Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Alpine Dachsbracke

(Alpenländische Dachsbracke)

Alpine Drachsbracke


ORIGIN

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FCI
Austria.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
10.10.1995.

UTILISATION

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FCI
A robust, weather resistant working dog used by the mountain huntsman. The Alpine Dachsbracke is used as a tracking hound for wounded deer and as scenthound for hare and fox.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 2Leash (scent) Hounds
With working trial

UKC
Scenthound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
C. Seidler.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
Already in ancient times, a hunting/shooting dog was used which bore a remarkable resemblance in appearance to the Alpine Dachsbracke. Crown Prince Rudolf of Habsburg in 1881 and 1885 made his gamekeepers from Mursteg and Ischl include Alpine Dachsbracken on his hunting trips to Turkey and to Egypt. In 1932 the “Alpine- Erzgebirgs- Dachsbracke” was recognized by the top canine organisations in Austria as the third Scenthound breed. In 1975 the name was altered to “Alpenländische Dachsbracke” and the F.C.I. declared Austria as the country of origin. In 1991 the Alpenländische Dachsbracke was included in Section 2 of Scenthounds in the FCI nomenclature.
UKC
In the late 19th Century, the gamekeepers for Crown Prince Rudolf were using a hunting/shooting dog that bore a strong resemblance to the modern Alpine Drachsbracke. The breed was used as a tracking dog for wounded deer and a scenthound for hare and fox. In 1932 the breed was recognized in Austria, and in 1991 it was accepted as a Scenthound by FCI. The Alpine Drachsbracke was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
A short legged, sturdy hunting dog with a robust, strong boned body structure, dense coat, firm muscles.
UKC
The Alpine Drachsbracke is a rectangular shaped, short legged, sturdy hunting dog with robust, strong boned body structure, a dense coat and firm muscles.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI

Relation of height at shoulder to length of body = 2 3.
Relation of facial region to cranial region = 9 10.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Expression intelligent and friendly. Fearless personality.
UKC
The breed has a fearless personality.

HEAD

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CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Lightly arched. Well defined furrow in fore-head, lightly emphasized occiput.
UKC
The skull is slightly arched. There is a well pronounced furrow between the eyes. The occiput is barely prominent. The stop is distinct.

Stop

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FCI
Pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black.
UKC
Black.

Muzzle

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FCI
Strong.
UKC
The muzzle is strong and slightly shorter than the skull. The lips are close fitting, moderately rounded and have black pigment.

Lips

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FCI
Close fitting with black pigment, moderately rounded curve of lips.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Strong complete teeth with scissor or pincer bite. A complete set with 42 teeth is sought after; the absence of totally two PM1 or PM2 (premolar 1 or 2) is tolerated; the M3 (molar 3) are not taken into account.
UKC
The Alpine Drachsbracke has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors or level bite. The absence of the first or second premolars is tolerated.

Eyes

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FCI
With dark brown iris. Eyelids close fitting to eyeballs with black pigment.
UKC
Dark brown in color, with close fitting, black rims.

Ears

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UKC
Set on high, without folds, hanging close to the cheeks, well rounded at the tips, the ears should reach nearly to the end of the muzzle.

Leathers

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FCI
Set on high without folds, hanging broad and smooth, medium length (should reach to the canines), well rounded at tips.

NECK

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FCI
Muscular, not too long.
UKC
Muscular, and not too long.

BODY

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FCI
Trunk strong and well muscled, elongated.
UKC
The trunk is strong and well muscled, and elongated, in a ratio of length to height of 3:2. The chest is deep and broad, and there is a pronounced forechest. The depth of chest should be about one half the height at the withers. The back is straight, and the loin is short and broad. The croup is barely sloping. The belly is moderately tucked up.

Withers

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FCI
Moderately emphasized.

Back

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FCI
Straight.

Loin

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FCI
Short and broad.

Croup

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FCI
Barely sloping.

Chest

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FCI
Deep and broad with pronounced forechest. Depth of chest should be about half the height at shoulder.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Moderately tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
Set on high, thick at root. Longer hair on underside (brush tail); reaching barely to ground, carried slightly downward.
UKC
Set on high, strong at the root, reaching barely to the ground in length, and carried somewhat low. There is a brush of hair on the underside of the tail.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Front legs are straight and strong; they appear short in relation to the body.
UKC
The shoulder blades are close-fitting, long, sloping, and strongly muscled.

Shoulder

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FCI
Shoulder blade close fitting, long, sloping and strongly muscled.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The front legs are straight and strong. They appear short in relation to the length of the body.

FEET

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UKC
Round, with tight toes, strong pads and black nails.

Forefeet

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FCI
Front and hind feet strong, round, toes tight against each other. Strong pads and black nails.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Muscular, strong and well angulated. Seen from the rear, the axis of the legs is straight.
UKC
The hindquarters are muscular, strong, and well-angulated.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
Seen from the rear, the hind legs are straight.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Movement is ground covering, not tripping. Preferred gait Trot.
UKC
Movement is ground covering.

SKIN

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FCI
Elastic and strong, without wrinkles.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
The double coat consists of very thick top coat and a dense undercoat, which covers the whole body and is close fitting.
UKC
A thick, dense close fitting, double coat.

COLOUR

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FCI
The ideal colour is dark deer red with or without black hairs lightly interspersed. Also black with clearly defined red-brown markings on head (Vieräugl), chest, legs, feet and underside of tail. White star on chest permitted.
UKC
The preferred color is dark deer red, with or without interspersed black hairs. Also acceptable is black with clearly defined rust red markings on the head, chest, legs, feet and underside of tail. A white star on the chest is permitted.

SIZE

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UKC
Ideal height for males is 15 inches. For females it is 14 inches.

Height at withers

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FCI

34-42 cm.
Ideal height for dogs 37-38 cm.
Ideal height for bitches 36-37 cm.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Weak bone.
Lack of muscle.
Too pointed, too short or too long in muzzle.
Too light eye, lids not close fitting.
Short or pointed leathers.
Loose shoulders.
Wrong stance of front or hind legs.
Coat too thin or too short.
Slight departure from correct colour.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
Any deviation which will hinder ability to hunt.
Lack of more than two premolars 1 or 2 (the M3 are not taken into account).
Height at withers less than 34 cm and more than 42 cm.
Weakness in temperament.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

(An Eliminating Fault is a Fault serious enough that it eliminates the dog from obtaining any awards in a conformation event.) Height less than 13 inches or greater than 16.5 inches.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.