The Austrian Black and Tan Hound (Brandalbrak) is a living descendant of the "Keltenb racke" (Celtic hounds). As with all breeds with ancient origin, the true history of the Brandalbrak is unknown until the mid 19th century when the uncontrolled breeding was regulated. Unofficially this breed originated from Austria and is little known outside the borders of this European country. The breed was recognized in 1884.
The Austrian Black and Tan Hound is very popular hunting dog, thanks to its abilities for heavy work on high mountains and in lowland areas. This makes it ideal for hunting, for research and also beloved as a pet.
The Black and Tan Austrian Hound is a medium sized dog with strong body, long and elastic. The head has a broad skull, the eyes are clear, dark brown, not red conjunctiva visible at the corner of the eye. The ears are of medium size, high, rounded at the end, hanging and flat against the cheek. The tail is long, raising a little bent, hanging at rest. On the front side, the coat forms a hard brush.
The average height is 50-56 cm for males and 48 to 54 cm for females. These dogs weight is around 19 kg.
Character and behavior
With its ability to work in the high mountains as well as in the field, The Austrian Black and Tan Hound is popular as a blood hound and search dog. The character is lively and attentive, reserved but friendly, with no trace of timidity.
The Austrian Black and Tan Hound is appreciated as a companion and as a hunting dog for its good qualities and very fine nose. When running, this dog offers stylish looks and covers a lot of ground.
Training and education
The Austrian Black and Tan Hound is a good companion, devoted to his masters. It can be adapted to many situations, particularly in the presence of children. It retains a strong hunting instinct. His education must be conducted from an early age. You should give him long and frequent trips, especially if you live in an apartment.
No special pathology is specifically described for this dog breed, if not the risk of developing an ear infection due to the conformation of his ears. The main health problems are more related to hunting accidents (shot, fracture, bite, heat stroke ...).
The average life span of the Austrian Black and Tan Hound is 13 years.
Grooming and care
Its rather pendulous ears must be clear regularly and once a day brushing is recommended. No other special maintenance is required for this nice dog.
The Austrian Black and Tan Hound needs a master who will spend a lot of time on walks and exercises, because this dog is a true “sportsman”.
Children and other pets
The Austrian Black and Tan Hound gets along well with other dogs if he knows them from an early age but like many hunting dogs, he will tend to hunt smaller animals than him.
It's not really good as a guard because it is compatible with all and loves everyone. Despite a reserve on the edge of shyness, it is always friendly in all situations. Socialization is very easy but his education should still be firm and appropriate so as not to exacerbate its large reserve.
The roots of the Austrian Black and Tan Hound are unclear and could go back thousands of years. However, it is proven that it is a direct descendant of the Celtic Hounds. It is a really rare breed and puppies for sale are hard to find even in its home region.
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