Alpine Dachsbracke

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Is the Alpine Dachsbracke right for you?

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Other name(s): Alpenländische Dachsbracke; Basset des Alpes

The basics:
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.

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