The German Hunting Terrier is a breed originating in Germany, created specifically for hunting after World War I. Its small sunken eyes with a determined expression, along with its black or dark brown coat with tan markings, give it a unique appearance. Its small sunken eyes with a determined expression, together with its black or dark brown coat with tan markings, give it a unique appearance.
Dogs of the breed are small in size and proportionate in appearance. The weight ranges between 8 and 10 kilograms, while the height varies between 33 and 40 centimeters. The life expectancy of this breed is 10 to 12 years. They belong to Group 3 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which groups Terriers.
Breed history in brief
The German Hunting Terrier, also known as the Deutscher Jagdterrier, was created in Germany after World War I by a group of hunters who wanted a breed of dog dedicated exclusively to hunting. The breed was developed by crossing black and tan Terriers, from pure Fox Terrier lines, with the Old English Wirehaired Terrier and the Welsh Terrier, in order to produce a versatile hunting dog, capable of tracking and hunting different types of prey.
Today, the German Hunting Terrier is valued for its loyalty, intelligence and hunting ability, being used primarily as a hunting dog, although it is also an excellent family companion for outdoor activities.
The German Hunter Terrier, despite its small to medium size, has a muscular and compact body. The head is slightly wedge-shaped, with well-defined cheeks and small, dark, deep-set eyes. The ears are semi-erect, medium-sized and "V" shaped. The tail, which is often docked, is held erect and does not droop over the back.
The coat is dense, smooth and hard. The color can be black, dark brown or grayish black, with tan markings found on the eyebrows, chest, limbs, muzzle and around the anus.
The German Hunter Terrier is known for its energetic and strong temperament, with a great desire to work and remarkable perseverance. Despite its vitality, the German Hunting Terrier is also a reliable and docile companion, with an affable and friendly demeanor. This breed is not known for being shy or aggressive, making it an excellent choice for families and hunters looking for a loyal and reliable companion.
Common health problems
The breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as anesthetic idiosyncrasy, alopecia, epilepsy, thrombocytopenia, cataract, corneal dystrophy, cryptorchidism, glaucoma, optic nerve hypoplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and persistent right aortic arch.
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