Westphalian Dachsbracke: Dog Breed Profile

Westphalian Dachsbracke

The Westphalian Basset is a hunting dog of moderate length, strong build, robust, and collected. It resembles in several points the German Brachet,  which is often taken for a reduced version. Its also characterized by a kind and attentive expression.

Other names: Westphalian Dachsbracke, Westfälische Dachsbracke

History of the breed

The Westphalian Basset is a dog of German origin. This breed originated in the historic region of Westphalia, between the Weser and the Rhine.

It would probably have been obtained by crossing the German Brachet with various types of Bassets. The Westphalian Basset was recognized by the German Kennel Club (Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen) in 1935.

It was from this breed that the Swedish Basset, also called Drever, was developed. Today it is rather rare outside of Germany.

Physical features

  • Its hair: rough and tight all over the body. Short on the head, ears, and lower legs, longer on the back, neck, and lower part of the tail.
  • Its color: ranging from red to yellow, associated with a black saddle or coat and white markings.
  • Its head: medium in size, noble in appearance, narrow, elongated. The skull is a little wider than the cheek area
  • .Its ears: large, moderately long, well laid against the head, ending in rounded.
  • Its eyes: dark in color and showing a rather gentle, but serious expression.
  • Its body: the neck is strong and moderately long, the loins wide and well developed, the croup sloping, the chest relatively narrow, the belly raised in front of the hind legs.
  • Its tail: Set high, strong at its base, blending harmoniously into the line of the back, presenting a bushy brush hair on its underside, as well as a smooth, lying hair on its upper face.

Behavior With Others

The Westphalian Basset is an energetic dog, enduring and able to evolve on a variety of terrains. Qualities that make it an excellent hunting dog, especially for game such as hare, fox, or even wild boar.

At home, he shows off his joie de vivre, Its attachment to his master, and Its loyalty, even if It’s not the most docile of dogs.


The education of the Westphalian Basset must be both firm and gentle. The master must act as a  pack leader in Its mind, but without this implying the search for any balance of power.

Living Conditions

The Westphalian Basset is first and foremost a hunting dog, but it is also an excellent family companion.

It is intended for people who may be available to give it sufficient time and activity on a daily basis. This dog can adapt to all family situations and different lifestyles.

Health & Maintenance

The Westphalian Basset is a dog that rarely gets sick. Of a robust constitution, it is resistant and enjoys a fairly good life expectancy. Its large floppy ears should nevertheless be watched in order to prevent the risk of otitis.

The life expectancy of a Westphalian Basset is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

The Westphalian Basset is very easy to maintain. You just need to pay special attention to the inside of Its ears, especially after going out.

It is recommended to brush the dog weekly to ensure the cleanliness of Its coat and skin.

Its ears should be inspected systematically after walks because It may be a victim of ear infections.

The Westphalian Basset requires a  lot of exercise to get active. A hunting dog par excellence, It must remain active and alert.

Long daily walks are recommended, but without going to the point of exhaustion. The main thing is to ensure that it is stimulated both physically and psychically with regular activities.

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About Jessica Vanclap

Passionate about animals, but also about health, I did not hesitate for long in choosing my studies. Veterinary assistant by training, I worked in a veterinary clinic for several years. I then made the choice to share my knowledge and experiences by joining the training team of a school of Veterinary Assistant and Grooming.

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