Westfälische Dachsbracke FCI Standard
The Westphalian Dachsbracke was designed to perform the hunting duties, which large Brackes were incapable of doing. This short-legged dog is endowed with fabulous nose and hunting prowess. Because of its shortness it can chase a fox and other small animals down their dens and it’s remarkably persistent in its pursuit. Nevertheless this dog is powerful enough to assist the hunter in hunting a wild boar. The breed is an expert in so-called circle hunting. Following the quarry in circles it announces its approach with sonorous voice and constantly tries to direct it to the waiting hunter.
The first mentioning of the Westphalian Dachsbracke as a unique breed appeared in 1886 when it was in detail described by cynologists Ludwig Beckmann and Otto Grashley. The eventual standard for the breed was developed in 1910. At the time these two dog lovers thought up its current official name. In 1987 it was approved internationally by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). The United Kennel Club (UKC) recognised the breed in 2006. In its native Germany the Westphalian Dachsbracke is equally treasured both as an outstanding hunter and as a brilliant companion. However it can be rarely seen elsewhere in the world.
The breed hasn’t been noticed in any kind of human aggression but it still demonstrates reserved and cool behaviour in front of unknown people. The Westphalian Dachsbracke is quite able to alert its master about approaching unfamiliar person so it can make a good watch dog. However its good-naturedness purports that it won’t be effective enough as a guard dog.
The Westphalian Dachsbracke gets along with other canines and vast majority of specimens will be amiably and peacefully co-exist with one or more other dogs. Naturally no one can guarantee this breeds’ problem-free communication with strange dogs unless it hasn’t been properly socialised with them since its puppyhood. The Westphalian Dachsbracke remains a talented hunting dog and represents and actual threat for stray animals. The dog usually perceives other pets as a part of its pack if they have been brought up together since the early age. Nonetheless some specimens will never overcome their hunting drive and they can’t be kept alongside with a home cat.
• teeth problems;
The rest comprises some usual care practices including ears cleaning, nails trimming and teeth brushing. The breed is an average shedder.
The trainer should base its training methods on gentle encouragement and food incentives to achieve optimal results with this dog. It’s totally unacceptable to treat the Westphalian Dachsbracke rough or unkind since it will excite its natural wilfulness.
This dog possesses excellent endurance, which makes it a tireless and happy participant of various outdoors activities. Without appropriate amount of exercise it’s prone to manifest serious behavioural problems including hyper activity, destructiveness, nervousness.