Alpine Dachsbracke

General Description

(Basset des Alpes, Alpenlandischer Dachsbracke, Alpenlandische Dachsbracke) The Alpine Dachsbracke looks very similar to a Dachshund crossed with a Basset Hound. If you look at the stout and sturdy structure of the Alpine Dachsbracke it looks as though they have a Basset Hound body. They are stout, strong and sturdy, heavily muscled with thick shoulders and a barrel chest. The Alpine Dachsbracke was originally bred for hunting, and bares the features of a hunter. They have an elongated muzzle and a proportionate black nose. The Alpine Dachsbracke will typically have a scissors or pincer bite and their eyes are generally dark. The Alpine Dachsbracke features a double coat with a thick outer coat and a dense undercoat. You can see the Alpine Dachsbracke in various colors but the dark deer red color is the most sought after and recognizable.

Character

With a flattering personality the Alpine Dachsbracke makes an excellent companion breed. They were first used as working dogs by mountain huntsmen. They are eager to work, great in all climates, and very hardy. The Alpine Dachsbracke is intelligent, loving, outgoing, and brave. 

Size

12 – 17 inches / 33 to 40 lbs

Health

Typically the Alpine Dachsbracke will have a life expectancy of about 12 years. The breed has no known genetic health issues.

History

The Alpine Dachsbracke was officially recognized in 1932 in Austria as the third breed of scent hound. This was after Crown Prince Rudolf of Hadsburg had required that the Alpine Dachsbracke be included in his hunting trips which lasted from 1881 to 1885. Seeing as Austria recognized the breed in 1932, Austria is considered the place of origin for the Alpine Dachsbracke.

Maintenance

Due to the short dense coat of the Alpine Dachsbracke, occasional brushings to help with shedding and removal of dead coat is idea. Be sure not to bathe them too much as you do not want to dry out their coat. Their ears hang low and should as such be checked regularly to avoid infection. 

Environment

The Alpine Dachsbracke is versatile and will do well in most environments. They do not require a lot of exercise but like most breeds benefit from a fair amount. Be sure to take them on walks and stimulate them mentally as well. They do not require are large yard to roam. They are sociable and make ecellent companions for families. 

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