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. 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 compared to their forelegs, than with the Dachshund. 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 the head. The skin of the neck is loose but without forming a dewlap.
The tail is carried upwards in sabre shape or pendant with a slight curve at the tip. The ideal height is 11.5 – 13 inches at shoulders. The coat is very dense and coarse; short on the 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 the tail. Undesirable are bicolored dogs as well as dogs with black markings on the head. Chocolate brown is a fault.