Hunting Terrier, Deutscher Jagdterrier

This particular dog with impressive life expectancy is a true four-legged paradox. The Jagdterrier is dominant, courageous, go-getter, and even aggressive towards strangers. He is gentle, affectionate, kind, nice, cheerful and loyal to his master and family. This faithful dog with a soft heart is a beautiful, unique and very particular specimen. He absolutely needs to be discovered.

Height 33 to 40 cm
Weight 7 to 10 kg
Life expectancy 14 to 15 years
Home country Germany

Quick Overview of the Jagdterrier


  • Tenacious and courageous
  • Diligent and obedient
  • Lively and faithful
  • Sociable with a strong temperament


  • Compact and well-proportioned silhouette
  • Looks a little rough
  • Small dark oval eyes
  • Semi drooping ears


  • Very sturdy and solid
  • Generally enjoys iron health
  • No congenital defect
  • Some cases of hip dysplasia

Temperament of the Jagdterrier

Tenacious, courageous, diligent, obedient, lively, loyal, sociable and endowed with a strong temperament, the Jagdterrier is a dog who hates solitude. He is sociable with humans, but not with other dogs.

His education must be firm and adequate because his strong character must be mastered.

He adores humans, even if he is wary of strangers, but doesn't cohabit well with his congeners, nor does he really tolerate other domestic animals.

He is very dominant by nature and must have a master capable of controlling and providing him with the adequate education, measuring up to his temperament. The master must impose himself in order to dominate him, otherwise the dog will be dominant and take over.

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Breed Appearance

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He is a small dog with a compact well proportioned figure.

His look a little rough and his physique gives a glimpse of his endurance and great possibilities at work.

His general aspect reflects his Terrier genes and, with all the efforts put in him, provides a very particular dog.


Between 33 and 40 cm (12.99 to 15.75 inches) for the male
Between 33 and 40 cm (12.99 to 15.75 inches) for the female


Between 9 and 10 kg (19.84 to 22.05 pounds) for the male
Between 7 and 8 kg (15.43 to 17.64 pounds) for the female


His coat color can vary between black, dark brown or black gray with tan markings on the eyebrows, thorax, muzzle, limbs and around the anus.


The coarse hair of the coat is straight, rough, thick, hard and adhering well.


His head has a broad, flat skull and a light stop. His small oval eyes are dark.

His semi-drooping ears are v-shaped. His nose is all black. His tail is usually shortened by a third and carried more often raised than straight.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 3, section 1 and is #103

Tips About this breed

Created primarily for hunting and endowed with great skills to work well with the hunter, he is always on the move, extremely courageous and very dominant.

According to his biggest admirers, he is also the best pest hunter.

Even though he was created primarily for hunting, he is now used more and more as a companion dog and guardian.

Despite his small size, he is a fierce dog who will stop at nothing to defend his family. This dog loyal to his master and family will not hesitate to jump on an intruder.

Completely devoid of fear, he can be very aggressive in case of danger or intrusion.

He can live indoors or outdoors, but because he is hyperactive and difficult to contain, he can be a danger to porcelain or fragile household items.

It is better to alternate between the garden and the house in his case. He cannot live totally outside because he needs constant human contact.

He hates solitude and will be very unhappy if left alone in the garden for too long. This hunting dog, at the base versatile and dominant, is above all a sweetheart who is truly happy only with his human family.

Although he adores his family, he is one to watch out for with very young children as his dominant nature and hyperactivity sometimes gets out of control and he can unintentionally be a potential danger to very young toddlers still unstable and crawling on the ground.

He is not aggressive with his family, but he moves a lot, and often without restrain, so it is best to supervise him with very young children to avoid potential accidents.

Health of the Jagdterrier

This very sturdy and strong dog generally enjoys excellent health.

He is never sick. No disease actually affects the breed except for a few cases of hip dysplasia.

No congenital defect or any particular pathology is listed. The specimens also enjoy a very good life expectancy.


His coarse and harsh coat should be brushed regularly, preferably once a week to ensure a beautiful and healthy coat. No other special maintenance is necessary.

History of this breed

Originally from Germany, he was created by active hunters who wanted to obtain a breed exclusively oriented towards hunting skills.

After the First World War, Rudolf Friess, Walter Zangenberg and Carl-Erich Grünew decided to create a new breed entirely dedicated to hunting. Starting from four black and tan Terriers from a purebred line of Fox Terriers, that Mr. Zangenberg had received as a gift from a zoo director, Mr. Lutz Heck-Hagenbeck, they joined forces to achieve their goals.

The four dogs received as gifts were therefore the essential basis of this exclusive and so special breeding. A little later, Dr. Herbert Lackner joined the group of creators and after many attempts and long years of effort, they finally succeeded in obtaining the much desired breed.

After deciding to cross him with the Welsh Terrier and the Old English Rough-Coated Terrier, the general appearance of the breed was finally fixed.

They thus obtained an energetic, versatile, vocal, easy-to-train, water-loving hunting dog with a strong hunting instinct. This hunting dog is versatile and excels at entering burrows, dislodging game and indicating its location. The Jagdterrier is a real asset for all hunters.

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