With flat, pendant ears, a deep chest and thick coat, the Austrian Black and Tan Hound is a large scenthound standing from 18 to 23 inches and weighing in at up to 50 pounds. The hound possesses surprising strength, despite its lossely limbed body. The official breed name is Brandlbracke, Vieräugl.
The Black and Tan Austrian Hound (Brandlbracke) counts as a true descendant of the "Keltenb racke" (Celtic Hound). As with all breeds of older origin, there is no definite authentic history for the "Brandlbracke" until the middle of the 19th century.
The breed is probably a spin-off of the black and tan hounds popular throughout Europe and France in the past. The hound has an acute sense of smell and the ability to track a large variety of game. At home, the breed goes by two rahter long names: Österreichischer Glatthaariger Bracke and Österreichischer Bracke-Brandlebracke.
The color is black with small, clearly defined light to dark fawn markings. The two fawn markings above the eyes (Vieräugl) must be present.
Although not known outside its native Austria, the Brandlebracke is prized by hunters who desire an efficient and industrious sportsman. A hunter full of whim and activity, this hound possesses placid and quiet disposition at home. (Photo courtesy of www.ljv-hessen.de)
- FCI-Standard # 63/18.06.1996/GB
- Andrew De Prisco, James B. Johnson. The Mini-Atlas of Dog Breeds