Dogs are truly beautiful creatures. They can be cute or elegant, fluffy or hairless, skinny or fat, and yet all still be equally adorable.
There are hundreds of dog breeds out there today that all sport unique traits and have incredibly differentiating personalities.
However, one thing seems to stay the same as dogs evolve, and hybrids appear throughout the year. This is that they are loyal, loving and caring of their owner.
This is why purchasing a dog is such a huge thing. Whether you’re merely an aspiring canine companion or a seasoned veteran in the art of dog ownership, you know that there are some hurdles you need to jump on this journey.
There’s a lot of preparation to be done, and you truly have to be persistent and committed when raising and training a canine.
A dog is not an idle trinket on the shelf, it’s an extension of you that will walk by your side through any emotions, and you need to do the same back.
It is said that the Alpine Dachsbracke dates back to ancient times, but there’s no evidence of this yet.
The documented origin of this canine traces it to the 1800s in Austria, where it became a part of the hunting kennel of Crown Prince Rudolf, a royal of Habsburg.
It would go on hunting quests throughout the alpine ranges of Austria, using its incredible sense of smell to track animals that had been wounded in the hunt.
Its short legs made it more effective than large dogs when trudging through tough terrain.
The Alpine Dachsbracke is said to be a descendant of larger Austrian hounds, and it is speculated that these hounds were breed with the Dachshund to create the Alpine Dachsbracke.
While it is not a very common pet outside its home of Austria, it has become renowned as a great companion.
This guide I have constructed for you will delve into the fundamentals of the Alpine Dachsbracke, and outline its traits, life expectancy, costs and more.
As I mentioned earlier, dogs need your dedication and commitment to thrive and domesticated life, and this guide will show you what to do for your dog to grow efficiently.
It’s not an easy life being a dog owner, but it’s a better life when you have a fluffy, adorable companion beside you, and it makes all the hard work worth it.
Would you like to learn more about the very unusual Alpine Dachsbracke? Well, scroll on down to keep on reading about this fascinating canine.
Alpine Dachsbracke: Before You Buy
There’s a great deal of preparation and consideration that goes into welcoming a dog into your house.
This isn’t something you want to mess up, because an uncomfortable home may result in an unhappy canine.
You need to be careful, committed and caring when it comes to the dog’s needs, and you must know everything it needs to thrive.
The Alpine Dachsbracke is a medium-sized dog that comes from a line of hunting voyages throughout the mountains.
Because of this, it’s probably not a good idea to keep it cooped up in an apartment. It needs ample place to sleep, play and a moderately sized backyard.
The Alpine Dachsbracke also needs frequent socialization from an early age to assimilate into the suburban life.
You as the owner needs to supply this, and you will have to free up time on your work schedule to make sure this dog is confident, happy and comfortable in its new home.
You will also need to decide on your color preference, gender choice and your final decision on whether or not you want your puppy desexed.
The last of these is incredibly important and will need attentive contemplation.
The process of spaying/neutering can decrease the chances of possible life-threatening illnesses, but it also completely abolishes the Alpine Dachsbracke chances of reproducing.
As an aspiring owner, this is something you need to research and decide on.
How much does an Alpine Dachsbracke cost?
Budget is something you are going to need to evaluate by yourself or discuss with your family when it comes to buying a dog.
Dogs can be very expensive animals, and therefore you will need to count your funds, and truly evaluate what type of dog breed you can afford.
The cost of a dog is going to determine what size and breed you get.
The Alpine Dachsbracke is an incredibly rare dog, so there is no real set price available from breeders.
Because of their rarity, they are most likely going to cost $1500+, which is far from cost-effective, especially for families on a budget.
However, if you want a dog that’ll turn eyes on your daily walks, it may be a worthy investment.
Keep in mind that the estimated price above is that of a reputable breeder.
Theoretically, you could adopt an Alpine Dachsbracke for a lot cheaper, just remember most shelters will charge a $175 adoption fee.
However, this dog is very uncommon and may be hard to find. If you can’t stretch your budget and you want a dog of similar traits, seek out the Dachshund and its various crossbreeds.
How do I find a reputable breeder?
Finding a reputable Alpine Dachsbracke breeder is going to be a chore, as they are incredibly rare dogs.
You most likely won’t find one at your local breeder, and you may have to travel incredibly long distances to track down somebody who has this dog.
However, when you find your breeder, there are a few things you need to analyze to determine whether or not they are reputable.
These things include:
- The cleanliness and spaciousness of the place in which the dogs live before purchase.
- The amount of effort that has gone into grooming, feeding and bathing the puppies.
- The amount of effort that goes into socializing with the puppies.
- The knowledge of the breeder on this uncommon, rare breed, and the quality of the process in which they breed them.
- The breeder’s eagerness to assist you with purchases, information, and a contact number.
3 little-known facts about the Alpine Dachsbracke
- The Alpine Dachsbracke does not have a strong odor, and it only needs to be bathed every 2 months.
- Although an acclaimed hunting dog, the Alpine Dachsbracke only needs a moderate amount of daily exercise.
- It was a law that the Alpine Dachsbracke be only owned by royals in Austria until the 1900s.
The Physical Traits of the Alpine Dachsbracke
The Alpine Dachsbracke has a very unique appearance. It fits into the ‘sausage’ dog category with its thick body and short legs and has a medium-length coat that can range shades of red or black.
It has a somewhat elegant, noble face and floppy ears, with an erect, thick tail. It has brown eyes, a black nose and quite often a white splotch of skin on its chest.
How big is a full-grown Alpine Dachsbracke?
The Alpine Dachsbracke is a medium-sized dog, that can grow up to 16 inches in length, with 13 being the median. It’s longer than it is tall, due to its sausage-like body.
Weight-wise, it is sturdy for its size. It is said to weigh around 33-40 pounds, with the male generally being the bigger of the gender.
Because of its size, it is recommended you watch it around babies and toddlers.
What is the life expectancy of an Alpine Dachsbracke?
The Alpine Dachsbracke is expected to live around 12-15 years, which is the average for most medium-sized breeds and similar to its medium-sized counterparts.
It’s important you keep a close eye on the health of the Alpine Dachsbracke, as this can alter life expectancy.
Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Alpine Dachsbracke
The Alpine Dachsbracke has a whole lot of personality. It is cuddly, affectionate and loves to play, as it needs mental stimulation.
It will behave well with kids, dogs and other strangers, however, they should never be left alone with smaller pets due to its hunting instincts.
The Alpine Dachsbracke is fairly easy to train but can be stubborn at times. You need to use lots of firm, obedience-based activities, and positive reinforcement to teach it right from wrong.
The Dietary Requirements of the Alpine Dachsbracke
The Alpine Dachsbracke is going to need around 2 cups of food a day, which is the average for most medium-sized breeds. This will cost you around $30-$35 a month in food.
In terms of what foods it likes, it will stick to a fairly basic regime of meats, dry dog food, and grains, with some snacks implemented in training.
How much exercise does the Alpine Dachsbracke need?
The Alpine Dachsbracke is only moderately active and will be content with 45 minutes of exercise per day, and 8 miles of walking per week.
Activities it will enjoy include hiking, frisbee and any sort of game that stimulates its mind.
Health Concerns and Conditions of the Alpine Dachsbracke
Possible illnesses include:
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Elbow Dysplasia
Alpine Dachsbracke Conclusion
Overall, if you can find a reputable breeder, and afford this rare canine, the Alpine Dachsbracke will make for an easily maintained companion that is a breeze to train and is ideal for first-time owners.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Alpine Dachsbracke: Before You Buy
- The Physical Traits of the Alpine Dachsbracke
- Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Alpine Dachsbracke
- The Dietary Requirements of the Alpine Dachsbracke
- Health Concerns and Conditions of the Alpine Dachsbracke
- Alpine Dachsbracke Conclusion