Styrian wire-haired hound

Description Styrian wire-haired hound

Purposeful, Insensitive, Passionate
The Styrian Wire-haired Bracke is a hunting dog bred in Austria. It is also known as the “Peintinger Bracke” after the founder of the breed, Karl Peintinger. The Styrian wire-haired hound is suitable for hunting by so-called “braking” or for “welding work”. She is a working dog and not just a family dog.FCI Group: Hounds – Scenthounds – Related Breeds

  • Size: medium
  • Weight: 20kg
  • Life expectancy: 9-15 years
  • Coat Type: Medium Hair
  • Colours: Red-brown, fawn, red-white

Character Styrian wire-haired hound

When fully grown, the breed reaches a size of about 45-53 cm at the shoulder. Males are slightly larger than females. The wire-haired hound is one of the larger dogs. The weight varies, but is usually a little under 20kg.
The Styrian wire-haired hound has thick, hard fur.

This protects them excellently even in harsh climates, such as can be found when hunting. Due to its nature, it is also suitable for use in high mountains.
Typical of the breed is the beige to reddish-brown fur, hanging ears and a sickle-shaped tail.
The breed is considered to be very resilient and robust. It is also suitable for hunting in difficult conditions and difficult terrain.

It is ideally suited for the work of “bracing” and “welding”: when bracing, the dog seeks out prey and pursues it loudly. By barking during the pursuit, the hunter learns where the dog and the prey are. The welding work, also called “tracking” is another hunting technique. Hunting dogs are used to track down dead or injured game after a shot.
Because the dogs were bred specifically for such tasks, they have a strong hunting instinct.

The Styrian wire-haired hound is not suitable as a pure family dog! With suitable hunting training, however, she can become an affectionate and loyal companion for you.

Diet Styrian wire-haired hound

The Styrian wire-haired hound is frugal and relatively uncomplicated when it comes to nutrition. Common dog food is generally well suited. High-quality ready-mixes have all the necessary nutrients. With self-mixed food, good knowledge is necessary to avoid a nutrient deficiency in the dog. Access to fresh water should always be available.

As with all dog breeds, you should ensure that the food is of high quality and covers all of the dog’s nutritional needs. Tips for a healthy diet can be obtained directly from the dog’s breeder or from the veterinarian.


The Styrian wire-haired hound has easy-care fur. It is sufficient if you brush the dog at regular intervals. Even if the hunting dog does not have high demands on physical care, it is not easy to keep. Due to its hunting instinct and willingness to work, the dog needs regular tasks and activities in order to feel comfortable.


The breed was founded in 1870 by Karl Peintinger. Place of origin is Styria in Austria. The Styrian wire-haired hound was created by crossing two breeds. The dam was a Hanoverian sweat bitch. The father is a rough-haired Istrian hound.

The result was a very hardy, persistent hunting dog.
The kennel is relatively small. She is looked after by the German and Austrian Bracken Association. There you will also get information about current litters.
In order to minimize inbreeding within the breed, other dog breeds have been crossed over the past few years.

This reduces the risk of breed-specific diseases developing. Animals of the “Barak” breed from Bosnia are currently being crossed again and again. These are similar in appearance and character to the Styrian wire-haired hounds.

Styrian wire-haired hound Accessories

The accessories for the Styrian wire-haired hounds include: food and water bowls, sleeping space, collar and leash. A grooming brush should also not be missing.
Since the Hound should be used for hunting, you can also invest in special harness and leashes. More conspicuous chest harnesses with wide padding and a long leash are particularly suitable for welding work. Eye-catching collars also help you to keep a better eye on the dog when hunting.

In the meantime, even collars with a tracking function are available to be able to find your dog again at any time.

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