Austrian Black and Tan Hound

Austrian Black and Tan Hound Breed description: Character & Co

Austrian Black and Tan Hound

Life expectancy
12 - 14

What is the origin of Austrian Black and Tan Hound?

The ancestors of the Austrian Black and Tan Hound go back to the oldest dogs in the world. According to unconfirmed traditions, the running dogs originate from Egypt. Here animals were already known thousands of years ago, which resembled today's Bracken with their hanging ears. Conjectures assume that they finally reached the Mediterranean area and spread from here all over Europe. Already 2,500 years ago, the Celts valued the excellent hunters and brought them on their journeys to France, Britain and the Rhineland. This is where the historical name Kettenbracke comes from, which summarizes old running dog breeds. Animals with an excellent nose like the Austrian Black and Tan Hound were essential for survival at that time. They helped in the procurement of food. The value of a good hunting dog at that time is described in the 1,000-year-old legal text Lex Baiuwariorum: It states that scent hounds were worth more than a horse. In the 19th century the Bracken were finally separated into different breeds. At that time the Brandlbracke was known as the Österreichische Glatthaarbracke. In 1884 the breed was finally registered in the Austrian Dog Breeding Book. Exactly 112 years passed until the international dog association FCI also accepted it as an independent breed.

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Alternate Name Vieräugl, Carinthian Bracke, Kärntner Bracke, Brandlbracke
Origin Austria
Life expectancy 12 - 14 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group Scent hounds
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

What are typical characteristics of Austrian Black and Tan Hound?

If you are thinking about buying a Kärntner Bracke puppy, be aware that it is a hunting dog from heart and soul. At home your four-legged friend is characterized by his level-headed, calm nature. He likes children and proves to be good-natured and gentle towards them. As soon as you leave the house and the pelt-nose takes up a track, it becomes the attentive hunter. No terrain seems to be too impassable for her. They accompany their owners into high alpine terrain and are talented climbers. In thunderstorms as well as in storms and driving snow they keep their calm nature. They courageously go in search of wild boars and other animals. Because of their excellent sense of direction, they always find their way back to their starting point. The Austrian Black and Tan Hound is an ideal companion for those who love nature and go out in all weathers. The breed is ideal for hunters, where it proves its worth especially in tracking. The breed is tracking loud and always shows where it is. In addition, Austrian Black and Tan Hound  are extraordinarily cooperative: they orient themselves to their owner and need clear rules and consistent leadership. If you want to buy a Carinthian Bracke, ideally you live in a house with a garden in the country.


What are typical diseases of Austrian Black and Tan Hound?

Since the Brandlbracke is not a fashionable breed and is bred seriously, there are no known typical diseases of the breed. As with all dogs with hanging ears, the hearing organ is sensitive. A regular check and cleaning with a soft cloth pays off.

Breeding - where, how, what?

If you want to buy a Austrian Black and Tan Hound, you will probably have to wait a long time. Only a few breeders have specialized in this breed. However, it is worthwhile to buy a young animal from a reputable Carinthian Bracke breed. The breeders are subject to strict conditions and deliver the puppies in perfect health, chipped, vaccinated and dewormed. In addition, you will receive some important tips along the way: Among other things, the breeder will advise you to feed the puppy three times a day until it is six months old.

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Very typical for the Brandlbracke are the two red spots above the eyes. It almost seems as if the animals do not have two eyes, but four. That is the reason why they are sometimes called "Vieräugl". Historical myths attribute supernatural powers to four-eyed dogs, by the way. Compared to other Bracken breeds, the Brandlbracke is taller. The breed standard describes the body as "medium sized, elongated and elastic". The tail of the Austrian Black and Tan Hound is lowered downwards when running, when it picks up a scent, it rises steeply upwards.

Appearance and coat of the Austrian Black and Tan Hound

Why the breed is called Brandlbracke is explained by its striking markings. The muscular body of the animal is covered with short, shiny fur, which is two centimeters long. The basic colour is black, red and sharply defined markings adorn the quadrupeds. Experts call this typical colouring "brand" in technical jargon. The spots on the black background are light to dark brown. The markings extend over the lower part of the legs over the chest, also the muzzle is brown at the bottom and on both sides. Characteristic are also the medium long hanging ears and the brown, clear eyes.

How big does it become?

  • Bitches 48 to 54 centimetres

  • Males: 50 to 56 centimetres

How much does a Austrian Black and Tan Hound weigh?

Brandlbracken weigh 16 to 27 kilograms.

How old does it become?

The average life expectancy is 12 to 14 years.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy strong, hefty
Size ♀ 48 - 54 cm
Weight ♀ 16 - 27 kg
Size ♂ 50 - 56 cm
Weight ♂ 16 - 27 kg
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