The Deutsche Bracke, also known as the German Hound, is a hunting class breed that was originally bred in Westphalia, Germany. They are bred as a hunting dog and was a very popular dog among German hunters. The breed is not recognized by the UK Kennel Club or the American Kennel Club but is still a well known and loved the breed.
The Temperament and energy levels of the Deutsche Bracke
The Deutsche Bracke is a very high energy dog whos nose will never shut off and stop sniffing the ground. The Deutsche Bracke needs a lot of exercises and loves to run. Because of their prey drive and love for running, the breed loves lure coursing and playing with the flirt pole. The Deutsche Bracke does very well with children of all ages and all types of people. The breed is extremely smart and will use its brains to escape fences, leashes are very good for this dog.
The Deutsche Bracke has an extremely high prey drive and will kill any small rodents, even small pets like hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, and rats. They have been known to terrorize cats and smaller dogs, but through lots of socialization and training, the Deutsche Bracke will be perfectly good with small dogs and cats. The Deutsche Bracke is a calmer and more mellow dog, which makes it an ideal family dog.
The breed has a very independent personality, so it is very important that you know how to train the breed. They do not always work for treats when on a track and will run away if they see a small animal. It is very important to have a firm leadership role in the dog's life and use a leash or a long line so the dog won't run away. It is also advised to practice as much recall training as possible, using lots of praise and rewards.
The life span and health of the Deutsche Bracke
The Deutsche Bracke is often a less then healthy breed, with the largest health concern being cataracts, and other potential issues being glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, and bloat. To keep your Deutsche Bracke's life as long and happy as possible, research good breeders who health test their breeding pair, visit the vet frequently and keep a watch on the dogs day to day behavior and health. The Deutsche, on average, lives for 10 to 12 years.
Shedding and grooming of the Deutsche Bracke
Because the Deutsche Bracke has a very thick and dense coat, they are protected from all kinds of cold and hot weather, they can live in any climate and area. Their undercoat will shed in the spring, so brushing is needed at least once a week, as well as keeping the ears clean and nails trimmed.
|16-21 inches (40–53 cm)
|Average $400 - $600 USD