After World War I, a group of enthusiasts left the Fox Terrier Club. They intended to create a breed with incredible hunting qualities. The canine specialists Walter Zengenberg, Rudiolf Frieb and Carl Erich Grunewald decided to cross dogs, suitable for hunting below the surface. The director of the zoo in Hagenberg Lutz Heck gave to Walter Zangenberg four black and tan terriers which originates from a purebred fox terrier. These puppies became the ancestors of the German Hunting Terrier, also known as the Jagdterrier. At the same time Dr Herbert Lackner united the founders in a breed club. After a couple of decades and crossing with Welsh Terrier and Old English wire haired terriers, they successfully established a new breed. Together, breeders put great efforts on creating susceptible to training, hard working and water loving dog with a unique hunting instinct. In 1926 was founded The club of the German Hunting Terrier (Deutscher Jagdterrier-Club).
The German Hunting Terrier has a compact and proportionate body. The head is slightly elongated and wedge. The muzzle is short, the skull is flat. The nose is black in color, medium sized. The jaw is big and strong, the eyes are small, slightly oval and dark in color. The ears are set high, medium sized, triangular and slightly hanging in cartilage. The tail is set high, the legs are straight and symmetrical. The front feet are slightly wider than the rear. The coat of the German Terrier is short and thick. The color can be black, gray or reddish near the muzzle, chest or legs.
Character and behavior
The Jagdterrier has all the inherent traits of a hunting dog. Representatives of the breed are fearless, incredibly strong and durable, strong-willed and persistent in achieving their goals. The German Terrier is alert, reserved with strangers and always suspicious.
Training and education
The dogs of this breed are versatile hunters. They can hunt rabbits, foxes, badgers, and big game like – raccoons and wild pigs. If you decide to train your dog for hunting, the best method will be through the so called "imitation". Go hunting with an adult dog and your puppy will adopt the necessary skills just by watching. The German Hunting Terrier has a lot of energy and enthusiasm and you should use it to grow an indispensable companion. The most important thing is to predispose your Jagdterrier and to gain its trust.
When the Germans working on the development of the breed, they used different methods to make this dog sustainable to various diseases. They wanted to create a durable, flexible and strong dog like their nation. And they almost succeeded. This breed isn't prone to genetic diseases. With proper care - such as good nutrition, physical and mental stress, your dog will be very healthy. Do not forget the periodic examinations and the mandatory vaccines. Do not allow your dog to enter into very cold water. The average life expectancy of the German Hunting Terrier is around 13-15 years.
Grooming and care
The Jagdterrier needs long and frequent walks, if it is grown in an apartment. The best place to raise your puppy would be a house with spacious garden or a huge yard where it can spend all its energy. The fur does not require special care, it is enough to comb it once a week. You should clean the ears and teeth of your dog regularly. Its sleeping place should be always warm and clean.
Children and other pets
Unfortunately, the German Hunting Terrier doesn't get along well with other pets. They always follow their hunting instinct and sometimes other animals are perceived as a potential victim. But of course, it all comes down to the education of your puppy. If you are looking for puppies for sale of this breed, keep in mind that these dogs posses a strong hunting instincts and sometimes do not distinguish a toddler from a potential pray.
The Jagdterrier is not recognized by the AKC, but is totally accepted breed by the FCI and UKC.