Austrian Black and Tan Hound
Austrian Black and tan hounds are originally from Austria. Their first appearance dates back to 19th century where they were used for tracing hares mainly wounded game on mountains. These are descendents of Keltenb racks which are Celtic Hounds.
These dogs look strong in appearance with a broad chest and long neck. They are medium in size with a supple body that is covered in black coat.
The height of a male dog is 50 to 55 cms and that of female is 47 to 54 cms. (Averagely 20 inches). They weigh around 15 to 22 kgs and sometimes 25 kgs. Their coat is smooth, dense and short. It is usually black with light brown fawn or tan marks. Usually two near the eyes indicate a healthy hound.
As hounds they have a good sense of smell and can track humans and animals, specially hares. This sensitive black nose and their strong body posture make this breed an excellent hunting dog. They also love to work and are great runners for long distance. They love to play games and are good natured while interacting with humans. They need to exercise daily and so need to be taken out for play.
As smell hounds and elegantly energetic breed, they like big spaces for play and are usually better suited in rural areas compared to cities. Their lovely voice and friendly nature is another good quality.
Austrian Black hounds have a life span of 12 to 14 years. This is the average life span of hound dogs but they can live maximum of their life if their appearance has all the described qualities of proper coat with fawn marks and a proper physique. Their usual requirements are a strong and supple body along with a medium straight neck with straight nasal bridge muzzle and a set of 42 teeth with 2 premolar teeth absent.
SHEDDING AND TRAINING
Their short black fur is less likely to shed easily and so this hound needs cleaning and brushing only once a week or sometimes if required. Though, their nails grow faster and need to be cut regularly. Same goes for ears which get infected easily. Other than these the Austrian Black hound has no genetic disease observed so far.
Due to their agile and playful nature they don't require much training to learn things. They are fast learners of hunting related activities and once disciplined are excellent in their work.
Their appearance and overall characteristics make them an appealing dog to adopt. And their friendly nature towards people and other animals has developed over years which still make them a helpful dog in searching and excercise.
|Male: 20–22 inches (50–56 cm)
Female: 19–21 inches (48–54 cm)
|33–49 pounds (15–22 kg)
|Average $400 - $600 USD