German hound

FCI standard Nº 299

Origin
Germany
Translation
C. Seidler, revised by Dr. Paschoud
Group
Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds
Section
Section 1.3 Small sized hounds
Working
With working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Tuesday 28 January 1964
Publication of the official valid standard
Tuesday 24 June 1997
Last update
Monday 15 September 1997
En français, cette race se dit
Brachet allemand
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Deutsche Bracke
En español, esta raza se dice
Sabueso aleman
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Duitse Brak

Usage

Hound.

Brief historical summary

From the formerly numerically strong varieties of the Bracken, the only one surviving in Germany is the Westphalian Bracke. Its most significant local variety was the tricolour Sauerländer Holzbracke. Through melting this type with local Steinbracken, one certain type has evolved, which since 1900 has been designated as the Deutsche Bracke (German Bracke / Hound).

General appearance

That of a light, high stationed, elegant, yet strongly made hunting dog with a noble, comparatively fine head, good leathers and a well carried but in respect of the noble general appearance, remarkably thick tail. Slightly tucked up abdomen.

Important proportions

Length of head in dogs of medium size approximately 21 cm, from muzzle to beween eyes about 9 cm.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Fine, clean, elongated. Seen from the front, the head appears narrow and long, the skull only little broader than the not sharply protruding cheeks which merge very gradually with the muzzle.
Skull
Slightly domed, occiput protrudes but only slightly. 
Stop
Minimal.

Facial region

Nose
Has a light, almost flesh coloured strip in its middle, while the wings of the nose have more or less dark pigment.
Lips
Moderately pendant, corner of mouth small.
Nasal bridge
Very slightly convex.
Jaws and teeth
Extremely strong and even. Incisors meet either on top of each other or the inside of the upper incisors touches the outside of the lower incisors. Canines particularly strongly developed.
Eyes
Dark, clear with friendly expression.
Ears
Long, about 14 cm and broad, about 9 cm, close fitting and rounded at ends.

Neck

Moderate length and rather strong in relation to the head.

Body

Back
Slightly arched.
Croup
Falling away slightly.
Chest
Deep, reaching to below elbows. Flatly rounded with long ribcage.

Tail

Long, not noticeably strong at the root. As a protection against knocking against tree trunks and branches, it has bushy long hair and is therefore comparatively thick, yet tapering to a point and somewhat brush-like. Tail is carried hanging down or upwards in a gentle curve.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
High, very well made, lean, fine boned and sinewy.
Shoulders
Clean.
Elbows
Close fitting.

Hindquarters

Upper thigh
Thighs broad and full in profile.
Lower thigh
Lower thigh long and not very broad, well angulated.

Feet

Longer than cat-feet, coarse, very tight toes.

Coat

Hair
Long for a short haired dog. Very dense, hard, almost bristly. Well coated and dense on belly. Generally a little longer on underside of tail forming a moderate brush. Buttocks (thighs) well breeched.
Colour
Red to yellow with black saddle or blanket and the white "Bracken" markings : blaze running through, white muzzle with neck ring (closed neck ring should be aimed for), white chest, legs and tip of tail.

Size and weight

Height at withers
40 to 53 cm, moderate departure from these measurements permitted.

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

 Long cast, low body shape.
 Teckel-like (Dachshund type) head.
 Pointed, folded or short leathers.
 Sickle or ring tail.
 Faulty legs.
 Splayed, incorrect feet.
 Chocolate colour, particolour.
 Particolour.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy dogs.

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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