Austrian Black and Tan Hound

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The Austrian Black and Tan Hound is a breed of dog originating in Austria.

Austrian Black and Tan Hound
Other namesÖsterreichische Glatthaarige, Bracke, Austrian Smooth-haired Hound, Brandlbracke, Doggenwuffen
Common nicknamesBracke (colloquially called Vieräugl)
Weight 33–49 lb (15–22 kg)
Height Male 50–56 cm (20–22 in)
Female 48–54 cm (19–21 in)
Coat smooth, dense, and short
Color black with light fawn or tan markings
Life span 12-14 years
Classification / standards
FCI Group 6, Section 1.2 Scenthounds: Medium-sized #63 standard
UKC Scenthound standard
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
Austrian Black and Tan Hound.


There is no known history of the Austrian Black and Tan Hound until after the middle of the 19th century. This large sized hound was used for tracking wounded game, most commonly hare, in high altitudes.[1]



Colouring in this breed is highly important; it must be black with small, clearly defined, light to dark fawn markings. Two fawn marks above the eyes must be present. The coat is smooth, dense and short (about 2 cm in length). The long tail is slightly bent and the ears are medium in length and lie flat with rounded tips. Males are 50–56 centimetres (20–22 inches), while females are 48–54 centimetres (19–21 inches).[2] They weigh 15 to 22 kg (33-49 pounds).[1]


It has a keen sense of smell. It is an elegant runner, used in all sorts of game. It has a lovely voice, and makes a great pet due to its good-natured personality. It is not a dog wanting to be in a city. A suitable home will be in a rural area where the dog will have lots of space to run unrestricted by a leash. It loves to work.[1]


It needs daily exercise. The breed will only require a once-a-week brushing and bathing only when necessary. Nails need to be trimmed regularly and ears need to be cleaned every day to avoid ear infections. There are no genetic diseases known to affect this breed, which is fairly healthy, and lives up to 12 to 14 years of age.[1]


Brandlbracke is a compound word, stemming from "Brand" (harmful fire, fire that went out of control) which refers to the fawn markings and "Bracke", a type of hunting dog.

Vieräugl is the Austro-Bavarian diminutive of "Vierauge", meaning: somebody our something having four eyes. It refers to the distinctive fawn markings above the eyes.


  1. ^ a b c d "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2012-08-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Austrian Black and Tan Hound Breed Standard" (PDF). Federation Cynologique International. Retrieved 29 November 2014.