, owing to their intelligent nature. Regular sessions conducted in a firm way with positive reinforcement techniques are essential.
- You need to start by teaching them commands like “sit” and “stay.” Once the dog responds to the commands, reward them with food or toy.
- To rein in their prey drive, leash training along with other fun activities is important to divert the dog’s mind.
- Socializing with other dogs and people should be started right from their puppyhood to make them grow friendly, confident as well as less aggressive.
Provide them nutritious, high-quality balanced diet to keep them healthy.
- This breed’s primary task was to track the wounded animals during the hunt so that they could be killed without prolonged suffering.