Dog Training

Alpine Dachsbracke


Strong-willed, Friendly, Independent
Size: Small
Height: 37 cm
Weight: 16-18 kg
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Coat: Shorthair
Colors: Deer red, Brown, Black
FCI Group: Scent hounds and related breeds

The Alpine Dachsbracke is a pure hunting dog. Although he is also kept with pleasure as a family dog, the sweat dog is suitable in fact only as a working dog for the brackish hunt and the rummage hunt. Without hunting, the smart and strong dog is not used to its full potential.

Alpine Dachsbracke
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With a height at the withers of just 37 centimeters and with its short legs, the Alpine Badger seems quite small. But you must not underestimate the stature of the dog. In him there is a lot of strength, endurance and tenacity.

His physique is characterized by strong bones. The mostly deer red coat consists of a dense coat of stock hair and undercoat. On the head a brown edge is noticeable and occasionally black markings occur. A white chest star may also occur.

In general, Alpine Dachsbracke are very friendly dogs. At the same time they are also very independent and strong-willed. Therefore, it needs consistent and loving education from childhood.

A good education makes the Alpine Dachsbracke an affable and balanced dog. This calmness and strong nerves are also necessary for the Dachsbracke to perform its function as a hunting dog. As a hunting dog, it brings in sick or shot game, among other things by barking at the game.

This requires courage, a cool head and a certain intelligence. The Dachsbracke can therefore assess situations independently. The Dachsbracke is also suitable for water work and retrieving.

Due to its calm nature, the Alpine Dachsbracke is good with families and children. However, this requires that she is properly exercised by hunting. She is not satisfied with simple games.

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Children suitable:

With supervision

The right food

During the hunt, the Alpine Dachsbracke consumes a lot of energy. Therefore, you should pay attention to a high-energy food with many carbohydrates and fats. For example, muscle meat of beef, horse, sheep or game are suitable.

It's best to adjust the diet to the dog's energy needs. If he is not so active for a while, there is less fat. If he is active for a longer period of time, a high-fat food mix will help meet his energy needs. To compensate, the food should also contain a portion of protein.

However, the diet should not consist entirely of meat. The diet of a hunting dog also includes vegetables, cereals, wholemeal bread and fruit. Trace elements, minerals and vitamins should not be forgotten.

Alpine Dachsbracke Care

The coat of the Alpine Dachsbracke does not require much care. It is usually sufficient to brush the coat regularly. Also, you should remove leaves, needles, etc. in the fur after you have been in the forest.

Every now and then you need to have the claws trimmed. On the soft forest floor they do not sharpen enough. Therefore, regularly check the claws and paws of the dog.

Suitable accessories

You can keep the dog busy with toys for retrieving, but it is not a permanent substitute for hunting. Signal collars and signal bands can help to better locate the hunting dog in the forest. Dog signal vests serve a similar purpose. Hunting can also be dangerous. A protective vest helps against attacks.

The Dachsbracke is always happy about treats. For training purposes, tracking powder, welding straps and welding collars are suitable. Because the Alpine Dachsbracke is so robust, you do not necessarily need a heat coat for the winter. You can still do her a favor with warming coats and heated dog mats.

Alpine badger braid history picture

Origin & History

The origins of the Alpine Dachsbracke lie in the Alpine region, more precisely Austria. Presumably, today's Dachsbracken descend from the Keltenbracke, also called "Segusier". The Roman historian Arrian mentioned this Celtic Bracke in his works.

Forms of the Alpine Dachsbracke, which resemble the Bracke we know today, have been known since the Middle Ages. Over time, they have evolved from the high-legged Bracken to the dwarf Bracken. In the 19th century, in parts of the Swiss Grisons, there were different types of the Alpine Dachsbracke.

These species were also found in the Bavarian and Austrian Alps. In 1896 the first international Dachsbracken Club was founded. In 1908 the club dissolved, then in 1910 the Austrian Club Dachsbracke was founded.

The Austrian canine association officially recognized the Alpine Dachsbracke in 1932. During the world wars, the breeding declined sharply. In 1975, the FCI finally recognized the Dachsbracke. Since 1991, it has been officially considered as a bloodhound.