Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

German Hound

(Deutsche Bracke)

Deutsche Bracke


ORIGIN

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FCI
Germany.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
24.06.1997.

UTILISATION

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FCI
Hound.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.3Scenthounds, Small-sized Hounds
With working trial

UKC
Scenthound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
C. Seidler, revised by Dr. Paschoud.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
From the formerly numerically strong varieties of the Bracken, the only one surviving in Germany is the Westphalian Bracke. Its most significant local variety was the tricolour Sauerländer Holzbracke. Through melting this type with local Steinbracken, one certain type has evolved, which since 1900 has been designated as the Deutsche Bracke (German Bracke / Hound).
UKC
From the many varieties of Bracken that originally existed, only one survived in Germany, the Westphalian Bracke. These were interbred with local Steinbracken, and one type evolved, which has been known since 1900 as the Deutsche Bracke, or German Bracke Hound. The Duetsche Bracke was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
That of a light, high stationed, elegant, yet strongly made hunting dog with a noble, comparatively fine head, good leathers and a well carried but in respect of the noble general appearance, remarkably thick tail. Slightly tucked up abdomen.
UKC
A light, high stationed, elegant yet strongly made hunting dog with a noble appearance.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Length of head in dogs of medium size approximately 21 cm, from muzzle to beween eyes about 9 cm.

HEAD

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FCI
Fine, clean, elongated. Seen from the front, the head appears narrow and long, the skull only little broader than the not sharply protruding cheeks which merge very gradually with the muzzle.
UKC
Fine, clean and long, with flat cheeks.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Slightly domed, occiput protrudes but only slightly.
UKC
The skull is slightly domed, and the occiput is not prominent. The stop is minimal.

Stop

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FCI
Minimal.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Has a light, almost flesh coloured strip in its middle, while the wings of the nose have more or less dark pigment.
UKC
The nose has a light, almost pink, strip in its center. The rest of the nose is dark.

Muzzle

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FCI
Nosebridge: Very slightly convex.
UKC
The bridge of the nose is very slightly convex. The lips are moderately pendant.

Lips

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FCI
Moderately pendant, corner of mouth small.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Extremely strong and even. Incisors meet either on top of each other or the inside of the upper incisors touches the outside of the lower incisors. Canines particularly strongly developed.
UKC
The Duetsche Bracke has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors or level bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark, clear with friendly expression.
UKC
The eyes are dark and clear, with a friendly expression.

Ears

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UKC
The ears are long and broad, close fitting, and rounded at the ends.

Leathers

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FCI
Long, about 14 cm and broad, about 9 cm, close fitting and rounded at ends.

NECK

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FCI
Moderate length and rather strong in relation to the head.
UKC
The neck is moderately long, and strong in relation to the head.

BODY

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UKC
The chest is deep, reaching below the elbow. The ribcage is long. The back is slightly arched, and the croup falls away slightly.

Back

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FCI
Slightly arched.

Croup

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FCI
Falling away slightly.

Chest

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FCI
Deep, reaching to below elbows. Flatly rounded with long ribcage.

TAIL

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FCI
Long, not noticeably strong at the root. As a protection against knocking against tree trunks and branches, it has bushy long hair and is therefore comparatively thick, yet tapering to a point and somewhat brush-like. Tail is carried hanging down or upwards in a gentle curve.
UKC
Long, and not noticeably strong at the root. The tail has bushy long hair, and therefore appears heavy, yet it tapers to a point. It is carried down or upward in a curve.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
High, very well made, lean, fine boned and sinewy.
UKC
The shoulders are clean, and the withers are high.

Shoulder

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FCI
Clean.

Elbow

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FCI
Close fitting.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The legs are lean, fine boned and sinewy, with close elbows.

FEET

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UKC
Longer than cat feet, with very tight toes.

Forefeet

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FCI
Longer than cat-feet, coarse, very tight toes.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Thighs broad and full in profile, lower thigh long and not very broad, well angulated.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The upper thighs are broad and full in profile. The lower thigh is long, not very broad, and well angulated.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI

Long for a short haired dog. Very dense, hard, almost bristly.
Well coated and dense on belly. Generally a little longer on underside of tail forming a moderate brush. Buttocks (thighs) well breeched.
UKC
Dense, hard and bristly. Long, for a short haired dog. There is a brush on the tail and there are breeches on the hind legs.

COLOUR

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FCI
Red to yellow with black saddle or blanket and the white "Bracken" markings blaze running through, white muzzle with neck ring (closed neck ring should be aimed for), white chest, legs and tip of tail.
UKC
Red through yellow. with a black blanket or saddle, and white ‘bracken’ markings: blaze, white muzzle, white neck ring, white chest, legs and tip of tail.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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FCI

Height at withers 40 to 53 cm.
Moderate departure from these measurements permitted.
UKC
Height at the withers for males and females is 17 inches to 21 inches.

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.
  • Long cast, low body shape.
  • Teckel-like (Dachshund type) head.
  • Pointed, folded or short leathers.
  • Sickle or ring tail.
  • Faulty legs.
  • Splayed, incorrect feet.
  • Chocolate colour, particolour.
  • Particolour.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Head: Teckel-like head shape.
Body: Long and low body shape.
Tail: Ring tail.
Color: Chocolate or parti-color.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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UKC
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.