Fun Deutsche Bracke Facts For Kids

Oluniyi Akande
Oct 20, 2022 By Oluniyi Akande
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
Fact-checked by Diya Patel
Deutsche Bracke facts like it is a hunting dog are interesting.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 12.6 Min

The Deutsche Bracke is a distinctive-looking and beautiful hound that is also called a German Hound. This tri-colored, small to medium-sized dog originated in a small region of Northwest Germany, Westphalia.

Even though Bracke dogs are very popular in Germany, they are not well-known beyond their homeland. In Germany, Bracke dogs are the best type of dogs that are commonly kept as family pets or hunting dogs.

The Deutsche Bracke has a high exercise requirement that must be met regularly. If Bracke dogs are understimulated, they are prone to bad behavior.

The Deutsche Bracke dog breed has an even temperament and are friendly, kind, and intelligent dogs that enjoy the company of humans. Even when Bracke dogs are indoors as opposed to the outdoor kennels, they flourish.

Since the Deutsche Bracke dog breed is so gentle with children, they make an amazing family pet. They even get along with other dogs as they are raised to hunt on their own or in packs.

However, when it comes to other smaller pets, they maintain a strong hunting instinct. So, if you are keeping them near other small animals such as rabbits or cats, you have to take extreme care.

They have a mellow nature and an even temperament, but their independent nature can make the training difficult. You should never use punishment or harsh words with this dog as you will only get a poor response.

Instead, you should focus on positive reinforcement and change the training regime. This way, your dog will be able to remain focused.

When you are taking the Deutsche Bracke dog breed out for a walk, you should keep them on a leash as they quickly respond to the scent picked up by their nose. Within seconds, they will be out of your sight.

Once they go on a trail, getting them back will be hard. Overall, Deutsche Brakes are the best type of dogs that are affectionate, highly intelligent, friendly, devoted, loyal, kind, and eager-to-please friends.

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Deutsche Bracke Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Deutsche Bracke?

The Deutsche Bracke dog breed is small to a medium-sized dog that is beautiful and distinctive. They are very popular in Germany, but almost unknown everywhere else.

What class of animal does a Deutsche Bracke belong to?

The Deutsche Bracke is a dog who belongs to the mammal class.

How many Deutsche Bracken are there in the world?

An accurate figure is unknown as they are domestic pets.

Where does a Deutsche Bracke live?

A Deutsche Bracke dog breed can live in forests, farms, and even houses with large backyards where they can get enough exercise.

What is a Deutsche Bracke's habitat?

Since the Deutsche Bracke dog breed is a hunting dog, their preferred habitat is a forest or a farm. But, they are a great family pet as well and can live well in a house where there is enough space to play around and get their daily exercise.

Who do Deutsche Bracken live with?

Deutsche Bracks can live with humans or in packs. The Deutsche Bracke loves being around humans and if they are left alone for too long, they can get anxious and get into mischief.

How long does a Deutsche Bracke live?

The life expectancy of a Deutsche Bracke is between 12-14 years.

How do they reproduce?

During coitus, the bulbus glandis (part of the dog’s penis) of the German Bracke swells and enlarges. The vaginal muscles of the female Deutsche Bracke dog contract against the glands and prevent them from being withdrawn. This is known as ‘tie’ and it is a feature of successful mating in dogs.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of these dogs has not been listed. They are kept as pets and are thought to be bred in stable numbers.

Deutsche Bracke Fun Facts

What do Deutsche Brackes look like?

The Deutsche Bracke is a good-looking, high-quality hound that has an elegant and sturdy silhouette. They have a narrow head that looks like a hound with a narrow face, large and pendulous ears, and soulful eyes. The best way for identifying this dog breed, the Deutsche Bracke, is their nose which is particularly interesting.

The German Bracke is mostly darker, but, in the middle, there is a strip of flesh-colored pigment. Their chest extends before their elbow while standing and is unusually deep.

This hunting dog breed has a rectangular body shape with a slight arch in the back. Their tail is slim and very long. Overall, they have the best appearance.

The Deutsche Bracke dog breed is a guard dog that weighs somewhere between 13-18 kg while their height is around 40-53 cm. They have a short coat that is tri-color and displays the Bracken markings - white fir on the neck, chest, legs, muzzle, and tip of the tail.

The Deutsche Bracke makes a good family pet.

How cute are they?

The German Hound or the Deutsche Bracke dog that originated in Germany’s Westphalia region are extremely cute. These hunting dogs were created in 1900 when different breeds were merged to create one scenthound. Today, they are used for large and small game hunting including deer, wild boar, and hare. This is a breed that is rarely seen outside Germany.

It is a persistent tracker that has a strong sense of smell and direction. They are an intelligent breed that requires an outlet. They are eager to work and make amazing playmates for older children.

How do they communicate?

The Deutsche Bracke communicates using their body language that is coded in acoustic (sound), visual, tactile (touch), and olfactory (smell) signals. This can include avoidant eyes, staring, wagging tail, stance, pawing, hackles, panting, and backward or forward-tilted ears. The Deutsche Bracke dog breed has a wide range of signals for expressing themselves to humans and other dogs.

Visual signals - your Deutsche Bracke might use visual communication signals for sending messages. They might exact control over their body muscles or modify their body parts for creating body postures to tell you about their intentions and feelings.

Acoustic signals - German Hounds are a type of guard dog that uses vocal signals for communicating. These signals have been adapted to fit their surroundings in the human social context.

For example, barking can be used for sending diverse messages based on its frequency, rhythm, and tonality.

Just like visual signals, vocalizations are also used for expressing their feelings and emotional states and fitting owner responses and contexts to the acoustic communication. For example, the Deutsche Bracke might use a specific bark every time they want you to them for a walk if you give the expected response.

Olfactory signals - even though most humans don’t give any attention to how dogs communicate through their olfactory capacities, olfactory signals are well established among dogs.

How big is a Deutsche Bracke?

A Deutsche Bracke is about 16-21 in long.

How fast can a Deutsche Bracke run?

A Deutsche Brake can run at a speed of 48 kmph.

How much does a Deutsche Bracke weigh?

The average weight of a Deutsche Bracke is 35-40 lb.

What are their male and female names of the species?

The male and female Deutsche Bracke dog names of the species are dog and bitch respectively.

What would you call a baby Deutsche Bracke?

A baby Deutsche Brake will be called a puppy.

What do they eat?

When you are preparing the food for a Deutsche Brake, the two best and important ingredients that you need to look out for are fat and proteins. You have to emphasize both these ingredients.

You also have to make sure that you get these ingredients from excellent food sources. The best protein source for a German Hound is whole meat sources such as poultry, fish, beef, and other organ meats.

If you go for other animal by-products such as chicken, your dog won’t get as much protein as they would get from whole protein sources.

For healthy fat sources, you can look for foods containing vegetables and fish oil so that you can get omega 3 fatty acids. You will have to adjust the food for the Deutsche Bracke pup.

All these food sources are important to ensure that the coat and skin of your Deutsche Bracke dog breed are healthy. Ingredients like carrots and sweet potatoes are good for a German Hound as well. You can also give them smaller amounts of rice, barley, oats, and other digestible carbohydrates.

Are they slobbery?

Deutsche Bracken drool a bit just like any other dog. But, they are not very slobbery.

Would they make a good pet?

Deutsche Bracken are energetic and playful breeds that are good with children. They are also loyal, protective, devoted, outgoing, responsive to training, and eager to please.

Thanks to their loud bark and an even Bracke temperament, these puppies make a good watchdog. However, the Deutsche Bracke dog breed is not perfect.

They have a few characteristics that might not make them the right fit for you. It is a determined breed with a mind of its own and without proper training, it has a tendency to roam, wander, and escape. If you don’t give them something to do, they will get bored and start chewing and barking.

Similarly, if they are not trained properly, they will bark a lot. These dogs can also see small animals like cats as prey unless trained otherwise and require frequent, vigorous training along with a large space where they can run and play.

What you need to decide if they are worth it. Deutsche Bracke puppies are full of personality. They are athletic, entertaining, and lively. With a confident leader, positive reinforcement, and ample training, these puppies can be a loving and even-tempered family companion.

Did you know...

That Deutsche Bracke is an ancient breed whose real origin cannot be verified. However, it is believed that the Deutsche Bracke or the German Hound originated after different breeds were merged including the pointer breed, Greyhounds, Bloodhounds, and Beagles.

Traditionally, they were used as scent hounds who assisted hunters by locating different games over irregular terrains in harsh weather conditions. Today, they are used for hunting as well as companion animals.

Thanks to their popularity in the Olpe region, located in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, the breed is also called the Olper Bracke. In the region, they are bred for their stamina and efficiency and for seeking out a wide range of animals such as hares and wild boar.

They have an even temperament and a sensitive nose that can pick up the slightest of scents.

They also have loud and resonant barks that can be used for alerting the owner of their find. Deutsche Bracke can be used for hunting alone or in pairs.

The first record of the Deutsche Bracke dog breed in German art and literature is in the 18th century. At this time, there were many similar Bracke breeds within Germany.

But, today, most of these dogs are extinct, the Deutsche Bracke being the exception. The first breed standard for the Deutsche Bracke was written in 1995.

Even though the standard is recognized by the German Kennel Club, the Deutsche Brake has not been officially acknowledged by the UK or American Kennel Clubs. Bracke dogs are quite popular in Germany and in mainland Europe and very rare in the UK and America.

There are different types of Bracke including the Westphalian Bracke that is quite similar to the Deutsche Bracke in appearance but noticeably smaller. The Deutsche Bracke puppy was created for fulfilling the needs not satisfied by the Deutsche Bracke like tracking and hunting through the underbrush and other hard-to-reach locations.

Characteristics and health issues

Even though Deutsche Bracke is considered to be a robust and healthy dog, they are prone to some conditions including the following:

Bloating (GDV) - dogs with deep chests are more likely to suffer from bloating. There is no known cause of this condition.

However, exercising vigorously after eating a large meal can precipitate an event. The stomach of your dog will be first filled with gas and liquid and their abdomen will look physically bloated. If this condition is not taken care of, it can progress to another condition named Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV).

In this condition, the stomach rotates on its axis and entraps the content. If your dog has this condition, it will start panicking, panting, and drooling excessively.

Hip Dysplasia - this is an orthopedic condition that affects the hips of the Deutsche Bracke puppy. Your dog should be screened for this condition before they start mating in order to reduce the prevalence.

Dogs with improperly-formed hips are prone to lifelong lameness and pain. Even though there are corrective surgeries, most dogs are treated with supportive therapies like hydrotherapy and medication. Also, this is a progressive condition which means that as your dog ages, it will get worse.

Cryptorchidism - this is a common condition where either one or both testicles of your dog are unable to descend. Since the testicles are inside their body, your dog is prone to testicular cancer development as the temperature will be too hot inside the body.

If your doctor has cryptorchidism, it is best to remove the affected testicle.

Even though it is possible to remove the affected testicle and leave another one behind so that the dog can breed, it is not advised. Cryptorchidism is an inherited condition which means that it is highly likely that the Deutsche Bracke puppy will be affected as well.

Eye conditions - your Deutsche Bracke can be affected by several eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, and glaucoma. It is advised that before mating, you get them screened by a veterinary ophthalmologist.

Getting your own Deutsche Bracke

The Deutsche Bracke is a very affectionate and friendly dog who is tolerant with children which makes them the perfect family dog. Created after different breeds were merged, these are easy to train, obedient, and intelligent. However, before you get your own Deutsche Bracke, here are a few pros and cons that you should keep in mind.

Pros of this dog include that  Deutsche Bracken are very healthy dogs. So, you won’t have to worry about dealing with serious health concerns. They have easy maintenance and grooming.

Deutsche Bracken don’t shed a lot. So, maintaining their dense coats will be easy.

Also, you won’t have to spend a lot of money on grooming sessions from a professional groomer. They are a good dog for a family too. If you are looking for a family-friendly dog, the Deutsche Bracke is a great option.

Bracke dogs are good with children and also make a great companion for a senior citizen. The Deutsche Bracke is a friendly, protective, and loving dog who is tolerant of children making them the perfect companion for your kids.

Not only can the puppies be playful, but can also look after them. However, you do have to provide adult supervision for avoiding injuries or accidents to any party. You should also teach your kids how to handle the puppies and be gentle with them.

Some cons of this dog are that it roams. Deutsche Bracken are more likely to wander around than other dog breeds. You will have to keep them on a leash while taking them out for weeks and fence your backyard.

They also need company. You should not leave your friendly Deutsche Bracke dog alone for a long time.

If you are not someone who can be at home with the dog most of the time, then, the Deutsche Bracke is not the right dog for you. Lastly, Deutsche Bracken are not hypoallergenic. So, if there is someone in your house who is allergic to dogs, they will aggravate their allergies.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including the Pitbull Chihuahua mix, or Cheagle.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Deutsche Bracke coloring pages.

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