Estonian Hound vs Alpine Dachsbracke - Breed Comparison

Estonian Hound vs Alpine DachsbrackeEstonian Hound is originated from Estonia but Alpine Dachsbracke is originated from Austria. Estonian Hound may grow 12 cm / 5 inches higher than Alpine Dachsbracke. Both Estonian Hound and Alpine Dachsbracke are having almost same weight. Estonian Hound may live 3 years more than Alpine Dachsbracke. Estonian Hound may have more litter size than Alpine Dachsbracke. Both Estonian Hound and Alpine Dachsbracke requires Moderate maintenance.

Basic Information

Group:
Hound dog
Hound dog
Origin:
Estonia
Austria
Height Male:
42 - 52 cm
16 - 21 inches
33 - 40 cm
12 - 16 inches
Height Female:
40 - 50 cm
15 - 20 inches
32 - 38 cm
12 - 15 inches
Weight Male:
15 - 20 kg
33 - 45 pounds
15 - 18 kg
33 - 40 pounds
Weight Female:
13 - 19 kg
28 - 42 pounds
15 - 17 kg
33 - 38 pounds
Life Span:
12 - 15 Years
10 - 12 Years
Litter Size:
4 - 8
3 - 5
Size:
Medium dog
Medium dog
Other Names:
Estonian Scenthound, Gontchaja Estonskaja
Alpenlandischer Dachsbracke Alpenländische Dachsbracke Alpenlandische Dachsbracke Basset des Alpes Alpine Basset Hound
Colors Available:
tan with black patches or blackish brown with red patches
Deep red with black hairs or Black with red markings
Coat:
short, rough coat
dense, smooth and double coated
Shedding:
Constant
Moderate
Temperament:
Affectionate, Cheerful, Energetic, Intelligent, Lively, Loving, Loyal
Affectionate, Alert, Courageous, Energetic, Friendly, Gentle, Independent, Loving, Loyal, Social, Stubborn
Grooming:
Moderate maintenance
Moderate maintenance
Trainability:
Moderate
Moderate
Hypoallergenic:
No
No
Kids Friendly:
Yes
Yes
New Owners Friendly:
Yes
Yes

History

estonian houndIn 1947, the Estonian Hound was developed and remains today the only pure breed ever developed in Estonia. At that time the national economic minister of the Soviet Union declared that every country in the USSR must have a national dog breed. Thus, the Estonian Hound and the Estonian Kennel Union were born. The Kennel Union is currently seeking breed recognition from the Federation Cynoloqique Internationale.

The Estonian Hound came from breeding local Estonian hunting dogs with several different breeds of foreign dogs. The Soviet decree also established that hunting dogs had to be no more than 17 inches high. This result in a hunting dog with great agility and drive that is extremely popular in now inependent Estonia. It is the national dog.

alpine dachsbrackeThey are aggressive enough for hunting and tracking large animals as well as small, but they are gentle enough to bring an injured animal back to the hunter without hurting it more.

At one time the breed was a crown favorite, accompanying Prince Rudolph of Habsburg on his hunting excursions. The Alpine Dachsbracke is still a favorite hunting breed but is now more often found as a family pet.

Description

estonian hound puppyThe Estonian Hound is a strong, muscular body of medium size, with well-developed muscles and strong bones. It has a straight muzzle and skull with defined eyebrows and long drop ears. They have black noses and dark eyes. Their back is wide and straight, and their chest is deep and wide. They have skin that is tight with no wrinkles or folds anywhere.

The Estonian Hound is double coated, but the undercoat is not well developed. The top coat is rough, short and shiny. The tail has a thick covering of hair. The color is usually white with red patches, black or brown patches or yellow patches.

alpine dachsbracke puppyThe Alpine Dachsbracke is a short, stocky dog with a long body and short legs. It is big boned and robust with round eyes. It has black toenails and a short, dense red or black coat.

The bridge of his nose is straight with a strong muzzle. Its forehead has a well defined furrow and black lips and nose. He is muscular and his chest is broad and deep. He holds his tail high and has a trotting gait.

Health Problems

estonian hound dogWith such a young breed there have not been any studies done on their health or genetic issues. It seems the breed is fairly healthy but there is too little information to really say. Being confined to Estonia there has been little commercial or backyard breeding. He is less likely than most pure breeds to have genetic issues.

It is likely that dogs of his type are at risk for:

Bloat – distended or twisted stomach

Caused by excessive exercise before or after having eaten a large meal. It is suggested that you feed your English Setter twice a day, smaller meals and not right before or after strenuous exercise.

  1. Luxating Patella
  2. Leads to lameness and arthritis
  3. Allergies skin/food
  4. See vet if issues arise
  5. Respiratory allergies - It would be very important to see vet if any breathing issues arise
  6. Joint dysplasia - This could be elbow or hip and can lead to lameness or arthritis

alpine dachsbracke dogThey were bred to hunt and so are active dogs needing daily exercise and long walks.

Back Problems

They are at risk for back problems being long-backed dogs. The most common type of back problem is Intervertebral Disc Disease. This can cause pain and paralysis and can be caused by jumping, obesity or intense exercise.

Caring The Pet

Feeding the puppy

estonian hound puppiesFeed a high quality dry food made for puppies. Feed ¼ to ½ cup per day in 2-3 meals for the first six months.

Feed 1 to 2 cups in two meals from 6 months to a year or so.

Feeding the adult.

Feed about 2 to 3 cups in two meals.

Points for Good Health

As previously mentioned this seems to be a fairly healthy breed.

Be careful not to feed a large meal before or after exercise due to possibility of bloat.

Check their ears and clean them periodically.

Games and Exercises

The Estonian Hound is a hunting dog and needs a good deal of exercise – at least an hour and a half every day or a long walk if not used for hunting. He is a working dog with a lot of energy and stamina. Don’t let him off leash though or he will follow his nose and take off. He is usually calm and quiet indoors if he gets enough physical and mental stimulation outdoors. He can be destructive and loud, nervous and hyper if he doesn’t. They enjoy Frisbee, agility, tracking and of course hunting.

alpine dachsbracke puppiesWhether a puppy or adult the breed is subject to obesity and needs to be fed a good, vitamin filled dry dog food. At the same time they need the calories if they are active or hunting.

Feeding puppies

About one quarter to one half cup twice a day.

Adults

About one half cup twice a day until they become seniors or less active then reduce to a fourth of a cup twice a day.

Points for Good Health

The Alpine Daschbracke was bred to work. He needs exercise at least a couple times a day.

Games and Exercises

This breed is playful and loves to find and retrieve. Daily exercise is essential.

Characteristics

Children friendliness

estonian hound dogsThe Estonian Hound is a happy dog and loves to play with children. He was bred to hunt though and he can get fixated on a scent and knock over a small child.

Special talents

He is a hunting dog with great agility and drive.

Adaptability

He has had to be adaptable through his short history and is now more a companion than a hunting dog. He can live in the city or country.

Learning ability

He is intelligent and trainable. He is lively and energetic and the challenge might be keeping his attention long enough to train.

alpine dachsbracke dogsThe Alpine Dachsbracke is a very lovable family dog even though he was bred to hunt and scent. They are great with kids and at their size are still good apartment, inside dogs. Though they need daily exercise they don’t need a large fenced in yard.

They are brave, intelligent and with a lot of stamina for the hunt or the walk. Take them on a hunting trip and they will adore you for it. Though they have plenty of power and endurance, they are not aggressive. However they are fearless and proud and need a strong pack leader for their human companion.

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