Other names: Alpenländische Dachsbracke
The Alpine Dachsbracke is a rare breed of dog that was first bred in the 1880s to assist Austrian aristocrats on alpine hunts. The Alpine proved a useful companion not only due to its size but also its exceptional ability to track scent. Its quarry was (and still is) deer, boar, hare and fox.
Key facts about the Alpine Dachsbracke
Origins and history
It was during the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph I (1848 – 1916) that the Alpine came into being. Rumour has it that the emperor’s son Crown Prince Rudolf ordered his gamekeepers to come up with a dog that was nimble, resilient and tenacious, and small enough to follow small game into burrows. It wasn’t until 1932 that the breed became officially recognised and was categorised as a scent hound.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 2 : Leash (scent) Hounds
Physical characteristics of the Alpine Dachsbracke
Female : Between 14 and 15 in
Male : Between 15 and 15 in
Female : Between 33 and 40 lb
Male : Between 33 and 40 lb
Usually this dog is seen of dark red and black.
Type of coat
Thick and dense
The double coat consists of a thick topcoat and dense undercoat.
A robust and sturdy dog is the Alpine. It is a short-legged dog of dignified stature. Its tail is thick, set high and carried pointing towards the ground. Its ears are also set high and are broad and rounded. The Alpine’s jaw is strong and square; its overall appearance expresses intelligence.
Good to know
If given the opportunity to do so, the Alpine Dachsbracke will adopt a sedentary lifestyle. Its doing so may suit those who do not have the time or will to take their dog for walks. However, this dog will quickly gain weight if not exercised.
Make no mistake, this is a hunting dog and as such it is fearless and confident. However, when brought up well and properly trained the Alpine can be an affectionate companion.
An active, lively and energetic dog, the Alpine likes to play and interact but it can also be mischievous and domineering.
The Alpine needs to be kept busy to prevent its behaviour from becoming antisocial.
The Alpine is reasonably intelligent but is better known to be tenacious to the point of absurdity.
This dog desires to chase other animals. Once ‘locked’ on a scent it will not give up the hunt easily.
Fearful / wary of strangers
The Alpine tends to be standoffish. It takes a while for this dog to mingle.
This is not an independent dog.
Behaviour of the Alpine Dachsbracke
This dog will tolerate a short period of solitude.
Easy to train / obedience
To train the Alpine requires the owner to deliver consistent and confident learning. This is a dog that will attempt to lead lessons whenever it can.
This dog has a tendency to bark to excess; training and socialisation may stem the dog’s habit of barking.