Wire-haired Styrian Brachet

Other names: Steirische Rauhhaarbracke, Styrian Coarse-haired Hound

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The Wire-haired Styrian Brachet is a medium-sized hunting dog. With a fairly well developed musculature, he is also characterized by remarkable agility and resistance. The coarse coat of the wire-haired Styrian Brachet is also one of its physical characteristics. His expression is rather rigid, even harsh, but not aggressive.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Austria
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 18 kg to 20 kg From 45 cm to 51 cm
Male From 18 kg to 20 kg From 47 cm to 53 cm
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History of the breed

The wire-haired Styrian Brachet breed was developed from the end of the 19th century . As early as 1870, in fact, an industrialist from Styria, a Land in the south-east of present-day Austria, obtained an interesting litter by crossing a red bitch from Hanover with a wire-haired Istrian scent hound . The objective was to obtain a hunting dog combining the qualities of 2 ancient breeds and inheriting a coat allowing it to withstand bad weather.

It is therefore thanks to this man, responding to the name of Carl Peitinger , that the Wire-haired Styrian Brachet was born. The breed was officially recognized in its country of origin fairly quickly, in 1889. Its definitive recognition by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) came 65 years later, on August 31, 1954.

Physical features

His hair: rough, rough, without being shaggy or shiny. Shorter on the head and forming a mustache.
Its color: red and pale yellow, possibly with a white star on the chest.
His head: the skull is somewhat rounded, the stop marked, the nose black, the muzzle robust and straight. The jaws articulated in scissors.
His ears: large, but not excessively. Lying flat against the cheeks, trimmed with a thin coat.
His eyes: brown in color, displaying an austere expression, but not mean.
His body: balanced and well proportioned as a whole. The neck is strong and not excessively long, the back is straight and broad, the loins moderately raised, the chest large and well let down.
Its tail: thick at its attachment, moderately long, carried in a slight sickle upwards, furnished with a brush hair on its underside.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Wire-haired Styrian Brachet has all the qualities of a hunting dog . Indeed, this dog shows a lot of enthusiasm, determination and resistance when it has to force the game by giving voice. He is equally at ease in searching for blood on mountain hunting sites. At home, the Wire-haired Styrian Brachet is very attached to its owner and is particularly suspicious of strangers . If he gets along rather well with his congeners, if he has been used to their presence, he can be more turbulent towards other small animals ; his hunting instinct remains very strong.

A dog with a strong character , the Wire-haired Styrian Brachet must be educated early and firmly . He must also be properly socialized and introduced to recall to avoid incidents of all kinds.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Wire-haired Styrian Brachet is above all a hunter. It adapts to its role as a companion dog if it is respected and taken in hand from an early age. It is therefore aimed more at experienced people who regularly practice hunting.


Ease of gaining weight

A hardy and hardy dog, the Wire-haired Styrian Brachet is characterized by particularly robust health. Its hard, coarse oil gives it excellent protection against bad weather . In addition, there is no predisposition to any disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a wire-haired Styrian Brachet is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Wire-haired Styrian Brachet requires minimal maintenance . Regular brushing of its hard, coarse coat is enough to keep it clean and healthy.

The Wire-haired Styrian Brachet being essentially a hunting dog, he needs, as such, to walk for a long time, to run and to exert himself . 2 long daily outings are recommended to satisfy him on this plan.

It is advisable to brush this dog 2-3 times a week . It hardly needs to be groomed by a professional . An inspection of the sensitive parts of his body is to be carried out after each outing in the woods or in the mountains: eyes, pads, inside of the ears, among others.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
800 €

The purchase price of a wire-haired Styrian Brachet is between € 500 and € 800.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a wire-haired Styrian Brachet is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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