Male Height (typical): 33-40 cm. (13-16 inches)
Female Height (typical): 33-40 cm.(13-16 inches)
Size: Small – Medium
Male Weight (typical): 9-10 kg. (19-23 pounds)
Female Weight (typical): 7-9 kg (16-19 pounds)
Country of Origin: Germany
Exercise Required: Short walks, Hunts
Expected Life Span: 10 – 14 Years
Best suited as: Hunting Companion, Family Pet
Other names: German Hunt Terrier, German Hunting Dog
Description – The Jagdterrier is typically black with markings of a rust colored tan on the muzzle and underside of the dog. It can also be found in a darker brown with white accents but the ideal color is black. This dog has been bred to hunt and is equipped with a thick and durable coat for protection from the brush. Unlike other Terriers with softer coats, the Jagdterrier has a coarser coat that repels water and dirt to make it ideal for hunting. It has short and strong legs that allow it to chase game quickly while in pursuit.
Origin & History – The history of the Jagdterrier started back in Germany over 80 years ago. This breed was originally created to compete with other Terrier lines as a hunter. The initial breeding was done in Germany and the dog remained unique to the country until well after World War 2. The dog is a general crossbreed of the Black and Tan Hunting Terrier with the old English Fox Terrier. This breeding was intended to produce a superior hunting dog of a small enough size and disposition that it could roust game from their dens. Over the years this breed has been further refined to make them excellent hunters and they now enjoy a widespread popularity the world over.
Temperament – This dog has been specifically bred for generations as a hunting companion and loves to chase game. The initial results of these efforts were not as successful as later breeds since these early dogs were not that skilled at rousting game. Current breeds are much improved and are prized for their perfect combination of tenacity and size. It is not an aggressive dog but has strong prey instincts that allow it to be a very competent hunter that will pursue prey in the open or scatter them from the underbrush. The Jagdterrier is perfect for chasing small animals out of their dens and can even roust other larger animals on occasion while on a hunt. It also makes a great family pet as well but is better suited to a more active lifestyle that includes a number of outdoor sessions a week, preferably off-leash to allow it the exercise it needs.
Exercise & Grooming – Because of the breed’s natural hunting instincts, the Jagdterrier requires a bit of hearty exercise each week to release its energy. This can be accomplished with a few short and brisk walks or as free time in the back yard. Since the dog is always on the lookout for smaller animals, great care should be taken to safeguard them when contained in a backyard. They will try and escape to chase another animal so you’ll need to be sure to eliminate any points of access in the yard.
Health Concerns – The Jagdterrier has no inherent health concerns and can live a long and happy life if properly cared for. Because of its need for high-energy activities like hunting, the dog should be allowed to run as a way of maintaining a healthy weight. The dog has a very strong prey instinct and may actually confront animals many times larger than itself if cornered or surprised. This may lead to injury, so care should be taken to not allow the animal to roam unsupervised.
Jagdterrier Organisations in Australia
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Jagdterrier Organisations in the UK
German Jagdterrier Hunt Terrier Breed Clubs
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