Dog Breeds

Jagdterrier. German hunting terrier

Jagdterrier covered with rough or smooth hair, black and tan or chocolate and tan. Extremely intelligent, very cut, active, lively and smart. An excellent helper of the hunter. He doesn’t like other dogs.


Hunting is the element of Jagdterrier. His readiness to chase cats can be troublesome, he can also be aggressive towards his brethren – that’s why he is not recommended as a companion dog.


Jagdterrier is sometimes referred to as a “hunting machine”. You can hunt foxes, wild boars, badgers, birds and deer with him. As expected by European hunters, it is versatile (in the British Isles, breed specialization is preferred). He works well as a burrow, wild boar, hunter, and sports well.

Jagdterrier. Training and education

Jagdterrier watches perfectly. Do not bother to strangers, even in the family most often listens to one person. It requires a firm lead, but once it is done, it is obedient and does not cause much trouble.


Who is this race for?

Strong hunting passion and a high level of activity mean that he is not recommended as a companion dog.

Jagdterrier. Advantages and disadvantages


  • has a very strong hunting instinct
  • he is stubborn and independent, with a strong character
  • may show aggression towards animals


  • excellent hunting dog
  • good watchman
  • once it’s done, it’s easy
  • low-maintenance

Jagdterrier. Health

This breed, selected mainly for utility, is very healthy and resistant to weather conditions.



Jagdterrier has no particular nutritional requirements. Of course, an actively working dog should receive more energetic food.



The breed has two types of coat: rough and short, but dogs with different types of hair can be crossed. Jagdterrier care is not complicated – even the rough-haired variety has a fairly short coat that adheres to the body. Just brush the dog once in a while. Only some individuals require trimming. However, even jagdterriers are rough-haired.


Jagdterrier – like any real terrier – is British by origin, but he was shaped in Germany. The German hunting terrier, or deutscher jagdterrier, was bred on the basis of a fox terrier with admixtures of other breeds. German hunters are disappointed with the direction in which the fox terrier breeding developed.

The exhibition foxes became more and nobler, but – at the same time not selected for their usefulness in hunting – they lost their passion for hunting and sharpness. In addition, they became fashionable companion dogs, which also weakened their hunting instinct.

Therefore, several hunters left the German Fox Terrier Club after World War I to devote themselves to breeding dogs with excellent utility values.


Rudolf Friess, Walter Zangenberg and Carl-Erich Grünewald wanted to breed a dark fur coat that is unobtrusive as the spotted coat color of foxes preferred at exhibitions. Zoo director Lutz Heck Handenbeck gave Zangenberg four black and tan terriers, which were supposed to be purebred fox terriers, although in the light of scientific knowledge it seems doubtful (after two-spotted foxes such dark puppies should not be born).

In any case, these dogs externally fit into the thoughts of the creators of the new breed and from them began work. The breeding program was supervised by the cynologist Dr. Herbert Lackner.

To improve hunting instinct, other hunting breeds were used in the crosses, mainly Old English rough-haired terriers with black and tan color and Welsh terriers. After years of experimentation, we managed to achieve the assumed goal and determine the type of breed.


Breeders sought not only for a specific exterior, but also for utility. They strived to create a dog endowed with strong hunting instincts, versatile, energetic, able to preach animals, fond of water and easy to lay. In 1926, the Deutsche Jagdterrier Club was founded. A year later the breed was presented to the public. FCI recognized her only in 1968.


German hunting terrier (jagdterrier) – group III FCI, section 1, reference number 103

  • Origin: Germany
  • Character: brave, persistent and tenacious; balanced, without a trace of cowardice or aggression, an excellent hunting dog and guardian
  • Size: 33-40-cm
  • Weight: dogs 9-10-kg, bitches 7.5-8.5-kg
  • Coat: rough or short, straight, dense and close-fitting, two-layered hair in both cases
  • Color: black and tan or chocolate and tan; there is also a black-gray screening with tan; small white markings on the chest and fingers tolerated
  • Lifespan: 13-15 years
  • Vulnerability to training: considerable; is an intelligent but independent dog with a strong character
  • Activity: large, but due to the size, the dog does not need much space
  • Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: very resistant
  • Possibility to buy a puppy : the breed is bred mainly by hunters who most often entrust puppies to other hunters

Interesting facts

Jagdterrier was, as the smallest breed, next to the welsh terrier on the list of aggressive breeds announced in Russia in 2006. The list provoked a very heated discussion and ultimately the bill that was to introduce it did not enter into force.

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