The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound also known as Steirische Rauhhaarbracke is an Austrian breed, created by Austrian industrialist and dog lover Carl Peitinger. In 1870 he began to grow it by crossing the red Hannover Hound bitch "Hela 1" with a weird-haired Styrian Hound whose look was very appropriate, and its hunting qualities - excellent. The best specimens, born from that crossing, were raised carefully and then used for reproduction. Thus a new breed was born.
A hard coat of these dogs makes them very resistant to harsh conditions in a region of Styria. This animal is not only used for chasing game, but also as a specialist for hunting a blood trail in the rugged mountain terrain. It is also a companion dog.
The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is a dog with well-developed muscles. It is a passionate hunter, stable and confident in tracking game.
The dog's back is straight and wide, neck is thick and not very long. Head is elongated, and its skull is bulging. Muzzle is black. The dog's eyes are brown, and ears are not very large, stand-fitting to a cheeks and covered with long hair. Tail is of medium length, thick at a base, with thick fur. It never wrings a circle, and lies slightly above a line of the back and in a form of a sickle.
Coat of the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is in medium length, sharp and firm to a touch. Coat on a head is shorter and forms something like a mustache. Its color is pale yellow and reddish. In some specimens may have a white star on a chest, which is not contrary to the breed standard.
Legs of this dog are straight, muscular with good articulation. Males are high between 47 and 55 cm and females - between 45 and 51 cm. Weight of both sexes ranges from 17 to 22 kg.
Character and behavior
The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is a universal hunter, that can not only smells a game, but chase a bloody trail in rocky terrain. It is hard and durable. This breed is intelligent and strongly attached to its master. The dog has a cheerful character, friendly, alert and very sensitive. Hunters appreciate it because it confidently chases prey, and has a clear voice. It looks strict, but not really bad or aggressive.
Training and education
A training of this dog should be firm and from an early age, but without violence, and shouting. This hound is true to its owner and retains a very good hunting instinct, even if it's only pet, not a hunter. If it's just a pet, masters of the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound must find time for long walks and sports games.
Grooming and care
It is better to raise the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound at a house with a bigger yard, where it can run. An apartment is not the best place, but if your dog is a pet, then you will have to sacrifice and devote more time to physical activity.
Daily grooming of a coat is necessary – comb it and clean it.
There are no specific pathologies in the breed. Main health problems are mostly related to incidents during the hunt - gun wounds, broken limbs, bites and other wildlife.
Average life span of this dog is about 13 years.
Children and other pets
This breed fits well in the home environment, is attached to its owners and is not aggressive. However, care must be taken when a family has small children, because this hound is too energetic and may hurt the kids involuntarily.
Nowadays, the Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is an extremely rare breed and puppies for sale are sought after almost exclusively by hunters.
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