Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Brindle Hound Rescue
Working Brindle Hounds
Australian Brindle Hound Breed Standard
The Australian Brindle Hound is a beautiful, robust and strong dog. It has a clean, well-modeled muscular head, with a small to medium stop between the brow and nose. The medium felt like ears extend to the corner of the eye when the dog is following a scent. The tail is held upright. The paws are wide, with thick, strong pads. The coat is shiny and smooth, lies flat, and is short like that of a Beagle or Boxer. Coat colors are exclusively brindled, but the colors can vary. The most common color is dark brown and black. Any combination of brindled colors may exist. Black and white being the most rare. The nipples of the female protrude out several inches, because of the extraordinary ability of the pups to hang on with their mouths when the mother has to run for cover in the wilds of the Australian Outback. On rare occasions, the pups have been known to hang on for several miles. They never have a liter more than six.
Developed to serve as guard, working, and companion dog, the Australian Brindle Hound combines strength and agility with elegance and style. Her expression is alert and her temperament steadfast and well mannered. The Australian Brindle Hound is happy, even-tempered and very good with children and other animals. It can be surprisingly affectionate and has a deep sounding bark, which doesn’t match the size. You would think the bark was coming from a dog twice its size. They love being with their people. Australian Brindle Hounds are the most gifted of canines. No other dog is more individual in appearance, more keenly intelligent or sanely even-tempered. If raised indoors from puppy hood, it will adapt well to family life. Brindle Hounds are all instinctive hunters, and it is not difficult to train the breed to follow scent. The Brindle Hound has a strong desire to please her master. They are able to locate anything with their noses and love to track. Brindle Hounds are alert, quick, and able to work in all types of weather over difficult terrain. Their agility and strength benefit them when hunting. With the persistent grit of a terrier and the stamina of a husky, the Brindle Hound is every hunter's dream come true. Brindle Hounds are known to be affectionate and kind. A thinking breed, these dogs are very instinctual and territorially conscious. This creates an intense bonding, shown in pack loyalty to their family. They are never vicious, but always alert and can be cautious with strangers. They are excellent home and family watchdogs, capable of adjusting to any environment. Working versatility is one of the breed’s exceptional qualities. The Brindle Hound should be well socialized at an early age and taught simple obedience like waking on a leash.
Height: 21-27 inches (53-66 cm.)
Weight: 50-70 pounds (23-32 kg.)
Usually a healthy breed.
The Australian Brindle Hound will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large yard.
This breed needs vigorous daily exercise. Brindle Hounds are exceptional hikers, love to run next to their leader and will play all day.
About 15-20 years.
An occasional brushing will do. This breed is a light shedder. They love getting groomed and will prance and show off after a bath. Their breath can be atrocious and weekly teeth brushing will help.
The first traces of a dog similar to the Brindle Hound are found in Egyptian tombs and wall drawings of five thousand years ago. No one knows the exact date it was brought to Australia. The Australian Brindle Hound was refined by aboriginal natives by breeding early-domesticated dogs with the Australian Dingo. The main purpose was to guard their children and homes when the men went hunting for food. They were also used to carry supplies over difficult terrain when the tribe was forced to relocate. These pack animals are innately patient, cautious, and hardy, and could carry heavy loads through the hot, rugged Outback. With superior stamina, it was well suited to Queensland. Both its guarding and herding instincts are very strong and extend to people and other animals. Its talents are guarding, agility, competitive obedience, and performing tricks.