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.
|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.
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.
Provide them nutritious, high-quality balanced diet to keep them healthy.