The German Hound is the only surviving dog from the old Middle-German hounds. His ancestors were the ancient Celtic dogs. Home of these dogs, as the name suggests, is Germany, and in particular their origin is associated with the area of Westphalia. The breed was recognized in 1900, but today it is rare outside its homeland. The German Hound is a strong, tireless, determined and always concentrated dog. It is a very good hunter who possesses a great orientation skills when chasing a prey.
In 1896 in Olpe was created the Deutschen Bracken Club. After it's board decision all the hound breeds in Northwestern Germany were merged into one. Before that, there were a number of names like "Sauerländer Bracke", "Olpe Bracke", "Westphalian Bracke", and many more. Today there are only two Bracke breeds - the Deutsche Bracke (German Hound) and Westphalian Dachsbracke.
Representatives of the breed have elegant, yet stocky bodies covered with thick and coarse hair, which is quite long for a short haired dog. Their height ranged from 40-53 cm and weight 10 to 18 kg. The head is elongated, the ears are long and wide. The color can be from red to yellow with black saddle and white muzzle, forehead, chest, legs and tip of tail. The back is slightly rounded, the tail is long.
Character and behavior
The German Hound is quite restless and mischievous, but always balanced and calm. Sometimes they are aloof, but depending on the education, they can become very obedient puppies. They possess a balanced temperament and friendly nature. They show devotion not only to their owner, but also for all the family members. It is necessary to assure the proper physical and mental activities, to keep the best traits of your dog's character.
Training and education
This is a very independent breed. These dogs love to make decisions by themselves and do whatever they want. Therefore, training should be accompanied by a lot of patience and perseverance. However, the balanced behavior will help the education. It is better to organize simulation games and exercises on open spaces.
Representatives of the breed are characterized by high durability, they are tireless workers. The dense and hard coat with undercoat protects them from any meteorological conditions. Those hunters have a relatively good health, but there is a certain risk for their ear canals. The hanging ears block the air access, which could lead to serious infections. The average life span of the German Hound is 10 - 12 years.
Grooming and care
Apartments are not suitable housing for the representatives of this breed. They need a lot of movement and daily walks wouldn't be enough. The German Hound needs concrete tasks to perform, this will make it feel useful and happy. It is desirable that its owners have more free time for your four-legged pet. Coat of these dogs is maintained very easily. You should comb the hair 3 or 4 times per week. Bathing can be done only when necessary.
Children and other pets
These hounds get along perfectly with other dogs and animals. The same goes for children. as long as they do not harass the puppy, it will always be ready to play with them.
In the past hunters of foxes followed the dogs, like the Celts did many centuries ago when chasing deer. An interesting new sport was invented during the 16th century, which allowed guns. It was named Brackade. The dogs chased the wild animal while barking to inform the hunters of their location. Today, the the German Hound is mainly used to hunt rabbits, fixes and deer. A fantastic custom of the past is still preserved in recent days – the use of horns to communicate with the hounds.