German hunting terrier

German hunting terrier Breed description: Character & Co

German hunting terrier


What is the origin of the German Hunting Terrier?

The German Hunting Terrier is available as a wire-haired or smooth-haired variety. The animal descends from the fox terrier. In 1926 the breed of the German Hunting Terrier was created, in this year also the German Hunting Terrier Club e.V. was founded. The new breed was built up very well. The hunting dog today is courageous, defensible, strong and above all fearless. Today the German Hunting Terrier is still used for hunting, especially for rummaging or driven hunts for wild boar.

The German Hunting Terrier is fearless and eager to learn from birth. He does his job very well and feels very comfortable with a hunter. He is mainly cared for by breeders who belong to the German Hunting Terrier Club. The animal belongs to the FCI group 3, the terriers.

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Origin Germany
Life expectancy 12 - 15 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group Large and medium sized Terriers
AKC group Foundation Stock Service
KC group Terrier Group

What are the typical characteristics of a German Hunting Terrier?

The German Hunting Terrier is a hunting dog. He is suitable for the hunter, but also as a family dog, if you pay attention to enough workout. The terrier is not a dog that likes to lie in the corner. Therefore, he would be the ideal companion for non-hunters only if it often goes outside. The most important characteristics are:

  • The animal exhibits a hunting ability that should always be encouraged.
  • The animal is tough, persistent, vital, eager to work and reliable.
  • The German Hunting Terrier very sociable, courageous and can be easily led.
  • This dog is not aggressive and equally not shy.

It can be clearly said that a German Hunting Terrier has temperament and needs a lot of attention and must be exercised every day.

German Hunting Terrier Young Dog, Terrier from Germany

What are typical diseases of a German Hunting Terrier?

The German Hunting Terrier is one of the dogs that can enjoy robust health. There are no typical diseases of this breed.

German Hunting Terrier breeding - where, how, what?

Breeding for this dog breed should be seen as a hobby. For breeding, of course, love of animals is a must. Breeding the German Hunting Terrier does not simply mean that the animal will multiply and you can earn money from it. A breeder has to invest and risk. If you want to breed this dog breed, you are responsible for the breed standard. You must also abide by the club bylaws and follow the breeding regulations, as well as the testing regulations. If you breed, you should aim to produce perfect little offspring. Hereditary health is important, as well as the temperament of the animals.

It is important to think about what exactly you want before you start breeding. Of course you want to produce many small hunting dogs with the breeding. But there should be a breeding plan with the most important characteristics for each German Hunting Terrier puppy. When breeding, you always have to pay attention to the character stability, as well as to the stance stability and the dressage ability. Also the water joy should be given and the social compatibility. Hardness, teeth, coat, body size, colour and health must also be taken into consideration.

You are welcome to contact the German Hunting Terrier Club (Deutscher Jagdterrier-Club e.V.), which regulates the details of the breeding regulations.

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You can recognize the German Hunting Dog mainly because of its typical breed characteristics:

  1. He has a strong muzzle and sharp, strong teeth.
  2. It has a flat and broad skull.
  3. The dog has small, oval and dark eyes.
  4. His ears are set high and slightly close.
  5. Its neck is very strong, its back straight and firm.
  6. The animal is conspicuous for its deeply arched chest and good bone structure. He has a firm muscular length and sloping shoulders.
  7. The tail of the dog is straight and slightly oblique. As a rule, it is docked by 1/3.

Appearance and coat of the German Hunting Terrier

The German Hunting Terrier is very recognizable. He has a wedge-shaped skull, but it is not too pointed. His eyes are quite deep and his ears are tilted forward. The dog comes with either a sleek and harsh rough coat, as well as his coat can be smooth. The colors of the coat are either dark brown, black or also black-grey. The coat can also be mottled black-grey with red-yellow markings.

What is the size of the German Hunting Terrier?

The German Hunting Terrier is a smaller dog. He reaches a withers height of 33 to 40 cm. This applies to both males and females.

How much does a German Hunting Terrier weigh?

The male terrier should weigh between 9 and 10 kg. Bitches, on the other hand, should be a little lighter. Their perfect weight is between 7.5 and 8.5 kg.

How old does a German Hunting Terrier become?

The German Hunting Terrier can live for more than 12 years and thus enjoys a long and vital life.

Fur length short
Fur rough-haired
Ear shape Tilt-ear
Tail short
Anatomy sporty, square
Size ♀ 33 - 40 cm
Weight ♀ 8 - 8 kg
Size ♂ 33 - 40 cm
Weight ♂ 9 - 10 kg
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