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Austrian Black and Tan Hound Breed Description

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Breed Organization

Federation Cynologique International (FCI)

Native Country

Other Names
Brandlbracke, Ostreichische Tan Hound, Brackie

Life Expectancy
Approximately 12-14 Years

Litter Size
No litter information available.

Breed Group

General Description

Because these dogs are extremely courageous and loyal the breed has earned the respect of warriors and royalty. Celtic myths and legends made mention of the bravery, courage and loyalty of this breed. The Austrian Black and Tan Hound or the Brackie as it was affectionately called by the hunters is not well known outside Austria although the breed is already recognized by the Federation Cynologique International (FCI).

Breed Standard

Head: Broad skull. Straight nosebridge. Strong muzzle.
Ears: Set on high, medium in length, not too broad, hanging flat against the cheeks.
Eyes: Dark brown.
Body: Long. Strong neck. Well-pronounced withers. Chest broad, well let-down. Long back. Slightly sloping croup. Slight tuck-up.
Tail: Long, gradually tapering, slightly curved. Brush on underside.
Hair: Smooth, very close-lying, dense, tight, about 2 cm in length.
Coat: Black with minimal, clearly defined tan markings ranging from light to dark fawn. Tan pips above the eyes are required.
Size: Dog: 50 to 56 cm. (20-22 in).Bitch: 48 to 54 cm. (19-21 in).
Weight: Approx. 20 kg (44 lb).


The Austrian Black and Tan Hound is considered a true descendent of Celtic hounds. Similar to Swiss hounds, he hunts primarily in the mountains. The Austrian Black and Tan Hound belongs to FCI Group 6 Section 1B (Medium-sized hounds) and is not well-known outside his native land.


Solidly built and with a very keen nose, he is an excellent, elegant runner, has a lovely voice, and tracks hare but is used on all sorts of game. He is good-natured and makes a fine pet.

It is not a dog wanting to be in a city. A suitable home will be in a rural area where the dog will have lots of space to run unrestricted by a leash. It loves to work.


Hunting Dog, Pet


No health information available.

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