Alpine Dachsbracke

Alpine Dachsbracke head Alpine Dachsbracke on a zebra crossing

The Alpine Dachsbracke (Alpenländische Dachsbracke) originated in Austria, it is a small breed which is a scent hound. It is grouped in the Bracke group. It was bred for the purposes of tracking down deer and boar which had been wounded. It also tracked smaller animals such as hare and fox. Because of this breeding it has great capabilities to follow a scent trail. This breed is well used to working in harsh conditions and significant altitude. Its ancestry traces back the mid 19th century. The breed was achieved by mating Dachshunds with larger dogs. It could be called a royal dog as it accompanied Crown Prince Rudolf of Habsburg when he went on hunting trips to Turkey and Egypt.


It bears some similarity to the Dachshund. It has the same short legs and long body. Its coat is mostly smooth and has round eyes. The most popular colour for this breed is red with black. The Dachsbracke weighs 18 to 15 kilos and has a height of between 34 and 42 cm to the withers.


This dog makes a good companion, at the moment it is mainly kept by hunters due to its nature. Its personality could be described as friendly, fearless and smart. Generally this breed works well with children and other pets. It must be noted they have prey drive though, this needs to be considered as otherwise this could lead to unpleasant surprised when the dog chases down a small animal.

Grooming and care

This breed has a smooth short coat which is relatively easy to take care of. It needs to be brushed with a bristle brush. the ears should be check regularly. This breed can work well in an apartment as it is active indoors and does not need a yard to run about in. They do need plenty of exercise due to their original role as a scent hound, so figure this in any potential ownership of this breed.


The Alpine Dachsbracke has a life expectancy of about 12 years.