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Steirische Rauhhaarige Breed Description

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Breed Organization

United Kennel Club (UKC)

Native Country

Other Names
Styrian Coarse-haired Hound, Styrian Roughhaired Mountain Dog, Steirischer Rauhaarige Hochgebirgsbrack, Wirehair Styrian Mountain Dog, Steirische Rauhhaarbracke, Peintinger Bracke

Life Expectancy
Approximately 11-12 Years

Litter Size
No Litter Information Available

Breed Group

General Description

The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is a medium sized hound with a well muscled body and a serious expression. The breed name refers to the coat, which is harsh and rough (although not shaggy). Coat colors are red and fawn; a white mark on the chest may be present. The breed name refers to the coat, which is harsh and rough (although not shaggy). Coat colors are red and fawn; a white mark on the chest may be present. The breed tolerates extremes of temperature well, and has remained a healthy breed through "refresher breeding" (Auffrischungszucht, outcrossing).

He is sometimes called the Peintinger Bracke after the creator of the breed in the 1870s. The breed was first recognized in 1889. It is recognized in its home country by the Österreichische Kynologenverband (Austrian Kennel Club) and internationally by the Federation Cynologique Internationale as a medium-sized scenthound, breed number 62. The breed is also recognized in North America by the United Kennel Club in the Scenthound Group. In Austria, breeding is overseen and hunt testing done by the Osterreichischer Verein Brack (hunt club). The breed may also be listed by various minor kennel clubs and organisations under its original name, the English translation, alternate names, or various combinations of those, and promoted as a rare breed for those seeking an unusual pet.

Breed Standard

Head: Slightly domed skull. Pronounced stop. Solid, straight muzzle. Fairly tight-lipped.
Ears: Not too large, lying flat against the cheeks, covered with fine hair.
Eyes: Brown.
Body: Solid. Neck strong, not too long. Chest well let-down, broad. Straight, broad back. Sloping croup. Moderate tuck-up. Long broad back. Long, powerful, slightly slopping croup.
Tail: Medium in length, thick at the base, well-furnished with hair, never curled, carried raised loosely in sickle fashion. Brush on underside.
Hair: Harsh, hard, rough. Shorter on the head than on the rest of the body.
Coat: Red and pale yellow. White flashings on the chest are allowed.
Size: Dog: 47 to 53 cm. (18.5-21 in).Bitch: 45 to 51 cm. (17.5-21 in).
Weight: Approx. 18 kg. (40 lb).


The breed was created in the 1870s by Karl Peintinger, an industrialist from Styria. Peintinger crossed his "Hela 1", from an old type of Hanoverian scent hound, with an Istrian Hound, and continued selective breeding until a rough-coated, hardy hunting dog was achieved. The breed is used by Austrians and Slovenians to hunt wild boar. It can also be used to track wounded animals through rough terrain and in high altitudes.

As with many breeds bred for work, they are not generally kept as a companion dog and do not make good pets; they require a lot of space and exercise, and can be dominant and destructive.


This tough-looking dog with a flexible gait and considerable stamina is hardy, active, and resistant to bad weather. With a strong voice, he is used to force small game but also specializes in blood trailing over rugged, mountainous terrain. He is affectionate and gentle but is not a companion dog.

He needs a firm owner, as well as space, exercise, and he needs regular brushing and attention to the ears.


Hunting Dog.


The breed tolerates extremes of temperature well, and has remained a healthy breed through "refresher breeding".

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