Austrian Black and Tan Hound

FCI standard Nº 63

Origin
Austria
Translation
C. Seidler
Group
Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds
Section
Section 1.2 Medium size Scenthounds
Working
With working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Friday 03 September 1954
Publication of the official valid standard
Tuesday 10 October 1995
Last update
Tuesday 18 June 1996
En français, cette race se dit
Brachet autrichien noir et feu
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Brandlbracke
En español, esta raza se dice
Sabueso Austriaco Negro y Fuego
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Brandlbracke

Usage

The Black and Tan Austrian Hound is an universally popular hunting dog on account of its special suitability for heavy work on high mountains as well as on flat country for hunting by giving tongue and for the tracking of wounded game.

Brief historical summary

The Black and Tan Austrian Hound (Brandlbracke) counts as a true descendant of the "Keltenb racke" (Celtic Hound). As with all breeds of older origin, there is no definite authentic history for the "Brandlbracke" until the middle of the 19th century. The reason for this is that until that date nocontrolled breeding took place.

General appearance

Medium size. Strong, long cast, supple body.

Behaviour / temperament

Sensitive nose; giving tongue, above all, for hare; tracking firmly and willingly with agreeable temperament.

Head

Cranial region

Skull
Skull broad. Occiput barely defined. 

Facial region

Nose
Leather black.
Muzzle
Strong.
Lips
Well developed, close fitting, pigmented throughout.
Nasal bridge
Straight nasal bridge.
Jaws and teeth
Strong scissor bite. A complete set with 42 teeth is sought after; the absence of totally two PM1 or PM2 (premolar 1 or 2) is tolerated; the M3 (molar 3) are not taken into account.
Eyes
Clear, dark brown, not showing any red in corner of eye.
Ears
Of medium length, not too broad, set on high, rounded at tips, hanging flatly.

Neck

Medium length. Very strong. Dewlap not desired.

Body

Withers
Well defined.
Back
Long.
Loin
Slightly arched.
Croup
Falling away in slight slope.
Chest
Broad and deep.

Tail

Long, tapering gradually, slightly bent. Pendant in repose. Coarse hair on underside, but without an obvious brush.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Well developed. Legs straight and strong.
Shoulders
Well laid back, well muscled.

Hindquarters

Generality
Well angulated.
Upper thigh
Slim, moderately developed, long.

Feet

Strong, round, arched; toes fitting close together. Nails strong and black. Pads large and strong.

Gait and movement

Ground covering, elegant.

Coat

Hair
Smooth hair, close fitting, dense, full, resilient with silky sheen. Length approximately 2 cm.
Colour
Black with small, clearly defined light to dark fawn markings. The two fawn markings above the eyes (Vieräugl) must be present.

Size and weight

Height at withers
48-56 cm. Dogs 50-56 cm, bitches 48-54 cm.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

General faults

 Skull too narrow.
 Broad muzzle.
 Leathers folded, too pointed, narrow, short.
 Tail too short, too thick.
 Tail carriage bent too far upwards, lack of coarse hair on underside.
 Weak limbs.
 Shy temperament.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggresive or overly shy.
 Under or overshot mouth.
 More than two missing premolars 1 or 2.
 Any other colour than that stated.
 Lack of well defined fawn markings above eyes (Vieräugl).

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

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