The Deutsche Bracke, known by many other names including the German hound, is a breed of domestic scenthound dog that originated in the Westphalia region of Germany. This breed is an ancient breed, but its origins are largely unknown. It is thought that the breed is most likely derived from Celtic hounds, greyhound breeds, and St. Hubert’s Hound. The breed now holds two regional types, but the Deutschen Bracken Club, which accepted the breed in 1896, merged the four types it held in 1900.
The Deutsche Bracke is small, reaching an average height between 16 and 21 inches at the withers, or shoulder blades. Its body is distinct in that it is rectangular and elegant, and the breed can be recognized by its narrow nose and floppy ears. Its short fur is coarse and typically holds three colors, known as tricolor. The base coat is typically red to yellow, with black fur appearing along the back and white markings occurring along face, chest, legs, and other areas of the body known as Bracken marks.
The Deutsche Bracke is not known to have any major health issues. The breed is known for its skill in tracking, but also makes a loving family pet. It has been accepted by large organizations including the FCI and UKC, as well as many smaller organizations and clubs under varying names. Because it is mostly used for hunting, it is a rare species outside of its native Germany.
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