The Tyrolean Hound is one of the most popular hunting dogs in Tyrol. Hunters use the fine-nosed, persistent four-paws friend as a tracking dog to track down the game and as a scent, hound to track down injured animals. In the family, the Tyrolean Hound is characterized by its balanced, calm nature. She likes to be with her owners and is a loyal, loving family dog when kept and employed in a species-appropriate manner.
Hunting professional with an impressive pedigree
The Tyrolean Hound is one of the most frequently run Hounds in Austria. The name Bracke comes from the so-called Bracke: This is a form of hunting in which hunting dogs track down furry games such as rabbits or foxes and loudly drive them towards the hunter. Although Bracken also master other tasks as a hunting dog with flying colors, their name was derived from this technique.
The Tyrolean Hound has only existed as a breed since the 1860s, while the Hounds themselves are among the oldest known hunting dogs. Ancestors of the Tyrolean hunting dog are believed to have descended from the Celtic Hound, a type of dog that has appeared in historical records for over a thousand years. The ancestors of the Tyrolean Hound also include the tough and persistent wild soil dogs that were used in the mountains in the past. There is evidence that Emperor Maximilian I used Bracken for hunting. However, regular breeding of pure breeds only began in the Tyrol area in the middle of the 19th century. Only two colors have survived: the red and black-red Tyrolean Bracken. Since 1908, the Tyrolean Hound has been recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
Nature of the Tyrolean Hound
The Tyrolean Hound is a bold, self-confident working dog. Once she scents a trail, she follows it with great concentration. The animal will not be distracted from its work by shots or other dogs. What is also remarkable is her great devotion to her handler and her willingness to learn. Tyrolean Hounds are alert and show great commitment at work, yet they lack the nervousness that is inherent in many classic hunting dogs. Instead, these four-legged friends go to work in a balanced and level-headed manner. Hunters value this breed as a true master at tracking games. When following the tracks, Tyrolean Hounds act confidently, goal-oriented, and work completely independently without the help of the dog handler.
Outside of the hunt, the Tyrolean Hound shows itself to be a gentle, child-loving family dog that appreciates being stroked. The dog is alert and distrustful of strangers but without fear or aggression.
Training of the Tyrolean Hound
The Tyrolean Hound lives for its great passion: hunting. In order to keep these four-legged friends in a species-appropriate manner, you must give them the opportunity to live out their hunting instinct. Tyrolean Bracken needs track work. Furthermore, these hounds have a great urge to move and enormous endurance. When not hunting, you will find it difficult to provide this dog with enough exercise and exercise. Therefore, breeders normally only give their Tyrolean hounds to active hunters. You should approach the training of the Tyrolean Hound with loving consistency: the intelligent dog grasps new things quickly and safely thanks to its high willingness to learn. Therefore, the upbringing and training of these hunting dogs are usually straightforward. Prerequisite: give clear commands and clearly communicate to the dog what you expect from him.
Care of the Tyrolean Hound
With their short fur and insulating undercoat, Tyrolean Hounds are ideally equipped for all weather conditions: They want to and can go outside in any weather. It is enough if you brush the fur every two to three days.
These dogs are good climbers, coping well with rough terrain and sharp rocks. After these trips, you should check the paws and fur for injuries and remove ticks if necessary.
As floppy ears, Tyrolean Bracken has a slightly increased tendency to ear infections. Therefore, clean them weekly on your four-legged friend and use appropriate care products if necessary.
Peculiarities of the Tyrolean Hound
Since Tyrolean Hounds cover many kilometers a day in their everyday work as a hunting dogs, they need feed that is particularly rich in energy. Therefore adjust the amount of food individually to the respective degree of stress in order to ensure an adequate supply of the four-paws friend.