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German Hunting Terrier JAGD

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Small hunting utility dog, usually black and brown, compact, well proportioned.

Personality:  brave and  safe.

Energy Level : Very Active.  This dog is active and energetic, and needs daily exercise.  

Good with children:  Yes.


Good with other dogs:  With supervision.


Grooming:  Seasonal.


Life Expectancy : 13-16  years old.

Bark level:  Bark when necessary.


After World War I, a group of active hunters split off from the numerically strong Fox Terrier Club. Their goal was to create a breed, where the sole purpose would be hunting performance. Experienced hunters and cynologists, Rudolf Frieb, Walter Zangenberg and Carl Erich Grünewald decided to select a black and brown hunting dog particularly suitable for hunting in dens. A coincidence came to aid their efforts. Zoo director Lutz Heck / Hagenberg presented Walter Zangenberg with 4 black and brown terriers descended from purebred Fox Terriers. These dogs were the founders of the German Hunting Terrier. At this time Dr. Herbert Lackner joined the founders. After many years of intensive efforts, breeding and skillful mating with the Old English Wirehaired Terrier, as well as the Welsh Terrier, managed to fix the breed's appearance. At the same time, they placed great importance on the creation of a dog with diverse talents, easy to train, vigorous, that barked during the hunt, that liked water with an explicit hunting instinct. The German Hunting Terrier Club (Deutscher Jagdterrier Club e.V.) was founded in 1926. As always, breeders continued to evaluate their breed carefully for its usefulness as a hunting dog, its firmness of character, its courage and its drive.

Country of Origin: Germany.

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT:  Courageous and hard; happy to work, tough, full of vitality and temperament, secure, sociable and easy to train, without being shy or aggressive.

HEAD:  Elongated, slightly wedge-shaped, not pointed, muzzle slightly shorter than the skull, from occiput to stop.




Skull: Flat, wide between the ears, narrower between the eyes.


Stop: Slightly checked.




Nose: In harmony with the muzzle, neither too narrow nor too small; without being split. Black, but when the dominant coat is brown, a brown nose is also permitted.


Muzzle: Strong, distinct jaw, strongly pronounced chin.


Cheeks: Well pronounced.


Lips: Tight, well pigmented.


Jaws and  Teeth: Large teeth. Strong jaws with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite. Must have 42 teeth according to the dental formula.


Eyes: Dark, small, oval, well placed, in such a way that they are unlikely to be hurt. The eyelids are adherent. The expression is determined.


Ears: Set high, not too small, in a “V” shape; semi-erect ears, lightly touching the head.


NECK: Strong, not too long, well placed and set firmly into the shoulders.




Top line: Straight.


Withers: Well defined.


Back: Strong, straight, not too short.


Loin: Well muscled.


Croup: Well muscled and flat.


Chest: Deep, ribs well sprung, not too broad, sternum long with ribs reaching well back.


Bottom line:  Elegantly curved back; flanks short and firm, belly slightly tucked up.


TAIL : Well set on the long croup, cut to approximately 1/3 of its length. Carried slightly higher than abruptly erect, but should never be bent over the back. (In countries where docking of the tail is prohibited by law, the tail may be left in its natural state, so it must be carried horizontally or slightly saber-shaped).




PREVIOUS:  Viewed from the front, the legs are straight and parallel; seen in profile, they are well placed under the body. The distance from the ground to the elbows is approximately equal to the distance from the elbows to the withers.


Shoulders: The scapula is placed very obliquely and backwards. It is long and heavily muscled. It has a good angulation between the scapula and the arm.


Arms: As long as possible, well muscled and dry.


Elbows : Close to the body, turning neither in nor out. Good angulation between the upper arm and forearm.


Forearms: Dry, straight with strong bone.


Metacarpal joint: Strong.


Pasterns: Slightly angled to the ground, bones more strong than thin.


Feet: Often wider than the hind legs; the toes very close together with pads that are sufficiently thick, hard, resistant and well pigmented. They are parallel, both still and in motion, turning neither in nor out.  


HINDQUARTERS:  Viewed from behind, they are straight and parallel. Good angulation between the thigh and the leg and also at the hock. Strong bones.


Thighs: Long, broad and muscular.


Knees: Strong, with good angulation between thighs and legs.


Legs: Broad, muscular and tendinous.


Hock joint: Strong and low set.


Hocks: Short and upright.


Feet: From oval to round; the toes placed close together, with pads sufficiently thick, hard, resistant and well pigmented. They are parallel, both still and in motion, turning neither in nor out.


  • GAIT/MOVEMENT: Wide ground cover, free, with good forward reach and powerful hindquarter propulsion. The fore and hind legs remain parallel and straight; never bouncy.


SKIN: Thick, adherent, without wrinkles.


  • COAT


Hair: Smooth, dense; rough hair or coarse smooth hair.


  • COLOR: Black, dark brown or greyish black, with fawn (reddish yellow). Clearly defined spots on the eyebrows, muzzle, chest, legs and at the base of the tail. A light or dark mask is equally permissible; small white spots on the chest and fingers are tolerated.

SIZE:  Height at the withers: Males: 33 to 40 cm. Females: from 33 to 40 cm.


WEIGHT: (desired ideal for the job): Males: 9 to 10 kg. Females: 7.5 to 8.5 kg.

  • FAULTS  

Any deviation from this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well-being of the dog.  



• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.

• Atypical dogs.

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