Coarse-haired Styrian Hound
Other names: Styrian Coarse-haired Hound, Grande Brackes, Styrian Coarse-haired Hounds, Styrian Hounds, Wirehair Styrian Mountain Dogs, Steirische Rauhhaarbrackes, Steirische Rauhhaairge Hochgebirgsbrackes, Peintiinger Brackes
Native to Austria, the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound was initially bred to produce a dog capable of being a scent hound and to work closely with other hunting dogs over rough terrains and in challenging conditions. These hunting dogs, although highly sought after in the working field, are less known in a family environment. Although they make original family pets, they do have a very dominant side that needs to be considered.
Key facts about the Coarse-haired Styrian Hound
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Origins and history
The Styrian Hound breed was initiated in Austria when a coarse-haired Istrian Hound and a Hanoverian Scenthound were mated. The finest pups from this litter were kept and from these select puppies, the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound evolved. The breed was first recognised in 2006 by the UK Kennel Club.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Coarse-haired Styrian Hound
Female : Between 21 and 20 in
Male : Between 19 and 21 in
Female : Between 40 and 44 lb
Male : Between 40 and 44 lb
Red, fawn, or pale yellow.
Type of coat
Harsh, rough coat hair. Shorter hair on head; coat never shaggy looking.
The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound has a body shape with a broad back and a deep chest. His muscular build allows him to hunt and run over any difficult terrains. His overall appearance is of confidence and strength. The ears hang down, lying close to the dog’s head. His eyes are medium sized, dark in colour with dark eye edging.
Good to know
The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is a relatively rare dog breed. It is very rare to find puppies for sale. Because of his fantastic hunting skills and the ability to not only smell his quarry but also to give chase over harsh terrain, he is much sought after by hunting folk.
This breed is generally not kept as a family pet, but the dog does show affection when he bonds with his master. Those that are kept as house pets show affection to the family.
Even though they are mainly hunting dogs, those kept as companion pets can show playful tendencies.
Providing this breed receive consistent training routines, the dog will have a well-balanced temperament. A well-trained and socialised canine will certainly display tolerance and gentleness to the children in the family, when he lives as a companion pet.
This rare Austrian breed is a passionate, hardworking, and very intelligent hunting dog.
The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is absolutely a hunting dog. He has filled this role for centuries, rather than as a family pet. The dog will hunt until the end, despite discomfort, cold, heat, hunger or thirst.
Fearful / wary of strangers
In the home, the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is very attached to his master, and will be naturally wary of any strangers.
Certainly an independent breed of canines, who is capable of hunting on all types of terrain.
Behaviour of the Coarse-haired Styrian Hound
As a working breed of dog, the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound needs to be actively engaged, or hunting, to prevent boredom. If left alone, without any tasks for a long period, he will morph into a destructive, hard-to-handle dog.
Easy to train / obedience
This dog’s training must begin at a very young age and be consistent to emphasise to the dog exactly what you expect from him. Obedience and socialisation skills need to be taught, as this hound is quite stubborn and independent. He must understand the “recall” command, particularly when he is hunting in the field, and picks up the scent of something interesting.
The Austrian Hound is quite a vocal dog, who will show his displeasure at something by howling or barking.
Tendency to run away
It only takes one sniff of an interesting quarry scent and this hunting dog will give chase. To avoid incidents such as this, he must understand the “recall” command.
This high-energy, very active dog must be kept actively engaged or exercised, to prevent any destructive behaviours.
Greedy / Gluttony
The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound needs to receive an adequate, highly nutritious diet to meet his energetic and vigorous lifestyle. Providing his dietary needs are met, he isn’t a greedy dog.
In the home environment, the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound will alert his master to any suspicious events or people.
As it’s vitally important that the breed is trained and socialised at a very young age, this dog is not the ideal choice for a first time owner. He is certainly better suited to an owner who lists hunting as one of his pastimes.
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Coarse-haired Styrian Hound in a flat
As a hunting dog, with not only the need to run, but also a high prey drive, the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound isn’t suited to apartment life or small yards.
Need for exercise / Sporty
This dog has such a high energy drive that he needs a minimum of 2 hours daily exercise. He needs a firm handler who can show him who is the master. The dog will be even happier if much of his exercise routine is off the lead running.
Travelling / easy to transport
The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound will travel in a dog cage in the rear of a vehicle, on route to the hunting field. Certainly not a dog to take on public transport.
Coarse-haired Styrian Hound and cats
As a dog breed with a very high hunting instinct, living in the same vicinity as a cat isn’t recommended.
Coarse-haired Styrian Hound and dogs
Although the Styrian Hound is a very independent dog and not generally a pack animal, he will tolerate sharing space with canines he has been raised with.
Coarse-haired Styrian Hound and children
Of course, providing this energetic dog has been socialised from an early age with children, he will get along fine with an older child. Care and monitoring should be taken with younger children.
Coarse-haired Styrian Hound and the elderly
It’s unlikely that an older person could keep up with the vigorous and high-energy training and exercise routine required for this dog breed.
Initial purchase cost for this breed is between £400 to £700. Additional, ongoing monthly fees can amount to £80 - £100, taking into account feed, veterinary costs, and pet insurance.
On average, weekly grooming is recommended for the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound to keep his coat hair in good condition. Grooming with a firm bristle brush is advised. Certainly, after a hunting expedition, intense brushing will be required to remove any twigs and burrs from his coat.
Copious shedder throughout the year. Shedding is particularly heavy during the Spring and Autumn seasons.
Nutrition of the Coarse-haired Styrian Hound
A nutritious and well-balanced diet is required for the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound, to suit not only his size and build but also his strenuous working abilities.
Health of the Coarse-haired Styrian Hound
The Styrian Hound is generally a robust and healthy dog, with no reported genetic health issues to date. Common health problems that might arise, however, are ear infections, cancer, hip dysplasia and sensitivity to anaesthesia. The majority of problems will arise from hunting incidents, such as broken limbs, gun wounds and bites. The average life expectancy of this breed is 11 to 13 years.
Strong / robust
A very hardy, strong breed. His muscular body is able to hunt his prey over even the most difficult, harsh terrain.
The robust Styrian Hound can certainly endure any discomfort, in any climate, especially when trailing his quarry.
As a dog that has been bred in the mountains of Austria, where the climate is usually very cold, the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound has no problems in chilly weather or situations.
Tendency to put on weight
This breed tends not to gain weight, as they are such active, high-energy dogs. However, once his working life is over and he relaxes more at home, he may start to gain weight.