All About the Alpine Dachsbracke

The Alpine Dachsbracke is undeniably cute, however, they are also exceptional assistants when it comes to hunting. Austrians know this quality well as they prize the breed for their uncanny ability to pick up a trail gone cold by scent.

Alpine Dachsbracke

An Alpine Dachsbracke is a strong, robust hunting hound that exhibits extraordinary stamina that serves them well when on the hunt.

What you should know

You should know that these dogs are much more than exceptional hunters, they also make remarkably loyal companions. The breed was created primarily for the purpose of tracking down wounded game in the wild. Alpine Dachsbrackes also make excellent watchdogs. Conversely, they can also be very gentle when playing with children. However, they should be kept away from smaller pets who they might perceive as prey.  

Their range of talents earned them a reputation as, ‘the multiple utility dog of the Alpine hunter.’ They’re also sometimes referred to as an Alpine Basset Hound.

Alpine Dachsbrackes have two coats. The first coat is thick while the second coat is dense, covering its entire body.

With short legs and a long body, they typically grow to between 33-40 pounds, making them a medium-sized dog. Both male and female Alpine Dachsbrackes reach heights of 13-16 inches. As a breed, Alpine Dachsbrackes are generally very healthy however they are sometimes prone to obesity. They require a generous amount of exercise to burn off their excess energy.   

What sound do they make?

As can be expected of prized watchdogs, an Alpine Dachsbracke sports a loud and authoritative bark.

Group characteristics

Because they were deliberately bred into existence, the Alpine Dachsbracke is not typically found in the wild or in groups and do not migrate. Instead, they are largely domesticated and found in homes as pets.

You can expect a litter of 6 puppies on average. Alpine Dachsbracke puppies take about a year to reach adult size.

They generally get along quite well with other dogs who are not too much smaller than them. Alpine Dachsbrackes are quick learners and do well in the domestic environment. Owners should train the hound to see them as a ‘pack leader’ to establish dominance. When left alone for too long they will bark incessantly and engage in destructive behavior.

How many are there?

It is not generally known exactly how many Alpine Dachsbrackes are out there however it can be assumed with relative certainty that their population is rather small. They are uncommon outside of Austria where they were first bred.

Watch a video

Here’s a video showing more facts and pertinent information on this remarkable breed. The more we learn about these dogs, the more there is to appreciate about them.

Pop culture

While not a mainstay of pop culture, Alpine Dachsbrackes have a fascinating history. It has been said that in the 1800s, the breed was originated when Crown Prince Rudolf of Habsburg came to favor the Alpine Dachsbrackes on his hunting expeditions.  

Interesting facts

Although similar to the Dachshund, an Alpine Dachsbracke is distinguished from them by having a longer body and being somewhat taller. They also have a wider head and chest than the Dachshunds. These dogs are not commonly found outside of their native land of Austria.

The defining qualities of their temperaments are a unique mix of fearlessness, boldness combined with friendliness. Alpine Dachsbrackes are also highly intelligent.

As of 1991, they were officially recognized as a scent hound in the following registries.

  • FCI
  • ACA
  • ACR
  • CKC
  • NKC
  • APRI

In conclusion, it can be said that an Alpine Dachsbracke is one of the best hounds to have both on the hunt and at the hearth. You’ll scarcely find a breed that is more loyal or more talented in tough terrain.