Alpine Dachsbracke

This pretty specimen with a nice doggie look is an excellent companion for living, hunting or playing. Better known in Austria more than anywhere else in the world, he is also appreciated in Italy. Virtually unknown outside of Europe, the Alpine Dachsbracke is a magnificent specimen with good qualities and excellent behavior, as well as being a pleasant and easy-going companion dog. The breed deserves to spread beyond the borders of his country and the European continent.

Height 34 to 42 cm
Weight 15 to 18 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years
Hair Loss Medium
Excercise Need High
Home country Austria

Quick Overview of the Alpine Dachsbracke


  • High endurance and tenacity
  • Affectionate, balanced and obedient
  • Very sociable and devoted to his family
  • Combative and stubborn


  • Rather short on legs
  • Robust and muscular build
  • Well developed bones and firm muscles
  • Large, drooping ears


  • Regular ear checks
  • Generally in excellent health
  • No particular pathology

Temperament of the Alpine Dachsbracke

The Alpine Dachsbracke is a very agile hunting dog with a fine nose, great stamina and tenacity. He never gives up. He is an affectionate, balanced and obedient dog. Very sociable and devoted to his family, he likes children and shares their games without issue.

Combative, obstinate and very tenacious, he is an outstanding hunting dog. Slightly stubborn, a good early education will make him a more obedient dog. As he is very intelligent, his training is usually easy.

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Breed Appearance

Alpine basset hound

Rather short on legs, like most others in his category, the Alpine Dachsbracke has a robust and muscular build. His developed bones and firm muscles make him an excellent tenacious and combative hunting dog.


Between 34 and 42 cm (13.39 to 16.54 inches) for the male
Between 34 and 42 cm (13.39 to 16.54 inches) for the female


Between 15 and 18 kg (33.07 to 39.68 pounds) for the male
Between 15 and 18 kg (33.07 to 39.68 pounds) for the female


The coat of the Alpine Dachsbracke is fawn tending towards red or black and tan or red-brown.


His coat is dense and double and has a thick undercoat.


His head with its slightly domed skull has a light stop. The dog's black eyelids hide very dark brown eyes. His large drooping ears are rather smooth. His nose is black. His tail, in the shape of a brush, barely reaches the ground.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 2 and is #254

Characteristics of the Alpine Dachsbracke

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Alpine Dachsbracke puppy: between 600 € / $ 1 / £1 and 800 € / $ 1 / £1
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder

Tips About this breed

This sweet little dog doesn't appreciate city life. He loves the great outdoors, countryside and mountains, walks and exercise. For city dwellers who love the breed, it is best to get the dog used to the city at an early age so that he can enjoy it, but he will still need walking often and taken out into the great outdoors in order to keep him happy.

Widely used for hunting, the Alpine Dachsbracke is excellent for hunting fox, wild boar, hare and even game birds. However, he does not hunt in packs, preferring to work alone.

He is an intelligent dog that should receive early training to control his somewhat independent character, slight stubbornness and socialization. His education must be firm and constant but never aggressive. The puppy is generally receptive and quickly understands what is expected of him. Afterwards, he will easily apply the rules he has learned.

Health of the Alpine Dachsbracke

This robust dog generally enjoys excellent health. The breed has no particular pathology and his life expectancy is pretty good.


It is best to check his drooping ears regularly to avoid potential infections. Even if regular brushing is necessary, it is still very easy to care of his coat. His maintenance is relatively easy and requires little time.

History of this breed

From ancient times, dogs very similar to him were used in the region of the Ore Mountains in Germany. Prince Rudolf of Habsburg used him in the 19th century during his hunting expeditions to Egypt and Turkey.

In 1932, the Austrian Umbrella Dog Association recognized the breed as the "Erzgebirge Alpine Dachsbracke", while the FCI recognized him as the Alpine Dachsbracke in 1975.

This highly appreciated hunting hound is widely used in the mountains. He is exclusively a great outdoors dog that doesn't really appreciate city life.

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