Dog Breeds

5 Austrian Dogs Breeds You Need to Know About

Austria is a fascinating country. It is home to some beautiful castles but is also home to some wonderful dog species for all dog lovers out there. We take you through five such species that originate in Austria and what is it that makes them unique and amazing.

1.  Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound

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This dog species traces back its origin to the 1800s. It is a strong, medium-sized dog that is distinguished by its shiny brown coat. It has a lean build with a sullen face that may sometimes be mistaken as being churlish, but the Styrian coarse-haired hound is known to be a softy at heart.

Physical Appearance

This breed has an aesthetic built and a coarse coat that constitutes two of its key markers of appearance. It has deep-set brown eyes and a very prominent black nose.

This species is characterized by arched feet, an average-sized tail, a flat back, and a deep chest. Since they were originally bred for a lot of hard work, they have pads that are robust and help them against any injury.

They stand tall at approximately 50 cm in height and can weigh between 30 to 40 pounds.

Temperament

Since they are known to have a propensity towards hunting, these dogs are very fierce and hardworking. If you assign them some work, you can be sure that they will get it done. They are tenacious and have a reputation for being go-getters.

But that is not all there is to them. Despite their fierceness and tenacity, they have a great appetite for love and affection towards their owner. They can make a transition to the family if you keep them well.

They are heavy barkers and may need some time before they become friendly to a guest or a neighbor.

Training

These hounds need to be trained well and right. This is because they are slightly stubborn and may be aggressive or too needy at times. It is for this reason they need to know who’s boss and how to behave appropriately.

You should also slowly introduce it to every family member so that it knows who the new people are.

Read also: 20 Least Aggressive Dog Breeds

Exercise and Activity

The Styrian coarse-haired hound is not a lethargic dog and needs a high level of activity. They also cannot be kept in a small, caged space and need space to roam around. Because of this nature, probably they do better in rural areas or semi-urban areas with more open spaces.

Word of Caution

The Styrian coarse-haired hound can be a family dog but remember that they don’t gel well with very small kids.

Likewise, if you want to have other pets alongside, steer away from small animals such as rabbits and cats, or if you do have them, keep them away from the Styrian hound as it can be a little aggressive towards smaller animals and harm them.

This breed is also found in Austria and cannot be found easily in other areas.

2. Austrian Black and Tan Hound

The Austrian black and tan hound is a sturdy, rare and wonderful dog breed that grows to a height of 48-56 cm and weighs between 30-48 pounds. Relegated to Austria, this breed is slightly difficult to find and may cost you anything between $400- $600.

Physical Appearance

The Austrian black and tan hound is a small dog, black in color with light fawn markings. It has medium-sized ears and a surly appearance. Since they are the descendants of the Celtic hound, they are great companions if you are planning a trek to the mountains.

The fawn marks around the eyes of the Austrian black and tan hound are its most distinguishable physical feature. This is a healthy dog breed with no known genetic diseases. Their life expectancy is between 12-15 years.

Temperament

This dog requires high levels of activity and is very playful and loving. It is known for its sharp sense of smell and a dog that enjoys spending time with a loving family in the countryside. This species is known to not be very agreeable to the hustle and bustle of city life.

It has a great potential for work and can also shower you with love when needed.

Exercise and Activity

The Austrian black and tan hound needs a lot of high-intensity exercise and you would have to spend some time giving it the right amount of exercise. If you can’t commit time to walk and exercise the dog, it may get a little restless.

Grooming

This dog species is low maintenance when it comes to its grooming. It doesn’t require regular brushing and bathing and as long as you take care of its exercise needs, you are good to go.

Some ear infections may crop up so you need to be vigilant about hygiene and also ensure that you trim its nails from time to time.

Word of Caution

Do not try to restrict your dog to small, caged spaces as that is something not compatible with its disposition.

3. Tyrolean Hound

If you have a propensity towards intelligence, this is the dog you must get home. The Tyrolean Hound traces its origin back to the 1800s where it was bred originally for hunting purposes. They are tenacious, sturdy and incredibly hardworking.

They are blessed with great scenting skills and are dearly valued for their robustness and appetite for hard work.

Physical Appearance

The Tyrolean Hound is also known as Tyroler Bracke and is distinguished by its deep shades of red, black, and tan. Some breeds can also have white patches on their deep-toned coats.

It has a compact, lean body with wide hanging ears. They have dark brown eyes and a black nose that makes them unique. They have a long tail and thick pads to prevent any injury as they are prone to heavy work in sometimes rugged places.

They weigh over 40 pounds—but not over 60 pounds in most cases—and grow to a height of about 50 cm at the maximum, but never below 42-43 cm. They have a lifespan of about 13 years.

Temperament

This dog is known for its agility, tenacity, fearlessness, and its very sharp sense of smell. They can work in extreme weather in geographically difficult terrains. Above all, they are very efficient and can undertake vast swathes of work easily without much help.

Exercise and Activity

The Tyrolean Hound thrives outdoors and enjoys high levels of exercise and activity. If you think you will play with it occasionally, your dog will not take kindly to this and show signs of restlessness.

Not just physical exercise, this dog species also need high levels of mental stimulation in the form of puzzles, games because it is an intelligent dog that likes to be engaged and occupied at all times.

If you fail to engage the dog, he can show signs of boredom and start chewing on your furniture other elements and may even get aggressive at times.

Training

Though these dogs do not respond well to authority because of their strong sense of themselves, they can be trained very well by a good trainer. They would not get trained under a soft trainer and would respond better to a firm hand.

However, they are quick learners and with the right trainer, can turn into a great dog.

Word of Caution

If you love staying inside your small apartment, you must think twice before bringing home a Tyrolean Hound. They enjoy outdoor spaces where they can move around and their preference for the rural countryside is widely known.

4.  Alpine Dachsbracke

Considered a true icon of Austrian heritage, this dog breed is known for its gifted nose, its agile feet, and its robustness. It dates back to the 19th century where it was bred owing to its varied talents.

An interesting thing to note about the Alpine Dachsbracke is that it was patronized by the royalty and used for hunting animals such as deers, hares and boars.

Personal Appearance

The Alpine Dachsbracke is distinguished by its dark coat, short legs and sturdy build. They have mid-sized ears that hang around the face, giving them a cute disposition and a prominent black nose.

Training

Known to be smart and hardworking, the Alpine Dachsbracke responds very well to training and you should get an expert to handle the dog in the early stages.

Temperament

The Alpine Dachsbracke is known to be both friendly and fearless. It was the preferred dog breed of hunters and has retained a lot of its ferociousness but with the right amount of training, it can also be turned into a friendly home dog.

Sometimes, they can show aggressive tendencies towards smaller animals and treat them as prey.

Exercise and Activity

The Alpine Dachsbracke requires a great amount of exercise and likes to keep busy. You will have to spend some time playing with them and giving them the physical stimulation they need. They love big spaces where they can run and play around.

Word of Caution

If you have other dogs and pets, do not make the cardinal mistake of housing them together with the Alpine Dachsbracke. They may be aggressive and can attack smaller pets or dogs.

5. Austrian Pinscher

The final breed on our list is the formidable Austrian Pinscher. It is a medium-sized dog that was originally bred for keeping barns free of rats and guarding livestock. As opposed to the other dogs on this list, these are farm dogs and not hunting dogs.

The life expectancy of the Austrian Pinscher is around 12-14 years.

Physical Appearance

It is a strong dog that comes with dark coats (browns, tans, blacks and reds) and stands tall at around 33-48 cm. It is distinguished by button ears and known for its sturdiness and strength. White markings can be found on the face, feet, chest and other body parts of the Austrian Pinscher.

Temperament

As opposed to the other dogs on this list, the Austrian Pinscher is a perfect guard dog owing to its friendly disposition. It will gel well with family members and also warm up to your neighbors. It does not have aggressive tendencies and is happy to be home playing with you in your garden.

Training

The dog is very friendly and attentive and will respond very well to training. You need to particularly train them to be more social and integrate well in the family life which is something that does not come naturally to it.

Exercise and Activity

Since these dogs were kept on farms initially, they enjoy activity and exercise. You will have to walk them regularly and even play with them to keep them physically stimulated. They will not turn aggressive as other dogs but can show signs of boredom when not given the right amount of exercise.

Word of Caution

This breed is primarily suited for rural and semi-urban areas and if you do not have those kinds of dwellings, you may need to make some adjustments to your life particularly if you are keen on getting an Austrian Pinscher home.

The defining trait of the Austrian dogs breeds is that they are all energetic and agile. They enjoy large spaces, lots of exercise and with the right training can turn into a very good family dog. However, remember that these dogs are slightly difficult to find outside the Austrian borders.

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