The Alpine Dachsbracke is a robust hunting dog, of solid construction and low on legs. It is also characterized by firm musculature and well-developed bone structure.
History of the breed
The Alpine Basset is a very old breed since the ancestors of this dog with a similar appearance were already used by hunters in Antiquity.
During the first half of the 1880s, It was Crown Prince Rudolf of Habsburg’s favorite hunting dog, so he systematically took them with him on his hunts in Turkey and Egypt.
First called Basset des Alpes de l’Erzgebirge, it was recognized by the Austrian umbrella cynological association as the 3rd breed of red dog (blood research) in 1932.
It was only 43 years later that the name current, that of Basset des Alpes, will be adopted.
- Its hair: very dense, well laid, covering the whole body. The outer coat is associated with a thick undercoat.
- Its color: dark fawn to red, with or without black labeling. Or black with reddish-brown markings on the head, chest, legs, feet, and the inner side of the tail.
- Its head: slightly domed skull and marked stop. The nose is black and the muzzle strong.
Its ears: set high, devoid of folds, wide, hanging, moderately long (reach the canines), and rounded ends.
- Its eyes: dark brown in color. The eyelids are very black and well applied to the eyeball.
- Its body: the ratio of height at withers to length of the body is 2: 3. The trunk is solid, rather long and well-muscled, the withers slightly extended, the back straight, the loins short and wide, the chest wide and well let down, the belly slightly raised.
- Its tail: thick at its base, set high, carried slightly low, of good length (just reached the ground), furnished with a longer hair on its inner face.
Behavior With Others
The Basset des Alpes is an alert, amiable dog with a certain confidence. Courageous and tireless, It’s a very good hunting dog in the alpine environment. It’s also a pleasant family dog and can even be a good guardian.
For this kind of rather independent and active dog, it is advisable to bring It an early education, made of a mixture of firmness and gentleness. Taken in early enough, It learns quickly and well.
The Basset des Alpes is the hunting dog par excellence. As it can only adapt to a city lifestyle if you can provide long and frequent walks.
It makes a great companion for the whole family, especially children. Its favorite environment remains a house with a fenced garden.
Health & Maintenance
The Alpine Basset is a robust and resistant dog. There is no particular predisposition to disease in this breed, which also enjoys a fairly good life expectancy (between 12 and 15 years).
Even if the Alpine Basset has a double coat which gives it a fairly good protection against the rigors of alpine landscapes, this dog is rather easy to maintain and does not require great effort. Maintenance must however remain regular.
It is recommended to brush the dog weekly to clean Its coat and protect Its skin. Its hanging ears should be inspected after trips and on a regular basis.
It needs to stay active and energized in order to be happy. A born hunter, It cannot be satisfied with brief outings. To satisfy It, long daily walks are necessary, ideally in the countryside or wooded areas.