The Westphalian Dachsbracke is a breed of dog originating from Germany, more precisely from the region of Westphalia.
The Westphalian Dachsbracke is a medium to small sized dog (between 33 and 38 cm), well proportioned and robust (between 15 and 20 kg). It has a compact body with relatively short legs, giving it a low-legged appearance. Its head is well defined, with medium sized eyes and pendulous ears. The Westphalian Basset's coat is short, dense and weather resistant. Common coat colors are tricolor (black, white, and tan) or bicolor (black and white).
In terms of personality, the Westphalian Dachsbracke is known to be a determined, intelligent, and loyally dedicated gun dog. It has an excellent sense of smell and is mainly bred for wild boar and deer hunting. Outside of hunting, he can be an affectionate dog towards his family, although he can have an independent and stubborn nature.
He is an active dog that requires a moderate amount of daily exercise to stay healthy and happy. He enjoys being outdoors and being able to follow trails and sniff out different smells. Due to their hunting heritage, it's important to keep the Westphalian Basset on a leash in unfenced areas, as their tracking instincts might cause them to follow an interesting scent.
The Westphalian Dachsbracke Hound has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years. As with any breed of dog, they can be predisposed to certain health conditions, including back problems and skin issues. Regular visits to the veterinarian, a balanced diet and proper care are essential to maintain its health and well-being.
In summary, the Westphalian Dachsbracke is a determined and intelligent hunting dog, adapted to the outdoor life. If you're considering adopting a Westphalian Dachsbracke, make sure you can meet their needs for exercise, mental stimulation, and hunting-related activities.