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Alpine Dachsbracke

The Alpine Dachsbracke, native to Austria, is a small scent hound bred to track wounded deer, boar, hare and fox. The ancestry of the Alpine Dachsbracke can be tracked to the mid 19th century and includes the Austrian black and tan hound and the standard smooth haired Dachshund.

The Alpine Dachsbracke most nearly resembles a Dachshund with its short legs (longer than a Dachshund’s) and long body. It has a short and smooth coat which can be black and brown, brown or red (with or without black). It has round lively eyes and is fairly small, weighing 33 to 40 pounds and standing 13 to 16 inches tall.

The breed is kept primarily by hunters because of its capability to hunt in any circumstances including harsh terrain and high altitude. The breed exhibits a strong prey drive, but can still be a friendly pet.

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