By Jags Goldie Last updated: 27th October 2022

Austrian Black and Tan Hound


Jags Goldie
Last updated: 27th October 2022

The Austrian Black and Tan Hound, a breed of medium-sized dogs, is bred for its hunting abilities. It is a willing and agreeable dog with a supple body, a broad head, strong muzzle, darkly pigmented lips, black nose, dark brown eyes, medium-length, high set ears, medium-sized, very strong neck, muscular, well laid back shoulders, straight and robust forelegs, slim, moderately developed hind legs, and long, gradually tapering tail.

Austrian Black and Tan Hound Pictures

Quick Information

Other NamesAustrian Smooth-Haired Hound, Bracke, Brandlbracke, Österreichische Glatthaarige
Common NicknamesBracke, Vieräugl
CoatSmooth, dense, short
ColorBlack, light fawn/tan markings
Breed TypePurebred
GroupHounds, Scenthounds
Lifespan12-14 years
Weight33-49 lbs
HeightFemale: 19-21 in
Male: 20-22 in
SheddingModerate to heavy, seasonal
Size of Litter3-5 puppies
TemperamentKeen, agreeable, elegant, good-natured
Good with ChildrenYes
BarkingModerate with bays and howls
Country Originated inAustria
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationFCI, UKC

Video: Austrian Black and Tan Hound (Brandlbracke) Bringing the Newspaper


Although the origin of Austrian Black and Tan Hound is not known, it is believed to have evolved from the extinct Celtic Hounds. It was prized for its keen sense of smell and ability to track wounded game, usually hare, high up in the mountainous regions. In 2006, it was acknowledged as a scent hound by the UKC.

Temperament and Behavior

A scent hound with a sensitive nose, the Austrian Black, and Tan Hound is a hunter that loves to work. It is a stylish runner, excelling in all types of hunting game.

It makes a great family companion because of its good-natured, friendly personality. If socialized early, it can enjoy the company of children and coexist with other dogs. Being a hunting breed, it is not suited for homes with small animals, including cats, birds, and rabbits.

The Brandlbracke can be vocal, especially while hunting. It is generally reserved around strangers and does not show any signs of aggression unless provoked.



Being an energetic breed, the Black and Tan Hound needs plenty of regular activities, including long, vigorous walks on a leash and a lot of running and playing in a safe, fenced yard. You may also train it to take part in hunting trials.


It needs frequent grooming, which should involve regular brushing with a bristle or slicker brush during the shedding season and at least once-a-week brushing at other times of the year. Occasionally bathe it with a vet-approved shampoo and conditioner. Since it can have ear infections, check its ears every week and clean them. Moreover, trim its nails when they grow too long.

Health Problems

It may be affected by some health conditions, including ear infections, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and demodectic mange.


As an intelligent and obedient breed, the Austrian Black and Tan Hound respond well to firm and consistent training methods.

Take your Brandlbracke puppy to a dog park where it can interact with humans and their dogs. Since walking stimulates its mind and keeps it healthy, you can take it out for daily walks so that it gets the chance to meet people it already knows or even make new friends. You may consider enrolling your Bracke in a dog obedience class to polish its socialization skills.

Walking on leash
Let your Bracke get used to wearing the collar and leash for short periods of time. Cluck your tongue or use the word ‘Yes’ to attract its attention. The moment it looks at you, reward it with food. Make it come to you by making the noise repeatedly, then giving the reward, and walking with it a few paces. Practice walking for short sessions.


Give your Black and Tan Hound around two-and-a-half cups of quality dry food each day. It needs a healthy diet, providing a balance of fats, carbohydrates, and protein.

Interesting Facts

  • Its name Brandlbracke is a combination of two words derived from ‘Brand’ (meaning harmful fire) which refers to its fawn markings and ‘Bracke’ indicating that it is a hunting dog.
  • The nickname Vieräugl is a diminutive of the word ‘Vierauge’, which means something or someone that has four eyes and thus refers to its fawn colorations above the eyes.

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