Austrian Black and Tan Hound

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35-60 lbs
Vieraugli (Four eyed), Österreichische Glatthaarige, Bracke, Austrian Smooth-haired Hound, Brandlbracke, Brachet Noir & Feu (Quatre-Oeille), Sabueso Austriaco Negro Y Fuego

The Austrian Black and Tan Hound is a typical scent hound and has an excellent sense of smell. His stamina is inexhaustible and he will run for miles if not reigned in. He is not a dog suitable for apartment living and does require plenty of daily exercise to keep him happy. Expect him to be a very vocal and happy dog. He does not generally meet a stranger but he may be a little reserved around those he does not know. The Austrian Black and Tan Hound should never exhibit signs of aggression and is a great companion for children. 

Date of Origin
19th Century
Ancient Celtic Hound

Austrian Black and Tan Hound Health

Average Size
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 35-60 lbs
Height: 19-21 inches Weight: 35-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Ear Infections
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Austrian Black and Tan Hound Breed History

Many researchers believe that the Austrian Black and Tan Hound directly descends from the ancient Celtic Hounds that accompanied their masters throughout Europe as they conquered new lands. These fierce Celtic warriors were not just thugs on a power trip, they were in many ways a sophisticated people with a written language, creative and artistic literature and artwork and although not civilized by today’s standards, they had a justice system that kept the chaos in check. By deciphering their language, historians learned more about the dogs that travelled and fought with them. These dogs were described as loyal, fierce and sturdy. They were expected to track a wounded animal, or human, for long miles and hold their prey until their masters could catch up. These dogs are simply known as Celtic Hounds. During the 19th century, breeders in Austria began cultivating a breed that was able to track wounded prey for long distances. Simply put, these breeders were trying to develop a dog that would be a top-notch hunter with a keen nose and inexhaustible speed. The Austrian Black and Tan Hound was the result of these efforts. Since then, he has become one of the most dominant hunting dogs within Austria. However, he is not very well known outside of Austria and is considered to be a rare breed. The Austrian Black and Tan Hound has distinctive coloring and has inspired many to nickname him Vieraugli which is the German word for four-eyed. He has been recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in 1954 as the Brandlbracke (Vieraugl). In 2006, the United Kennel Club recognized him as the Austrian Black and Tan Hound. 

Austrian Black and Tan Hound Breed Appearance

The Austrian Black and Tan Hound is exactly as he sounds; a black and tan scent hound with a black nose and dark brown eyes. He is a medium sized hound often confused with the black and tan Coonhound. His chest is deep and broad and he has strong legs that can carry him quickly over rough terrain. His ears are medium long and set high on his head with rounded tips. His ears hang flat against his cheek. He has a long tail that tapers and is bent slightly. His coat has a glossy shine and is dense but close fitting to his body. His short coat is smooth to the touch. The only color allowed is black with tan markings. He must have tan or fawn markings about his eyes, giving him eyebrows. The Austrian Black and Tan Hound weighs between 35 and 60 pounds and the males stand between 20 to 22 inches at the shoulder. The females stand slightly shorter at 19 to 21 inches at the shoulder. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Austrian Black and Tan Hound Breed Maintenance

The Austrian Black and Tan Hound can be a moderate to heavy shedder depending on the time of year. Even though he has short coat, it is a dense double coat that does require regular grooming. It is best to groom him at least once a week; however, if he is shedding heavily, he will need to be brushed every day. A natural bristle brush, slicker brush or hound mitt can be used when grooming. A deshedder may also be beneficial. Expect to have fine hairs floating around your home and landing on your clothes, carpet and furniture. To keep his coat sleek and shiny, a leave-in coat conditioner can be used. He does not require frequent baths; he does not have a harsh doggy smell. Bathe him only a few times a year using a mild shampoo that will not cause skin irritation. Because he is prone to ear infections, check his ears weekly and clean them when necessary. Trim his nails when needed. 

Brushes for Austrian Black and Tan Hound
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Austrian Black and Tan Hound Temperament

The Austrian Black and Tan Hound is an easygoing, fun-loving dog and he loves playing games or going for long runs. He generally gets along well with people but can be somewhat unsure of strangers, although he should never exhibit shyness or aggression. Being a typical hound, he can be vocal and is not well suited for apartment life. He does require a lot of daily physical exercise and also will benefit from training games that make him think. The Austrian Black and Tan Hound is typically easy to train and very eager to please. He does well with other dogs and is not generally a dominant dog. Even though he is not a dominant dog, he does need a defined leader within the home. Children make excellent playmates. Since he is a scent hound, the Austrian Black and Tan Hound does have a high prey drive and should be monitored closely when he is around small pets such as cats, ferrets and rabbits. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Austrian Black and Tan Hound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Austrian Black and Tan Hound Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Height: 14 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 37 lbs
Height: 17 inches Weight: 37 lbs
18 Months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Height: 20 inches Weight: 47 lbs

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