Dog Training

Westphalian Dachsbracke


Robust, Happy, Devoted
Size: Small
Height: 30-38 cm
Weight: 18-24 kg
Lifespan: 14-15 years
Coat: Shorthair
Colors: Red, yellow with black and white
FCI Group: Scent hounds and related breeds

The Westphalian Dachsbracke belongs to the hunting dogs and is a smaller variant of the German Hound. This breed is not as well known and popular as for example the French Bulldog. Nevertheless, a look at the breed portrait of these friendly dogs is worthwhile for you.

Westphalian Dachsbracke
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The Westphalian Dachsbracken are with their 30 to 40 cm a bit smaller than their ancestors, the German Bracken. However, they appear much more compact and powerful. Due to their elongated build, they were originally bred to cope with the ever-shrinking hunting grounds. The head is medium sized and the tail stands saber-like upwards with normal gait. The coat is short, dense and coarse, the color of the coat runs from red to yellow, with the typical black saddle or coat clearly visible.

In addition, there are the breed badges:

- Paleness or snip
- White muzzle with neck ring
- White breast
- White barrels
- White rod tip

Bicolored dogs, black color on the head or chocolate brown are undesirable or faulty.
The ears of the dog are usually of medium length, broad, close to the body and slightly rounded at the bottom.

The nature of these dogs is friendly, extremely intelligent and inquisitive. Because of their hunting instinct, you should give them plenty of physical exercise. Nevertheless, they are adaptable and very suitable for small families - gladly also with children. Within your family it is important that you are all consistent. The intelligent breed recognizes weak points within the education very fast. A calm but strict hand is therefore an advantage.

Coat care:




Energy level:




Children suitable:

With supervision

The right food

Basically, you do not have to feed Westphalian Dachsbracken anything different than other dogs. It is important to make sure that the food is of high quality. Due to the enormous urge to move, the dog has an increased energy level. Thus, he also needs an increased supply of nutrients. If he does not get these nutrients through his diet, it can lead to deficiency symptoms.

Good are, for example, high-quality foods without added sugar, preservatives and flavor enhancers. If you want to, you can of course also read up on the subject of BARFing. Thereby you can decide completely yourself what you want to feed. The disadvantage is that it is very time consuming.

A little tip on the side: Always talk to your veterinarian. He often has advice that Google does not give.

Westphalian Dachsbracke Care

Due to the short coat, the Westphalian Dachsbracke is very easy to care for. But especially for the bond between you and your dog, it is beneficial if you brush him every day, for example. In this way you support your dog with the depilation and at the same time you create trust between you. As far as diseases are concerned, with this dog you get a very low-maintenance four-legged friend into your house. There are no known breed-related diseases.

Suitable accessories

To keep this dog, no specific accessories are necessary. However, one should pay attention to species-appropriate housing conditions:

House, preferably with garden: The Westphalian Dachsbracke needs to be moved and exercised. It often helps to have a garden where you can integrate brainteasers with the help of treats or where she can romp extensively.

Rural environment: In order to be able to serve the extensive urge to move, a home in a rural environment is more suitable than an apartment in the middle of the city.

Understanding neighbors: It is in the blood of this breed to hunt. It indicates noises or game with sounds. However, it does not distinguish between actual game and the neighbors. This can quickly become disturbing.

Westphalian Badger Bracke history picture

Origin & History

The Westphalian Dachsbracke belongs to the Swiss lowland dogs. It was bred at the end of the 19th century from German Bracken and Steinbracken. Here it was used especially for hunting in smaller hunting areas, where its ancestors had problems because of their size. However, one reads in records as early as the 16th century of dogs that closely resemble the Badger Bracke in description. At that time, these were used because of their

Size and maneuverability used specifically for construction hunting. Nowadays, the Westphalian Dachsbracke is mainly involved in the following types of hunting:

- Loud hunting: rummaging for rabbit, hare and fox
- Drive and bolt hunts: cloven-hoofed game, roe deer
- Welding work: Tracking of cloven-hoofed game
- Find and retrieve small game

The Westphalian Dachsbracke breed is generally considered to be endangered because the breeding base is very small.

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