Tyrolean Hound

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35-60 lbs
16-19"
Austria
Tiroler Bracke, Tyroler Bracke, Bracchet Autrichein a Poil Lisse
Strongly believed to be descendants of the storied Celtic Hounds, the Tyrolean Hound has a history that seems to reach back centuries, but has only been established in any official capacity over the last 160 years.  While they are most revered for their hunting abilities, Tyrolean Hounds also make great companions. In the home, they are relaxed and easy-going animals that generally do well with children. Compared to other hunting breeds, they are not as quick to accept strangers, but most negative or neutral reactions result in them being aloof and rarely, if ever, aggressive. They are inherently used to being solo hunters and although they do well with their families, usually take regular socialization early on to have the best results with other dogs.
Purpose
Hunting, Companion
Date of Origin
1800s
Ancestry
Celtic Hounds

Tyrolean Hound Health

Average Size
Male Tyrolean Hound size stats
Height: 17-20 inches Weight: 35-60 lbs
Female Tyrolean Hound size stats
Height: 16-19 inches Weight: 35-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None Known
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Internal Parasites
  • External Parasites
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Tyrolean Hound Breed History

With ties back to the historic Celtic Hounds, the Tyrolean Hound has some serious history. They are one of three "Grand Brackes" or large dogs from Austria, the other two being the Austrian Black and Tan Hound and the Syrian Coarse-haired Hound. They are highly prized for not only being highly-effective scent hounds for fox and hare but are also able to track sick or wounded deer as well. Along with the other two Grand Brackes, the Tyrolean Hound was developed to withstand the harsh weather and rough terrain of the mountainous Alps region, which is why they're able to adapt to changes in the environment and climate so effectively. The breed was established and used in the Tyrol region in western Austria for centuries as both hunters and companions to royalty and warriors throughout the Dark and Middle Ages. They were even noted to be a favorite of Emperor Maximillian I back in the 1400s, but specific and focused breeding was not undertaken until 1860 and the standard was not written and accepted until 1896. Twelve years later in 1908, they were finally recognized in some capacity but it wouldn't be until nearly a century later, in 2006, that they would be fully recognized by the United Kennel Club. They remain a relatively popular breed in their region of origin, both as hunting dogs and companions, but their general dissemination to the rest of the world is currently still a slow process.

Tyrolean Hound Breed Appearance

The Tyrolean Hound is a medium size dog, standing 16 to 20 inches at the withers and topping out at 60 pounds, while generally averaging closer to 45 or 50. They have dense double coats that come in three color combinations: red, black and tan, and tri-color. Unlike many other breeds that boast a soft undercoat and coarse outer coat, the Tyrolean Hound's are both coarse and part of the reason they are able to adapt to changes in climate better than some others. They have a relatively light and lean frame but possess a fair amount of muscle, giving them an overall athletic look and build. They have a broad, slightly arched skull and a long, moderately deep muzzle that ends in a black nose. Their eyes are dark brown but not deep set while their high-set ears are broad, rounded and nearly long enough to reach their nose. They have a relatively rectangular shape with a deep chest, straight, moderately muscled forelegs and broad and muscular hind legs. They have only a slight slope to their back and it terminates in a long, thick, tapered tail that is carried high with a saber curve.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Tyrolean Hound eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Tyrolean Hound nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Tyrolean Hound coat
White
red Tyrolean Hound coat
Red
brown Tyrolean Hound coat
Brown
black Tyrolean Hound coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Tyrolean Hound straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Tyrolean Hound Breed Maintenance

While the Tyrolean Hound is considered a low maintenance breed overall, they do take a slightly different maintenance schedule than many other similar-sized European scent hounds. Their course double coat needs brushing 2 to 3 times a week with a firm bristle brush to keep it free of loose hairs and dirt. Because they don't have the normal protection of a super dense and soft undercoat, bushing will also help identify external parasites like ticks they may have picked up while hunting or even walking through the woods. If they are used for hunting frequently, they will more than likely need more brushing as well as bathing, although domesticated companion animals will not need to be done with the same frequency. As with most other breeds, their nails should be monitored and trimmed as necessary to prevent cracking and breaking and their teeth should be brushed at least once a week.
Brushes for Tyrolean Hound
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Tyrolean Hound requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Tyrolean Hound Temperament

The Tyrolean Hound may not be as ideal in temperament as a breed like some Bohemian and German Pointers, but they are still considered a well-behaved breed that does well both in the field and in the home. While on the hunt, they are energetic and determined, using their superb scenting abilities to track down everything from foxes and hare to deer with both endurance and zeal. In the home, they are a loving, affectionate breed that forms strong bonds with their family, especially those who take the time and effort to train them. Because they were largely used as solo hunters instead of pack hunters, they do take some socialization to get along well with other dogs. With strangers, they are generally aloof but may resort to barking, which makes them good watch dogs, but they don't tend to get aggressive, so their use as a guard dog is extremely limited. They are generally known to be good with children, but proper training and socialization should occur if they are to be around children regardless. They do still have a decent prey drive as well and will need to be raised with non-canine animals if they are to peacefully co-exist later in life. As they are a highly-intelligent breed, they can tend to be a bit stubborn and are only moderately easy to train but once they've received thorough training, are quite responsive.

Tyrolean Hound Activity Requirements

Tyrolean Hounds are a mid to high energy level breed, meaning they need a considerable amount of daily exercise to stay happy and healthy. Because of their combination of size and activity levels, they are not ideal for apartment living unless with a very energetic owner or family, as they can tend to turn destructive if frustrated by not receiving enough exercise. They do much better in homes with big yards, nearby fields, or nearby dog parks in which they can run freely to expend some energy off-leash. It's safe to say this breed needs to be run or walked at least 16 miles a week and should received at least 45 minutes of exercise daily.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
16 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Tyrolean Hound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $2.00
Monthly Cost
$45.00 - $60.00

Tyrolean Hound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Tyrolean Hound size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 34 lbs
Female Tyrolean Hound size stats at six months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 34 lbs
12 Months
Male Tyrolean Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 41 lbs
Female Tyrolean Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 41 lbs
18 Months
Male Tyrolean Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Tyrolean Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 47 lbs

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