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Westphalian Dachsbracke

Short legged scenthound from Germany


The Westphalian Dachsbracke originated from the Westphalia region of Germany which is the area between the Rhine and Weser rivers. While the origins of the breed are uncertain, it seems most likely that they result from crossing of the German Hound with the Dachshund. The mountains in Germany teem with small to large game. The Westphalian Dachsbracke was developed to do what the larger Brackes (hound) dogs found hard to do, and that was to follow the game into the deep low undergrowth and into burrows and caves to flush out the game. This dog is valued for their excellent scenting ability, and their tenacious, superb hunting instincts. Although this breed has been noted to exist since the 17th Century, the first breed description was only formalised in 1886 by Ludwig Beckmann and Otto Grashley. The first standard was finally set in 1910. It was these two dog fanciers that called the breed the Westphalian Dachsbracke. The breed was recognized by the German Kennel Club in 1935. Then, in 1987 The Westphalian Dachsbracke finally was recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale which made it more internationally known than before. But despite being a dog that is highly valued by German Royalty as both a hunter and a companion, and despite their attractive appearance, the breed is rarely seen in dog shows. Now considered a rare breed, this attractive dog is fighting a battle to hold their own. With such a steady reliable temperament, attractive appearance, and affectionate nature, the Westphalian Dachsbracke should be a popular dog. Perhaps this clever dog just needs promoting to raise people’s awareness to them and all their delightful traits?

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Westphalian Hound


Born to hunt, the Westphalian Dachsbracke is a serious dog on the hunt, but is mischievous at home. They adapt well as a companion dog as long as they get plenty of daily exercise and things to do. A busy dog is often a good dog, so keep this little dog busy with tasks to perform and they will stay out of trouble. They get along well with children, being kind and gentle. They love an active family life, and will happily accompany you on any outing. Do keep them on a lead in case they get a great scent and take off. Once they are in hunt mode, they can be hard to get back. A firm owner is best with this dog, to avoid small dog syndrome where they think they are the boss. Avoid harsh training methods; kindness and patience will often win you the battle. Tire this active dog out and they will happily snooze at your side, although they will still be active in their dreams, woofing and whining in their sleep!


This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources

PURPOSE BRED FORHunting, Companion
TEMPERAMENTLoving, Intelligent, Friendly
EXERCISE NEEDED2 hours per day
HEIGHT – MALE30-38 cm / 12-15 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE30-38 cm / 12-15 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPEShort and Dense


  • They are a short version of the Deutsche Bracke (German Hound) dog and were developed to hunt rabbits and foxes and either chase the game back to the owner or hold it at bay until the owner could catch up.
  • This breed has a tricolour coat (red to yellow with a black saddle), and attractive white markings called Bracken marks – such as a white muzzle, chest, legs, collar and tip of the tail, and is completed with a white blaze on the head.
  • They get along well with other pets but can be tempted to chase smaller, fast moving animals so should be supervised at all times when around them.
  • This is a dog that requires a good long walk each day, not just a stroll. The perfect home for this dog is one with a good sized garden that they can patrol and investigate.


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