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Deutsch Bracke

Country/Date of Origin: Germany/19th Century

The Deutsch Bracke is an efficient tracking dog of the foxhound family. Developed in Germany, they have the same colors and markings of the usual hound, and are used for the same purposes. At the turn of the twentieth century there were several breeds of pack hounds in Germany , but with the exception of the Deutsche Bracke, they are all virtually extinct. In 1955 a standard was drawn up in Olpe, Germany to fix the type for show purposes. Because of this, the breed is sometimes known as the Olpe Hound. Small for a foxhound, the Bracke is closer in size to the English Harrier. He is closely related to the Stovare group of scent hounds in Scandinavia.

FCI Group: 6 (Hound)

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Olpe Hound, German Foxhound

AKC Group: Miscellaneous

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Body Type:

  • Height 16-21 inches (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 35-40 pounds
  • Ears are low set and very long. They are not altered
  • Tail is thin and quite long. It is not altered


  • Affectionate and friendly
  • Good with children
  • Difficult to train
  • Not very intelligent
  • Bred for hunting skills


  • Short hair is smooth and glossy
  • Marked in the traditional tricolor of the foxhound (black, brown, and white)
  • Low grooming requirements

Health Concerns:

  • Generally healthy
  • Hip dysplasia
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • A pack hound the Deutsche Bracke has a melodious voice like its Foxhound brethren. Most
  • Deutsche Bracke are still in the hands of masters of Foxhounds and used in their traditional vocation
  • Not suitable as a house pet, this is an outdoor dog
  • Finding a puppy to purchase will be difficult

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