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Alpine Dachsbracke Breed Description

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Breed Organization

United Kennel Club (UKC)

Native Country

Other Names
Basset Pointer, Alpenlandische Dachsbracke, Basset des Alpes

Life Expectancy
Approximately 12 Years

Litter Size
No litter information available.

Breed Group

General Description

The Alpine Dachsbracke is a short-legged, sturdy hunting dog with a robust, strong boned body structure, dense coat and firm muscles. It has a straight bridge of nose with a definite stop and a lightly arched skull. Strong muzzle with pronounced transition to cranial region. Well defined furrow in forehead, lightly emphasized occiput. The nose is black and the lips are close fitting with black pigment, moderately rounded curve of lips. Strong complete teeth with scissor or pincer bite. The eyes have dark brown irises and the eyelids are close fitting to eyeballs with black pigment. The neck is muscular and not too long. The trunk is strong and well-muscled, elongated. Withers moderately emphasized; straight back; loins short and broad. The rump is barely sloping. The chest is deep and broad with pronounced forechest. Depth of chest should be about half the height at shoulder. The belly is moderately tucked up. The tail is set on high, thick at root. Longer hair on underside (brush tail); reaching barely to ground, carried slightly downward. The limbs are close fitting. Shoulders are long, sloping and strongly muscled. Front legs are straight and strong; they appear short in relation to the body. Hindquarters are muscular, strong and well angulated. Seen from the rear, the axis of the legs is straight. The front and hind feet are strong, round, toes tight against each other with strong pads and black nails. The Alpine Dachsbracke has a double coat consisting of very thick top coat and a dense undercoat, which covers the whole body and is close fitting. The ideal color is dark deer red with or without black hairs lightly interspersed. Also black with clearly defined red-brown markings on head (Vieraeugl), chest, legs, feet and underside of tail.

Breed Standard

Head: Long. Slightly domed skull. Slight stop. Straight nose-bridge. Muzzle fairly broad. Thin, well joined flews.
Ears: Medium in length, wide, rounded, hanging straight against head.
Eyes: Medium in size, round, dark or light brown.
Body: Long. Muscular neck without dewlap. Pronounced withers. Well-curved chest. Full loin. Pronounced tuck-up. Round, sloping croup. Straight, firm, long back.
Tail: Medium in lenght, thick at the base, usually hanging or raised in a loose curve. Hair forms a brush.
Hair: Short, very thick, lying flat against the body, hard. Sparse undercoat. Long and harsh on the back, abdomen and backs of the tighs.
Coat: Black and red: dark black with rust markings. Brown: brown with lighter markings, brown nose. Red: reddish-fawn, rust, reddish yellow with lighter markings. White: spotted with several colors (Westphalian): all colors allowed for red combined with white. Markings below the eyes, on the muzzle, legs and chest.
Size: 34 to 42 cm (13.4 - 16.5 in).
Weight: Approx. 18 kg (39.7 lb)


Similar to the Dachshund, the Alpine Basset Hound is an intermediate form between the pure basset and long-legged pointer. In fact, in 1896 the breed was named the Alpine Dachsbracke. Dachsbracke was recognized by the top canine organizations in Austria as the third scenthound breed. In 1975 the name was altered to Alpenlaendische Dachsbracke and the FCI declared Austria as the country of origin. In 1991 the Alpenlaendische Dachsbracke was included in Section 2 of Scenthounds in the FCI nomenclature.


This hardy, obstinate, agile dog has great stamina, a fighting spirit, a good voice and a very keen sense of smell. He does not hunt in packs. He is used in hunting hare, fox, and wild boar, retrieving feathered game (wild goose, ect.) and tracking wounded game. He makes a very affectionate pet. Most Alpine Dachsbrackes are excellent with children and good with dogs and other pets, though they may exhibit a strong prey drive typical of many scent dogs.He needs firm training.

He needs space and exercise and requires regular brushing.


The breed is officially recognized as a scenthound for blood trails, although it is closely related to a group of Bracke (dogs, that are usually used for chasing the game) so, the Alpine Dachsbracke is a "multi-hunting" dog. He is confidently finding a game after the shot, and usually this dogs are used for work on a blood trail of a hoofed animals. The Alpine Dachsbracke is using a voice on the trail, chases and stops the game, which makes it easies to monitor the process of hunting. Pet.


No health information available.

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