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Alpine Dachsbracke

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Alpine Dachsbracke

The Alpine Dachsbracke is a short-legged, hunting dog with a strong body structure. It has a strong muzzle with a pronounced cranial region. The well-defined furrow in the forehead emphasizes the occiput. The nose and lips are black and the eyes are dark brown. The strong teeth should meet in a scissor or pincer bite. The neck is muscular and not very long. The trunk is strong and well-muscled and the rump is barely sloping. The chest is deep and broad. The tail is set high and is thick at the root. It has longer hair on the underside and reaches to the ground. The short legs are straight and strong. The preferred coat color is dark deer red. A white star on the chest is permitted.

Temperament The Alpine Dachsbracke is a robust, working dog that is intelligent, friendly and fearless. This breed is used by hunters to track wounded deer and as a scenthound for hare and fox. They are known for their endurance, stamina, energy and are very dedicated in following a trail. This breed is not usually kept as a household companion, but rather as a hunter and gamekeeper dog. Because of their strong prey instincts, they should not live in a home with cats and small animals. They may be difficult to train and to recall as they possess exceptional scenting ability, which can take precedence over all other senses when they are on scent.
Height, Weight Height: 13-16" ; Weight: 33-40 lbs.
Health Problems There are no breed specific health concerns.
Living Conditions This breed will do fine in an apartment but is best suited for lifestyles with a lot of activity.
Exercise This breed needs regular exercise to stay in shape. If a yard is not available, then a long daily walk will do.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming The Alpine's coat is easy to care for. Brush with a firm bristle brush and bathe when necessary. Check ears often for signs of infection and trim nails often.
Origin The Alpine Dachsbracke was developed as a short-legged hound for tracking and hunting in the high altitudes of the Alps of Austria. This breed has a normal hound body, but with shorter legs. It was developed from Austrian hounds. They are recognized by the UKC and the FCI.
Group Scenthound