Deutsche Bracke Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Deutsche Bracke so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany flagGermany
Other Names
What other names does the Deutsche Bracke have?
German HoundOlper BrackeWestphalian BrackeGerman Bracke
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

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Deutsche Bracke Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Deutsche Bracke puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Deutsche Bracke in the United States? How much money is a Deutsche Bracke?

Where to buy a Deutsche Bracke with a good pedigree?

$400-$600
If you choose to purchase the Deutsche Bracke, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Deutsche Bracke for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Deutsche Bracke gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Deutsche Bracke? How many Deutsche Bracke are there in the world?
Average: The Deutsche Bracke is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Deutsche Bracke Size

Size
Is a Deutsche Bracke small, medium or large dog?

How big do Deutsche Bracke get?

What is the average size of a Deutsche Bracke?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Deutsche Bracke weigh? How much should a Deutsche Bracke weight? What is the normal weight of a Deutsche Bracke? How much does a full-grown Deutsche Bracke weight?
10-18 kg
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Deutsche Bracke?
14 kg
Height
How tall is the Deutsche Bracke? Deutsche Bracke height:
16-21 inches (40–53 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Deutsche Bracke?
18.5 inches (40–53 cm)

Deutsche Bracke Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Deutsche Bracke have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseHard
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Deutsche Bracke coats?
YellowRedWhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Deutsche Bracke and how often? How often should I take my Deutsche Bracke to the groomer?
Effortless: The Deutsche Bracke requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Deutsche Bracke is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Deutsche Bracke dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the German Hound? Do Deutsche Bracke dogs shed a lot?
Deutsche Bracke dogs shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Deutsche Bracke dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Deutsche Bracke need a bath? How often should you give a Deutsche Bracke a bath? Can I bathe my Deutsche Bracke every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Deutsche Bracke Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Deutsche Bracke have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
EnergeticElegantSubmissivePlayfulIntelligentVersatileObedient
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Deutsche Bracke? Is the Deutsche Bracke breed dumb or smart?
Very smart: Deutsche Bracke is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.

The Deutsche Bracke is one of the top breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Deutsche Bracke dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Deutsche Bracke?
Deutsche Bracke dogs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Deutsche Bracke is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Deutsche Bracke sensitivity:
Deutsche Bracke dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Deutsche Bracke a good family dog?
Average to High: Deutsche Bracke dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the German Hound need? Deutsche Bracke social needs:
Deutsche Bracke dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Deutsche Bracke dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my German Hound bark?
Average to High: The Deutsche Bracke is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Deutsche Bracke good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Deutsche Bracke dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Deutsche Bracke dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Deutsche Bracke dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Deutsche Bracke dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Deutsche Bracke can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Deutsche Bracke will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Deutsche Bracke bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the German Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Deutsche Bracke? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Deutsche Bracke has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Deutsche Bracke has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Deutsche Bracke? How much bite force does a Deutsche Bracke have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Deutsche Bracke bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Deutsche Bracke, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Deutsche Bracke do?
Deutsche Bracke dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Deutsche Bracke dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Deutsche Bracke to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Deutsche Bracke roam?
Deutsche Bracke dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Deutsche Bracke have high prey drive?
Deutsche Bracke dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Deutsche Bracke dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Deutsche Bracke good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Deutsche Bracke in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Deutsche Bracke indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Deutsche Bracke dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Deutsche Bracke be left alone? How long can you leave a Deutsche Bracke alone?
Deutsche Bracke dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Deutsche Bracke Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Deutsche Bracke temperament with other people:
Deutsche Bracke dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Deutsche Bracke dogs get along with other pets? Are Deutsche Bracke dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Deutsche Bracke dogs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Deutsche Bracke dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Deutsche Bracke temperament with children:
Deutsche Bracke dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Deutsche Bracke dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Deutsche Bracke breed live with a cat?
Deutsche Bracke dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Deutsche Bracke good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Deutsche Bracke dogs get along with other dogs?
Deutsche Bracke dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Deutsche Bracke breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Deutsche Bracke breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Deutsche Bracke dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Deutsche Bracke dogs good office canines? Do Deutsche Bracke dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
No
Deutsche Bracke is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Deutsche Bracke dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the German Hound temperament with senior people? Are Deutsche Bracke dogs good for elderly owners?
Deutsche Brackes are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Deutsche Bracke Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Deutsche Bracke dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Deutsche Bracke rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Deutsche Bracke breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Deutsche Bracke see the vet?
Rare
The Deutsche Bracke should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Deutsche Bracke dogs live? How old can a Deutsche Bracke be? What is the age limit of the Deutsche Bracke? How many years can the oldest Deutsche Bracke live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Deutsche Bracke?

How long is the lifespan of a Deutsche Bracke?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Deutsche Bracke: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Deutsche Bracke breed hypoallergenic?
No
Deutsche Bracke dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Deutsche Bracke have? What is the activity level of the Deutsche Bracke?
Deutsche Bracke dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Deutsche Bracke need? How much exercise do Deutsche Bracke dogs require per day?

Do Deutsche Bracke dogs need a lot of exercises?

Deutsche Bracke dogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Deutsche Bracke breed need?
Deutsche Bracke dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Deutsche Bracke need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Deutsche Bracke breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Deutsche Bracke? How much food should I feed my Deutsche Bracke?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Deutsche Bracke risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Deutsche Bracke has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Deutsche Bracke weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Deutsche Bracke has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Deutsche Bracke drool?
The Deutsche Bracke is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Deutsche Bracke As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Deutsche Bracke be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Deutsche Bracke is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Deutsche Bracke be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Deutsche Bracke be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Deutsche Bracke is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Deutsche Bracke be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Deutsche Bracke is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Deutsche Bracke be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Deutsche Bracke is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Deutsche Bracke be a boat dog?

Not really

Deutsche Bracke breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Deutsche Bracke be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Deutsche Bracke is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Deutsche Bracke dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Deutsche Bracke Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Deutsche Bracke pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Deutsche Bracke breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Deutsche Bracke: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Deutsche Bracke have in a litter? How many puppies can the Deutsche Bracke breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Deutsche Bracke have? How many puppies can a Deutsche Bracke give birth to?
5-8 puppies

Deutsche Bracke Recognition

AKC Group
Is Deutsche Bracke recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Deutsche Bracke recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.

Deutsche Bracke Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Deutsche Bracke is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Deutsche Bracke dogs are very easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Deutsche Bracke requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Deutsche Bracke dogs shed none to minimal.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Deutsche Bracke has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Watchdog Ability: Deutsche Bracke dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Deutsche Bracke dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Deutsche Bracke dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Deutsche Brackes are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Deutsche Bracke dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Deutsche Bracke dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Deutsche Bracke dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Deutsche Bracke dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Deutsche Bracke dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Deutsche Bracke dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Deutsche Bracke is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Deutsche Bracke History

The Deutsche Bracke, also known as the German Hound, is thought to be originated from the North-Western region of Germany, from Westphalia, more specifically the area between the Weser and the Rhine rivers. The Deutsche Bracke is considered to be an ancient dog breed, whose true history and ancestry is really hard to verify.

It is widely accepted that the Deutsche Bracke is originated from the 18th century, possibly from a mixture of pointer breeds, like the Bloodhound, the Beagle, some Celtic hounds, and the Greyhound. Traditionally, the breed was developed to be a scent hound, assisting hunters in locating a wide variety of prey, in the harsh weather conditions and the irregular sometimes rocky, and bushy terrain. The Deutsche Bracke is also known as the Olpe in Germany, for the reason that the breed is the most popular in the region of Olpe, which is situated in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany.

Olpe is among the very few breeding places, where they breed the Deutsche Bracke even today. The breed is thought to be bred for their stamina, and their exceptional hunting abilities, which includes larger game like wild boar, hares, and even bear. The breed was really well-renowned among the hunting community in Germany, thanks to the dogs’ sensitive noses, which can pick up on even the slightest scents. This ability made the Deutsche Bracke a really sought-after hunting breed in Germany.

Meanwhile, the Deutsche Bracke is among the really old breeds, the first written records of the dogs begun to appear during the 18th century in German literature. Around that time, there were several other similar hound breeds in existence, nevertheless, it is now thought, that these other hound breeds might have been gone to extinction or evolved into something else today. It is believed that around the turn of the 20th century, all of these older hound breeds, merged into one ultimate breed. Despite the long and extensive history, the breed standard was only drawn up in 1955.

The German Kennel Club recognized the breed right away, however, unfortunately, the breed is not yet recognized by any of the major kennel clubs. Moreover, when talking about the Deutsche Bracke it is really important to mention the Westphalian Dachsbracke, for the reason being that they are really similar both in appearance, in physical, and behavioral traits and characteristics as well. Interestingly, the Westphalian Dachsbracke was developed and created with the intention of fulfilling the needs, that the Deutsche Bracke cannot fulfill. Later, in 1896 the Deutsche Bracken Club was founded with the intention of supporting the local Deutsche Bracke breeders and owners.

The Deutsche Bracke was recognized relatively late, in 1996, by the UKC (United Kennel Club), within their scent hound group. Nonetheless, the breed is not registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club) yet. Partly because of the lack of wider recognition, the Deutsche Bracke is considered to be a rare hound breed today. Most of the specimens are bred and owned in Germany, and in Europe. Interestingly, the Deutsche Bracke is still kept as a hunting companion in some parts of Germany, where this habit did not die out completely, however, the vast majority of the dogs are being kept simply as active, loving, and devoted family companions.

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