Westphalian Hound, Westphälische Dachsbracke
The Westphalain Dachsbracke is a small scenthound that was developed to hunt a wide range of prey that includes hare, fox, deer and boar. They specialize in hunting and tracking in mountainous terrain and can also be used as a schweisshund or 'bloodhound', which tracks the bloodtrail of wounded prey.
Westphalian Dachsbracke Standards
- 33-40 lbs
- low to the ground scenthound
- medium length ears have rounded tips
- long saber tail
- coat is short, coarse, and dense
- main color is red to yellow
- black saddle or mantle
- white markings
History of the Westphalian Dachsbracke
Similar to the taller Deutsche Bracke, the Westphalian Dachsbracke was developed several centuries ago from these larger hounds. It is likely the Dachsund contributed to the bloodline to help shorten their legs. This breed is also the ancestor to the Swedish Drever. The two remain very similar, although the Drever is now far more popular than the Westphalian.