Dachsbracke Breed Standard
From the history of the breed:
Talking about the breeding of the Dachsbracke hound type breeds, it should be noted that the German breeders have achieved the most successful combination of two different types of hunting dogs: strength and stability of the Dachshunds with the speed and quickness of the long legged Hounds. Stunted hunting dogs have been known approximately since 800 year, but the name "Dachsbracke" appeared only in 1886. With the gradual decrease of the hunting lands the fast dogs ceased in demand because they were accustomed to hunt on the large areas, so, there appeared a necessity in a small hound dog. For this purpose, in mountainous areas, including the Sauerland, people started to breed a stocky and not very fast hound dog breed from the Steinbracke dogs. At home, in Germany, the Westphalian Dachsbracke Hound successfully hunts hare, fox, wild boar and rabbit.
Country of origin:
Dachsbracke - is a common name of two original hound breeds: the Westphalian Dachsbracke and the Alpine Dachsbracke. In comparison with the long legged hounds the Dachsbrackes have the advantage that they rake slowly. Therefore, the animal does not run in front of them so fast and far. The Dachsbracke is a transitional form of breed between Dachshund and long legged Hound. It has excellent hunting qualities and is used with great success for both hunting and blood raking.
Height and weight:
Height at the withers 12 - 14 inches (30 - 36 cm), weight 35 - 40 lb (16 - 18 kg).
Short, very thick, tight, weakly pronounced undercoat. Hair on the head is short, as well as on the ears and legs, but it is elongated on the neck. It is the longest and the toughest on the back and thighs, shorter on the sides, and longer again on the belly. The tail is covered with fur and forms a brush in the lower part of the tail. The overall coating with a tough and wiry fur is considered as a fault for the Dachsbracke.
a) Black and Tan Dachsbracke. Thick black coat with rusty-red markings.
b) Brown Dachsbracke: lighter markings, the nasal planum is brown.
c) Red Dachsbracke: rusty-red, rusty-yellow colors with lighter markings.
d) Dapple Dachsbracke (Westphalian). All colors are valid for the Red Pointers in combination with white.
The marks are placed on the forehead, the face, the legs and the chest.
The Red Pointers are allowed to have white color only in a form of thin blaze on the nasal arch, thin strip of white on the throat or chest formed as a collar, also on the belly, toes and lower part of the legs.
The head is long with a flat forehead and a smooth stop, the nasal arch is straight or is a bit lowered at the end, slightly pointed. The nasal planum is moderately broad. The breed has a pincer bite with powerful canine teeth. The lips are thin, tight fitting to the teeth, slightly dangling. A thickened lower lip is noticeably pronounced in the corner of the mouth.
Medium in length, hanging, wide, with bluntly rounded ends, set high, smooth and dense without everting dangle over the head, slightly erected in the excited condition.
Medium in size, round, light or dark brown, depending on the coat color.
Muscular, moderately long. The skin on the neck is thick but without any dewlap.
The withers are well expressed, the transition to the back has a slight ledge. The back is straight, strong, slightly elongated. The loin is broad, convex. Croup is broad, muscular.
With prominent ribs, gradually transits into a tight belly. The breastbone is well developed and protrudes sharply.
Medium in length, thicker at the base and is gradually thinning to the end, in most cases is carried lowered down or upwards in a form of a barely visible arch.
Limbs (fore and hind):
Forequarters. The forearms are shortened, almost straight, and massive. When viewed from the front there is a noticeable small slope to the side of the wrist joints.
Hindquarters. They are thinner than the forequarters, with powerful muscular thighs, and are well-angulated. When viewed from behind they are straight and parallel to each other.
The Dachsbracke is a dog, which has adapted to severe conditions of mountain hunting lands. This dog breed hunts an animal calmly and slowly by using his voice. The dog is of a medium height, unpretentious, highly durable, with a good scent, has innate malice to the beast. Currently, it is successfully used for hunting hare and fox. To work on a blood trail he is usually used being on a leash. In addition, this dog fetches the fowl well.
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