The Austrian Black and Tan Hound has got several names which entail Vieraugli (four eyed), Bracke, Österreischische Glatthaarige, Brandlbracke and a few others. This breed is known to hail from Austria. These dogs are known for their excellent sense of smell. If you are one of those avid-hunters who loves to go on exciting hunting trips, then the Austrian Black and Tan Hound is the dog for you. These dogs love to stay by your side and can prove out to be great companions.
Austrian Black and Tan Hound Dog History
The history of the Austrian Black and Tan Hound was primarily not much well documented. However, upon decrypting the language of the ancient scriptures, some researchers have concluded that these dogs are the descendants of the ancient Celtic Hounds. The Celtic Hounds were known to accompany their Europeans Masters in wars. These fierce and sturdy dogs were used to track wounded humans and animals.
During the 19th century breeders in Austria felt the need to produce a dog that could track wounded animals from miles, has an incredible stamina and an excellent sense of smelling. Hence, the Austrian Black and Tan Hound came into being. These dogs are scent hounds and have been used while hunting till date. They are, in fact, quite famous in Austria for this purpose.
Austrian Black and Tan Hound Dog Characteristics
The Austrian Black and Tan Hounds are medium-sized dogs. The male is around 20-22 inches tall while the female is around 19-21 inches tall. These dogs weigh in between 35-60 pounds. As the name suggests, these dogs are black and tan. To define it further, these dogs have a completely black body with random fawn colored markings. They have a dense, short length, smooth and compact coat.
The Austrian Black and Tan Hounds have a broad skull, dark brown eyes. Their ears are medium-sized, rounded at tips and hang flatly. Overall, these dogs have a strong build with a deep broad chest and strong legs.
Austrian Black and Tan Hound Dog Temperament/Personality
The Austrian Black and Tan Hounds are known to be playful, friendly, easy going and good natured companions. These dogs do not have the habit of barking often. It is also not an aggressive dog and gets along well with people. If you are looking for a good guard or a watch dog, so we would say the Austrian Black and Tan Hound is not a suitable choice. This is because these dogs do not have any issues with strangers and are quite sociable. These dogs mingle quite well with other dogs so there is no need to worry about that. Nevertheless, there are chances that it will not be much well with smaller pets as it had the instincts of a hunting dog. He might consider them as prey and harm them. You can prevent that from happening by socializing these dogs at an early age.
Caring for Austrian Black and Tan Hound Dog
Like other dogs, Austrian Black and Tan Hound also demands your care. There are certain things which you are supposed to take in your consideration to ensure that you are taking a good care of these dogs.
Austrian Black and Tan Hound Dog Nutrition
Since the Austrian Black and Tan Hounds are hunting dogs primarily, we would recommend you to feed them with a high quality dry dog food. You can even consult some good veterinarian in this regard. You should keep a good check that you are not overfeeding them in order to avoid obesity.
We would suggest you to feed these dogs with equal portions of kibble twice a day. Overall, 2.5 cups of kibble per day would be enough for an Austrian Black and Tan Hound to work well. This can cost you around $34-$45 per month.
Austrian Black and Tan Hound Dog Grooming
The Austrian Black and Tan Hounds require regular brushing due to their dense double coat. Although the length of the coat is short, these dogs require a lot more grooming than typical short haired dogs. They are known to be moderate to heavy shedders. They shed more in the shedding seasons hence you have to take extra care during that time. We would recommend you to use a slicker brush, bristle brush or a hound mitt for brushing. A deshedder can also be a great choice in this regard. You can use a leave-in conditioner, while bathing them, to give that silky look to your dog. These dogs do not need frequent showers. All you need to do is check their ears weekly and trim their nails when required.
Austrian Black and Tan Hound Dog Activity Levels
The Austrian Black and Tan Hound has high activity levels. These dogs possess immense stamina and love to go on a long run. On average they can run 14 miles per week and require around 90 minutes of activity everyday.
If you live in an apartment, we would suggest you to go for some other dog as these dogs can not adjust well in an apartment because of their high activity levels. As far as training for these dogs is concerned, so this intelligent breed is quite trainable unlike other Hound breeds. In order to satisfy them, you have to arrange some highly engaging exercises for them on a daily basis.
Austrian Black and Tan Hound Dog Maintenance
Overall you are supposed to take a good care of the maintenance of these dogs to increase their life expectancy. When it comes to maintaining your dog well, the first thing that needs to be checked is the hygiene. You are supposed to keep a good check on that and also arrange some visits to a veterinarian to ensure good health.
Austrian Black and Tan Hound Dog Health
There are chances that the Austrian Black and Tan Hound is susceptible to some genetic disorders. Their health issues are not much well documented.
Like other dogs, it might be possible that the Austrian Black and Tan Hounds are susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia and are also prone to ear infections. If there is no major concern, these dogs can live upto 12-15 years.