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Basics of Dog Breed : Styrian Coarse-haired Hound

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Posted on September 28 2018

Breed Information:

Other names: Steirische Rauhhaarbracke, Styrian Coarse-haired Hound
Origin: Austria
FCI Group: Common Dogs, Blood Dogs and Related Breeds
FCI number: 62
Longevity: 12 years
Hair type: Half-long
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

The breed of Styrian Coarse-haired Hound has been developed from the end of the 19th century . As early as 1870, an industrialist from Styria, a southeastern state of present-day Austria, obtained an interesting range by crossing a red bitch from Hanover with a hard-haired Istrian dog . The goal was to obtain a hunting dog that combines the qualities of the two old breeds and inherits a coat that allows it to withstand bad weather.

It is thanks to this man, responding to the name of  Carl Peitinger , that the Bristle of Styria with hard hair was born. The breed was officially recognized in its country of origin rather quickly, in 1889. Its definitive recognition by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) will take place 65 years later, on August 31, 1954.

Physical characteristics

The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is a medium-sized hunting dog. With a fairly well-developed musculature, it is also characterized by remarkable agility and resistance. The coarse coat of the Styrie Brachet is also part of its physical characteristics. His expression is rather rigid, even severe, but not aggressive. His hair: rough, rough, without being shaggy or shiny. Shorter on the head and forming a mustache. Its color: red and pale yellow, with possibly a white star on the chest. His head: the skull is somewhat bulging, the stop marked, the black truffle, the muzzle robust and straight. Jaws articulated in scissors. His ears :  

large, but not overly. Lying flat against the cheeks, furnished with a thin hair. 
His eyes: brown in color, displaying austere expression, but not nasty. 
His body: balanced and well proportioned as a whole. The neck is strong and not excessively long, the back is straight and broad, the kidney moderately raised, the chest broad and well lowered. 
Its tail: thick at its attachment, moderately long, carried with a slight sickle upward, topped with a brushed hair on its underside.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 18 kg and 20 kg Between 45 cm and 51 cm
Male Between 18 kg and 20 kg Between 47 cm and 53 cm

A Brachet dog from Styria with a hard coat is classified as a medium-sized dog .

Behavior and character

The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound has all the qualities of a hunting dog . Indeed, this dog shows a lot of enthusiasm, determination and resistance when he must force the game by giving voice. He is equally at home in the search for blood on mountain hunting sites. At home, the Staghorn Brachet is very attached to his master and is particularly suspicious of strangers . If he gets along quite well with his fellow creatures, if he has been used to their presence, he may be more turbulent with respect to other small animals ; his hunter instinct remains very pronounced.

Education ...
Dog with a strong character , the Sturdy Bristle with a hard coat needs to be educated early and firmly . It must also be properly socialized and initiated to recall to avoid incidents of all kinds.


A hardy , hard-wearing dog, the Staghorn Brachet is characterized by a particularly robust health. Its tough, hard oil gives it excellent protection against bad weather . Moreover, there is no predisposition to any disease in this breed.

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Styrian Bristle with a hard coat requires only a minimum of maintenance . Regular brushing of its hard, rough hair is enough to keep it clean and healthy.

Outings ...
The Staghorn Brachet is basically a hunting dog, so he needs to walk for a long time, run and play . 2 long daily trips are recommended to satisfy him on this plan.

Hygiene ...
It is advisable to brush this dog 2 to 3 times a week . It hardly needs to be groomed by a professional . An inspection of the sensitive parts of his body is to be done after each outing in the woods or mountains: eyes, pads, inside the ears, among others.

Living conditions

The Styrian Coarse-haired Hound is a hunter foremost. He adapts to his role as a companion dog if he is respectedand taken in hand from an early age. It is therefore more suited to experienced people who regularly go hunting.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 500 € 800 €

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