The Deutsche Bracke is an ancient breed of dog that has its roots in Westphalia (or Westfalia, a region in Germany, centred on the cities of Arnsberg, Bielefeld, Osnabrück, Dortmund, Minden, and Münster). In English, the Deutsche Bracke is translated as ‘German Hound’.

The Deutsche Bracke was used for hunting, both in large and small game. Historically, hunting with these dogs was done with the hunters mounted on horses. This was based on how the ancient Celts hunt deer.

Deutsche Bracke playing with puppy

By the 16th century, a new game was developed which didn’t demand the use of horses as well as large dogs. Instead, hunters used a kind of weapon or gun called Brackade.

Traits and Behavior

The Deutsche Bracke was primarily developed as a hunting dog. Therefore, one can observe a common trait characteristic that of which is being an excellent tracker of wild animals.

Being tenacious, it has a strong tendency to follow its behavioral instincts. The owner or dog trainer must be firm and consistent in training and managing this dog if it can serve as a good companion either for hunting or as a house pet.

Deutsche Bracke puppy biting a sock

Also, the dog’s manner of socialization with people and other dogs and animals must be managed in such a way as to allow the dog to be loyal, alert, and playful.

Pet Care and Diseases

The Deutsche Bracke, through the years, has adapted its own living space, maybe because of its short size, like in apartments or houses with not much yard space.

Deutsche Bracke puppy

Being an average shredder, regular care must be given to their fur coat like brushing, bathing, and occasionally a rubdown with a damp cloth.

Health concerns may include:

  • hip dysplasia
  • glaucoma
  • cataracts
  • progressive retinal atrophy
  • cryptorchidism
  • sensitivity to anesthesia
  • bloat

For it to live a healthy life, the owner must provide proper food and conduct regular exercises such as walking and running to firm up its muscles and, at the same time, allow it to be continuously alert and active.


The Deutsche Brackes stand around 16-21 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh approximately 16-18 kg. It has long hanging ears and a narrow tail. It has a fine, narrow head. The body is somewhat rectangular with a deep chest and arched back.

Deutsche Bracke puppy in the garden

The nose is black with a slight pink stripe in the center. Dark and clear eyes have friendly expression.

The short, dense coat has a hard, bristly characteristic. The coat comes in tricolors such as red and yellow with a black mantel and white markings on the muzzle, chest and legs.

General Information

The Deutsche Bracke has a life expectancy of 10-12 years. The average litter size is 4-8 puppies. Other names include German Hound, German Bracke, Olper Bracke and Westphalian Bracke.

Breed Club

Visit this dog club website dedicated to Deutsche Brackes. Click this link: http://www.deutscher-bracken-club.de/

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