The Westphalian Dachsbracke is the ancestor breed of the Swedish scenthound, the Drever. Dogs of similar type are seen in very old European paintings, although the Westphalian Dachsbracke breed was first described in 1886. It was recognized by the Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (German Kennel Club) in 1935, and by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1987, as breed number 100 in Group 6 Scenthounds, Section 1.3 Small hounds. Of the major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world, only the United Kennel Club in the US recognises the Westphalian Dachsbracke, in its Scenthound Group, using the Fédération Cynologique Internationale standard. It also may be recognised by any of the many minor registries, rare breed groups, hunting clubs, and internet registry businesses.
The Deutsche Bracke (German Bracke, also called German Hound) is one another breed of Bracke, and is Fédération Cynologique Internationale breed number 299. The Alpenländische Dachsbracke (Alpine Dachsbracke) is breed number 254; that breed originated in Austria. The Drever (breed number 130) is also called the Swedish Dachsbracke.