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, and black and tan, both of which may have white markings. It has a fast gait and can be used for either tracking or hunting.
The Tyrolean Hound is supposedly descended from the Celtic Hounds. It was first bred in Tyrol as a dog adapted to hunting in the snow. Emperor Maximilian I used this hound for hunting hare and fox and for tracking wounded game. Selective 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.