German Spaniel

Deutscher Wachtelhund

The German Spaniel is qualified as intelligent, noble and elegant. He is not very widespread outside his country. German hunters appreciate him, however, for his hunting skills. This versatile hunting dog is active on all types of terrain, but can also be the companion of any type of owner. Families with children or not, hunters or not, he can easily adapt and become the best companion dog.

Height 45 to 54 cm
Weight 18 to 25 kg
Life expectancy 13 to 14 years
Home country Germany

Quick Overview of the German Spaniel


  • Passionate and confident
  • Lively and affectionate
  • Gentle in family
  • Compatible with all


  • Developed musculature
  • Solid build
  • Silhouette longer than tall
  • Noble and elegant physique


  • Hardy and robust
  • No particular pathology
  • No genetic disease
  • Very good life expectancy

Temperament of the German Spaniel

Passionate, confident, lively and with a keen sense of smell when hunting, he is affectionate and gentle with the family. The German Spaniel is compatible with everyone, even children. His education must still be firm and adequate.

Lively and tenacious when hunting, gentle and kind with family, the German Spaniel is very popular with German families for his numerous qualities and his good character. He is a very pleasant dog.

He adapts easily and can live just about anywhere, indoors or out. His need for exercise is high, and even if needs to go outside very often, he will still enjoy living indoors.

This dog is used more as a hunting dog, but has all the skills necessary to become the best of companions.

Despite his many qualities, his upbringing must be firm and adequate.

Breed Appearance

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This medium-size dog has well-developed musculature and very strong bones.

Longer than tall, he exudes an aura of nobility and elegance.


Between 48 and 54 cm (18.90 to 21.26 inches) for the male
Between 45 and 52 cm (17.72 to 20.47 inches) for the female


Between 18 and 25 kg (39.68 to 55.12 pounds) for the male
Between 18 and 25 kg (39.68 to 55.12 pounds) for the female


His coat is unicolored dark or roan brown. It can be dotted with white spots on the chest and legs.


His long coat is slightly wavy, thick and resistant. His noble-looking head has a flat skull and a slightly marked stop.


His eyes are at a slight angle, medium size and brown. His flat ears are hanging down. His large nose is dark. His drooping tail can be carried straight.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 8, section 2 and is #104

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Health of the German Spaniel

This hardy dog is very robust. No particular pathology affects the breed, nor any genetic disease.

He generally enjoys a very long lifespan, and some dogs may live very old.


His floppy ears should be inspected regularly, especially after a hunting episode.

His coat should be brushed daily. No other special maintenance is necessary.

History of this breed

In the Middle Ages, hunting canine specimens that greatly resembled the German Spaniel were already found. The controlled breed recorded in the Book of Origins dates from the beginning of the 20th century.

At the very beginning, the dogs were either brown or white variegated. Subsequently, the roan was introduced and it was then that Rudolf Friess, a dog lover of the time, established separate breeding between the roan type and brown color. The separation of the two was greatly justified due to a certain disparity in the natural capacities of the two varieties.

The German Spaniel has always been bred by hunters and for hunters as a game hunter and a versatile hunting dog.

He is an excellent fetcher who can search for shot game no matter the terrain, even in water or swamps. All terrains suit him and he can play his role without difficulty.

Originally from Germany, the German Spaniel is prized among German hunters, but remains very rare outside German borders.

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