The Tyrolean Hound is a medium-sized breed of hound dogs raised for tracking or hunting game in the mountainous regions of Tyrol. It comes with a light bone structure, elongated head with a moderately rounded forehead, broad, flat ears, large and dark eyes, strong teeth, and a long, straight tail.
Tyrolean Hound Pictures
|Alternative names||Tyroler Bracke, Tiroler Bracke|
|Coat||Thick double coat, coarse undercoat; feathering on the tail, belly, and buttocks|
|Color||Black, tan, red, or tri-color; white markings may appear on the chest, neck, feet, and legs|
|Group of Breed||Scenthound|
|Size/Height||Medium; male: 17-20 inches
Female: 16.5-19 inches
|Size of Litter||6-8 puppies|
|Temperament||Lovable, energetic, intelligent, courageous|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||Austria|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||FCI, UKC|
Video: Tyrolean Hound (Tiroler Bracke) Puppies
Believed to have evolved from the legendary Celtic Hounds, the Tyrolean Hounds were prized for their excellent scenting abilities. They were typically used by the people of noble birth including Emperor Maximilian I. In 1860, pure-breeding from the original Bracke hounds started, with its breed standards being set up in 1896. This breed attained official recognition in 1906 and was acknowledged in 2006 by the United Kennel Club (UKC).
Temperament and Behavior
An avid hunter with the ability to adapt to harsh weather conditions, the Tyrolean Hound is known for its smartness, liveliness, and independent personality. Though it occasionally exhibits some stubbornness, it makes a lovely companion pet. Because of its friendly nature, it forms strong bonds with its human family and enjoys playing with kids.
Although it is alert and reserved with strangers, it does not have dominant aggression and will never try to bite an unknown person without any reason. It likes working alone, but may get along with other canines if properly socialized.
These exuberant dogs need lots of outdoor activities on a daily basis. The Tyrolean Hounds do not like to be restricted in small apartments. They do better in spacious houses with large backyards. Take your Tyroler Bracke for long, energetic walks and make sure that you devote some time to playing interactive games with your pet.
Their dense coat requires special care, which should include brushing 2-3 times a week. This will help in not just removing dead hairs but also getting rid of debris or dirt that have accumulated in its fur during a hunt/chase. If your Tyrolean Hound is given a lot of hunting chores, then it is essential for you to bathe and clean your pet after every hunt since it is prone to infections caused by parasites.
The Tyrolean Hounds are commonly affected by canine hip dysplasia and parasitic diseases.
- Motivating your dog for the come command: Since Tyrolean Hounds are stimulated by pursuit, you can create a game of chase with a Longshot or Chase-It toy, or a stuffed animal fastened to a rope. Run away from your pet dog to incite a fun game of chase. This will act as a form of reinforcement training while teaching it to follow the command come when called. Clicker training is also a useful method by which you can teach new behavior to your pet if it is uninterested in chasing a lure.
- Training your Tyrolean Hound to be ‘vocal’ at times: It is natural for a scenthound to bark, specifically when chasing or hunting. However, some Tyrolean hounds may howl and bark when it is least required. You can encourage them to be vocal on speak command, and then instruct them to be quiet. Reward your pet dog using verbal praises and treats once it has finished barking.
Instead of giving your Tyrolean Hound two meals per day, you can consider splitting its allowance up to make feeding more fun. Quality dry kibble containing all the nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, and fats is good for your pet’s health. Make sure that the kibble does not consist of plenty of fillers, such as wheat or corn.