German Hunting Terrier

Group 2: Terriers
Height: 33 to 40 cm
Weight: 9 to 10 kg

Energy Level:  Moderate to high
Original Function: Hunting
Lifespan: 12 – 15 yrs

Recommended for: Active people.

Note: Hunting dog with strong prey drive

German Hunting Terrier

About This Breed

After the first world war a group of active hunters separated from the German Fox Terrier Club. They wanted to create a breed for hunting performance. They selected four black and tan terriers which were said to come from pure-bred Fox Terrier lines. These dogs became the foundation stock of the German Hunting Terrier.

General Characteristics

Appearance: A smallish, generally black and tan, compact, well proportioned working hunting dog.

Temperament & Characteristics: A versatile hunting dog, suited in particular for the hunt under the ground and as a flushing dog. Courageous and hard, takes pleasure in work, enduring, vital, full of temperament, reliable, sociable and trainable, neither shy or aggressive.

Colour: The colour is black, dark brown or greyish black, with fawn(yellow-red) clearly defined markings at the eyebrows, muzzle, chest, the legs and at the base of the tail.

Coat: Plain, dense; hard rough hair or coarse smooth hair.

Grooming: Regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best.

Exercise:  Need to be taken on a daily long walk or a jog. These dogs were bred to be hardworking hunting and sporting dogs and need a job to do. Not for the laid-back person.

Health: Hardy and robust dogs, but can be prone to a genetic breed disorder known as Primary Lens Luxation, or PLL. Symptoms usually appear when the dog is between three and eight years of age. PLL is a painful hereditary condition that leads to blindness.