German Hound

Other name: Deutsche Bracke

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Life expectancy

The German Hound has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 16 and 21 in
Male Between 16 and 21 in

Adult weight

Female Between 42 and 44 lb
Male Between 42 and 44 lb
Coat colour
Black White Red Brown
Type of coat
Short Hard
Eye colour
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More details about the German Hound

German Hound: Origins and history

First described by German artists and scholars in the 18th century, it is believed the ‘German Hound’ existed for some time before that. She was apparently brought into existence by ongoing experimentation to create a ‘utility’ hunting dog capable of multiple tasks in multiple conditions in the field. The beagle, English pointer, and bits of different foxhounds may have been thrown in the pot, along with the greyhound and the bloodhound. Although she hails from the Sauerland and Westphalia regions of Germany, she has become popular across that country as both a hunting and a family dog, but has struggled to make a name for herself outside of her homeland and especially beyond mainland Europe.

FCI classification of the German Hound

  • Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds

  • Section 1 : Scent hounds

Training a German Hound

The Bracke’s seed of independence will be nourished by neglect ; she requires firm, confident training to develop into a sensible and reliable adult and potential hunting companion. But she is eager to learn, when engaged from a young age, and responds well to treats and encouragement – just beware, unannounced smells and foolhardy cats and squirrels can disrupt the classroom atmosphere in a blink.

German Hound: Purchase price

This breed is very popular in Germany but not in the other countries, therefore it will be difficult to find a German Hound dog. We do not have enough information to establish an average price for this dog.

The Deutsche Bracke can cost around £25-30 per month to feed and maintain.

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