Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Alpenländische Dachsbracke; Basset des Alpes
Austrian hunters developed the short-legged Alpine Dachsbracke to track and hunt game at high altitude. In 1991, the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) added it to its list of recognized scenthounds, but it isn't well-known outside the hunting community. Like the Alpine game they pursue, these dogs tend to be small but sturdy, tough, and resistant to cold weather.
Appearance / health:
Similar in looks to dachshunds, Alpine Dachsbrackes are short-legged, sturdy muscular dogs with a strong boned structure and thick coat. They have strong teeth and large floppy ears that droop down. They have an athletic and agile appearance and possess a sharp sense of smell that is characteristic of all hounds.
Grooming is simple. These dogs need to be brushed with a firm bristle brush daily. Bathing and shampooing is done only when necessary. Ears are cleaned thoroughly to prevent any infection.
Owing to the fact that they are basically hunting dogs, they need a good amount of exercise daily. A long walk or a jogging session is good for them. They need constant supervision and cannot be left alone.
There is not much information on health issues specific to Alpine Dachsbrackes. Owing to their long ears, they may be prone to ear infections. Back problems may occur in some dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
High on persistence and determination, Alpine Dachsbracke cannot resist a good scent and the owner may find it difficult to recall them. They make good companion dogs because of their outgoing, genial temperaments, and high levels of energy. They have a good nose, making excellent scenthounds.
The learning rate is high. They need to be socialized early with other dogs and people. However, as is the case with most hounds, despite good training, their tendency of taking off for a good scent may exasperate their owners.
They are not very noisy.
"Sausage dogs come in a variety of colours and sizes, which is something I hadn't realised when I "ordered" my Dachshund by phone! I know, going for something unseen is not a good idea, but my first dog and trusted companion of 17 years had died a few months before and I was desperate to get another dog. My mother claimed that the rescue centre had a kind and friendly Dachshund on offer that they were keen to place, so I went to take a look. Well, the dog I imagined to be small, handbag-sized and cute turned out to be quite large, with a long (!) back, short legs, a thick neck and a huge set of teeth. He was a Dacksbracke and about four times the size of the small Tekel. <br><br>Well, I got over my disappointment, especially after I'd seen him say goodbye to his rescue parents. This dog really had a kind heart and good brains. And he had teeth! Definitely not a dog I would recommend to families with small children. (He bit me on our first day together because he thought I was stealing his bone.) What you do get when you buy this kind of dog is: a great rat hunter (digs into their tunnels until they surrender), a fun companion game for almost anything (exercise is necessary, but it doesn't have to be in the country; this dog loves the city, too), admiring glances from farmers at exhibitions ("Yes, I know that is a good hunting dog"). <br><br>A word of warning about collars: choose the right size and never try to drag your dog across the road behind you -- you could end up stopping the traffic and earning some laughs when your lead and collar make it to the other side but your dog gets left behind!."
From TillyS Jun 4 2015 5:09AM