Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound: Dog Breed Facts and Information

Country of origin: Austria
Shoulder height: 45 – 53 cm
Weight: 15 – 18 kg
Age: 12 – 14 years
Colour: red and pale yellow
Use: hunting dog

The Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a medium-sized hunting dog from Austria. The robust, dashing working dog is particularly suitable for hunting in high mountains. With a hunting attitude and sufficient exercise and activity, the Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound is an affectionate, affectionate companion.

Origin and history

The Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound originated in Austria. In 1870, the Styrian industrialist Carl Peintinger began breeding a very hardy and undemanding rough-coated hunting dog. For this purpose, it crossed a Hanoverian sweat female with an Istrian Bracken male. The best dogs from the first litter formed the basis for the new breed, also known as the Peintinger-Bracke. The Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound is closely related to the Tyrolean hound, the Brandl hound, the Slovak Kopov, and the Bavarian mountain sweet hound.


With a shoulder height of around 50 cm, the Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a medium-sized wire-haired hunting dog. The fur is rough and hard and thus offers optimal protection in the most difficult terrain and all weather conditions. The fur on the head is slightly shorter than on the rest of the body and forms a mustache. The color of the coat is solid deer red or pale yellow.

The Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound’s ears are not overly large, hanging, and lying flat. The tail is of medium length and is carried upwards in a slightly crescent shape.


The Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a very robust, hardy hunting dog and is especially suitable for hunting in difficult terrain – in the high mountains – and extreme weather conditions. The Hound is considered to be particularly fine-nosed and is characterized by an excellent sense of direction.

The Styrians are characterized by the ability to track, the will to track, and the safety of their tracks, as well as their predatory game sharpness. For this reason, the Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound is not only suitable for rummaging around and for loud hunting, but also welding work.

The intelligent, work-loving  Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound also shows a lot of self-confidence and stubbornness. It, therefore, needs good socialization as a puppy and a loving but consistent upbringing. Due to their pronounced passion for hunting, this breed only belongs in the hands of hunters. With correct husbandry, sufficient exercise, hunting work, and training outside of the hunting season, the Styrian Hound is an extremely uncomplicated, affectionate, and balanced contemporary at home.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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