Deutsche Bracke FCI Standard
The German Hound is a member of the Foxhound family and it’s notable for incredible efficiency in relation to tracking down preys. This work-driven dog perfectly adapts for varying weather conditions and difficult terrains and capable of pursuing its prey resolutely and unfailingly for hours on end. It was generally used to hunt hares, fox and wild boars in the German highlands. It possesses very sensitive nose, which makes it highly useful in tracing shot animals’ trails. Its sonorous and loud bark allows it to pinpoint the exact location of the wounded prey. Hunters usually applied the Deutsche Bracke in pairs or small packs, though it frequently served as a single hunting dog.
At the beginning of the XX century several types of hounds existed in Germany. Sadly enough but almost all of them went extinct during this century, with the exception for the German Hound. The organised breeding of this dog has begun in 1896 but its written standard was developed only in 1955. In the same year the breed’s standard was also drawn up in its native Olpe. Initially the dog’s population was mostly confined to the regions of Sauerland and Westphalia but presently among all breeds existing in above-mentioned regions, the Deutsche Bracke is the only Bracke, which attained recognition in the whole Germany. Nowadays it gained a regional popularity as a working and companion dog, but it can be barely observed outside its place of origin.
On the whole the Deutsche Hound acts indifferently and warily when it meets a stranger. Nevertheless it’s rather open to new acquaintances and it willingly interacts with people it knows. This dog is alert and attentive enough to warn its master about the approach of an intruder. This makes it quite qualified for the job of a watchdog. This breed also can perform guarding duties but its friendliness makes it a rather bad choice for this role.
The German Hound is generally friendly with other dogs since it was widely used for pack hunting in the past. However some individual specimens may exhibit strong desire to dominate, which usually leads to cruel fights for the alpha status between two unfamiliar dogs. This purports that it must always be kept leashed and some specimens need to be even muzzled while walking. This dog has long hunting history and therefore it poses visible danger for all non-canine animals. At the same time it usually has few issues with a home cat with which it has been living since its puppyhood.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• eye problems;
• sensitivity to anaesthesia;
• gastric torsion.
As a hound the Deutsche Bracke can be easily distracted by some captivating smell so it will be impossible to turn its attention back to training. The breed responds only to positive reinforcement and abundant tasty treats. It’s totally unacceptable to treat the dog harshly or otherwise unfairly while working with it since it doesn’t bring desirable results.
Anyway this dog will be grateful for a chance to run and roam in a securely fenced area. It tends to become overexcited, nervous, destructive and unmanageable without appropriate amount of exercise. The Deutsche Bracke does much better in the countryside and it accommodates poorly to a life in a small apartment.