Westphalian Dachsbracke

The Westphalian Dachsbracke is a medium-sized, sturdily built, hunting dog of German origin. This is the short-legged variety of the German Hound (Bracke). It is quite similar in essential points to the long-legged variety, but gives a compacter, more powerful impression.

Westphalian Dachsbracke
Westphalian Dachsbracke
Photo courtesy of deutscher-bracken-club.de


This breed takes his work duties very seriously and is described as faithful, friendly, and alert. The hindquarters are straighter than with most other breeds. Hind legs are far more strongly developed in relation to forelegs than with the Dachshound. The upper thighs have strong pronounced muscles, and, seen both from side and rear, stand almost straight. The neck is moderately long. Rather thick in relation to the head but getting gradually finer towards head. The skin of the neck is loose but without forming a dewlap. The tail is carried upwards in sabre shape or pendant with slight curve at the tip. The ideal height is 11.5-13 inches at shoulders. The coat is very dense and coarse; short on head, leathers and lower part of legs, longer over back, neck and underside of tail. Red to yellow color with black saddle or mantle and the white "Bracken" markings: Blaze or snip, white muzzle and white collar, white chest, legs and tip of tail. Undesirable are bicolored dogs as well as dogs with black markings on head. Chocolate brown is a fault. (Adapted from FCI-Standard # 100)





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