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.
|Other Names||Austrian Smooth-Haired Hound, Bracke, Brandlbracke, Österreichische Glatthaarige|
|Common Nicknames||Bracke, Vieräugl|
|Coat||Smooth, dense, short|
|Color||Black, light fawn/tan markings|
|Height||Female: 19-21 in
Male: 20-22 in
|Shedding||Moderate to heavy, seasonal|
|Size of Litter||3-5 puppies|
|Temperament||Keen, agreeable, elegant, good-natured|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Barking||Moderate with bays and howls|
|Country Originated in||Austria|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||FCI, UKC|
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.
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.
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.