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German Jagdterrier Breed Description

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Breed Organization

United Kennel Club (UKC)

Native Country

Other Names
German Hunt Terrier, Deutscher Jagdterrier, Jagdterrier

Life Expectancy
Approximately 13-15 Years

Litter Size
No Litter Information Available

Breed Group

General Description

A typical appearance of a German Jagdterrier is black, and tan with the tan being more of a rust color on the muzzle and undercarriage. It can also be chocolate or liver brown with white markings although the white markings and the chocolate coloring should be avoided in breeding programs along with a brown nose. Black and tan/rust markings should be the goal. The coat of a German Jagdterrier can be either hairy, smooth or broken. All varieties do shed. The tail is normally (but not always, where legal) cropped at 2/3 the natural length.

Breed Standard

Head: Elongated. Broad, flat skull. Stop not pronounced. Robust muzzle. Rounded cheeks. Powerful jaws.
Ears: Set on high, not overly small, v-shaped, carried lightly against the sides of the head.
Eyes: Small, deep set, oval. Dark color.
Body: Slightly longer than tall. Robust neck. Deep, rounded chest. Powerfully muscled loin. Strong, straight back. Powerfully muscled croup.
Tail: Docked to about one third of its natural length. Carried somewhat high, but not gaily.
Hair: Fairly short, hard, dense, harsh, stiff, lying very close to the skin.
Coat: Black is predominant color, gray and black mixture, or dark brown, with relatively light tan markings above the eyes, on the muzzle, checks, feet and anus. Light or dark mask and small white markings on the forechest and feet are permissible.
Size: 33 to 40 cm (13-15,7 in).
Weight: Dog : 9 to 10 kg (20-22 lb).Bitch : 7,5 to 8,5 kg (16,5 to 19 lb).


Descended from English terriers, the German Hunt Terrier was selectively bred in Germany in the nineteenth century. The breed is thought to be the result of crosses between the Fox Terrier, the Welsh Terrier and the Old English Terrier. It is possible that dachshund and pinscher blood was also introduced. This remarkable hunter is considered to be one of the best terriers (unearthing fox and badger). He also hunts boar and hare in small packs, retrieves small land or water game, and is an excellent scenthound.


This lively, cantankerous, fearless, courageous "killer" has a difficult personality. Suspicious of strangers, he is a vigilant guard dog. Due to their intelligence and adaptability, German Jagdterriers can make good pets, but it should be remembered that they are primarily a hunting dog with a strong prey drive.

If he lives indoors, he will become excessively nervous. This breed requires regular outings. Brushing once per week is required.


Hunting Dog.


No health issues were found in this breed.

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