Styrian Coarse-haired Hound
The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is a hunting dog bred in Austria. After the founder of the breed, Karl Peintinger, it is also called "Peintinger Bracke". The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is suitable for hunting by so-called "bracking" or for "welding work". It is a working dog and not a pure family dog.
When fully grown, the breed reaches a size of about 45-53 cm shoulder height. Males grow slightly larger than females. Thus, the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is one of the larger dogs. The weight varies, but is usually slightly less than 20kg.
The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound has dense, hard fur. This protects them excellently even in harsh climates, as can be found in hunting. Due to its nature, it is also suitable for use in the high mountains.
Typical for the breed is the beige to reddish-brown coat, drooping ears and a sickle-shaped curved tail.
The breed is considered very hardy and robust. It is also suitable for hunting use in difficult conditions and heavy terrain.
It is ideal for the work of "bracking" and "welding": In bracking, the dog tracks down prey and pursues it loudly. By barking during the pursuit, the hunter learns where the dog and prey are currently traveling. Welding, also called "tracking," is another hunting technique. Here, hunting dogs are used to track dead or injured game after a shot.
Since the dogs were bred specifically for such tasks, they have a strong hunting instinct. As a pure family dog, the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is not suitable! With suitable hunting training, however, it can become an affectionate and loyal companion for you.
The right food
The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is frugal and relatively uncomplicated as far as nutrition is concerned. Common dog food is generally well suited. High-quality ready-mixes have all the necessary nutrients. With self-mixed food, good knowledge is necessary to avoid a nutrient deficiency of the dog. Access to fresh water should always be provided.
As with all breeds of dog, you should make sure you get a high quality food that covers all of the dog's nutritional needs. Tips for a healthy diet can be obtained directly from the breeder of the dog or from the vet.
Styrian Coarse-haired Hound Care
The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound has a low-maintenance coat. It is enough to brush the dog at regular intervals. Even though the hunting dog does not make high demands on physical care, it is not uncomplicated to keep. Due to its hunting instinct and will to work, the dog needs regular tasks and occupation to feel comfortable.
The accessories for the Styrian Coarse-haired Hounds include: Food and water bowl, sleeping place, collar and leash. A brush for coat care should also not be missing.
Since the Bracke should be led hunting, you can also invest in special harness and leashes. Especially for the welding work, more conspicuous chest harnesses with wide padding and a long leash are suitable. Also conspicuous collars help you to keep better track of the dog when hunting. Meanwhile, even collars with tracking function are available to find your dog at any time.
Origin & History
The breed was founded in 1870 by Karl Peintinger. The place of origin is Styria in Austria. The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound originated from the crossing of two breeds. The dam was a Hanoverian sweat bitch. The father a Coarse-haired Istrian Bracke. The result was a very resistant, persistent hunting dog.
The breeding is relatively small. It is supervised by the German and Austrian Bracken Association. There you can also get information about current litters.
In order to minimize inbreeding within the breed, other dog breeds have been crossed for some years. This reduces the risk of breed-typical diseases developing. Currently, animals of the breed "Barak" from Bosnia are crossed again and again. These are similar in appearance and character to the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound.