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German Hound

Other names: Deutsche Bracke

German Hound

Known mostly by her German name in the UK, the Deutsche Bracke or German Hound is a three-coloured, medium-sized hunting dog. While she still finds work as a hunting dog (her pointer heritage seems to suggest dalliances with beagles, greyhounds, and bloodhounds along the way) she also makes a sturdy family pet. It is to be noted that neither the UK nor US Kennel Clubs recognise this breed. 

Key facts about the German Hound

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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 breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the German Hound

Adult size

Female : Between 16 and 21 in

Male : Between 16 and 21 in


Female : Between 42 and 44 lb

Male : Between 42 and 44 lb

Coat colour

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Light and nimble yet noble and strong, the Bracke looks something like a svelte beagle. She has a long, arched body, deep chest, and long slender snout. Her long, silky, rounded ears pair with soulful eyes to give the Bracke a deluxe look, even if she is well-suited to outdoors adventures and hard work. Her three-coloured fur is formed from a reddish-yellow, over which appears to be thrown a black ‘blanket’ or ‘saddle.’ The look is completed by white ‘bracken’ marks on her chest, legs, brow, and the tip of her tail. The splash of flesh-colour on her snout is her trademark.

Good to know

She is not currently recognised by the UK Kennel Club and her number is low across these cursed isles.


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    The Bracke is a loyal and human-oriented creature. She needs plenty of company from those she holds dearest, although outsiders won’t get the same treatment. Kind and eager to please, she will tolerate children – although she should be carefully trained to do so from her youth.

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    She is a ‘working’ dog for whom work and play are each exciting challenges. And she has bags of energy. Thus, time spent playing with a Bracke or teaching her tricks and games will not go unappreciated.

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    If given the attention and company she needs, the Bracke will remain a calm, if energetic, soul. That said, those energy levels can be disruptive or dangerous if expressed wayfully in the presence of small, fragile humans.

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    This dog has the potential to maintain a moderately impressive intellect if trained with firmness and consistency from a young age. Her attention span can be brief, particularly in the proximity of fast-moving small furry creatures.

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    Developed as a scent hound, the Deutsche Brack is still considered an excellent hunting dog today. Her well-developed nasal faculties are her super-power, able as they are to pick up the slightest whiff against the strongest breeze. Her hearty bark means that the quarry will never get far without your notice, be they man, beast, or ghoul.

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    She can be wary about strangers, responding with vigilance or indifference depending on the perceived threat level. But she is happy to get to know new people once introductions are out of the way. This is why she may be better suited as a guard dog who can alert you intruders, rather than a security hound who will disable and disarm crooks.

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    While basically a loyal and attentive presence, this model does come with a dash of independence that can catch her companions off-guard – especially if they did not teach her the proper way of doing things when she was a pup.

    Behaviour of the German Hound

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      Tolerates solitude

      The German Hound may not be the most extroverted of souls but she will maintain an interest in what her closest friends are up to and appreciate your company. And she may become neurotic and/or destructive if left alone.

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      Easy to train / obedience

      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.

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      Loud and resonant, the Bracke’s is a business bark. But it should be more useful than troublesome as long as she is well-disciplined from her youth.

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