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German Hunt Terrier

A black and tan German Hunting Terrier is sitting on a white lawn chair outside in a yard. Its mouth is open and tongue is out

Akita the German Hunting Terrier sitting on a white lawn chair—"This is my dog named Akita. Daughter of Scooby. She is just like her father. She lives to run and is my little angel."

Other Names

German Hunting Terrier

Deutscher Jagdterrier

Jagd Terrier

Jagdterrier

German Jagdterrier

Pronunciation

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Description

Physically, individuals should exhibit a square (though not broad) build, standing squarely and true over the feet. A deep and narrow chest allows the dog to more easily enter dens, and is preferred, while an excessively wide chest lessens this ability. Leg length is in proportion to the rest of the body, avoiding both stubbiness or legginess. The tail is set fairly high and straight, and is gaily carried. The tail posture, while the dog is working, will be wayward and is not important. Though cropped, the remaining tail must be long enough to serve as a handle, should the hunter need to pull the terrier from a den. The coat may be either harsh or smooth; the important factor for coats of working terriers being that the coat must be thick and ample for turning briars and fangs. All deviations from the standard that would affect the working ability of an earth dog are penalized in direct relation to their deviation. Scars, the result of honorable wounds, are not considered faults and are not to be penalized.

Temperament

This dog is highly intelligent and affable with its master and hunters. It has a determination to work with combustible energy. Very people friendly. The German Hunt Terrier is bred to be a hunting and sporting dog. German Hunt Terriers possess a spirit of liveliness and speed at work, yet are regal at rest. "Alert," "athletic" and "active" describe the ambience of the German Hunt Terrier. A bit of fire is always evident in its expression. A clever hunter, unrelentingly robust and unafraid of the most formidable wild and very intent in the pursuit of such game. Dash, gameness and pluck are all descriptive of a properly bred German Hunt Terrier. The German Hunt Terrier, bred by hunters throughout its existence, has maintained the fearless characteristics of early day den terriers. This breed can become willful and hard to manage without enough exercise and/or leadership. Not for the laid-back type. They need a job to do. Proper human to canine communication is essential.

Height, Weight

Height: about 16 inches (41 cm)
Weight: 20 - 22 pounds (9 - 10 kg)

Health Problems

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Living Conditions

The German Hunt Terrier is good for apartment life. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. The German Hunt Terrier should be protected from the cold.

Exercise

This breed needs a great deal of exercise. When not out on the hunt it needs to be taken on a daily long walk or jog where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. These dogs were bred to be hardworking hunting and sporting dogs and need a job to do. Not for the laid-back person.

Life Expectancy

About 12 to 15 years

Litter Size

About 3 to 8 puppies

Grooming

The German Hunt Terrier smooth, shorthaired, hard coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and shampoo only when necessary. You can remove loose hair by wiping the coat with a warm, damp cloth. This breed is an average shedder.

Origin

The German Hunt Terrier (German Jagdterrier, Deutscher Jagdterrier, Jagdterrier) is a comparatively young breed, having been developed only since the turn of the 20th century. The breed was developed in Germany as a functional hunting dog, and is used there on a wide variety of game, including wild boar, badger, fox and weasel. Imports into the United States and Canada have also been used by sportsmen as tree dogs, primarily for raccoon and squirrel.

Group

Terrier

Recognition

ACA = American Canine Association Inc.

ACR = American Canine Registry

AKC/FSS = American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service® Program

APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale

UKC = United Kennel Club

Close Up - A panting black and tan German Hunting Terrier is wearing a thick chain link collar laying on a brick step in front of a door of a white brick house.

"Scooby is my German Hunting Terrier and he is 3 years old in these pictures. He loves to run, play and hunt small animals like birds and squirrels etc."

A black and tan German Hunting Terrier is laying on a brick step in front of a front door. Its mouth is open and tongue is out

Scooby the German Hunting Terrier at 3 years old

A black with tan German Hunting Terrier is standing on a blue carpet and there is a dual window fan behind it

Nika the German Hunting Terrier

A black with tan German Hunting Terrier is standing on a blue carpet and looking up

Nika the German Hunting Terrier

A black with tan German Hunting Terrier is sitting on a blue carpet and looking forward

Nika the German Hunting Terrier

Close Up - A black with tan German Hunting Terrier is sitting on a couch with a knitted afghan blanket hanging over the back.

Harry the 18-month-old German Hunting Terrier on the couch

Close Up head shot - A panting black with tan German Hunting Terrier is sitting in a grassy field.

Harry the 18-month-old German Hunting Terrier

Action shot - A black with tan German Hunting Terrier is running through tall brown grass. Its mouth is open and tongue is out

Harry the 18-month-old German Hunting Terrier running through the field

A person is holding a small German Hunting Terrier puppy in their hand over their lap

German Hunting Terrier as a young puppy

A German Hunting Terrier is sitting up on top of a cabinet with its head down and looking forward

Richelieu the German Hunting Terrier at 3 years old

A German Hunting Terrier is laying on its back belly-up on a couch that is covered with a white sheet and getting pet by a person in a tan plaid sweater and skirt.

Richelieu the German Hunting Terrier at 3 years old getting a belly rub

A German Hunting Terrier is jumped up against the side of a white bath tub with soap all over its head.

Richelieu the German Hunting Terrier at 3 years old getting a bath