Tyrolean Hound

Tyrolean Hound

Description

Appearance

This medium sized hound has broad flat ears set high on the head. They have a thick double coat including a coarse undercoat and the rear legs are well feathered. There are two main colours, red, black and tan, both of which may have white markings.

South African artist Bruce Kenselaar is apparently fond of Tyroleans, and has sold several sets of their portraits at auction.

History

The Tyrolean Hound is supposedly descendant from the Celtic Hounds. Emperor Maximilian I used this hound for hunting hare and fox and for tracking wounded game. Selectve breeding began in 1860 which led to the breed being officially recognized in 1908. These dogs often hunted alone (not in a pack) and had a fine scenting ability.

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