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Alpine Dachsbracke
Characteristics, History, and Health

Alpine Dachsbracke

The Alpine Dachsbracke is a small breed of dog of the scent hound type originating in Austria. These dogs were bred to track wounded deer and other game, with their history going back to the 19th century. Alpine Dachsbrackes are known for their robust build, making them excellent working dogs in steep, rocky terrain.

Main Info
Alternate Names
Alpenländische Dachsbracke (German)
Life Expectancy
12-14 years
Average Male Height
13-16 inches
Average Female Height
13-16 inches
Average Male Weight
33-40 pounds
Average Female Weight
33-40 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Coat Colors
Dark Deer Red, Black
Coat Pattern
Red-brown Markings on head (called Vieraeugl), chest, legs, feet, and underside of the tail, White star Markings on chest

Genetic Predispositions and Health

Alpine Dachsbracke can suffer from neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis 8 (NCL 8). They may be prone to back issues that can affect Dachshunds, and may also suffer from spinocerebellar ataxia. Genetic testing is recommended, including for the following specific conditions: progressive rod-cone degeneration, chondrodystrophy (CDDY and IVDD), chondrodysplasia (CDPA), hyperuricosuria, and degenerative myelopathy.

Personality and Behavior

The Alpine Dachsbracke is known to be courageous, friendly, and intelligent. This breed is also typically loyal and dedicated to its family. Being a scent hound, these dogs are known for their keen sense of smell and determination when on a trail. They have a strong prey drive and would do best with families that do not have other small animals.

The Alpine Dachsbracke tends to be good with children and gets along well with other dogs, although early socialization is always beneficial. These dogs are active and need regular exercise to keep them healthy and prevent boredom. They can also be stubborn at times, requiring consistent training methods. While they can adapt to living in an apartment, they would do best with access to a yard where they can follow their noses and explore.

Fun Facts

The Alpine Dachsbracke was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1996.