Basics of Dog Breed : Westphalian Dachsbracke

Posted on September 21 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Westphalian Dachsbracke

Breed Information:

Other names: Westphalian Dachsbracke, Westfälische Dachsbracke
Origin: Germany
FCI Group: Common Dogs, Blood Dogs and Related Breeds
FCI number: 100
Hair type: Short
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

The Westphalian Dachsbracke is a dog of German origin . This breed was born in the historical region of Westphalia, between the Weser and the Rhine. It would probably have been obtained by crossing the German Brachet with various types of Bassets. The Westphalian Basset was recognized by the German Kennel Club (Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen) in 1935. It was from this breed that the Swedish Basset, also called Drever, was developed. Today, it is rather rare outside of Germany. The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on November 29, 1954.

Physical characteristics

The Westphalian Dachsbracke is a moderately long hunting dog, of strong, robust and collected construction. It resembles in several points the German Brachet, which is often taken for a reduced version. It is also characterized by a kind and caring expression. His hair: rough and tight all over his body. Short on the head, ears and lower legs, longer on the back, neck and lower part of the tail. Its color: from red to yellow, associated with a saddle or a coat of black color and white marks. His head: medium in size, noble in appearance, narrow, elongated. The skull is a little wider than the cheek area. His ears :  

broad, moderately long, well placed against the head, ending in rounded. 
His eyes are dark in color and have a rather sweet but serious expression. 
His body: the neck is strong and moderately long, the kidney broad and well developed, the croup oblique, the chest relatively narrow, the belly raised in front of the hind legs. 
His tail: tied high, strong at its base, blending harmoniously into the line of the back, having a bushy hair brush on its underside, and a smooth hair and lying on its upper face.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 14 kg and 15 kg Between 30 cm and 38 cm
Male Between 14 kg and 15 kg Between 30 cm and 35 cm

A Basset dog from Westphalia is classified as a medium-sized dog .

Behavior and character

The Westphalian Dachsbracke is an energetic dog, enduring and able to evolve on a variety of terrains. Qualities that make it an excellent hunting dog , especially for game such as hare, fox or even wild boar. At home, he shows his joie de vivre, his attachment to his master and his fidelity , even if he is not the most docile of dogs.

Education ...
The education of the Westphalian Dachsbracke must be both firm and gentle . The master must be a leader of the pack in his mind, but this does not imply the search for any balance of power.


The Westphalian Dachsbracke is a dog that rarely falls ill. Robust constitution, it is resistant and enjoys a fairly good life expectancy . His big ears are nevertheless to watch to prevent the risk of otitis.

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Westphalian Dachsbracke is very easy to maintain dog . It is only necessary to pay particular attention to the inside of his ears, especially after the exits.

Outings ...
The Westphalian Dachsbracke needs a lot of exercise to get busy . Hunting dog par excellence, he must remain active and alert. Long daily walks are recommended, but without going to exhaustion. The key is to ensure that it is stimulated both physically and psychically with regular activities.

Hygiene ...
It is recommended to brush the dog every week to ensure the cleanliness of his dress and his skin. His earsare to be inspected systematically after the walks because he can be the victim of ear infections.

Living conditions

The Westphalian Dachsbracke is primarily a hunting dog, but he is also an excellent companion. It is intended for people who may be available to give them enough time and activity on a daily basis. This dog can adapt to all family situations and different lifestyles.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 500 € 1000 €

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