Information about the Austrian Black and Tan Hound wasn’t available until after the middle of the 19th century. The said breed is believed to be the true and first descendant of the Celtic Hound somewhere in Austria, where they are widely known as hunting or a working dog.

Austrian Black and Tan Hound side view

They are prized for their remarkable ability to do heavy tasks such as tracking down rabbits and other small preys, whether in high altitudes or on country plains.

Austrians have 3 hound breeds that they believe are closely related to each other and are collectively referred to as Grand Brackes. Aside from the Austrian Black and Tan Hound, the group includes the Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound and the Tirolean Hound.

Austrian Black and Tan Hound playing

The Austrian Black and Tan Hound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

Traits and Behavior

The Austrian Black and Tan Hound are not often seen outside its native country, but it is a breed that is gaining more and more popularity among hunters looking for a good companion dog, and also for dog owners who have children in the family and who wish to own a loyal, obedient and affectionate dog.

Austrian Black and Tan Hound looking up

Those hunters claim that the breed is exceptionally even-tempered and quite affectionate. Also, the breed was said to be quite accepting of children when properly socialized with them.

This working scenthound was bred to work closely with other hounds, so it knows how to get along with its fellow canines.

However, when it comes to people it is not familiar with, the Austrian Black and Tan Hound might become reserved yet never shy or vicious.

Among its cunning abilities is its keen sense of smell and amazing speed. It is not a dog that is suitable for city life unless properly exercised.

A recommended home will be in a rural area where the dog can run in a wide-open space.

Pet Care and Diseases

There are no genetic diseases that are known to affect this breed, thus the Austrian Black and Tan Hound is fairly healthy.

Austrian Black and Tan Hound tongue out

However, just like any dog, the following are some health conditions that may arise:

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Demodicosis/Demodectic Mange/Demodex Mange
  • Ear Infections

The Austrian Black and Tan Hound is a very low maintenance dog. The breed will only require a once-a-week brushing and should only be bathed when it is needed. Check and clean its long, graceful ears weekly to prevent infections.

Nails should be trimmed regularly to keep them short. Brush its teeth at least 2 or 3 times a week to remove tartar and bacterial buildup.

After a long and heavy outdoor exercise, carefully examine the dog for any wound, abrasion or injury as this tough breed will never stop working even if it’s hurt.


Powerfully built dog with a very pronounced muscle structure, the Austrian Black and Tan Hound looks very much like the other medium-sized scent hounds that can be seen both throughout Europe and North America.

At the shoulder, this typical breed will stand around 51-56 cm for the males, while 48-53 cm for the females. As for their weight, it could go up to 15-22 kg (33-49 lbs).

A short, dense coat protects the entire body of this breed. It is black in color, with rich tan markings above the eyes, on the sides of the muzzle, and the chest, legs, and back of the thighs. The head itself is proportional to the size of the body. The long tail is slightly bent and the ears are medium in length and lie flat.

General Information

This breed has an average lifespan of 10-12 years. The litter size is about 3-8 puppies. The other names for Austrian Black and Tan Hound are Österreichische Glatthaarige, Austrian Smooth-haired Hound, Bracke, Bracke (colloquially called Vieräugl), and Brandlbracke.

Breed Club

Visit this dog club website dedicated to Austrian Black and Tan Hound. Click this link: http://www.coondawgs.com/breeders.html

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