The One and Only German Hunting Terrier!
Behavior common of the German Hunting Terrier
The German Hunting Terrier is athletic and lively, and this is a breed that was made to hunt and work. Despite their serious, hardworking nature, German Hunting Terriers can be a friendly and fun addition to the family. This breed is happiest when tasks or hunting sessions are provided, and these dogs require plenty of exercise and high-energy play. Long walks and games of fetch serve this breed well, as the German Hunting Terrier’s hunting instincts are very strong. This breed should not be left alone in the yard for long periods of time, as they will become destructive without things to do. As a watchdog, the breed is alert and vigilant, quickly sounding a warning bark when strangers approach.
While not a great choice if one desires a lapdog, the breed is very trainable and eager to please. In terms of training, a firm hand and the trainer’s assertion of his role as leader will go a long way. Trainers must be confident and consistent when working with German Hunting Terriers, and proper training is a must if this breed is to remain in the house without becoming destructive. Additionally, the German Hunting Terrier must be socialized properly if other dogs and cats are part of the family. This breed should not be trusted around small animals due to their strong hunting instincts, but these dogs are fairly good with children if introduced properly. These dogs tend to stick to one owner and reject other humans, but proper training can result in a fun family pet who is dedicated and loyal.
Appearance of the German Hunting Terrier
The German Hunting Terrier is 13 to 16 inches tall and weighs 16 to 22 pounds. The breed’s wiry or smooth, short coat comes in black, brown, or gray and may include brown, reddish-tan, or white markings. A deep, rounded chest and strong features suit this hunting breed. Tails are cropped but generally kept long enough to be gripped, as hunters will traditionally pull the tail to signal the dog to move in that direction.
Grooming your German Hunting Terrier
An occasional brushing is enough for the German Hunting Terrier, and the breed does not shed much. Proper dental care and nail clippings are also required if these dogs are to remain healthy.
History of the German Hunting Terrier
A relatively recent breed, the German Hunting Terrier was first developed in Germany (known in the area as the “Jagdterrier”) around the turn of the twentieth century. Crosses between the Fox Terrier, Old English Terrier, and Welsh Terriers likely resulted in this breed. As the name suggests, these dogs were bred to become hunters. The breed is still largely unknown outside of Europe, where most people keep them as hunting companions.